Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh Headshot

Director • Actor • Writer

Birth Date: December 10, 1960

Age: 63 years old

Birth Place: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Spouses: Emma Thompson

Partners: Helena Bonham Carter

Born on Dec. 10, 1960 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Kenneth Branagh moved to England with his family when he was 10. This is when he began his love affair with Shakespeare, reading 25-cent paperbacks of his plays. Branagh began his career in theater and soon became a familiar face on the acclaimed 1984 BBC trilogy "Too Late to Talk to Billy," "A Matter of Choice for Billy" and "A Coming to Terms for Billy." After making a name for himself with "Another Country," he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at age 23, and was the youngest "Henry V" in the troupe's history. He continued acting in British TV ventures such the BBC drama, "Fortunes of War" (1987). Branagh gained international recognition and dual Oscar nods as the director and star of the 1989 screen adaptation of Shakespeare's lyrical "Henry V." Branagh traveled to the United States to helm his next feature, the contemporary thriller "Dead Again" (1991) and then returned home to make "Peter's Friends" (1992), a British variation on "The Big Chill." That same year, Branagh directed "Swan Song," a short film based on a Chekhov short story. The film earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Film - Live Action. Branagh adapted Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993) as a big-screen, all-star romp through Tuscany with Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves. Branagh won critical acclaim for his turn as Iago to Laurence Fishburne's "Othello" (1995) and also won praise for writing and directing "A Midwinter's Tale" (1995). Branagh appeared as himself in Al Pacino's documentary "Looking for Richard" (1996), then followed with his own big screen version of "Hamlet," setting it in the 19th Century. On the small screen, Branagh's role as Reinhard Heydrich in the HBO original "Conspiracy" (2001) earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries. After co-starring alongside Tom Cruise in "Valkyrie" (2008), he starred in and executive-produced three feature-length adaptations of Henning Mankell's best-selling Wallander crime novels for the BBC. The three-part miniseries, "Wallander" (2009), later aired on PBS and earned the esteemed actor another Emmy Award nomination. Branagh then took some time away from the spotlight to focus on his latest directorial effort, the big-budget adaptation of Marvel Comics' "Thor" (2011). Branagh's performance earned him accolades including nominations at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor. Branagh next served as both director and supporting actor on the action thriller "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (2014). Branagh followed this with the CGI-heavy fairy tale "Cinderella" (2015). A more recent voice credit includes the animated adventure "Fireheart" (2022) and Branagh directed and starred in "Death on the Nile" (2022).

Credits

Blue Eye SamuraiStream

Voice
Abijah Fowler
Series
2023
100%

OppenheimerStream

Actor
Niels Bohr
Movie
2023
93%

A Haunting in VeniceStream

Actor
Hercule Poirot
Movie
2023
76%

A Haunting in VeniceStream

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Movie
2023
76%

A Haunting in VeniceStream

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Movie
2023
76%

Peter O'Toole – Along the Sky Road to AqabaStream

Self
Movie
2022

Kenneth Branagh Remembers... Billy Plays

Self
Show
2022

This EnglandStream

Actor
Boris Johnson
Miniseries
2022
44%

Branagh: Bringing Belfast Home

Self
Show
2022

Death on the NileStream

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Hercule Poirot
Movie
2022
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Death on the NileStream

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Movie
2022
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Death on the NileStream

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2022
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Fireheart

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Shawn Nolan
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2022

This Cultural Life

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2021

This Cultural Life

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2021

CBS Mornings

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2021

Na wielkim ekranie

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2021

BelfastStream

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2021
86%

BelfastStream

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2021
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BelfastStream

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Movie
2021
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Artemis FowlStream

Director
Movie
2020
8%

Artemis FowlStream

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2020
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TenetStream

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Sator
Movie
2020
69%

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

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Talk
2019

Lost Lives

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2019

All Is TrueStream

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William Shakespeare
Movie
2018
72%

All Is TrueStream

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Movie
2018
72%

All Is TrueStream

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Movie
2018
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The Sunday Project

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2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

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2017

DunkirkStream

Actor
Commander Bolton
Movie
2017
92%

Murder on the Orient ExpressStream

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Hercule Poirot
Movie
2017
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Murder on the Orient ExpressStream

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Movie
2017
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Murder on the Orient ExpressStream

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2017
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Upstart Crow

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Colin / The Stranger
Show
2016

Wallander: The White Lioness

Actor
Kurt Wallander
Movie
2016

Wallander: A Lesson in Love

Actor
Kurt Wallander
Movie
2016

Wallander: The Troubled Man

Actor
Kurt Wallander
Movie
2016

Branagh Theatre Live: The Entertainer

Actor
Archie Rice
Movie
2016

The Daily Show with Trevor NoahStream

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Talk
2015

Prodigal

Actor
Mark Snow
Show
2015

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

Making Of... Cinderella

Director
Show
2015

CinderellaStream

Director
Movie
2015
84%

Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale

Actor
Leontes
Movie
2015

Discovering Hamlet

Actor
Show
2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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Talk
2014

Jack Ryan: Shadow RecruitStream

Actor
Viktor Cherevin
Movie
2014
55%

Jack Ryan: Shadow RecruitStream

Director
Movie
2014
55%

World War 1 In Colour

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2013

The Feed

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2013

Afternoon Drama

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Spencer Tracy
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2012

Movie Talk With Peter Bart

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2012

Wallander - An Event in Autumn

Actor
Kurt Wallander
Movie
2012

Stars in Shorts

Actor
Mark Snow
Movie
2012

Discovering Hamlet

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2011

The Secrets of Scott's Hut

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Captain Scott
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2011

