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|Born||Alan Fernand Badel
11 September 1923
Rusholme, Manchester, Lancashire, England
|Died||19 March 1982
Chichester, Sussex, England
|Cause of death||heart attack|
|Spouse(s)||Yvonne Owen (1942-1982; his death)|
Alan Fernand Badel (//; 11 September 1923 – 19 March 1982) was an English stage actor who also appeared frequently in the cinema, radio and television and was noted for his richly textured voice which was once described as "the sound of tears".
In his early career, he played leading parts, including Romeo and Hamlet, with the Old Vic and Stratford companies.
Badel's earliest film role was as John the Baptist in the Rita Hayworth version of Salome (1953), a version in which the story was altered to make Salome a Christian convert who dances for Herod in order to save John rather than have him condemned to death. He portrayed Richard Wagner in Magic Fire (1955), a biopic about the composer. He also played the role of Karl Denny, the impresario, in the film Bitter Harvest (1963). Around the same time, he played opposite Vivien Merchant in a television version of Harold Pinter's play The Lover (also 1963) and as Edmond Dantès in a BBC television adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo (1964).
Badel also played the villainous sunglasses-wearing Najim Beshraavi in Arabesque (1966) with Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren. He also played the French Interior Minister in The Day of the Jackal (1973), a political thriller about the attempted assassination of President Charles de Gaulle, and in the political television drama Bill Brand (1976), the government's Employment minister David Last, a former backbench left-wing MP who had recently joined the frontbench after 30 years in the Commons. One of his last roles was that of Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg in the Paramount film Nijinsky (1980). A television adaptation for the BBC of The Woman in White (1982) by Wilkie Collins, in which Badel played the role as Count Fosco, was shown posthumously.
- The Stranger Left No Card (1952) - Stranger
- Salome (1953) - John the Baptist
- Will Any Gentleman...? (1953) - The Great Mendoza
- Three Cases of Murder (1955) - Owen (segment "Lord Mountdrago") / Mr. X (segment "In the Picture") / Harry (segment "You Killed Elizabeth")
- Magic Fire (1955) - Richard Wagner
- This Sporting Life (1963) - Gerald Weaver
- Bitter Harvest (1963) - Karl Denny
- Children of the Damned (1964) - Dr. David Neville
- Arabesque (1966) - Beshraavi
- Otley (1968) - Sir Alex Hadrian
- Where's Jack? (1969) - The Lord Chancellor
- The Adventurers (1970) - President Rojo
- The Day of the Jackal (1973) - The Minister
- Luther (1973) - Thomas De Vio
- Telefon (1977) - Colonel Malchenko
- The Medusa Touch (1978) - Barrister
- Force 10 from Navarone (1978) - Petrovitch
- Agatha (1979) - Lord Brackenbury
- The Riddle of the Sands (1979) - Dollmann
- Nijinsky (1980) - Baron de Gunzburg
- Shōgun (1980) - Father Dell'Aqua