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

Famous Works

  • 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.
  • Writings;Radio Plays
  • Author of Chain of Events.
  • Writings; Other
  • Just Resting (memoir), Methuen, 1983.
  • (Author of introduction) Volpone, Longman, 1985.

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