Ronald Radd

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Ronald Radd
Born 22 January 1929
Ryhope, County Durham, England
Died 23 April 1976(1976-04-23) (aged 47)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active 1955–1976

Ronald Radd (born 22 January 1929 – 23 April 1976) was a British television actor.

Early work[edit]

Radd began as a stage actor in the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham in the early-1950s, along with the likes of Leslie Sands and Edward Mulhare. In 1951 he appeared opposite Jean Charlesworth and Peter Bell in a Lionel Hamilton production of The Romantic Young Lady at the Kettering Savoy.[1] By 1954, Radd had graduated to the West End, where he was a most unlikely co-star with Kenneth Williams in two different productions in the Apollo Theatre in February 1956, The Buccaneer and The Boy Friend. Several months later, he was again with Kenneth Williams in a revival (at the Winter Garden) of Feydeau's Hotel Paradiso, but the billing went to Alec Guinness, who made a film of it years later, but not with Radd or Williams.

Television and film work[edit]

Radd gradually lost interest in theatre and broke into television in Ordeal by Fire in 1957 as a dastardly Frenchman, a single play costume piece involving Joan of Arc (played by Elizabeth Sellars) with Peter Wyngarde and Patrick Troughton whom he later starred with in 1958 in the BBC production of A Tale Of Two Cities.

Radd's next few TV credits actually took place across the Atlantic; this was less unusual then than now, with many of the American networks' studios still being located in New York, where many British actors were working in the theatre. Radd made a number of appearances in the CBC production The Shari Lewis Show between 1960 and 1963, and in 1960 appeared in the production of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh directed by Sidney Lumet, who also directed him in the 1968 feature film adaptation of The Sea Gull and The Offence in 1972. In 1969 he appeared in John Huston's The Kremlin Letter. Radd worked alongside actors such as a very young Robert Redford and Jason Robards. A busy year—Radd also appeared in the NBC production of The Tempest playing the role of the drunkard Stefano, alongside acclaimed actors such as Richard Burton who portrayed Caliban and Maurice Evans, star of many Hallmark productions later.

Radd starred in some 60 different TV shows between 1955 and 1976 including The Avengers, Danger Man, and Z-Cars. In the sixth episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), "Just for the Record" (1969), he played the role of the villain Pargiter, a deluded character intent on proving he was heir to the throne of England. He also played "Hunter" in the first series of the spy drama Callan.

In 1971 he was nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured actor. He died in Toronto, Ontario, Canada of a brain haemorrhage in 1976 aged 47.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Northampton Mercury - Friday 9 March 1951, p.5, Accessed via The British Newspaper Archive (subscription required). Retrieved 22 November 2014.

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