Richard Todd (1919-2009) b. Dublin, Ireland.
Born in Ireland, Todd spent a few of years of his childhood in India, before his family relocated to West Devon, England. A stage actor from 1938, he helped establish the Dundee Repertory Theatre the following year. During WWII, he spent six year’s serving with the King’s Own Light Infantry and the 7th Parachute Regiment. After the war Todd began his film career, and one of his earliest roles came in The Hasty Heart (1949); his portrayal of a terminally ill soldier would earn him a Best Actor Academy Award nomination.
He followed it with a role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Stage Fright (1950), and then worked in a clutch of adventure films throughout the next decade, including The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952), The Sword and the Rose (1953) and Rob Roy, The Highland Rogue (1954). His most memorable role was that of Wing Commander Guy Gibson in the British box-office smash The Dam Busters (1955). Soon after he appeared in a similar role in the naval drama The Yangtse Incident (1957). During the 1960s his ‘stiff upper lip’ stereotype caused him to be cast in numerous military films including Danger Within (1958), The Long and the Short and the Tall (1960), The Longest Day (1962) and Operation Crossbow (1965). However, by the late 60s his star status had faded, and this vibrant yet somewhat stiff British character actor returned to the theatre. He was awarded an OBE in 1993.