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Richard Todd

Richard Todd

(1919 – 2009)

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Richard Todd

Richard Todd
(1919 – 2009)

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Richard Todd

(1919 – 2009)
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This is an online tribute to Richard Todd OBE. Richard Todd was an Irish-born British stage and film actor and former soldier.
He was born Richard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd in Dublin, Ireland. Todd's father, Andrew William Palethorpe Todd, was an Irish physician and also notably an International Irish Rugby player who gained three caps for his country. His son spent a few of his childhood years in India, where his father, a British officer, served as an army physician.
Later his family relocated to West Devon, England and Todd attended Shrewsbury School. Upon leaving school, Todd trained for a potential military career at Sandhurst before inaugurating his acting training at the Italia Conti Academy.
He
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first appeared professionally as an actor at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in 1936 in a production of Twelfth Night. He played in regional theatres and then co-founded the Dundee Repertory Theatre in 1939.
During the Second World War, Todd joined the British Army receiving a commission in 1941. Initially, he served in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry before joining the Parachute Regiment and being assigned to the 7th (Light Infantry) Battalion as part of the British 6th Airborne Division.
On 6 June 1944, as a captain, he participated in the British Airborne Operation Tonga during the D-Day landings. Capt. Richard Todd was among the first British officers to land in Normandy as part of Operation
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Overlord. His battalion were reinforcements that parachuted in after glider forces had landed and completed the main assault against Pegasus Bridge near Caen. He later met up with Major John Howard on Pegasus Bridge and helped repulse several German counter attacks.
As an actor, Todd would later play Howard in the 1962 film The Longest Day.
After the war, Todd returned to repertory theatre in England. A film contract with Associated British followed and in 1948, he starred in the London stage version of The Hasty Heart (as Lachlan MacLachlan) and was subsequently chosen to star in the Warner Bros. film adaptation of the play, which was filmed in England. Todd was nominated for the Academy Award for Best
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Actor for the role in 1949.
He later appeared in the The Dam Busters (1955) as Wing Commander Guy Gibson, probably the role for which he is best known. Americans remember Todd for his role as the United States Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall in the film version of Catherine Marshall's best selling biography, A Man Called Peter.
In the 1970s, he gained new fans when he appeared as the reader for Radio Four's Morning Story. In the 1980s his distinctive voice was heard as narrator of the series Wings Over The World, a show about the history of aviation shown on Arts & Entertainment television. He himself appears before the camera in the episode about the Lancaster bomber. Todd continued to act on television,
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including roles in Virtual Murder, Silent Witness, and in the Doctor Who story Kinda in 1982.
His active acting career extended into his eighties. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.
Todd married twice, to actress Catherine Grant-Bogle, whom he met in Dundee Repertory (1949–1970) and model Virginia Mailer (1970–1992); Todd had two children with both women. In retirement, Todd lived in the village of Little Ponton and then later in Little Humby, 8 miles from Grantham.
Richard Todd passed away in his sleep on 3 December 2009. This is an online memorial dedicated to Richard Todd OBE and his many achievements throughout his life. May he rest in peace.
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A brilliant actor, a gentleman, great that we have his films to remember him by. Rest in peace Richard and thank you for the enjoyment you brought into my life with your films.
Ray
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This is an online tribute to Richard Todd OBE. Richard Todd was an Irish-born British stage and film actor and former soldier.
He was born Richard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd in Dublin, Ireland. Todd's father, Andrew William Palethorpe Todd, was an Irish physician and also notably an International Irish Rugby player who gained three caps for his country. His son spent a few of his childhood years in India, where his father, a British officer, served as an army physician.
Later his family relocated to West Devon, England and Todd attended Shrewsbury School. Upon leaving school, Todd trained for a potential military career at Sandhurst before inaugurating his acting training at the Italia Conti Academy.
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