Rigolleto

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2011

ThorStream

Director
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2011
77%

My Week With MarilynStream

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Laurence Olivier
Movie
2011
83%

Prodigal

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Mark Snow
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2011

The Talk

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Talk
2010

Lorraine

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2010

Stars in Shorts

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2010

Ispettore Wallander: Assassinio senza volto

Actor
Movie
2010

Ispettore Wallander: L'uomo che sorrideva

Actor
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2010

Ispettore Wallander: L'uomo che sorrideva

Executive Producer
Movie
2010

Ispettore Wallander: La quinta donna

Actor
Movie
2010

In the House With Peter Bart & Peter Guber

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Show
2009

ES.TV

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2009

The Project

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2009

Skavlan

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2009

The Boat That Rocked

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Dormandy
Movie
2009

WallanderStream

Actor
Kurt Wallander
Series
2008
88%

WallanderStream

Executive Producer
Series
2008
88%

10 Days to War

Actor
Show
2008

Alien Love Triangle

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Steven Chesterman
Movie
2008

ValkyrieStream

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Henning von Tresckow
Movie
2008
62%

Chelsea Lately

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2007

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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2007

Sleuth

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Other Man on T.V.
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2007

Sleuth

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2007

Sleuth

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2007

The One Show

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2006

As You Like It

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2006

As You Like It

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2006

As You Like It

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2006

As You Like It

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2006

As You Like It

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2006

As You Like It

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2006

The Magic Flute

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2006

The Magic Flute

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2006

Walking with Monsters: Life Before Dinosaurs

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2005

Made in Hollywood

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Series
2005

Wallander

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2005

Wallander

Executive Producer
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2005

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

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2005

Warm Springs

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Movie
2005

The Goebbels Experiment

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2005

Cbeebies Bedtime Stories

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2004

Tavis Smiley

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2004

Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic

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2004

Five Children and It

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Uncle Albert
Movie
2004

Sea Monsters

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2003

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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2003

World War I in Colour

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2003

Real Time With Bill MaherStream

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2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

Chased by Dinosaurs

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2002

Shackleton

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2002

The Late Late Show

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2002

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Mr. Neville
Movie
2002

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsStream

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Gilderoy Lockhart
Movie
2002
82%

The Tramp and the Dictator

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Himself/Narrator
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2002

Walking with Beasts

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2001

ConspiracyStream

Actor
Reinhard Heydrich
Movie
2001
100%

The Road to El Dorado

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Miguel
Movie
2000

Love's Labour's Lost

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Berowne
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2000

Love's Labour's Lost

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2000

Love's Labour's Lost

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2000

How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog

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Peter McGowan
Movie
2000

Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces

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2000

Walking with DinosaursStream

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1999
100%

Talking Movies

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1999

Talking Movies

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1999

The Perriwig-Maker

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1999

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1999

Wild Wild WestStream

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Dr. Arliss Loveless
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1999
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Galapagos

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1999

Universal Horror

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1998

The Gingerbread Man

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Rick Magruder
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1998

The Proposition

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Father Michael McKinnon
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1998

CelebrityStream

Actor
Lee Simon
Movie
1998
42%

The Theory of Flight

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Richard
Movie
1998

The View

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1997

The Making of Hamlet

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1997

HamletStream

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Hamlet
Movie
1996
95%

HamletStream

Director
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1996
95%

HamletStream

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1996
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The Shadow of a Gunman

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Donal Davoren
Movie
1995

Sueños de una Noche de Invierno

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1995

Othello

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Iago
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1995

In the Bleak Midwinter

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1995

In the Bleak Midwinter

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1995

Anne Frank RememberedStream

Narrator
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1995
97%

Swan Song

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1994

Mary Shelley's FrankensteinStream

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Victor Frankenstein
Movie
1994
42%

Mary Shelley's FrankensteinStream

Director
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1994
42%

Late Night With Conan O'Brien

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Talk
1993

Swing Kids

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Herr Knopp
Movie
1993

Much Ado About NothingStream

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Seigneur Benedick
Movie
1993
90%

Much Ado About NothingStream

Director
Movie
1993
90%

Much Ado About NothingStream

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Movie
1993
90%

Much Ado About NothingStream

Writer (Screenplay)
Movie
1993
90%

Look Back in Anger

Actor
Show
1992

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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Talk
1992

Peter's Friends

Actor
Andrew Benson
Movie
1992

Peter's Friends

Director
Movie
1992

Charlie RoseStream

Guest
Talk
1991

Dead AgainStream

Actor
Roman Strauss/Mike Church
Movie
1991
81%

Dead AgainStream

Director
Movie
1991
81%

Henry VStream

Actor
Henry V
Movie
1989
98%

Henry VStream

Director
Movie
1989
98%

Henry VStream

Writer (Adaptation)
Movie
1989
98%

Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Director
Movie
1988

Fortunes of War

Actor
Guy Pringle
Show
1987

High Season

Actor
Rick
Movie
1987

Fortunes of War

Actor
Guy Pringle
Movie
1987

Regreso al Infierno Verde

Actor
Movie
1987

A Month in the Country

Actor
James Moon
Movie
1987

Ghosts

Actor
Oswald
Movie
1986

Coming Through

Actor
D.H. Lawrence
Movie
1985

A Matter of Choice for Billy

Actor
Billy Martin
Movie
1984

A Coming to Terms for Billy

Actor
Billy Martin
Movie
1984

To the Lighthouse

Actor
Charles Tansley
Movie
1983

Too Late to Talk to Billy

Actor
Billy
Movie
1982

CBS News Sunday Morning

Guest
News
1979

Play for Today

Actor
Billy Martin
Show
1970

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonStream

Guest
Talk
1962

Today

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News
1952

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