Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Leo McKern Biography (1920-2002)
Born Reginald McKern, March 16, 1920, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia;son of Norman Walton and Vera (Martin) McKern; married Jane Holland (an artist), 1946; children: two daughters. Addresses: Agent--International Creative Management, 388-396 Oxford St., London W1N 9HE, England. Contact--c/o Richard Hatton Ltd., 29 Roehampton Ln., London SW1E 5JR, England.
- Birth Details
- March 16, 1920
- Sydney, Australia
- Death Details
- July 23, 2002
- Bath, England
Credits; Film Appearances
- Third knight, Murder in the Cathedral, Classics, 1952.
- Beyond This Place (also known as Web of Evidence), 1956.
- Gaston Nikopopoulos, All for Mary, Rank, 1956.
- Max, Yesterday's Enemy, Columbia, 1959.
- Robert Stanford, Time without Pity, Eros/Astor, 1957.
- McGill, X the Unknown, Warner Bros., 1957.
- Chain of Events, 1958.
- Attorney general, A Tale of Two Cities, Rank, 1958.
- Benter, The Mouse That Roared, Columbia, 1959.
- Inspector, Jazz Boat, Columbia, 1960.
- Tommy Kennedy, Scent of Mystery (also known as Holiday in Spain), MichaelTodd, Jr., 1960.
- Narrator, Mikhali, 1960.
- Bill Maguire, The Day the Earth Caught Fire, Universal, 1961.
- Headmaster Muche, I Like Money (also known as Mr. Topaze), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962.
- Brandt, Lisa (also known as The Inspector), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962.
- Simenova, Agent 8 3/4 (also known as Hot Enough for June), Continental, 1963.
- Heibronn, Doctor in Distress, Rank, 1963.
- Professor Bowles-Ottery, A Jolly Bad Fellow (also known as They All DiedLaughing), Continental Distributing, 1964.
- Captain O'Sullivan, King and Country, Allied Artists, 1964.
- Squint, The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders, Paramount, 1965.
- Clang, Help!, United Artists (UA), 1965.
- Thomas Cromwell, A Man for All Seasons, Columbia, 1966.
- Smith, Assignment K, Columbia, 1968.
- Flannery, The High Commissioner (also known as Nobody Runs Forever), Cinerama, 1968.
- Cardinal Leone, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1968.
- Captain Grimes, Decline and Fall ... of a Bird Watcher (also known as Decline and Fall), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1969.
- Tom Ryan, Ryan's Daughter, MGM, 1970.
- General Kurt Maelzer, Massacre in Rome, National General/Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, 1973.
- Moriarty, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1975.
- Bugenhagen, The Omen (also known as Birthmark), Twentieth Century- Fox, 1976.
- Harry Bundage, Candleshoe, Buena Vista, 1978.
- Bugenhagen, Damien: Omen II, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978.
- Narrator, The Last Tasmanian (documentary), Artis/Australian Film Commission/Tasmanian Film Commission, 1979.
- Voice characterization, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, 1979.
- Paddy Button, The Blue Lagoon, Columbia, 1980.
- Dr. Grogan, The French Lieutenant's Woman, UA, 1981.
- Sir Frederick Carlion, Country, British Film Institute, 1981.
- Narrator, Voyage of Bounty's Child (documentary), Look Film Productions,1983.
- Thomas, The Chain, Rank, 1985.
- Imperius, Ladyhawke, Warner Bros./Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.
- Frank, Travelling North, CEL, 1987.
- Dad Rudd, Dad and Dave: On Our Selection (also known as On Our Selection), [Australia], 1995.
Credits; Stage Appearances
- (Stage debut) Chemist, Uncle Harry, Theatre Royal, Sydney, Australia, 1944.
- (London debut) Forester, Love's Labour's Lost, Old Vic Company, New Theatre, London, 1949.
- Jeremy, She Stoops to Conquer, Old Vic Company, London, 1949.
- Guildenstern, Hamlet, Old Vic Company, 1950.
- Simon, The Miser, Old Vic Company, 1950.
- Feste, Twelfth Night, Old Vic Company, 1950.
