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Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(16 February 1935 – 13 January 2016) was an English actor. He appeared on the stage and in film, and is known for both acting in and directing Shakespeare
Shakespeare
productions. He received seven Tony nominations, the second most for a male actor behind Jason Robards, who had eight.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Stratford Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Festival credits as actor 6 Stratford Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Festival credits as director 7 Filmography 8 Awards and nominations 9 References 10 External links

Early life[edit] Bedford was born in Morley, West Yorkshire, the son of Ellen (née O'Donnell) and Arthur Bedford, a postman.[1] He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London
London
from 1952–55.[2] At RADA, he was in the same class as Albert Finney, Alan Bates
Alan Bates
and Peter O'Toole.[3] Career[edit] Primarily a stage actor, he was known for his English-speaking interpretations of the French playwright Molière, including Tony Award nominated performances in Tartuffe, The Molière
Molière
Comedies (a double bill of the short plays The School for Husbands and The Imaginary Cuckold) and The School for Wives, for which he received the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.[4] He did a great deal of Shakespearean work, notably as Ariel in The Tempest opposite John Gielgud's Prospero
Prospero
in 1958, and at the Stratford Festival in Canada
Canada
including Angelo in Measure for Measure, Malvolio in Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
and the title role in Richard III
Richard III
directed by Robin Phillips, and The Public Theater's New York Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Festival Shakespeare
Shakespeare
in the Park productions of As You Like It
As You Like It
(as Jaques), and Timon of Athens
Timon of Athens
(as Timon) on Broadway, with the National Actors Theatre in 1993. Bedford's additional Broadway credits include The Seven Descents of Myrtle, Private Lives, Two Shakespearean Actors, London
London
Assurance and Jumpers. Bedford appeared with James Garner
James Garner
in the 1966 film Grand Prix, and in 1967 he was a regular on the short-lived CBS
CBS
series Coronet Blue. He provided the voice of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
in the 1973 Disney film of the same name. In 1997 Bedford was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. Other honours include the Obie Award, the Outer Circle Critics Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the L.A. Drama Critics Award.[2] In 2009, Bedford starred as "Lady Bracknell" in The Importance of Being Earnest, marking 27 seasons of acting and/or directing, at the Stratford Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Festival in Canada.[5] He repeated the role in 2010 (in a double role as both actor and director) for the Roundabout Theatre in New York, which earned him a 2011 Tony Award
Tony Award
nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.[6] Personal life[edit] Mr Bedford shared homes in Stratford, Ontario
Stratford, Ontario
and in Santa Barbara, California with fellow actor Tim MacDonald, his partner since 1985 and husband since 2013.[6][7] Death[edit] Bedford died from cancer on 13 January 2016 in Santa Barbara, California, at the age of 80.[8] His remains were cremated.[9] Stratford Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Festival credits as actor[edit]

