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Cedric Hardwicke

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Among the grandest of the golden era of Hollywood personality stars, Sir Cedric Hardwicke owned the type of vocal pipes and dextrous diction perfectly suitable for the globe of recorded books. He may be considered a little bit less popular for these kinds of albums than additional actors with related prestige, having steered mainly clear of the sort of materials, Edgar Allan Poe for instance, made forever unforgettable on LP shows by peers such as for example Boris Karloff and Vincent Cost. There was an excellent edition of Treasure Isle monitored by Hardwicke for launch within the Bookmark collection; for the dependable Caedmon imprint, this actor’s tasks include a massive amount recited poetry by William Wordsworth and a pairing with Robert Newton encouraging to explore Metaphysical and Like Lyrics from the Seventh Hundred years. Other styles of recorded documents could conceivably bring about Sir Cedric Hardwicke nesting easily in thy record collection. He co-starred inside a radio series in line with the stories of Sherlock Holmes, materials that has discovered a new viewers in Compact disc reissues of classic radio broadcasts. He also turns up as an adjunct to passionate musical stars such as for example Bing Crosby on unique soundtrack compilations. One documenting concerning something quite near this name shouldn’t be puzzled with the acting professional: a bassist called Cedric Hardwick produced some records within the ’40s.

Quick Facts


Full Name Cedric Hardwicke
Died August 6, 1964, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Actor
Education Bridgnorth Endowed School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Nationality English, British
Spouse Mary Scott, Helena Pickard
Children Edward Hardwicke
Parents Edwin Webster Hardwicke, Jessie Masterson
Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play
Movies The Ten Commandments, Suspicion, Rope, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Ghost of Frankenstein, On Borrowed Time, Helen of Troy, Becky Sharp, The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel, Things to Come, The Invisible Man Returns, Around the World in 80 Days, Five Weeks in a Balloon, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Pumpkin Eater, The Ghoul, The Winslow Boy, Les Misérables, The Lodger, The Green Glove, Lured, Invisible Agent, The Keys of the Kingdom, Richard III, The War of the Worlds, Commandos Strike at Dawn, Baby Face Nelson, Tom Brown's School Days, Forever and a Day, The Howards of Virginia, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, The White Tower, King Solomon's Mines, Wing and a Prayer, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Gaby, The Vagabond King, The Power and the Prize, The Cross of Lorraine, Sundown, The Moon Is Down, I Remember Mama, Beware of Pity, Sentimental Journey, Laburnum Grove, The Lady Is Willing, Peg of Old Drury, Botany Bay, Tudor Rose, Valley of the Sun, Nell Gwynn
TV Shows Mrs. G. Goes to College, The Motorola Television Hour


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#Fact
1 Had appeared with Peter Lorre in five films: Invisible Agent (1942), The Cross of Lorraine (1943), Around the World in Eighty Days (1956), The Story of Mankind (1957) and Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).
2 Had appeared with Vincent Price in five films: The Invisible Man Returns (1940), The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), Wilson (1944), The Ten Commandments (1956) and The Story of Mankind (1957).
3 He was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Television at 6660 Hollywood Boulevard.
4 He played King Edward IV of England in Richard III (1955) while his son Edward Hardwicke played Lord Stanley in Richard III (1995).
5 Although he was 62 when he played King Edward IV of England in Richard III (1955), his character was only 40 years old when he died on April 9, 1483.
6 His favorite screen role was Mr. Brink in On Borrowed Time (1939).
7 During World War I he was in the Judge Advocate's branch of the British Army, serving there from 1914-21, and was one of the last members of the British Expeditionary Force to leave France.
8 He met his second wife, Mary Scott, in 1949 when she was an understudy for Lilli Palmer, whom he was appearing with on Broadway in a revival of "Caesar and Cleopatra".
9 His father was a simple country doctor who wanted him to carry on in his footsteps.
10 His hometown of Lye is also home to independent filmmaker David James.
11 He was a favorite of George Bernard Shaw, having made notable appearances in the playwright's "The Apple Cart", "Too True to Be Good" and "Caesar and Cleopatra". Shaw initially referred to Hardwicke as his fifth favorite actor, the other four being The Marx Brothers. Later he referred to Hardwicke as his fourth favorite actor, presumably after Zeppo Marx retired from the act.
12 He was reputedly George Bernard Shaw's favorite actor.
13 When he died his money was so eaten up by hospital expenses incurred during his final illness that there was no money left to pay for a funeral. Several actors' funds, in honor of his long, distinguished career, donated the money.
14 When he was knighted in 1934, the hard-of-hearing King George V, after being prompted by a courtier, announced after dubbing the kneeling actor: "Rise, Sir Cedric Pickwick".
15 He was created a Knight Bachelor in the 1934 King's New Year Honours List for his services to drama.
16 Had one son with Helena Pickard: Edward Hardwicke.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Around the World in Eighty Days 1956 Sir Francis Cromarty - Bombay to Calcutta Train (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Ten Commandments 1956 Sethi (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Power and the Prize 1956 Mr. Carew (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Vagabond King 1956 Tristan (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Gaby 1956 Mr. Edgar Carrington (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Producers' Showcase 1956 TV Series Julius Caesar
Helen of Troy 1956 Priam (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Four Star Playhouse 1956 TV Series Sir George
Diane 1956 Ruggieri
Lux Video Theatre 1952-1956 TV Series Intermission Guest / Robert Malcolm
Richard III 1955 King Edward IV of England
TV Reader's Digest 1955 TV Series Martin Archer-Shee
Cameo Theatre 1955 TV Series The Inca
Front Row Center 1955 TV Series Edward Barrett
The Elgin Hour 1955 TV Series August Draper
The Motorola Television Hour 1953-1954 TV Series Hawkins / The Golux
Bait 1954 Prologue Speaker (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1953 TV Series
Suspense 1953 TV Series
Schlitz Playhouse 1952-1953 TV Series John O'Fell
Robert Montgomery Presents 1953 TV Series
Medallion Theatre 1953 TV Series
General Electric Theater 1953 TV Series
The War of the Worlds 1953 Commentary (voice, as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Salome 1953 Tiberius Caesar (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Adventures of Fu Manchu: The Zayat Kiss 1952 TV Movie Dr. Dennis Nayland Smith
Botany Bay 1952 Gov. Phillips (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Omnibus 1952 TV Series Judge
Caribbean 1952 Captain Francis Barclay (as Sir Cedrick Hardwicke)
Betty Crocker Star Matinee 1952 TV Series
The Green Glove 1952 Father Goron
The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel 1951 Dr. Karl Strolin
Mr. Imperium 1951 Bernand (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The White Tower 1950 Dr. Nicholas Radcliffe (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Tonight on Broadway 1949 TV Series
Now Barabbas 1949 Governor
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 1949 Lord Pendragon King Arthur (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Rope 1948 Mr. Kentley (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Winslow Boy 1948 Arthur Winslow
I Remember Mama 1948 Mr. Hyde (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Song of My Heart 1948 Grand Duke
A Woman's Vengeance 1948 Dr. James Libbard
Tycoon 1947 Alexander (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Lured 1947 Julian Wilde (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Ivy 1947 Police Inspector Orpington (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Imperfect Lady 1947 Lord Belmont (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby 1947 Ralph Nickleby
Beware of Pity 1946 Dr. Albert Condor
Sentimental Journey 1946 Dr. Jim Miller (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Picture of Dorian Gray 1945 Narrator (voice, uncredited)
The Keys of the Kingdom 1944 Monsignor at Tweedside (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Three Sisters of the Moors 1944 Short Reverend Bronte
Wing and a Prayer 1944 Admiral (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Wilson 1944 Senator Henry Cabot Lodge (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Lodger 1944 Robert Bonting (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Cross of Lorraine 1943 Father Sebastian (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Moon Is Down 1943 Col. Lanser
Forever and a Day 1943 Mr. Dabb
Commandos Strike at Dawn 1942 Admiral Bowen (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Invisible Agent 1942 Conrad Stauffer (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Ghost of Frankenstein 1942 Ludwig Frankenstein / Ghost of Henry Frankenstein (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Valley of the Sun 1942 Lord Warrick (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Suspicion 1941 General McLaidlaw (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Sundown 1941 Bishop Coombes (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Victory 1940 Mr. Jones
The Howards of Virginia 1940 Fleetwood Peyton (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Tom Brown's School Days 1940 Dr. Thomas Arnold (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Invisible Man Returns 1940 Richard Cobb (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1939 Frollo (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Stanley and Livingstone 1939 Dr. David Livingstone (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
On Borrowed Time 1939 Mr. Brink (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
King Solomon's Mines 1937 Allan Quartermain
Green Light 1937 Dean Harcourt (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Laburnum Grove 1936 Mr. Baxley
Nine Days a Queen 1936 Earl of Warwick
Things to Come 1936 Theotocopulos
Peg of Old Drury 1935 David Garrick
Becky Sharp 1935 Marquis of Steyne
Les Misérables 1935 Bishop Bienvenu
The King of Paris 1934 Max Till
Power 1934 Rabbi Gabriel
The Lady Is Willing 1934 Gustav Dupont
Nell Gwyn 1934 Charles II
Orders Is Orders 1934 Brigadier
Bella Donna 1934 Dr. Meyer Isaacson
The Ghoul 1933 Broughton
Rome Express 1932 Alistair McBane
The Dreyfus Case 1931 Capt. Alfred Dreyfus
Nelson 1926 Horatio Nelson
Riches and Rogues 1913 Short Six Characters
The Pumpkin Eater 1964 Mr. James - Jo's father
The Outer Limits 1964 TV Series Colus
The Unknown 1964 TV Movie Colas
The Twilight Zone 1963 TV Series Uncle Simon Polk
Burke's Law 1963 TV Series John Busch
Five Weeks in a Balloon 1962 Fergusson
The Gertrude Berg Show 1961-1962 TV Series Professor Crayton
Golden Showcase 1961 TV Series Narrator
The Magic Fountain 1961 Narrator
The Red Skelton Hour 1958-1960 TV Series Company Vice President J.R. Williams / Dr. Umlauf
Sunday Showcase 1960 TV Series Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The United States Steel Hour 1960 TV Series Lowell Chalmers
Studio One in Hollywood 1958 TV Series Sir Alaric
Baby Face Nelson 1957 Doc Saunders (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Mr. Adams and Eve 1957 TV Series Gerald Fortescue
The Story of Mankind 1957 High Judge
The DuPont Show of the Month 1957 TV Series Lord Hertford
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1956-1957 TV Series John Anderson / Mr. Princey
Climax! 1955-1957 TV Series Dr, Martin Crandall / Danielson / Clifton Lattimer / ...
Matinee Theatre 1956-1957 TV Series Canon Skerritt / Mr. Krane

