Corin Redgrave

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Corin Redgrave
Corin Redgrave.jpg
Born Corin William Redgrave
(1939-07-16)16 July 1939
Marylebone, London, England
Died 6 April 2010(2010-04-06) (aged 70)
Tooting, London, England
Cause of death
Prostate cancer
Resting place
Highgate Cemetery
Nationality British
Alma mater Kings College, Cambridge
Occupation Actor, political activist
Years active 1964–2009
Spouse(s) Deirdre Hamilton-Hill
(1962–1975)
Kika Markham
(1985–2010, his death)
Children 4; including Jemma
Parents Michael Redgrave (deceased)
Rachel Kempson (deceased)

Corin William Redgrave (16 July 1939 – 6 April 2010) was an English actor and political activist.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Redgrave was born 16 July 1939 in Marylebone, London, the only son and middle child of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. He was educated at the independent Westminster School and at King's College, Cambridge.[4]

Career[edit]

Redgrave played a wide range of character roles on film, television and stage.

On stage, he was noted for performances by Shakespeare (such as Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV, Part 1, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Tempest) and Noël Coward (notably a highly successful revival of A Song At Twilight co-starring his sister Vanessa Redgrave and his second wife, Kika Markham).

For his role as the prison warden Boss Whalen in the Royal National Theatre production of Tennessee Williams's Not About Nightingales, Redgrave was nominated for an Evening Standard Award, and after a successful transfer of the production to New York, his performance garnered him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play, in 1999. Two years later he starred in the original London production of The General from America as Benedict Arnold. When the play transferred to Broadway the following season Redgrave switched roles and portrayed George Washington .

In 2005, Redgrave had just finished an engagement playing the lead in King Lear with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London when he suffered a severe heart attack. In 2008, he returned to the stage a highly praised portrayal of Oscar Wilde in the one-man-play De Profundis. In 2009, he starred in Trumbo, which opened only hours after the death of his niece, Natasha Richardson.

On screen he is best known for his roles in such acclaimed and diverse films as A Man for All Seasons (1966) as Thomas More's son-in-law; William Roper, Excalibur (1981) as the doomed Cornwall, In the Name of the Father (1993) as the corrupt lead police investigator, Persuasion and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) as Hamish, the fiancee of Andie MacDowell's character.

Redgrave appeared in British television programs such as Ultraviolet, The Vice, Trial & Retribution, Shameless, Foyle's War, The Relief of Belsen and the Emmy Award-winning telefilm The Girl in the Cafe, in which he played the prime minister. He took the lead part of Sir George Grey in the 1977 New Zealand TV miniseries The Governor.

He wrote a play called Blunt Speaking, in which he performed at the Minerva Theatre (part of the Chichester Festival Theatre) between 23 July - 10 August 2002. (review The Mail on Sunday, July 28, 2002)

Politics[edit]

Redgrave was a lifelong activist in far-left politics. With his elder sister Vanessa, he was a prominent member of the Workers' Revolutionary Party and wrote articles for the official journal of the Marxist Party,[5] a group which the Redgraves founded after the collapse of the WRP. He was also a defender of the interests of the Romani people.

Both Redgrave and his second wife, Kika Markham, expressed support for activist group Viva Palestina, led by British MP George Galloway, attempting to break what they asserted to be the siege of the Gaza Strip.

Family[edit]

Corin Redgrave was part of the third generation of a theatrical dynasty spanning four generations.

He wrote a memoir about his strained relationship with his father entitled Michael Redgrave - My Father, which incorporates passages from Michael's diaries. It was also noted for revealing his father's bisexuality.[1]

Health problems and death[edit]

Redgrave was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000, which affected him until his death in 2010.[8] In June 2005, he was described by his family as being in a critical but stable condition in hospital following a severe heart attack at a public meeting in Basildon, Essex.[4] In March 2009, Redgrave returned to the London stage playing the title role in Trumbo, based on the life of the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. On the opening night, Redgrave dedicated his performance to the memory of his niece Natasha Richardson who had died earlier that week in a skiing accident.

He died on 6 April 2010 in St George's Hospital,[9] Tooting, South West London.[10] His funeral was held on 12 April 2010 at St Paul's, Covent Garden,[11] London.[12]

His ex-wife Deirdre died of cancer in 1997. His sister Lynn died of breast cancer on 2 May 2010, less than a month after his death.

