Thursday, March 20, 2008


Paul Scofield, the actor who portrayed Saint Sir Thomas More in the play and movie "A Man For All Seasons", has passed away at the age of 86. Scofield was far better known for his stage work and made very few movies, even though he could have capitalized on his achievement of the Best Actor Oscar for his role in "A Man For All Seasons".

He did do some significant, or at the very least high quality work in TV as well, however.......

Animal Farm (1999) (voice) .... Boxer

The Little Riders (1996) .... Grandpa Roden

"Martin Chuzzlewit" (1994) .... Old Martin Chuzzlewit/Anthony Chuzzlewit

The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank (1988).... Otto Frank

Mister Corbett's Ghost (1987) .... Mr. Corbett

Anna Karenina (1985) .... Karenin

"BBC2 Playhouse"
- A Song at Twilight (1982) .... Hugo Latymer
- Come Into the Garden, Maud (1982) .... Verner Conkin

"Play of the Month"
- The Ambassadors (1977) .... Lewis Lambert Strether

"Shades of Greene"
- When Greek Meets Greek and Dean (1975) .... Fennick

"ITV Saturday Night Theatre"
- Emlyn (1969) .... Sir Emlyn Bowen, Q.C.

Male of the Species (1969) .... The Guest

Genesi: La creazione e il diluvio (1994) (voice) .... Narrator / Noah

There is one movie I wanted to mention in this paltry remembrance - 'Quiz Show'. It was about the 1950s scandal in Television, when it was revealed that contestants on various game shows were being fed the answers. Scofield played poet Mark Van Doren, the father of central figure Charles Van Doren.
The scene here takes place in Van Doren's home in Northwestern Connecticut, not too far from my summer retreat......

Toby OB

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