"Twelfth Night" (1975) by William Shakespeare —Malvolio Measure for Measure
Measure for Measure
(1975) by William Shakespeare —Angelo Richard III
Richard III
(1977) by William Shakespeare —Richard III The Guardsman (1977) by Ferenc Molnár —The Actor As You Like It
As You Like It
(1977,1978) by William Shakespeare —Jacques Private Lives
Private Lives
(1978) by Noël Coward —Elyot The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
(1978) by William Shakespeare —Leontes Uncle Vanya
Uncle Vanya
(1978) by Anton Chekov —Dr Astrov Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
(1980) by William Shakespeare —Benedick Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
(1980) by William Shakespeare —Malvolio The Seagull
The Seagull
(1980) by Anton Chekov —Trigorin The Misanthrope
The Misanthrope
(1981) by Molière —Alceste Arms and the Man
Arms and the Man
(1982) by George Bernard Shaw —Bluntschli "Blithe Spirit" (1982) by Noël Coward —Charles "Richard II" (1983) by William Shakespeare —Richard II "Tartuffe" (1983,1984) by Molière —Tartuffe "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1984) by William Shakespeare —Bottom "Waiting for Godot" (1984) by Samuel Beckett —Vladimir The Relapse
The Relapse
(1989) by John Vanbrugh —Lord Foppington The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice
(1989) by William Shakespeare —Shylock The Lunatic, the Lover & the Poet (1989) by Brian Bedford —adapted Shakespeare
Shakespeare
texts "Macbeth" (1990) by William Shakespeare —Macbeth "Julius Caesar" (1990) by William Shakespeare —Brutus The Lunatic, the Lover & the Poet (1990) by Brian Bedford —adapted Shakespeare
Shakespeare
texts Timon of Athens
Timon of Athens
(1991) by William Shakespeare —Timon "Much Ado About Nothing" (1991) by William Shakespeare —Dogberry The School for Wives
The School for Wives
(1991) by Molière —Arnolphe "Measure for Measure" (1992) by William Shakespeare —Duke "Twelfth Night" (1994) by William Shakespeare —Feste " The School for Husbands & The Imaginary Cuckold" (1994) by Molière —Sganarelle Amadeus (1995,1996) by Peter Shaffer —Salieri "The Little Foxes" (1996) by Lillian Helman —Horace "Equus" (1997) by Peter Shaffer —Dysart Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
(1998) by William Shakespeare —Benedick A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream
(1999) by William Shakespeare —Bottom The School for Scandal
The School for Scandal
(1999) by Richard Brinsley Sheridan —Sir Peter Teazle "Tartuffe" (2000) by Molière —Tartuffe "Private Lives" (2001) by Noël Coward —Elyot "The Seagull" (2001) by Anton Chekov —Sorin The Lunatic, the Lover & the Poet (2002) by Brian Bedford —adapted Shakespeare
Shakespeare
texts Present Laughter
Present Laughter
(2003) by Noël Coward
Noël Coward
 —Garry Essendine "Love's Labour's Lost" (2003) by William Shakespeare —Don Armado London
London
Assurance (2006) by Dion Boucicault —Sir Harcourt Courtly "Twelfth Night" (2006) by William Shakespeare —Malvolio King Lear
King Lear
(2007) by William Shakespeare —King Lear The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest
(2009) by Oscar Wilde —Lady Bracknell

Stratford Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Festival credits as director[edit]

"Titus Andronicus" (1978,1980) by William Shakespeare "Coriolanus" (1981) by William Shakespeare "The Rivals" (1981) by Richard Sheridan "Blithe Spirit" (1982) by Noël Coward The Lunatic, the Lover & the Poet (1989,1990,2002) by Brian Bedford "Phaedra" (1990) by Racine "Othello" (1994) by William Shakespeare Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot
(1996,1998) by Samuel Beckett "Equus" (1997) by Peter Shaffer The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
(1998) by William Shakespeare "Private Lives" (2001) by Noël Coward "Present Laughter" (2003) by Noël Coward "Noises Off" (2004) by Michael Frayn Fallen Angels (2005) by Noël Coward London
London
Assurance (2006) by Dion Boucicault "King Lear" (2007) by William Shakespeare The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest
(2009) by Oscar Wilde Blithe Spirit (2013) by Noël Coward

Filmography[edit]

Films

Year Title Role Notes

1957 Miracle in Soho Johnny

1960 The Angry Silence Eddie Barrett

1961 Traitor in a Steel Helmet Himself

1963 The Punch and Judy Man 1st Escort

1965 The Holy Terror Billy Sims

1966 The Pad and How to Use It Bob Handman

1966 Grand Prix Scott Stoddard

1973 Robin Hood Robin Hood Voice

1995 Nixon Clyde Tolson

2002 Mr. St. Nick Jasper

2004 A Christmas Carol Mr. Fezziwig

2011 The Importance of Being Earnest Lady Bracknell Also Director

Awards and nominations[edit]

Tony Awards

1971 Best Leading Actor in Play – The School for Wives
The School for Wives
(winner) 1992 Best Leading Actor in Play – Two Shakespearean Actors (nominee) 1994 Best Leading Actor in Play – Timon of Athens
Timon of Athens
(nominee) 1995 Best Leading Actor in Play – The Molière
Molière
Comedies (nominee) 1997 Best Leading Actor in Play – London
London
Assurance (nominee) 2003 Best Leading Actor in Play – Tartuffe
Tartuffe
(nominee) 2011 Best Leading Actor in Play – The Importance of Being Earnest (nominee)

Drama Desk Awards

1969 Outstanding Performance – The Misanthrope
The Misanthrope
(winner) 1970 Outstanding Performance – Private Lives
Private Lives
(winner) 1971 Outstanding Performance – The School for Wives
The School for Wives
(winner) 1974 Outstanding Performance – Jumpers (winner) 1992 Outstanding Actor in a Play – Two Shakespearean Actors (winner) 1994 Outstanding Actor in a Play – Timon of Athens
Timon of Athens
(nominee) 2011 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play – The Importance of Being Earnest (winner)

