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MessageSujet: Rip Ian Richardson   Lun 12 Fév - 2:56



hommage à Ian Richardson que je ne connaissais que pour son interprétation intense et marquante du leader des étrangers dans Dark city..

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Ian Richardson, who died yesterday aged 72, was one of the leading Shakespearean actors of the 1960s and 1970s; after 15 years with the Royal Shakespeare Company he changed course, subsequently starring in a host of television dramas, among them Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979), Mountbatten — the Last Viceroy (1986), Porterhouse Blue (1987) and House of Cards (1990).

As one of Peter Hall's earliest contract players, Richardson was one of an ensemble whose members, acting regularly together, developed a coherent and recognisable style that was beyond the reach of actors brought together for individual productions.


Ian Richardson, the actor best known for his role as Francis Urquhart in the BBC series House of Cards
Even the most cautious of critics predicted greatness for Richardson after he had been the leading man for the RSC at Stratford and the Aldwych in The Revenger's Tragedy, Coriolanus, The Tempest, Richard II and Richard III. His magnificent voice, arresting stage presence and incisive delivery of verse brought authority to every role.

On his 39th birthday, however, Richardson was sitting in the No 1 dressing room watching the swans glide past on the Avon when he looked in the mirror and decided that he had accomplished all he had dreamed of achieving in the classics. It was time for a change.

He did nothing precipitate. He further enhanced his reputation by doubling the roles of Richard and Bolingbroke with Richard Pasco in Richard II and with equally admired performances as Iachimo in Cymbeline, Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost and Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor; but when he did make the break, in 1975, things did not go quite as he had anticipated.

Although he went to Broadway to play Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady (for which he wore "a proper suit" for the first time in 20 years and won a Drama Desk award), he soon learned how little his work with the RSC meant to the casting directors of films, television and the commercial theatre.

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For a while he was on the dole — one morning he was even scrabbling round Covent Garden collecting fruit and vegetables. He also suffered a nervous breakdown, as a result of which he was sent to a nursing home run by nuns in Regent's Park; after three weeks' treatment he had recovered sufficiently to return home.

Then, in the late 1970s, Richardson scored his first signal success on television when the nation found itself transfixed by the adaptation of John Le Carré's novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, in which he gave a mesmerising performance as the soigné MI6 traitor Bill Haydon. The star of the series was Alec Guinness (as George Smiley), and it was Guinness, Richardson said, who "taught me how to act for the camera".

Once established as a screen actor, Richardson soon revealed a gift for impersonating public figures. He was Montgomery in Ike — The War Years ("Once I got the voice and strut right," Richardson remarked, "I was home and dry"); Pandit Nehru in Mountbatten — the Last Viceroy; and the Falkland Islands' governor Rex Hunt in An Ungentlemanly Act.

Richardson sometimes fretted about playing characters based on real people, fearing that, even if the character were dead, the performance might hurt surviving relatives and old friends. Margaret Thatcher warned him before he portrayed Nehru: "You had better get it right, otherwise my friend Mrs Gandhi will be very upset."

In 1989 he was appointed CBE, and the following year created perhaps his most famous role on television, that of Francis Urquhart, the scheming government chief whip in House of Cards, for which he won a Bafta for best actor. His celebrated line, "You may very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment" was quoted by John Major in the House of Commons.

Ian William Richardson was born into a non-theatrical family at Edinburgh on April 7 1934, and educated at Tyneside School. As a boy he struggled to persuade his parents that acting was a sensible choice of profession, even though he had shown promise as an amateur in rep at the Edinburgh People's Theatre.

After National Service as a duty announcer for the Forces' Broadcasting Service, he spent two years at the Glasgow College of Dramatic Art, where he enjoyed the tuition (through its link with Glasgow University) of the Shakespearean scholar Peter Alexander, and in 1957 won the James Bridie Gold Medal.

He then spent a season with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company, where his portrayal of Hamlet drew one critic to describe him as "a slight, sad-eyed figure of settled melancholy, earnest, sweet and boyish, who could suggest heartbreak in an inflection, a twist of the lip".

In 1960 Richardson moved to the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company at Stratford-on-Avon. He was one of the first of Peter Hall's long-term contract players at the company which, a year later, was renamed the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Richardson remained with the RSC throughout its heyday in the 1960s and early 1970s. His parts included Count Malatesti in The Duchess of Malfi (1960); Don John in Much Ado About Nothing (1961); Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1962); Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors (1962); Edmund in Peter Brook's production of King Lear with Paul Scofield as Lear (1964, European and Russian tour and Broadway); and Marat in Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade (Aldwych, 1965, and Broadway).

After leaving the RSC in 1975 Richardson undertook little theatre work. He did a season at the Old Vic in 1979, as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Khlestakov in Gogol's Government Inspector, and was back on Broadway two years later to appear in Lolita. In the 1990s, he was at Chichester in The Miser and The Magistrate. Between 2000 and 2004 he toured Australia and Canada in the compilation of Shakespearean speeches The Hollow Crown, and last year he played the leading role in The Creeper (Playhouse) and, at the National, was Sir Epicure Mammon in The Alchemist.

His work on the small screen was prodigious. Among his television plays and films were Danton's Death (1978); Churchill and the Generals (1979); The Devil's Disciple and Blunt (both 1987); The Winslow Boy (1989); and The Woman in White (1997).

His serials and series included Eyeless in Gaza (1971); Private Schulz (1981); The Master of Ballantrae (1984); Mistral's Daughter (1985); The Plot to Kill Hitler (1990); The Gravy Train (1990); Catherine the Great (1994); Gormenghast (2000); and Bleak House (2005).

Richardson's big screen credits included The Darwin Adventure (1971); Man of La Mancha (1972); The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982); Brazil (1984); Whoops Apocalypse (1987); The Fourth Protocol (1987); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990); M. Butterfly (1994); Dark City (1998); and From Hell (2002).

Ian Richardson married, in 1961, the former actress Maroussia Frank. They were a devoted couple. She travelled everywhere with him, and he once remarked: "Without Maroussia I cannot function. I don't even know which bank my account is with, the name of my accountant or how to work the Aga." His wife and their two sons survive him.


Rip monsieur Richardson salut

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