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Ian Richardson Dies
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0129  Monday, 12 February 2007

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Monday, February 12, 2007
Subject: 	Ian Richardson Dies

A number of obituaries for Ian Richardson have appeared in the 
newspapers and on Internet news services.

The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/11/AR2007021101396.html

The LA Times:
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-richardson10feb10,1,2811507.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california&ctrack=1&cset=true

And from Playfuls.com:
http://www.playfuls.com/news_0005162_British_Shakespeare_Actor_Ian_Richardson_Dies.html

British Shakespeare Actor Ian Richardson Dies
06:42 PM, February 9th 2007
by News Staff

British Shakespearean actor Ian Richardson, who also played Professor 
Henry Higgings in My Fair Lady and starred in a number of films and 
popular TV series, has died, aged 72, his agent in London said Friday.

Richardson, best known for his role as the Machiavellian chief whip 
Francis Urquhart in the BBC drama House of Cards, also appeared in TV 
adaptions of John Le Carre spy thrillers and films including Lolita, 102 
Dalmatians and, as Sherlock Holmes, in The Hounds of the Baskervilles.

He also played Professor Henry Higgins in the 1976 revival of My Fair Lady.


But Richardson, who was born on April 7, 1934 in Edinburgh, Scotland, 
was best known for his regular appearances on the British stage, mostly 
with the Royal Shakespeare Company of which he was a founder member.

He played Hamlet at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1960, and later 
performed in plays including Romeo and Juliet, King Lear and the Comedy 
of Errors.

In the mid-1960s, Richardson, who directed many Shakespeare productions, 
toured eastern Europe and the United States in Shakespeare plays.

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989 and is survived by his 
widow, the actress Maroussia Frank, whom he married in 1961.

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