Why Famous: Ralph Richardson was one of the major figures of the British stage in the mid-20th century before becoming a film star later in life.
Richardson began his career in touring theater companies, then in 1930 he joined the Old Vic theater company in London where he worked with the likes of John Gielgud. From 1944 he was a co-director of the Old Vic theater along with Laurence Oliver and John Burrell.
Richardson worked in films throughout most of his career, playing more than sixty cinema roles. He appeared in Carol Reed's "The Fallen idol" (1948), "Doctor Zhivago" (1965) and was nominated for an Academy Award of his performance in "Greystroke" (1984).
- 1944-01-26 Actor Ralph Richardson (41) weds actress Meriel Forbes (30)
- 1964-12-28 Principal filming on film "Doctor Zhivago" begins
- 1965-12-22 "Doctor Zhivago" based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, directed by David Lean and starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie premieres in NYC
- 1966-02-28 23rd Golden Globes: "Doctor Zhivago", Omar Sharif, & Samantha Eggar win