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Cyril Ritchard

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b. Cyril J. Trimnell-Ritchard, 1 Dec 1897, Surry Hillsides, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, d. 18 Dec 1977, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Starting being a dancer, Ritchard produced his theatrical debut in Sydney in 1917. Among his initial companions, in Katinka (1918), was Madge Elliott (b. 12 Might 1896, London, Britain, d. 8 August 1955). Their second display together, INCREASING (1919), produced them extremely popular. When Elliott still left for London, Ritchard visited the united states where he made an appearance in revues but neither one was specifically successful. He became a member of her in London where they blossomed, showing up in several past due 20s shows as well as the Millionaire Child (1931). In 1932, they came back to Australia, showing up within the Quaker Young lady (1933) and Roberta (1934). Although Ritchard was homosexual, they wedded in 1935 (and in 1939 got a boy who passed away at delivery). Back London, Ritchard is at Spread It Overseas (1936) and Herbert Farjeon’s revues, Nine Clear (1938), Small Revue (1939) and Big Best (1942). Ritchard was also in Up And Doing, which opened up in 1940 and, although interrupted from the blitz, liked a good work. This display contained the popular sketch where Ritchard and Leslie Henson harangued Stanley Holloway as he recited ‘The Green Attention Of THE TINY Yellowish God’. Ritchard also produced his 1st appearance inside a right play, as Algernon in THE SIGNIFICANCE TO BE Earnest (1942) with John Gielgud and Edith Evans. Ritchard and Elliott had been within a 1943 revival from the Merry Widow and within the last calendar year of the battle took this present to elements of European countries and North Africa. In 1945, Ritchard is at a successful creation of Homosexual Rosalinda and he also continuing to try out dramatic roles. Within the post-war years, Ritchard obtained considerable success in america, appearing in various straight assignments on Broadway, like the Millionairess (1952), with Katharine Hepburn. He made an appearance often on tv, playing several direct roles like the name function on Pontius Pilate (1952), and he starred in and aimed The Virtuous Isle (1954). He also aimed The Merry Widow (1954) and starred in STOP BY AT A Small Globe (1955); 2 yrs later on he was nominated to get a Tony Award as Greatest Actor within the Broadway version of this display. Still on tv, he was in Dearest Foe (1955), that used music by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, THE NICE Fairy (1956), Cole Porter’s Aladdin (1958), he aimed an bout of Information In Courage (1964), and is at Dangerous Xmas Of Red Traveling Hood (1965), playing the wolf to Liza Minnelli’s Small Red Traveling Hood. This present, which also highlighted the Pets and Vic Damone, experienced tunes by Jule Styne and Robert Merrill and a genuine cast album premiered. Within the last yr of his existence, Ritchard made an appearance in Peter Ustinov’s Swordsplay (1976) with Dick Shawn. Ritchard also made an appearance on radio, playing Mr. Micawber inside a 1950 transmitting of David Copperfield with Richard Burton, within the name part, Boris Karloff and Flora Robson. Ritchard’s film function, while less recognized, was far reaching and included Blackmail (1929), Alfred Hitchcock’s 1st talkie, and HALF OF A Sixpence (1967), which starred Tommy Steele. Ritchard’s very best American success arrived in 1954 when he is at a Broadway creation of Peter Skillet, playing Mr. Darling and Captain Hook, and earning a Tony Prize as Best Professional IN THE Musical. His music included ‘A Princely System’, by Tag ‘Moose’ Charlap and Carolyn Leigh, ‘Hook’s Waltz’ and ‘Inexplicable Female’, by Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the last mentioned melody sung with Mary Martin as Peter Skillet. In 1955, Peter Skillet was televised and Ritchard received rave notices for his functionality. For the reason that same calendar year, his wife passed away of bone cancer tumor. The display was restaged for tv in 1956 and once again in 1960 and there is also a US tour. Ritchard starred in and aimed The Pleasure Of His Firm (1959), becoming nominated for Tony honours as Best Acting professional and Best Movie director; he also toured this display in america and Australia. WITHIN THE Happiest Girl ON THE PLANET (1961), music by Jacques Offenbach, lyrics by E.Con. ‘Yip’ Harburg, Ritchard performed multiple roles, performing ‘The Greek Sea’, ‘By no means Be-Devil The Devil’, ‘By no means Trust A Virgin’, ‘The Glory THAT’S Greece’ (with Bruce Yarnell), ‘Vive La Virtue!’ (with Janice Guideline), and ‘Love-Sick Serenade’ (with Lu Leonard). He was also in As well True To Become Great (1963, with Lillian Gish, Cedric Hardwicke, Glynis Johns and Robert Preston), he directed and co-starred with Claudette Colbert within the Abnormal Verb To Like (1963), directed Roar JUST LIKE A Dove (1964), and he performed Sir in Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse’s The Roar FROM THE Greasepaint, The Smell FROM THE Masses (1965), and was nominated for any Best Acting professional Tony. With this present he sang ‘A Great Time Like Today’ and ‘Special Starting’ with Newley, ‘Stuff To Keep in mind’ and ‘Appear At That Encounter’ with Sally Smith, and the next action reprise of ‘Who MAY I Convert To’. In 1969 Ritchard narrated Peter AS WELL AS THE Wolf at the brand new York City Middle. In Glucose (1972), the stage musical based on Billy Wilder’s 1959 film, Some ENJOY IT Hot, he performed Osgood Fielding Jnr., performing ‘Gorgeous Through And Through’ with Robert Morse. Afterwards he aimed the touring business version from the display. He was in Utmost Wilk’s 1975 revue, A Musical Jubilee, co-starring with Tammy Grimes, John Raitt and Gish. With this revue, Ritchard came back to some from the older tracks he previously performed in London a long time before, notably ‘And Her Mom Came As well’. In 1977 he offered the linking narration to get a one-night special, Collectively On Broadway, starring Mary Martin and Ethel Merman. Ritchard was showing up in Chicago because the Narrator in HAND AND HAND By Sondheim when he was felled by way of a coronary attack, dying a couple weeks afterwards.