Select stage work[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1964 Camera Three TV series (1 episode: "Chips with Everything")
The Avengers Quentin Slim TV series (1 episode: "Lobster Quadrille")
Crooks in Cloisters Brother Lucius
1965 A Study in Terror Rupert's Friend uncredited
The Big Spender Copley TV series
1966 The Deadly Affair David
A Man For All Seasons Roper
1968 The Gambler Mr. Astley TV mini-series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.1")
The Charge of the Light Brigade Cpt. Featherstonhaugh
Theatre 625 Kelvin Walker TV series (1 episode: "The Fall of Kelvin Walker")
La ragazza con la pistola Frank Hogan
Mystery and Imagination Jonathan Harker TV series (1 episode: "Dracula")
The Magus Captain Wimmel
1969 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Arthur Huntingdon TV series (3 episodes)
Oh! What a Lovely War Bertie Smith
Tower of London: The Innocent Perkin Warbeck TV film
Canterbury Tales TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.2")
ITV Sunday Night Theatre Willie Tatham TV series (1 episode: "Aren't We All?")
David Copperfield James Steerforth TV film
1970 The Wednesday Play Richard TV series (1 episode: "Rest in Peace, Uncle Fred")
Callan Amos Green TV series (1 episode: "Amos Green Must Live")
Paul Temple Rolf TV series (2 episodes)
1971 Hassan TV film
When Eight Bells Toll Hunslett
Von Richthofen and Brown Major Lanoe Hawker VC
La vacanza Gigi
1972 Thick as Thieves Trevor TV film
1974 Anthony and Cleopatra Octavius
Between Wars Dr. Edward Trenbow
1976 Sérail Eric Sange
1981 Excalibur Cornwall
1982 L'ombre sur la plage Harry
1983 Eureka Worsley
Wagner Dr. Pusinelli TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.1")
1990 The Fool Sir Thomas Neathouse
1993 In The Name of The Father Robert Dixon
1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral Hamish - Wedding Three
1995 England, My England William of Orange
Persuasion Sir Walter Eliot
Performance Angelo/Earl of Worcestor TV series (2 episodes)
Dangerfield Patrick Hooper TV series (1 episode: "The Unfaithful Husband")
Circles of Deceit: Dark Secret Harry Summers TV film
1996 Indecent Acts Oscar Wilde
1997 The Woman in White Dr. Kitson TV film
The Ice House D.C.I. George Walsh TV film
Prime Suspects Commissioner
Trial & Retribution Robert Rylands QC TV series (5 episodes: 1997-2002)
1998 Ultraviolet Dr. Paul Hoyle/John Doe TV series (2 episodes)
1999 The Strange Case of Delphina Potocka or The Mystery of Chopin Judge
The Vice Lord Buller TV series (2 episodes)
Kavanagh QC John Woodley TV series (1 episode: "The More Loving One")
2000 Honest Duggie Ord
Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story Narrator
2001 Enigma Admiral Trowbridge
Gypsy Woman Devine
2002 Shackleton Lord Curzon TV film
Sunday Edward Heath TV film
Doctor Sleep Chief Inspector Clements
Bertie and Elizabeth General Montgomery TV film
The Forsyte Saga Jolyon Forsyte Sr. TV mini-series (4 episodes)
Waking the Dead Sir James Beatty TV series (2 episodes)
2003 To Kill a King Baron Vere
Imagine Sir John Soane TV series (1 episode: "Entertaining Mr. Soane")
Foyle's War ACC Rose TV series (2 episodes)
2004 Shameless Mr. Hammersley TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.5")
Enduring Love Professor
Spooks David Swift TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 3.4")
2005 The Trial of the King Killers Sir Orlando Bridgman
The Girl in the Cafe Prime Minister TV film
2006 Welcome to World War One short
2007 The Relief of Belsen Glyn Hughes TV film
2008 La rabbia Producer 1
2009 The Calling The Bishop
Glorious 39 Oliver
The Turn of the Screw Professor TV film
2010 Eva
Moving On Gabe TV series (1 episode: "The Test")

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Weber, Bruce (7 April 2010). "Corin Redgrave, Actor and Activist, Dies at 70 – Obituary (Obit)". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2010-04-07.  Published 7 April 2010; page B10.
  2. ^ Obituary Los Angeles Times, 7 April 2010; page AA1.
  3. ^ Obituary Washington Post, 7 April 2010.
  4. ^ a b Published: 3:20PM BST 06 Apr 2010 (1939-07-16). "Corin Redgrave". Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  5. ^ MacKillop, Ian (16 April 2004). "Interview with Corin Redgrave". Theatre Archive Project. British Library. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  6. ^ a b "Search birth, marriage and death records 1837-2006, overseas BMDs, parish records from 1538 and more". Findmypast.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  7. ^ Michael Billington (6 April 2010). "Corin Redgrave obituary | Stage". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  8. ^ Sanderson, David (7 April 2010). "Corin Redgrave, actor who paid dearly for political beliefs, dies aged 70 – Times Online". London: Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  9. ^ Independent obituary
  10. ^ Bremer, Jack. "Actor Corin Redgrave dies at 70 | Entertainment | People". The First Post. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  11. ^ Corin Redgrave is given one last theatrical goodbye
  12. ^ "Funeral of Corin Redgrave held in London". BBC News Online. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 

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