Jul. 30th, 1927
Upminster, Essex, England, UK
Richard Johnson's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2008 - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
2006 - Scoop
2001 - Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
1986 - Lady Jane
1979 - Zombi 2
1976 - The Message
1975 - Il medaglione insanguinato
1970 - Julius Caesar
1967 - Deadlier Than the Male
1966 - Khartoum
1965 - Operation Crossbow
1959 - Never So Few
Guest TV Roles
Colonel Gilbert Spencer
Dr. Raymond Parke
Sir William Embleton
Born in Upminster, Essex, England in 1927, Richard Johnson attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and then performed in John Gielgud's repertory company until joining the navy during World War II. After the war, he appeared successfully in the West End and made his film debut in the early 1950s. The debonair and handsome Johnson was a natural to portray playboy type characters, perhaps the most memorable being "Bulldog Drummond" in Deadlier Than the Male (1967) and Some Girls Do (1969/I). Later in his career, he turned to more serious roles, such as "Marc Antony" in Antony and Cleopatra (1974) (TV), and also tried his hand at producing in the late 1980s.
- According to several sources, Johnson was at least considered for the part of "James Bond" in _Dr. No (1962)_ (qv). Some say he was actually offered the part but turned it down because he did not want to sign a multi-picture contract. Nonetheless, he did play a very Bondian version of British detective "Bulldog Drummond" in two late sixties films, _Deadlier Than the Male (1967)_ (qv) and _Some Girls Do (1969/I)_ (qv).
- Son of Frances Louisa Olive Tweed and Keith Holcombe Johnson.
- Father of 'Sorel Johnson' (qv) and Jevis Johnson (b. 1969) with Sheila Sweet, Jennifer Johnson with Mary Louise, and Nicholas Johnson (b. 1976) with 'Françoise Pascal' (qv).
- Father-in-law of 'Will Parnell' (qv).
- Attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, UK.
- Founder of United British Artists (1983 - 1987).
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