Richard Pearson (actor)

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Richard Pearson
Born Richard de Pearsall Pearson
(1918-08-01)1 August 1918
Monmouth, Monmouthshire
Died 2 August 2011(2011-08-02) (aged 93)
Northwood, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1937–2008
Spouse(s) Patricia Dickson (1949–2011; his death)
Children 2 sons

Richard de Pearsall Pearson (1 August 1918 – 2 August 2011), an English actor, was born and grew up in Monmouth, Wales.[1] He was educated at Aymestrey Court, Worcester, and at Monmouth School, where his father taught French.

Notable films of his career included Brian Desmond Hurst's Scrooge (1951) as well as a brief appearance in John Schlesinger's Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and cameo roles in three films by Roman Polanski: Macbeth (1971), Tess (1979) and Pirates (1986). Pearson made his stage debut at age 18 at London's Collins's Music Hall, but didn't make his film debut until 32 when he played a Sergeant in the motion picture The Girl is Mine (1950) which was followed a year later by his performance as Mr. Tupper in Scrooge.

In later years, he is perhaps best known for his role as Mole in Cosgrove Hall's The Wind in the Willows (1983), its subsequent television series, The Wind in the Willows which led on from the original film and its spin-off programme Oh, Mr. Toad both of which he starred alongside David Jason, Peter Sallis and Michael Hordern.[2] He has also has appeared in episodes of One Foot in the Grave as Victor Meldrew's absent-minded brother, Alfred and the Men Behaving Badly episode "Three Girlfriends" as Gary's father Mr Strang. He played Mr. Pye in the 1985 TV movie Marple: The Moving Finger.[3][4]

Richard Pearson fought in World War II with the 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division. He was mentioned in dispatches and left the army with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He married the actress Patricia Dickson (1927–2014) in 1949. Pearson heavily suffered a cerebral haemorrhage on the night of his 93rd birthday on 1 August 2011. He died the next morning, on 2 August 2011, survived by his wife and their two sons, one of whom, Patrick Pearson, is also an actor.[5][6]

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  1. ^ Monmouth and Monmouthshire were not definitively incorporated into Wales until 1974. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  2. ^ Vahimagi, Tise (1994). British Television. Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-818336-5
  3. ^ Obituary - The Telegraph
  4. ^ Obituary - The Guardian
  5. ^ Obituary - The Telegraph
  6. ^ Obituary - The Guardian
  7. ^ Arthur Macrea [1], [2], Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  8. ^ Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  9. ^ [3]
  10. ^ Daily Telegraph obituary. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  11. ^ Gielgud's Letters ed. Richard Mangan Retrieved 2 August 2014, 20 June 1970.
  12. ^ Retrieved 2 August 2014.. Peter Shaffer in the introduction to the published edition of the play (London: André Deutsch, 1988): "Initially Miss Smith offers a comic solo of glittering perfection. When she is joined by Margaret Tyzack – a performer to match her royally – this turns into a duet of glittering perfection. And when finally she is joined by Mr Pearson this turns into a trio which creates on the stage of the Globe a compound interest of intoxication."
  13. ^ [4]

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