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Plymouth Playhouse 1953 TV Series 1 episode
Forever and a Day 1943

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Forever and a Day 1943 producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 1949 performer: "BUSY DOING NOTHING"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stump the Stars 1963 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1958-1962 TV Series Himself
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1960 TV Series Himself
Sunday Showcase 1959 TV Series Himself
Who Pays? 1959 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1952-1959 TV Series Koichi Asano - Character in Scene from 'A Majority of One' / Himself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1959 TV Series
What's My Line? 1950-1958 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Mystery Guest
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1958 TV Series Himself - Actor
Playhouse 90 1957 TV Series Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1956 TV Series Himself - Actor
Inside Beverly Hills 1956 TV Movie Himself
Shower of Stars 1955 TV Series Himself - Actor
Encounter 1953 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself - Intro
I've Got a Secret 1953 TV Series Himself - Guest
Screen Snapshots 5852: Hollywood Night at '21' Club 1952 Documentary short Himself - Celebration Guest (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
The Name's the Same 1952 TV Series Himself - Contestant
Showtime, U.S.A. 1950 TV Series Himself
Your Show of Shows 1950 TV Series Himself - Guest Performer
The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue 1949 TV Series Himself
Broadway Spotlight 1949 TV Series Himself
French Town 1945 Documentary short Himself - Commentator
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 9 1938 Short documentary Himself - Oscar Presenter
Calling the Tune 1936 Himself - Cameo appearance (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Secrets of the Dead 2014 TV Series documentary Dr. David Livingstone
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2011 TV Series documentary Ludwig Frankenstein
Biography 1994-2002 TV Series documentary Himself / Mr. Brink
Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook 1991 Documentary Dr. Frankenstein
Coming Soon 1982 Video documentary edited from 'Invisible Agent' (uncredited)
Henry Fonda: The Man and His Movies 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
MGM Parade 1956 TV Series Rugierri in 'Diane'

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6201 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television Awarded February 8, 1960 at 6660 Hollywood Blvd.

TitleSalary
Baby Face Nelson (1957) $3,000

#Quote
1 Hollywood may be thickly populated, but to me it's still a bewilderness.
2 [on his role in Sentimental Journey (1946)] I did nothing but look at the handsome bosom of Maureen O'Hara and listen to the murmuring of her heart through a stethoscope.
3 I once heard Shaw [George Bernard Shaw] say there are two kinds of actors: those who are happy and confidant only in being themselves, and those who are timid and self-conscious and only at ease when they are able to take refuge in some character as far removed from themselves as possible. To the former, film acting is a joy; for the latter, it is difficult and disturbing.
4 I want to be one of those reformers. I am content to makes a virtue of necessity and modestly disclaim my desire to be a great reformer. I am resigned to be one of the myriad little ones; but I propose to be a very good little one.
5 My aim is to leave the theater and the screen better than I found them.
6 When actors are talking, they are servants of the dramatist. It is what they can show the audience when they are not talking that reveals the fine actor.
7 Actors must practice restraint else think what might happen in a love scene.
8 By temperament, a young actor needs to be mercurial, if nothing else, able to shed misfortunes like a duck shedding water and to magnify a pinpoint of hope into a golden dawn.
9 The director's tricks are accomplished by converting plays into spectacles of love, landscape, and lust, and the actors into puppets. Unhappily, a lot of young actors and actresses are destroyed in the process. They are drilled to perfection in a single role, while the director tries to produce performances by direction alone. As a result, they may be ruined for anything beyond the single role.
10 [on sneak previews] Let one dim-witted schoolboy scrawl "lousy" on his card, and the entire studio may be stampeded the following morning in an executive meeting to discuss slicing and revising the picture to shreds. On Hollywood's theory that the customer must know best, the schoolboy's "lousy" is regarded as the last word in dramatic criticism."
11 [on TV commercials] The last refuge of optimism in a world of gloom.
12 England is my wife. America is my mistress. It is very good sometimes to get away from one's wife.
13 Actors and burglars work better at night.
14 I believe that God felt sorry for actors, so he created Hollywood to give them a place in the sun and a swimming pool. The price they had to pay was to surrender their talent.
15 I can't act. I have never acted. And I shall never act. What I can do is suspend my audience's power of judgement till I've finished.

#Trademark
1 Aristocratic bearing
2 Rich baritone voice

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