IAN RICHARDSON – DIED FEB. 9, 2007
BAFTA-winning Scottish actor Ian Richardson died in his sleep at age 72.
Mr. Richardson appeared in nearly 100 films and TV shows during his career. Mr. Richardson was best known in his native land for his portrayal of the reptilian politician Francis Urquhart in the mini-series House of Cards. Richardson reprised his role in the two spin-offs To Play the King and The Final Cut.
He was nominated three times for Best Actor BAFTA’s for the role of Francis Urquhart. Mr. Richardson won for House of Cards. He was also nominated for a fourth Best Actor BAFTA for the Falklands War docudrama
Mr. Richardson played Jean-Paul Marat in Peter Brook’s disturbing classic Marat/Sade. He also appeared in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil as Mr. Warrenn.
Among his many other credits are: the Peter O’Toole/Sophia Loren musical version of Man of La Mancha and the miniseries Ike and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Mr. Richardson also appeared in Whoops Apocalypse, Cry Freedom, M. Butterfly, B*A*P*S, and From Hell.