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Alan Fernand Badel[1] (/bəˈdɛl/;[2] 11 September 1923 – 19 March 1982) was an English stage actor who also appeared frequently in the cinema, radio and television and was noted for his richly textured voice which was once described as "the sound of tears".

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1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Selected filmography 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Badel was born in Rusholme, Manchester, and educated at Burnage High School. He fought in France and Germany during the Second World War, serving as a paratrooper on D-Day.[3] He partially lost his hearing when a shell exploded near him.[4] Career[edit] In his early career, he played leading parts, including Romeo and Hamlet, with the Old Vic and Stratford companies.[citation needed] Badel's earliest film role was as John the Baptist
John the Baptist
in the Rita Hayworth version of Salome (1953), a version in which the story was altered to make Salome a Christian convert who dances for Herod in order to save John rather than have him condemned to death. He portrayed Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
in Magic Fire
Magic Fire
(1955), a biopic about the composer. He also played the role of Karl Denny, the impresario, in the film Bitter Harvest (1963). Around the same time, he played opposite Vivien Merchant in a television version of Harold Pinter's play The Lover (also 1963) and as Edmond Dantès
Edmond Dantès
in a BBC television adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
(1964). Badel also played the villainous sunglasses-wearing Najim Beshraavi in Arabesque (1966) with Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
and Sophia Loren. He played the French Interior Minister in The Day of the Jackal (1973), a political thriller about the attempted assassination of President Charles de Gaulle; in the political television drama Bill Brand (1976) he played David Last, the government's Employment Minister, a left-wing former backbench MP who had recently joined the front bench after 30 years in the House of Commons. One of his last roles was that of Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg in the Paramount film Nijinsky (1980). A television adaptation for the BBC of The Woman in White (1982) by Wilkie Collins, in which Badel played the role of Count Fosco, was shown posthumously.[5] Personal life[edit] Badel married the actress Yvonne Owen in 1942 and they remained married until his death from a heart attack in Chichester, aged 58. Their daughter Sarah Badel is an actress. Selected filmography[edit]

The Stranger Left No Card (1952) - Stranger Salome (1953) - John the Baptist Will Any Gentleman...?
Will Any Gentleman...?
(1953) - The Great Mendoza Three Cases of Murder
Three Cases of Murder
(1955) - Owen (segment "Lord Mountdrago") / Mr. X (segment "In the Picture") / Harry (segment "You Killed Elizabeth") Magic Fire
Magic Fire
(1955) - Richard Wagner This Sporting Life (1963) - Gerald Weaver Bitter Harvest (1963) - Karl Denny Children of the Damned
Children of the Damned
(1964) - Dr. David Neville Arabesque (1966) - Beshraavi Otley (1968) - Sir Alex Hadrian Where's Jack?
Where's Jack?
(1969) - The Lord Chancellor The Adventurers (1970) - President Rojo The Day of the Jackal (1973) - French Interior Minister Luther (1973) - Thomas De Vio Telefon (1977) - Colonel Malchenko The Medusa Touch (1978) - Barrister Force 10 from Navarone (1978) - Major Petrovitch Agatha (1979) - Lord Brackenbury The Riddle of the Sands (1979) - Dollmann Nijinsky (1980) - Baron de Gunzburg Shōgun (1980) - Father Dell'Aqua

References[edit]

^ " Alan Badel
Alan Badel
BFI". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 2015-07-02. Retrieved 2016-01-14.  ^ G. M. Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (Oxford UP, 1971), p. 9. ^ "Alan F Badel". ParaData.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-14.  ^ TV Times, 1973, 71 (22), p.7 ^ "Alan Badel". BFI Film
Film
Forever. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 

External links[edit]

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BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor

Paul Rogers (1955) Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing
(1956) Michael Gough (1957) Michael Hordern
Michael Hordern
(1958) Donald Pleasence
Donald Pleasence
(1959) Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan
(1960) Lee Montague (1961) Rupert Davies
Rupert Davies
(1962) Harry H. Corbett
Harry H. Corbett
(1963) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1964) Patrick Wymark
Patrick Wymark
(1965) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1966) Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitchell
(1967) Eric Porter (1968) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(1969) Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward
(1970) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1971) John Le Mesurier
John Le Mesurier
(1972) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1973) Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
(1974) Peter Barkworth (1975) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1976) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1977) Peter Barkworth (1978) Edward Fox (1979) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1980) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1981) Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andrews
(1982) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1983) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1984) Tim Pigott-Smith
Tim Pigott-Smith
(1985) Bob Peck (1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) David Jason (1988) Ray McAnally (1989) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1990) Ian Richardson
Ian Richardson
(1991) Robert Lindsay (1992) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1993) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1994) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1995) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1996) Nigel Hawthorne (1997) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(1998) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1999) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2000) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2001) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2002) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2003) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2004) Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans
(2005) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2006) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2007) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2008) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2009) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2010) Daniel Rigby (2011) Dominic West
Dominic West
(2012) Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
(2013) Sean Harris (2014) Jason Watkins (2015) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2016) Adeel Akhtar (2017)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 92241606 LCCN: n82225092 ISNI: 0000 0000 8400 4164 GND: 1033248797 SUDOC: 137829221 BNF: cb13891044p (data) BIBSYS: 99011321 BN

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