Harry Andrews (I) (1911–1989)

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British character actor Harry Andrews had the sort of massive granite face and square jaw that would stamp that career, but he set himself apart with brilliant stage and screen work. He had graduated from Wrekin College in Shropshire and then moved on to the stage, appearing with Liverpool Repertory in 1933 and focusing on Shakespearean roles. He ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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The Hill R.S.M. Wilson
Watership Down Gen. Woundwort
Superman 2nd Elder
Man of La Mancha The Innkeeper / The Governor


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 1989 Cause célèbre (TV Movie)
Francis Rattenbury
 1989 The Play on One (TV Series)
- Clowns (1989) ... Arthur
 1988 Jack the Ripper (TV Mini-Series)
Coroner Wynne Baxter
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Coroner Wynne Baxter
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Coroner Wynne Baxter
 1986 All Passion Spent (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Fitzgeorge
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Fitzgeorge
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Fitzgeorge
 1986 Inside Story (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Glenross
- Auld Lang Syne (1986) ... Lord Glenross
- Over My Dead Body (1986) ... Lord Glenross
 1986 The Return of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Lord Bellinger
- The Second Stain (1986) ... Lord Bellinger
 1985 Mesmerized
Old Thompson
 1985 Screen Two (TV Series)
- Lent (1985) ... Matey
 1985 Dynasty (TV Series)
Thomas 'Tom' Fitzsimmons Carrington
- The Will (1985) ... Thomas 'Tom' Fitzsimmons Carrington
 1982 A.J. Wentworth, B.A. (TV Series)
Rev. R. Gregory Saunders - The Headmaster
- The Outsider (1982) ... Rev. R. Gregory Saunders - The Headmaster
- Founder's Day (1982) ... Rev. R. Gregory Saunders - The Headmaster
- IIIA Goes to War (1982) ... Rev. R. Gregory Saunders - The Headmaster
- Problems, Problems (1982) ... Rev. R. Gregory Saunders - The Headmaster
- Mud Larks (1982) ... Rev. R. Gregory Saunders - The Headmaster
 1981 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
- The Sound Machine (1981) ... Klausner
 1981 Seven Dials Mystery (TV Movie)
Superintendent Battle
 1980 Hawk the Slayer
High Abbot
 1980 Closing Ranks (TV Movie)
Sir James Croft
 1980 The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (TV Movie)
Lord George Carnarvon
 1980 A Question of Guilt (TV Series)
Chief Insp. Whicher
- Constance Kent: Part 8 (1980) ... Chief Insp. Whicher
- Constance Kent: Part 7 (1980) ... Chief Insp. Whicher
- Constance Kent: Part 6 (1980) ... Chief Insp. Whicher
- Constance Kent: Part 5 (1980) ... Chief Insp. Whicher
- Constance Kent: Part 4 (1980) ... Chief Insp. Whicher
 1979 A Question of Faith
Leo Tolstoy
 1979 S.O.S. Titanic (TV Movie)
Capt. Edward J. Smith
 1978 Superman
2nd Elder
 1978 Watership Down
Gen. Woundwort (voice)
 1978 Death on the Nile
 1978 The Medusa Touch
Assistant Commissioner
 1978 The Big Sleep
 1978 The Four Feathers (TV Movie)
General David Feversham
 1977 Equus
Harry Dalton
 1977 Crossed Swords
 1976 The Passover Plot
Yohanan the Baptist
 1976 Clayhanger (TV Series)
Darius Clayhanger
- The Chain Is Broken (1976) ... Darius Clayhanger
- The Glorious Jubilee (1976) ... Darius Clayhanger
- Laid Aside (1976) ... Darius Clayhanger
- Punishment (1976) ... Darius Clayhanger
- Love (1976) ... Darius Clayhanger
 1976 The Blue Bird
 1976 Sky Riders
 1975 Valley Forge (TV Movie)
Gen. William Howe
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
- Two Gentle People (1975) ... Greeves
 1975 Edward the King (TV Mini-Series)
Colonel Bruce / General Bruce
- Alix (1975) ... General Bruce
- The New World (1975) ... Colonel Bruce
- An Experiment in Education (1975) ... Colonel Bruce