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Full Name Cyril Ritchard
Date Of Birth December 1, 1898
Died December 18, 1977, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profession Actor, Singer, Theatre Director, Television Director
Education St Aloysius' College
Nationality Australian
Spouse Madge Elliott
Parents Herbert Trimnell-Ritchard, Marguerite Trimnell-Ritchard
Awards Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Music Songs A Wonderful Day Like Today, Captain Hook's Waltz, Come To The Supermarket, Look at That Face, Where Would You Be Without Me?, Hook's Tango, Never Trust A Virgin, The Greek Marine, Things to Remember, Love-sick Serenade, Never Be-devil The Devil, Vive La Virtue, I'm One of the Whitehall Warriors, Beautiful Through and Through, Hook's Waltz, Peter Pan: Hook's Tango, The Beautiful Land, November Song, Finale: I've Gotta Crow ; Tender Shepherd ; I Won't Grow Up ; Never Never Land, Peter Pan: Hook's Waltz, No Wonder Taxes Are High, Oh, My Mysterious Lady, Who Can I Turn To, The Beautiful Land / Sweet Beginning, Overture - The Glory that is Greece, Vive La Virtue - Finale, That'll Be the Day, Finale - Act I, You Must Be Old Enough To Love, Pirate Song, Hermits, Medley : Lady Bird, Lady Bird / Baa Baa Black Sheep / I Love Little Pussy / The Fox and the Goose
Albums Cole Porter's Aladdin, Aladdin, Mother Goose, Peter Pan (1954 Broadway Cast Recording)
Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Tony Award for Best Director, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor In A Supporting Role
Movies Blackmail, Half a Sixpence, The Hobbit, Piccadilly, Peter Pan, The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood, The Daydreamer, The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow, Hans Brinker, The Show Goes On, The Emperor's New Clothes, Aladdin, Tubby the Tuba, I See Ice, It's a Grand Old World, Dangerous Medicine, Danny Boy
TV Shows Producers' Showcase


