Monday, April 20, 2015
Q for Anthony Quayle
Born: September 7, 1913
Died: October 20, 1989
Aged: 76 years from cancer
Married: 2 times
A reliable and excellent character actor who has been seen in many films but people can't quite place him. He was an only child and was often lonely. In school he went into Rugby and RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts). He was taught by Sir Tyrone Guthrie and was greatly influenced by Sir John Gielgud. He started working as a comedic foil on stage but soon was able to find dramatic parts and even played in a couple of movies but more in the background. When World War 2 started he was one of the first to enlist and was a major in the Royal Artillery and he also worked for the OAS behind German lines with the Albanian patriots-he was a spy! After the war, he did not talk about his experiences even though he was greatly affected by it but he wrote & published 2 novels shortly after the war-"Eight Hours From England" and "On Such A Night". This probably helped him deal with his experiences. He resumed his theatre work which was his first love and worked in many great plays like "Titus Andronicus" with Laurence Olivier. He started appearing more and more in films and in 1985 he was knighted. When his good friend, David Niven, was struck with Lou Gehrig's disease, He took the lead in campaigning to raise awareness about this disease. He was a war hero and true British Gentleman.
Oscar Nomination: "Anne of a Thousand Days"
Films: "Hamlet", "No Time for Tears", "Guns of Navarone", "Lawrence of Arabia" "The Fall of the Roman Empire", "The Eagle Has Landed", "Murder By Decree".
Quote: "If life doesn't have that little bit of danger, you'd better create it. If life hands you that danger, accept it gratefully."
The films in bold are the films to look for first but all are great
OK so my T list came up by accident yesterday-hahahaaaa-It took me a while to figure out how to put it to the right date.
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HAHA. Yes, I always have this nightmare when I am scheduling that I will mess it up. The first time I forgot to hit 'publish' and couldn't figure out that I did wrong. Quayle is one of those actors who is there but you don't likely notice him.ReplyDelete
Poor Anthony but it is true. Yup so you will see my post again on Thursday:)Delete
Nice highlight of a face that many forget about, due to the fact that he was never a 'star'. Nice portrait!ReplyDelete
Nope not a major star but I felt he deserved some recognitionDelete
I remember Anthony Quayle as I have seen most of the films in which he appeared. Didn't know he had written a couple of books. Sounds like the might be good reads. I wondered what happened with your T post appearing.ReplyDelete
Hahahaaa-It will reappear on Thursday:) If you can find his books I think they would beDelete
I had a sneak preview of T too! These things happen. I remember being taken to Anne of a Thousand Days when I was at school - for the historical content. I believe there must have been some sex in it because the teacher thanked us later for not being "silly". Couldn't have told you Anthony Quayle was in it though.ReplyDelete
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Poor guy and he was nominated for that role. Yup sneak peek:)Delete
Wow, an actor with real honor. And a knight!ReplyDelete
Yup! An interesting manDelete
I had not heard of Anthony Quayle but he does look a bit steady in his photo;maybe that's why he played a lot of roles but didn't stand out like one that was a bit more handsome?? I did see your T yesterday; confused the heck out of me, LOL, thinking "how did I fall behind." But now we have something to look forward to in the next few days :)ReplyDelete
Sorry for the confusion-my boo boo but I fixed it so will see it again on Thursday. He is the dependable actor-poor guyDelete
lol the poor T was caught indeed.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a stand up guy indeed. Never recognized the name but I did recognize some of the movies.
That is his problem-great actor but no one knows himDelete
Like Pat, I didn't recognize his name but I know some of the movies. A war hero and a knight. That's awesome!ReplyDelete
He deserves more recognition...poor guyDelete
Sadly (for this list) a rare occurrence: a "feel good" story.ReplyDelete
Hahahaaa-I know-there are a few...just a few:)Delete
What an amazing life! I didn't recognize the name either, but his face is familiar. Thanks for another great story!ReplyDelete
Yup he was always the good guy that no one remembersDelete
Great story - I confess that I couldn't actually think of a Q for this list. I recognized his face, but not his name.ReplyDelete
You go, girl!
I did Anthony Quinn last year so that left Quayle-poor guy and he was a spy-interesting lifeDelete
So many people you've (I've) never heard of live remarkably interesting lives.ReplyDelete
He really would be interesting to read about but unsure if there is a book out there about himDelete
He was a character which, in a mediocre movie, elevated it to pretty darn good.ReplyDelete
He was reliable and an excellent actor but no one can recall him-he deserved to be here today:)Delete
I don't recognize the name, but the face... I've seen him in something or other.ReplyDelete
It is always the face although I knew him since I was a kid but that is because I am film nutDelete
He sounds like a nice guy. I've never heard of him, but I don't watch many movies or a lot of TVReplyDelete
He was always the character actorDelete
I remember watching him in Anne of a Thousand Days years and years ago!ReplyDelete
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Great film that I saw in school like everyone elseDelete
He was indeed a good actor. Another cancer victim....ReplyDelete
Cancer is a big one along with Heart disease. Seems to give a good idea about the average personDelete
I do like a little danger with my life.ReplyDelete
Who doesn't! He looks so average and yet he was anything but!.Delete
In some of his photos, the Husband's brother kinda resembles him. Quite handsome, Mr. Quayle was, as is the Bro-in-law.ReplyDelete
I never thought of him as that but more of a very capable man which he wasDelete
Lawrence of Arabia was a great film. I watched it a few years ago.ReplyDelete
I had the benefit of seeing it on the big screen when the refurbished itDelete
Love his quote! (I've had every type of scheduling glitch on blogger that is possible)ReplyDelete
I think his quote is great and one would not think it comes from a man who looks..so suburban:)Delete
I'm appreciative of your A-Z posts, Birgit. You're teaching me so much. I also feel ignorant for not having heard of such a multi-talented and caring man.ReplyDelete
Thanks!! Not many people have heard of him but many know of his faceDelete