- Nightingale, Bartholomew Fair, Old Vic Company, 1950.
- Nym and Sir Thomas Erpingham, Henry V, Old Vic Company, 1951.
- Nym, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Old Vic Company, 1951.
- Messenger, Electra, Old Vic Company, 1951.
- Confectioner, The Wedding, Old Vic Company, 1951.
- Fool, King Lear, Old Vic Company, 1952.
- Apemantus, Timon of Athens, Old Vic Company, 1952.
- Ulysses, Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, Stratford-on-Avon, England, 1954.
- Gremio, The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, 1954.
- Quince, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company,1954.
- Friar Lawrence, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, 1954.
- Title role, Toad of Toad Hall, Prince's Theatre, London, 1954.
- Traveller, The Queen and the Rebels, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1955.
- Claggart, The Good Sailor, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 1956.
- Big Daddy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Comedy Theatre, London, 1958.
- Tyepkin, Brouhaha, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1958.
- Title role, Rollo, Strand Theatre, London, 1959.
- The Common Man, A Man for All Seasons, Globe Theatre, London, 1960.
- Ferrante, Queen after Death, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, England, 1961, then American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City, 1961.
- Title role, Peer Gynt, Old Vic Company, 1962.
- Subtle, The Alchemist, Old Vic Company, 1962.
- Iago, Othello, Old Vic Company, 1963.
- Menenius, Coriolanus, and Governor, The Life in My Hands, both NottinghamPlayhouse, Nottingham, England, 1963-64.
- Baron Bolligrew, The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1965.
- Title role, Volpone, Oxford Playhouse, then Garrick Theatre, London, 1966-67.
- Shylock, The Merchant of Venice, Oxford Playhouse, 1973.
- Kelemen, The Wolf, Oxford Playhouse, then Apollo Theatre, later Queen's Theatre, then New London Theatre, all London, 1973.
- Title role, Rollo, Royal Exchange Company, Manchester, England, 1978.
- Uncle Vanya, Royal Exchange Company, 1978.
- Crime and Punishment, Royal Exchange Company, 1978.
- Matt Quintan, The Housekeeper, Apollo Theatre, London, 1982.
- Number One, Queen's Theatre, London, 1983.
- James Boswell, Boswell for the Defense, Playhouse Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, then Playhouse Theatre, London, both 1989.
- Also appeared as Governor Bligh, The Man Who Shot the Albatross and Rollo, Patate, both in Melbourne, 1970-71.
Credits; Major Tours
- Arts Council tours of U.K. cities, 1947; also Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions tour of Germany.
Credits; Television Appearances; Series
- Horace Rumpole, Rumpole of the Bailey, Thames, 1977--, then Mystery!, PBS, 1984--.
Credits; Television Appearances; Miniseries
- Nicodemus Boffin, Our Mutual Friend, BBC, then Masterpiece Theatre, PBS,1978.
- Basil Zaharov, Reilly, Ace of Spies, 1983, then Mystery!, PBS, 1984.
Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
- Number Two, "The Chimes of Big Ben," "Once Upon a Time," and "Fall Out,"The Prisoner, CBS, 1968.
- Space 1999, syndicated, 1976.
- Cyril, "A Foreign Field," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1994.
Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
- Herod, The Nativity, ABC, 1978.
- David Ben-Gurion, The House on Garibaldi Street, ABC, 1979.
- Inspector Curry, Agatha Christie's "Murder with Mirrors," CBS, 1985.
- The Last Romantics, 1991.
- Duke Phillip, Good King Wenceslas (also known as The Good King), Family Channel, 1994.
Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
- The Boxwallah, Yorkshire Television, 1982.
- Duke of Gloucester, King Lear, PBS, 1984.
- Sancho, Monsignor Quixote, Thames, 1985, then Great Performances, PBS, 1987.
- Solness, The Master Builder, 1990.
Credits; Radio Appearances
- Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, R3, 1982.
- Author of Chain of Events.
- Just Resting (memoir), Methuen, 1983.
- (Author of introduction) Volpone, Longman, 1985.