The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0129 Monday, 12 February 2007
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:
The LA Times:
And from Playfuls.com:
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
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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