 1974 The Internecine Project
Bert Parsons
 1974 The Story of Jacob and Joseph (TV Movie)
 1973 Man at the Top
Lord Clive Ackerman
 1973 Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Gen. Sanderson
- An Affair of Honour (1973) ... Gen. Sanderson
 1973 The Final Programme
 1973 The MacKintosh Man
 1973 Theater of Blood
Trevor Dickman
 1972 Man of La Mancha
The Innkeeper / The Governor
 1972 What the Peeper Saw
 1972 The Ruling Class
Ralph Gurney - 13th Earl of Gurney
 1972 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Leo Tolstoy
- The Last Journey (1972) ... Leo Tolstoy
 1972 I Want What I Want
Roy's Father
 1972 Burke & Hare
Dr. Knox
 1971 Nicholas and Alexandra
Grand Duke Nicholas (Nikolasha)
 1971 The Nightcomers
Master of the House
 1970 Wuthering Heights
Mr. Earnshaw
 1970 Too Late the Hero
Col. Thompson
 1970 Brotherly Love
Brig. Crieff
 1969 A Nice Girl Like Me
Savage, Caretaker
 1969 Destiny of a Spy (TV Movie)
Gen. Kirk
 1969 Battle of Britain
Senior Civil Servant
 1969 The Southern Star
 1969 Play Dirty
Brig. Blore
 1968 The Sea Gull
Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin
 1968 The Night They Raided Minsky's
Jacob Schpitendavel
 1968 A Dandy in Aspic
 1967 I'll Never Forget What's'isname
Gerald Sater
 1967 Danger Route
 1967 The Long Duel
 1967 The Jokers
Insp. Marryatt
 1967 The Night of the Generals
Gen. Stulpnagel (uncredited)
 1967 The Deadly Affair
Inspector Mendel
 1966 Modesty Blaise
Sir Gerald Tarrant
 1965 Sands of the Kalahari
 1965 The Agony and the Ecstasy
 1965 The Hill
R.S.M. Wilson
 1965 The Truth About Spring
Judd Sellers
 1965 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
Sam Ryan
- The Paper Man (1965) ... Sam Ryan
 1964 The Girl-Getters
 1964 633 Squadron
Air Vice Marshal Davis
 1960-1964 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Ernie Leatherbound / Blanco White
- St Ernie: Leather Bound (1964) ... Ernie Leatherbound
- Some Talk of Alexander (1960) ... Blanco White
 1964 Nothing But the Best
Mr. Horton
 1964 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
- Studio '64: The Crunch (1964) ... Goddard
 1963 Underworld Informers
Superintendent Alec Bestwick
 1963 55 Days at Peking
Father de Bearn
 1963 Nine Hours to Rama
Gen. Singh
 1962 Lisa
 1962 Reach for Glory
Capt. Curlew
 1961 Barabbas
 1961 The Best of Enemies
Capt. Rootes
 1960 Circle of Deception
Captain Rawson
 1960 In the Nick
Chief Officer Williams
 1960 A Touch of Larceny
Capt. Graham
 1959 Solomon and Sheba
 1959 The Devil's Disciple
Maj. Swindon
 1958 Ice Cold in Alex
M.S.M. Pugh
 1958 I Accuse!
Major Hubert Henry
 1957 Saint Joan
John de Stogumber
 1956 Hell in Korea
The Regular Soldiers: Sgt. Payne / Sgt Payne
 1956 Moby Dick
 1956 Alexander the Great
 1956 Helen of Troy
 1955 The Man Who Loved Redheads
 1954 The Black Knight
Earl Of Yeonil
 1953 Paratrooper
 1952 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Lt. Geza von Mattachich
- Her Royal Highness (1952) ... Lt. Geza von Mattachich
 1952 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Medea Cup (1952) ... Juba
- Crown of Shadows (1952)
 1939 X = o (TV Movie)
 1939 Telecrime (TV Series)
- Circumstantial Evidence (1939) ... Benson
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He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Richard III," in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Marius Goring, Rachel Kempson, and Yvonne Mitchell in the cast. Glen Byam Shaw was director. See more »

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He had been a professional actor for twenty years before starting to work in films, but was then in so many over the next 25 years that the film critic Barry Took remarked that, if he ever saw a British film that Andrews wasn't in, he began to worry, "because I realize he must have been ill". See more »


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