Date of Birth: 06/01/1919
Place of birth: Dublin
Citizenship: United Kingdom
Author: Elena Murzina
Richard Andrew Peyltorp-Todd (Richard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd) was born June 1, 1919 in Dublin, Ireland (Dublin, Ireland). His father, William Andrew Peyltorp-Todd (Andrew William Palethorpe Todd), was a doctor and world-class player in rugby to win for his country three cups in the national team. As a child, Richard spent several years in India (India), where his father, a British officer who served as an army doctor. Then his family moved to West Devon (West Devon), and Richard went to Shrewsbury School school. After high school, Todd has been trained for a military career in the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst), but changed his mind and enrolled at drama school Italia Conti Academy. After hearing about the changes in the life of her son, the mother almost ceased to communicate with him. As an actor, later confessed to learn at the age of 19 years of her suicide, he did not grieve too long.
Richard made his debut as a professional actor in 1936, in a production of Shakespeare`s` Twelfth nochi` (Twelfth Night) at the legendary Open Air Theatre in Regent`s Park (Open Air Theatre, Regent`s Park). He has played in regional theaters, and then in 1939 became a founding member of the Repertory Theatre Dundee Repertory Theatre.
During World War II, Todd joined the Army and ended up in the British 6th Airborne Division. June 6, 1944, in the rank of captain, he was involved in the operation `Tonga` (Operation Tonga), landing paratroopers during the Normandy operations. Todd was one of the first British officers to set foot on the land of Normandy (Normandy) in a transaction `Overlord` (Operation Overlord). In 1962, Richard played in the American war drama `The longest den` (The Longest Day) of the Allied landing in Normandy.
After the war, Todd returned to the British stage, and in 1948 signed a contract with the film company `Associated British`. Although Richard before the war, had to withdraw in small roles in three films without mention of his name in the credits, this debut in the film for him was the crime drama `For Them That Trespass` (1949). In 1949 he played in the American adaptation of the play about the war `Hot serdtse` (The Hasty Heart) and was nominated for `Oscar (Oscar Award) for Best Actor. In 1955, he played the role of Lieutenant Colonel Guy Gibson (Guy Gibson) in the military drama `Destroyers plotin` (The Dam Busters), and this role has glorified actor. His other films such as `Fear stseny` (Stage Fright, 1950),` Sword and roza` (The Sword and the Rose, 1953), `A man called Piter` (A Man Called Peter, 1954),` long and short, and vysokiy` (the long and the short and the Tall, 1961), `Grey` Dorian (Dorian Gray, 1970),` long teney` House (House of the long Shadows, 1983); and a plurality of series - `Kto` Doctor (Doctor Who),` She wrote ubiystvo` (Murder, She Wrote), `Midsomer ubiystva` (Midsomer Murders) and` serdtsa` Heartbeat (Heartbeat), his last work.
Todd was the first wife in 1949, the actress Catherine Grant-Bogle (Catherine Grant-Bogle), in 1970 they divorced. From his first marriage, the actor had a son, Peter (Peter Palethorpe-Todd, 1952-2005) and daughter Fiona (Fiona Palethorpe-Todd). In 1970, he married model Virginia Mailer (Virginia Mailer), who bore him a son, Andrew (Andrew Palethorpe-Todd) and Seamus (Seamus Palethorpe-Todd, 1977-1997). With Virginia he divorced in 1992. Peter and Seamus committed suicide, both shot themselves. Richard suffered deeply because of the death of the sons and often visited their graves. In retirement, Todd lived in the village of Little Ponton (Little Ponton), and then to Little Hamby (Little Humby), 8 km from Grantham (Grantham).
Suffering from cancer, Richard Todd died in his sleep Dec. 3, 2009, at the age of 90 years, Little Hamby, Lincolnshire, England (Little Humby, Lincolnshire, England).