Brian Blessed

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Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed , OBE (born October 9, 1936 in Mexborough , South Yorkshire , England ) is a British actor .

Life and accomplishments

Blessed took acting classes at Bristol Old Vic Theater School . From 1962 to 1965 he was in the television series Z Cars , in which he appeared again in 1978.

Blessed played his first film role in the British family film The Christmas Tree from 1966. In the miniseries The Three Musketeers from the same year he played the role of Porthos . In the film drama The Trojans (1971) he appeared on the side of Katharine Hepburn , Vanessa Redgrave and Geneviève Bujold . In the British science fiction series Moon Base Alpha 1 , he played the role of the scientist Mentor. In the miniseries Ich, Claudius, Kaiser und Gott (1976) with Derek Jacobi in the leading role of Emperor Claudius , he played the role of Emperor Augustus .

In the SF film Flash Gordon , Blessed played the role of Prince Vultan on the side of Sam J. Jones . In the historical film Henry V (1989) he played the role of Exeter on the side of Derek Jacobi and Kenneth Branagh . In the adventure film Robin Hood - King of Thieves (1991) he was seen as Lord Locksley next to Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman . In the historical drama King Lear (1999) he played the lead role of King Lear , he also directed.

He achieved great fame in 1983 for his expressive portrayal of the fictional Richard IV in the first season (Middle Ages) of the English sitcom Blackadder . Directed by Guillermo del Toro , he would have been given the role of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit .

Blessed is married to the actress Hildegarde Neil and has one child. He is a passionate mountaineer.

In June 2016, Blessed was awarded the Order of the British Empire with the rank of Officer (OBE).

Filmography (selection)

Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Save The Badger Badger Badger (with Brian May & Weebl )
  UK 79 07/09/2013 (1 week)

Individual evidence

  1. Tolkien's World : Brian Blessed as Thorin Eichenschild ( Memento of the original from April 29, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , February 23, 2012 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Esther Addley, Arise, Sir Rod: rock star knighted in Queen's birthday honors in: The Guardian , June 10, 2016, accessed June 11, 2016
  3. Chart sources: UK

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