Richard Todd

Richard Todd

Birth
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Death 3 Dec 2009 (aged 90)
South Kesteven District, Lincolnshire, England
Burial Little Ponton, South Kesteven District, Lincolnshire, England
Memorial ID 45091349 · View Source
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Actor, World War II Figure. He was born Richard Andrew Palethorpe Todd in Dublin, Ireland, the son of a British Army officer. Raised in Devon, he was educated at Shrewsbury School and began appearing on stage at the age of 18. In 1939 he co-founded the Dundee Repertory Theatre. During World War II, he served as a Captain with the Parachute Regiment and was one of the first British officers to land in Normandy in advance of the D-Day invasion, helping glider force commander Major John Howard capture Pegasus Bridge near Caen. His exploits would be re-created in the 1962 film "The Longest Day", in which he played Maj. Howard. After the war Todd made his big screen debut in "For Them That Trespass" (1949), and garnered an Academy Award nomination for his performance as Lachlan (a role originated by Richard Basehart on Broadway) in the film adaptation of "The Hasty Heart" (1949). For several years he was one of Britain's biggest stars at the box office. His other memorable credits include "Stage Fright" (1950), "The Venetian Bird" (1952), "A Man Called Peter" (1955), "The Dam Busters" (1955), "The Virgin Queen" (1955), and "Subterfuge" (1968). Trivia note: Todd was author Ian Fleming's original choice to play James Bond in "Dr. No" (1962), but scheduling problems led to his being replaced by Sean Connery.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 4 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 45091349
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Todd (11 Jun 1919–3 Dec 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 45091349, citing St. Guthlac's Churchyard, Little Ponton, South Kesteven District, Lincolnshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .