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Sir Michael Murray Hordern

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Sir Michael Murray Hordern

Birth
Berkhamsted, Dacorum Borough, Hertfordshire, England
Death 2 May 1995 (aged 83)
Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Burial Winterbourne, West Berkshire Unitary Authority, Berkshire, England
Memorial ID 107083477 View Source
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Actor. Educated at Brighton College. He was a teacher before becoming a professional actor in 1937. He appeared in a number of theatre productions and two films just prior to World War Two. His career was interrupted by the war, during which time he was commissioned an officer in the Royal Navy and served from 1940 to 1945. He served with distinction aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, was later assigned to the office of the First Sea Lord, and rose to the rank of lieutenant commander. Post-war, he found great success with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the theatre company of the Old Vic, and appeared in numerous West End productions for decades. In addition to his many Shakespearean roles, he portrayed important characters in plays by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Edward Albee, Anton Chekov, Henrik Ibsen, Harold Pinter, Sir Tom Stoppard, and August Strindberg. He also found success performing adaptations of books and plays for BBC Radio. His screen career flourished on both sides of the Atlantic, and his reputation as a classically-trained actor did not prevent producers and directors from casting him in musicals, adventures, and children's stories. Some of his most memorable roles in film, many of which are now considered by film historians as classics, include supporting characters in "Scrooge" (1951), "The Heart of the Matter" (1953), "Storm Over the Nile" (1955), "Alexander the Great" (1956), "I Accuse!" (1958), "Sink the Bismarck! (1960), "El Cid" (1961), "Cleopatra" (1963), "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" (1965), "Khartoum" (1966), "The Taming of the Shrew" (1967), "Where Eagles Dare" (1968), "Anne of a Thousand Days" (1969), "Barry Lyndon" (1975), "Gandhi" (1982), and "Lady Jane"(1986). On television, he appeared in such notable productions as "A Christmas Carol" (1977), "Shogun" (1980), "Ivanhoe (1982), "Oliver Twist" (1982), "King Lear" (1982), "Paddington Bear" (narrator and voices; 1976, 1986), "Inspector Morse" (1987), "The Secret Garden" (1987), "Mememto Mori" (1991), "Lovejoy" (1993), and "Middlemarch" (1994). He was among only a handful of actors to achieve widespread and decades-long critical and popular acclaim in four dramatic mediums: theatre, radio, film, and television. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1972 for his serices to drama, and was knighted in 1983. Hordern's autobiography, "A World Elsewhere," was published the same year in which he was invested with a knighthood for his achievemants in the performing arts.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 107083477
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/107083477/michael-murray-hordern : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Michael Murray Hordern (3 Oct 1911–2 May 1995), Find a Grave Memorial ID 107083477, citing St. James Churchyard, Winterbourne, West Berkshire Unitary Authority, Berkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave , Ashes scattered at sea.