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Haydn as Thomas Rogers in the 1945 film And Then There Were None
|Born||George Richard Haydon
10 March 1905
Camberwell, London, England, UK
|Died||25 April 1985
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart Attack|
Richard Haydn (10 March 1905 – 25 April 1985) was an English comic actor in radio, films and television.
Life and career
Born George Richard Haydon in London, he was known for playing eccentric characters, such as Edwin Carp, Claud Curdle (Mr. Music (1950)), Richard Rancyd (Miss Tatlock's Millions (1948)), and Stanley Stayle (Dear Wife (1949)).[clarification needed] Much of his stage delivery was done in a deliberate over-nasalized and over-enunciated manner. He was possibly best noted in his performance as the voice of the Caterpillar in the 1951 Disney animated adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Haydn was particularly memorable as the manservant Rogers in the 1945 adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. He is also well remembered for his role as 'Uncle' Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music.
Television and film
In The Twilight Zone episode "A Thing About Machines", he portrayed Mr. Bartlett Finchley, a quirky, self-absorbed, technophobe who is confronted by every machine in his home. On 1 April 1964, he reprised the Edwin Carp character, a poet and an expert on fish, in an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show which saluted several old-time radio performers.
He appeared in the TV show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as Mr. Hemingway in "The Mad, Mad Teaparty Affair", season 1, episode 18, in 1964.
- Charley's Aunt (1941)
- Ball of Fire (1941), as Professor Oddley
- Thunder Birds (1942)
- Forever and a Day (1943)
- No Time for Love (1943), as Roger (a pianist and composer without any of his usual characteristics)
- Tonight and Every Night (1945)
- And Then There Were None (1945), as Thomas Rogers, the butler
- Adventure (1945)
- The Green Years (1946), as Jason Reid, the schoolmaster
- Cluny Brown (1946)
- The Beginning or the End (1947)
- The Late George Apley (1947)
- Singapore (1947)
- The Foxes of Harrow (1947)
- Forever Amber (1947)
- Sitting Pretty (1948), as Clarence Appleton, the nosy neighbor
- The Emperor Waltz (1948)
- Miss Tatlock's Millions (1948). He also directed.
- Dear Wife (1949). as Stanley Stayle, Bill's neighbor. He also directed.
- Alice in Wonderland (1951), as The Caterpillar
- The Merry Widow (1952)
- Never Let Me Go (1953)
- Money from Home (1953), as Bertie Searles, the English jockey
- Her Twelve Men (1954)
- Jupiter's Darling (1955)
- Twilight for the Gods (1958)
- Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960) (also without any of his usual characteristics)
- The Lost World (1960)
- Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962)
- Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
- The Sound of Music (1965), as Maximilian Detweiler
- Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion (1965)
- The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)
- Young Frankenstein (1974), as solicitor Herr Falkstein
- The Hugga Bunch (1985), his final film appearance
- Richard Haydn at the Internet Movie Database
- Richard Haydn at the Internet Broadway Database
- Richard Haydn at Find a Grave