Obie Awards

1965 Outstanding Performance – The Knack (winner)

References[edit]

^ Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
profile, FilmReference.com; accessed 25 August 2011. ^ a b RADA Student and Graduate Profiles: – Brian Bedford, rada.ac.uk; accessed 15 January 2016. ^ Guy Flatley (24 July 2007). "The Rule of O'Toole". MovieCrazed. Retrieved 4 April 2008.  ^ Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
profile, kino-teatr.ru; accessed 15 January 2016. (in Russian) ^ " Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
profile". Stratford Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Festival. Archived from the original on 13 August 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2009.  ^ a b Brantley, Ben (5 January 2011), "The Importance of Being Astonished", New York Times, retrieved 9 March 2011  ^ Weber, Bruce (13 January 2016). "Brian Bedford, Stage Actor Who Brought the Classics to Life, Dies at 80". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 January 2016.  ^ "Brian Bedford, Stratford Festival icon, dead at age 80". CBC News. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.  ^ https://www.noozhawk.com/article/actor_brian_bedford_voice_of_robin_hood_dies_in_santa_barbara

External links[edit]

Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
on IMDb Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia entry

Awards for Brian Bedford

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play

Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1975) John Wood (1976) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) Philip Anglim (1979) John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1984) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1985) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) Ron Silver
Ron Silver
(1988) Philip Bosco (1989) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1990) Ron Rifkin
Ron Rifkin
(1991) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1996) David Morse / Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1997) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(1998) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(1999) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2000) Richard Easton (2001) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(2002) Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard
(2003) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2004) Brían F. O'Byrne (2005) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2010) Bobby Cannavale
Bobby Cannavale
(2011) James Corden
James Corden
(2012) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Alex Sharp
Alex Sharp
(2015) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2016) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2017)

v t e

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

1975–2000

Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1975) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1976) Bob Dishy (1977) Jeffrey DeMunn
Jeffrey DeMunn
(1978) George Rose (1979) David Rounds (1980) Brian Backer (1981) Željko Ivanek / Adolph Caesar (1982) Alan Feinstein (1983) John Malkovich
John Malkovich
(1984) Barry Miller / Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton
(1985) Joseph Maher (1986) John Randolph (1987) B. D. Wong
B. D. Wong
(1988) Peter Frechette (1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1992) Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
/ Stephen Spinella (1993) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(1994) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1995) Martin Shaw (1996) Brian Murray (1997) Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
(1998) Kevin Anderson (1999) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(2000)

2001–present

Charles Brown (2001) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2002) Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
(2003) Ned Beatty
Ned Beatty
(2004) Michael Stuhlbarg
Michael Stuhlbarg
(2005) Samuel Barnett (2006) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(2007) Conleth Hill
Conleth Hill
(2008) Pablo Schreiber
Pablo Schreiber
(2009) Santino Fontana
Santino Fontana
(2010) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(2011) Tom Edden (2012) Richard Kind
Richard Kind
(2013) Reed Birney (2014) K. Todd Freeman (2015) Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon
(2016) Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

José Ferrer
José Ferrer
/ Fredric March
Fredric March
(1947) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
/ Paul Kelly / Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
(1948) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1949) Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1952) Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
(1953) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1954) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1955) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1956) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Jason Robards, Jr. (1959) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1960) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Arthur Hill (1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1965) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1966) Paul Rogers (1967) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1968) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1969) Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver
(1970) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1971) Cliff Gorman (1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Michael Moriarty (1974) John Kani
John Kani
and Winston Ntshona (1975) John Wood (1976) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) Tom Conti
Tom Conti
(1979) John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Roger Rees
Roger Rees
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) Ron Silver
Ron Silver
(1988) Philip Bosco (1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Nigel Hawthorne (1991) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Stephen Spinella (1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) George Grizzard
George Grizzard
(1996) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1997) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(1998) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(1999) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2000) Richard Easton (2001) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(2002) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2003) Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(2004) Bill Irwin
Bill Irwin
(2005) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) James Corden
James Corden
(2012) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Alex Sharp
Alex Sharp
(2015) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2016) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2017)

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