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Cyril Ritchard
Birth: Dec. 1, 1898
New South Wales, Australia
Death: Dec. 18, 1977
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Actor, Director. He is probably best remembered for his performance as Captain Hook in the Mary Martin musical production of "Peter Pan" in 1954 for which he won a Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 1955. Born Cyril Trimnell-Ritchard in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia his father was a grocer. His mother was a devout Roman Catholic who ensured that he was raised in that religion. He received his education by the Jesuits at St Aloysius' College in Sydney. Early in his career he played in numerous musical comedies, including "Yes, Uncle!" and "Going Up," both in 1918 with actress Madge Elliott, who later became his wife. Both he and Mary Martin reprised their roles in the NBC television productions of the "Peter Pan" musical, beginning with a live color telecast in 1955. In 1959 he won second Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for "The Pleasure of His Company." He appeared onstage in "The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd" (1965), and "Sugar" (1972). He was also a director, directing on Broadway with "The Happiest Girl in the World" (1961, in which he also appeared), "Roar Like a Dove" (1964), and "The Irregular Verb to Love" (1963, in which he also appeared). His film appearances include a villainous role in Alfred Hitchcock's early talkie "Blackmail" (1929), "Piccadilly" (1929), "Just for a Song", (1930), "Danny Boy" (1934). "Dangerous Medicine" (1938), "I See Ice" (1938), "The Winslow Boy' (1948), "The Daydreamer" (1966), "Half a Sixpence" (1967), and "The Hobbit" (1977). On November 25, 1977, while appearing as the narrator in the Chicago Touring Company of "Side by Side," he suffered a heart attack on 25 November 1977 and died a month later in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 80. He achieved a 60-year career as a singer, dancer, actor, and director. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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  Leah Madeleine Elliott Ritchard (1896 - 1955)*
 
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Burial:
Saint Marys Cemetery
Ridgefield
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
 
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Record added: Feb 18, 2003
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