Richard Waring

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Richard Waring
Richard Waring
Born Richard Stephens
(1910-05-27)27 May 1910
Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Died 18 January 1993(1993-01-18) (aged 82)
City Island, Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor

Richard Waring (born Richard Stephens, 27 May 1910 – 18 January 1993) was an English-born American actor. He appeared on film, stage and television.


Richard Waring and Ethel Barrymore in the Broadway production of The Corn Is Green (1940)

Richard Waring was born Richard Stephens in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, the son of Thomas E. Stephens, a painter, whose portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower hangs in the Smithsonian Gallery of Presidents. He later adopted his mother (Evelyn M. Stephens)'s maiden name, Waring, as his stage name.[citation needed]

Waring began his career in 1931 with Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theater in New York City in minor roles in Romeo and Juliet, Camille, and Cradle Song. In 1940 he played opposite Ethel Barrymore in The Corn is Green and later with Eva Le Gallienne and was signed to play the role in Hollywood opposite Bette Davis, but entered the army during World War II. Before that he was filmed in his best-known screen role in Mr. Skeffington (1944) as Fanny Trellis' brother Trippy.

After his war service he appeared on Broadway as the Duke of Buckingham in Henry VIII, John Shand in J. M. Barrie's What Every Woman Knows and as the Captain in George Bernard Shaw's, Androcles and the Lion.

He also appeared in many performances of the American Shakespeare Festival directed by John Houseman and at the Phoenix Theatre in New York City, playing both bit roles and major parts in many of Shakespeare's plays. He played opposite Katharine Hepburn in The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, and one performance in A Midsummer Night's Dream as Oberon before she had to leave the production.[when?][citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Waring married American actress Florida Friebus in 1934. They had one child who died in infancy. The couple divorced in 1952. Waring and his second wife, Kathy, had no children.[citation needed]

Waring was the brother of Peter John Stephens, a playwright and author.[citation needed]


Waring died of a heart attack on 18 January 1993 in City Island, Bronx, New York at the age of 82.

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  • The New York Times, 21 January 1993, by William Honan
  • The Guardian, 1 February 1993
  • Los Angeles Times (Record edition) 23 January 1993

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