This Irish-born actor made a name for himself in Hollywood playing Brits, both contemporary and historical, but he preferred to work in the U.K. In the ’50s, Richard Todd had a string of frock flick hits first with Disney then with major movies depicting both English and French history. He was Ian Flemming’s first choice to portray James Bond on film, but scheduling conflicts prevented this. Todd kept acting until late in his life, including small roles in historical costume TV such as Sherlock Holmes (1992) and The Royal (2003), which I unfortunately can’t find pix from. Still, we can enjoy his earlier work!
Robin Hood in The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)
Charles Brandon in The Sword and the Rose (1953)
Rob Roy MacGregor in Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue (1953)
Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights (1953)
Sir Walter Raleigh in The Virgin Queen (1955)
Comte Axel von Fersen in Shadow of the Guillotine (1956)
Lt. Col. John Wynter in D-Day the Sixth of June (1956)
Dunois, Bastard of Orleans, in Saint Joan (1957)
Maj. John Howard in The Longest Day (1962)
Captain Charles Bulman in Boy Dominic (1974)
What’s your favorite frock flick role by Richard Todd?
I always have a soft spot for Richard Todd – I also like him in The Hasty Heart (good role for Ronald Reagan too!) and The Dam Busters. For costume roles, I’d pick The Sword and the Rose.
Such a handsome Raleigh and Fersen. I’ve only seen Sword, and that was sooooo very long ago.
That’s surprisingly good kit he was given as Raleigh. Not much detail, so for all I can tell the fabrics and fastenings may be terrible: but the general silhouette, the angle of the shoulder-wings and the way the ruff frames his chin, have flair and conviction.
OMG! I adore Richard Todd. Thank you so much for this MCM.
His first wife was my paternal grandmother’s cousin. They met as young actors in Dundee Rep just after WW2. My aunts were thrilled to bits when they came over to visit the family in Rothesay when filming ‘Rob Roy’ (and possibly ‘Robin Hood’) in Argyll.
Pictures are online of wedding in 1949:
Loved the Robin Hood. BTW, the pic in the D-Day section is printed backwards; the regimental badge is supposed to be worn over the left eye.
I actually own the DVD of Todd’s Robin Hood. Not bad at all, and both Patrick Barr (King RIchard) and Archie Duncan later appeared in the Richard Greene series. In fact Barr was playing Richard again, while Duncan became a great Little John.
The Dam Busters! You missed out The Dam Busters. OK – it’s yet another war movie with still more men in uniform and half way interesting pics pics are likely hard to come by but it’s possibly the role he’s most famous for in the UK. Mind you that may well have had a lot to do with the fantastic theme music.
Music by Eric Coates, one of my favorite English composers. His Shakespeare settings are amazing.
Oh, this guy was a total dish. Gotta add some of these films to my queue now.