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#Fact
1 Mary Martin, in the role of Peter Pan, received a Tony for Best Performance by a leading Actress in a Musical in the 1955 Tony Awards. Cyril Ritchard won a Tony for Best Performance by a supporting Actor in a Musical for his dual role as Mr. Darling and Captain James Hook. Technical Director Richard Rodda received a 1955 Tony Award for Best Stage Technician. The Los Angeles and San Francisco Civic Light Opera founder and producer Edwin Lester acquired the American rights to adapt the J. M. Barrie's 1904 play "Peter Pan" and Barrie's own novelization of "Peter and Wendy" as a stage musical for Mary Martin. The music is by Mark Charlap, with additional music by Jule Styne, most of the lyrics written by Carolyn Leigh, with additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Incidental music by Elmer Bernstein and Trude Rittman. Musical orchestrated by Albert Sendrey. Directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Scenic Design by Peter Larkin, Costume Design by Motley, Lighting Design by Peggy Clark. Flying Supervisor Peter Foy and Flying Effect by Joseph Kirby. Prior to opening in San Francisco's Geary Street theatre district's Curran Theatre, the production was rehearsed at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. During the San Francisco performance schedule, additional musical material was ordered by Jerome Robbins and Edwin Lester, revisions continued when the expensive musical transferred to Los Angeles in August, 1954. The show opened in a busy Broadway season, competing with such notable shows as The Boy Friend, Fanny, Silk Stockings, and Damn Yankees. However, while still in Los Angeles, a deal was made for the musical to be broadcast on the NBC's Color Television network 90 minute anthology series "Producers' Showcase," that aired every fourth Monday, on March 7, 1955. "Peter Pan" opened on Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre on 20 October 1954, with a limited run of 152 performances, closing 26 February 1955, closed so that it could be broadcast on television, although box office continued to be strong throughout the Broadway run. The aim of the "Producers' Showcase" was to broadcast expensive color spectaculars to promote the new color television system developed by NBC's parent company RCA. On March 7, 1955, NBC presented "Peter Pan" live as part of "Producer's Showcase" as the first full-length Broadway production on color TV. This 1955 NBC television production utilized the same Broadway theatre where the musical had been performing with the color television cameras situated throughout the theatre's main floor and balcony seating areas. The television show attracted a then-record viewing audience of 65 million viewers, the highest ever up to that time for a single television broadcast program. Mary Martin won an EMMY Award for the 1955 television production. So well received that the musical was re-staged live for television on 9 January 1956 with the same cast, sets and costumes. Both of these broadcasts were produced live and in color, but only black-and-white Kinescope recordings survive.The telecast special followed with rebroadcasts in 1956, and in 1960 with the same stars, production costumes and scenery. The re-staged 1960 telecast had new children in the cast because the original kids had grown to old for their parts. The musical has enjoyed several revivals onstage in 1979, 1990, 1998.
2 Won Broadway's 1955 Tony Award as Best Supporting of Featured Actor (Musical) for playing Captain Hook, his signature role, in "Peter Pan," a performance he recreated in several television versions. Was also nominated for four other Tony Awards: in 1957, as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "A Visit to a Small Planet;" in 1959, as both Best Actor (Dramatic) and Best Director for "The Pleasure of His Company;" and in 1965 as Best Actor (Musical) for "The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd.:
3 During the 20s when he visited New York to perform, he shared an apartment with Walter Pidgeon. They performed together in the revue "Puzzles of 1925."
4 His very first role (in Australia) was in a production of "The Pink Lady" in which he played "the Satyr," a foreshadowing of the devilish merry-making to come.
5 Appeared in scores of musical revues with wife Madge Elliott, who was once a ballet dancer with the "Exquisite Eight" who turned to musical comedy. They became instant stars in the musical "Going Up" in 1919.
6 At one time owned a poodle named "Trim" a derivative of his surname "Trimnell-Ritchard.".
7 Starred in a 1950 radio version of "David Copperfield" with Richard Burton in the titular role and Cyril playing Micawber.
8 When he died in 1977, he was survived by a foster son.
9 A devout Catholic, he attended daily mass religiously in New York, where he lived, or in whatever city he happened to be appearing.
10 Staged, and occasionally appeared in, several operas at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, most notably Offenbach's "La Perichole", in which he also appeared as the Viceroy, and Rossini's "The Barber of Seville", in which he played the role of the mute servant, Ambroggio.
11 Awarded a Tony in 1955 for Supporting Actor in the musical, 'Peter Pan'.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hobbit 1977 TV Movie Elrond (voice)
The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow 1975 TV Short Father Thomas (voice)
Tubby the Tuba 1975 The Frog (voice)
The Snoop Sisters 1974 TV Series Morlock
The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes 1972 TV Movie Emperor Klockenlocher (voice)
NET Playhouse 1970 TV Series segment "Actor's Choice"
- Foul!/Actor's Choice 1970 ... segment "Actor's Choice"
The Red Skelton Hour 1962-1969 TV Series Orphanage Superintendant Rumble / Aladdin / Beast / ...
Hans Brinker 1969 TV Movie Mijnheer Kleef
Titi-Pu 1967 TV Movie The Mikado
Half a Sixpence 1967 Harry Chitterlow
The Kraft Music Hall 1967 TV Series Ebenezar Scrooge
The Daydreamer 1966 The Sandman (voice)
The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood 1965 TV Movie Big Bad Wolf
The Man Who Bought Paradise 1965 TV Movie Valentine Silepzki
Mr. Scrooge 1964 TV Movie Ebenezer Scrooge
Dr. Kildare 1964 TV Series Justin Fitzgibbons
Peter Pan 1960 TV Special Mr. Darling Captain Hook
Omnibus 1958-1959 TV Series Sir Joseph Porter / Don Andres
The Christmas Tree 1958 TV Movie Promenade Member
The DuPont Show of the Month 1958 TV Series Sui-Janel (Sorcerer)
Producers' Showcase 1955-1956 TV Series Mr. Darling Captain Hook Peddler ...
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1956 TV Series Peddler
Playwrights '56 1956 TV Series Royce Thurmond
The Good Fairy 1956 TV Movie Mr. Konrad
Peter Pan 1955 TV Movie Captain Hook Mr. Darling
Max Liebman Presents: Dearest Enemy 1955 TV Movie General Howe
Studio One in Hollywood 1952-1955 TV Series Monty Gavenhurst / Pontius Pilate
Goodyear Playhouse 1952-1955 TV Series Kreton
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse 1953-1954 TV Series
Lux Video Theatre 1953 TV Series Arnold
Kraft Theatre 1951 TV Series
The Prudential Family Playhouse 1951 TV Series Marmaduke Ruggles
The Billy Rose Show 1951 TV Series
Woman Hater 1948 Reveller (uncredited)
The Winslow Boy 1948 Music Hall Singer
1066: And All That 1939 TV Movie
Dangerous Medicine 1938 Dr. Noel Penwood
I See Ice 1938 Paul Martine
It's a Grand Old World 1937 Brain
Ad Lib 1937 TV Movie
The Show Goes On 1937 Jimmy
Pasquinade 1937 TV Movie
Danny Boy 1934 John Martin
Reserved for Ladies 1932 Sir William Carter (uncredited)
Symphony in Two Flats 1930 Leo Chavasse
Just for a Song 1930 Craddock
Blackmail 1929 The Artist
Piccadilly 1929 Victor Smiles (as Cyrill Ritchard)
On with the Dance 1927 Short

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hans Brinker 1969 TV Movie performer: "Proper Manners"
Half a Sixpence 1967 performer: "Money to Burn"
The Danny Kaye Show 1966 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood 1965 TV Movie performer: "We Wish the World a Happy Yule/Main Titles", "Snubbed", "I'm Naive reprise", "Ding-A-Ling, Ding-A-Ling", "Granny", "We Wish the World a Happy Yule"
Peter Pan 1960 TV Special performer: "Pirate Song", "Hook's Tango" A Princely Scheme, "Hook's Tarantella" Another Princely Scheme, "O My Mysterious Lady", "Hook's Waltz", "I Won't Grow Up" reprise
The DuPont Show of the Month 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Producers' Showcase 1956 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Winslow Boy 1948 performer: "Who Were You With Last Night?" - uncredited
Blackmail 1929 performer: "Miss Up-to-Date" 1929 - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Profiles in Courage 1965 TV Series 1 episode
Standard Oil New Jersey Presents Its 75th Anniversary Entertainment 1957 TV Movie
Omnibus 1954 TV Series 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That Was the Year That Was - 1976 1976 TV Movie Himself / sketch actor
The Good Old Days of Radio 1976 TV Movie documentary Himself - PBS Fund Appeal
The Merv Griffin Show 1965-1974 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Actor
A Birthday Gala Tribute Noel Coward 1970 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Actor's Choice 1970 TV Series Himself - performer
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-1969 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Actor
Our Place 1967 TV Series Himself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1962-1966 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself - Singer
The Danny Kaye Show 1966 TV Series Himself
That Regis Philbin Show 1964 TV Series Himself
The 18th Annual Tony Awards 1964 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Stump the Stars 1963 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1961-1962 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself - Actor
Talent Scouts 1962 TV Series Himself
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Himself
The 14th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1962 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The DuPont Show of the Week 1962 TV Series Himself - Host / Narrator
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958-1961 TV Series Himself
What's My Line? 1957-1961 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Mystery Guest
The 15th Annual Tony Awards 1961 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1959-1960 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Dr. Frankenstien
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1958 TV Series Himself
Person to Person 1958 TV Series documentary Himself
The Patrice Munsel Show 1957 TV Series Himself
General Motors 50th Anniversary Show 1957 TV Movie Himself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1956 TV Series
Today 1956 TV Series Himself
I've Got a Secret 1956 TV Series Himself - Guest
A.N.T.A. Album of 1955 1955 TV Movie Himself - Host
Texaco Star Theatre 1949-1954 TV Series Himself - Actor
Variety 1947 TV Series Himself - Compere

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters 2009 TV Series documentary Captain Hook in 'Peter Pan'
The Poetry Hall of Fame 1993 TV Movie Himself
Highlight: The Singing Cinema 1964

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1956 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Producers' Showcase (1954)


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