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Basil Radford Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jun 25, 1897
  • Died: Oct 20, 1952

Actor Basil Radford was on the British stage from 1922 in twittish, tweedy comedy roles. His first film appearance was in 1929's [[Feature~V84448~Barnum Was Right~barnumwasright]]. International fame came Radford's way when he and Naunton Wayne originated the roles of cricket-obsessed Charters and Caldicott in Alfred Hitchcock's [[Feature~V28077~The Lady Vanishes~theladyvanishes]] (1938). Radford and Wayne continued to play these roles (or facsimiles thereof) in such films as Night Train (1940), [[Feature~V88228~Crooks Tour~crookstour]] (1941), [[Feature~V103857~Next of Kin~nextofkin]] (1942), [[Feature~V102410~Millions Like Us~millionslikeus]] (1945), and [[Feature~V12733~Dead of Night~deadofnight]] (1945). They were supposed to revive Charters and Caldicott once more for Sir Carol Reed's [[Feature~V49491~The Third Man~thethirdman]] (1949), but their roles were streamlined into a solo part for Wilfred Hyde-White. The best of Radford's later roles included the blindsided British bureaucrat in [[Feature~V113809~Tight Little Island~whiskygalore]] (1948). Basil Radford died of a heart attack at age 55, shortly after co-starring in [[Feature~V116743~White Corridors~whitecorridors]] (1951). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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