Richard Haydn (I) (1905–1985)

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London-born character actor George Richard Haydon was noted for his put-on nasal delivery and pompous, fussy manner. Haydn had a laborious start to his show business career, selling tickets in the box office of London's Daly Theatre. This was followed by an unsuccessful stint with a comedy act in musical revue. For a change of pace, he became ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Sound of Music Max Detweiler
Alice in Wonderland Caterpillar
And Then There Were None Thomas Rogers
Young Frankenstein Herr Falkstein


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 1985 The Hugga Bunch (TV Movie)
Bookworm (voice, uncredited)
 1974 Young Frankenstein
Herr Falkstein
 1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Edward (segment "Love and the Impossible Gift")
- Love and the Face Bow/Love and the Impossible Gift/Love and the Love Kit (1973) ... Edward (segment "Love and the Impossible Gift")
 1972 The Return of Charlie Chan (TV Movie)
Andrew Kidder
 1972 McCloud (TV Series)
- Fifth Man in a String Quartet (1972) ... Edwin
 1971 Lassie (TV Series)
Henry Newton
- The Flying Grandpa (1971) ... Henry Newton
 1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
- The Old Who Came in from the Spy (1969) ... Blanton
 1969 Bonanza (TV Series)
Malcolm the Magnificent
- The Lady and the Mountain Lion (1969) ... Malcolm the Magnificent
 1968 Bewitched (TV Series)
Kenzu Mishimoto
- A Majority of Two (1968) ... Kenzu Mishimoto
 1967 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
- The Wide Open Door (1967) ... Whitey
 1967 The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
Quentin Bartlett
 1966 Laredo (TV Series)
Jonathan Pringle
- A Very Small Assignment (1966) ... Jonathan Pringle
 1965 Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion
Rupert Rowbotham
 1965 The Sound of Music
Max Detweiler
 1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Mr. Hemingway
- The Mad, Mad Tea Party Affair (1965) ... Mr. Hemingway
 1964 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Edwin Carp
- The Return of Edwin Carp (1964) ... Edwin Carp
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Julian Clarington
- Who Killed Jason Shaw? (1964) ... Julian Clarington
 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty
William Brown
 1962 Five Weeks in a Balloon
Sir Henry Vining
 1960 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Bartlett Finchley
- A Thing About Machines (1960) ... Bartlett Finchley
 1960 Let's Make Love
Prologue Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1960 The Lost World
Prof. Summerlee
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- The Ugly Duckling (1960) ... Chancellor
 1960 Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Alfred North
 1959 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
- This Will Do Nicely (1959) ... Cedric
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Prime Minister
- The Emperor's New Clothes (1958) ... Prime Minister
 1957-1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
The Accountant / Muche / Stephen Spettigue
- Heart of Darkness (1958) ... The Accountant
- Topaze (1957) ... Muche
- Where's Charley? (1957) ... Stephen Spettigue
 1958 Twilight for the Gods
Oliver Randall Wiggins
 1956 The Toy Tiger
John Fusenot
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
 1955 Jupiter's Darling
 1954 Her Twelve Men
Dr. Avord Barrett
 1953 Money from Home
Bertie Searles
 1953 Never Let Me Go
Christopher Wellington St. John Denny
 1952 The Merry Widow
Baron Popoff
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1951 Alice in Wonderland
Caterpillar (voice)
 1950 Mr. Music
Jerome Thisbee (as Claud Curdle)
 1949 Dear Wife
Early Riser / radio announcer (as Stanley Stayle)
 1948 Miss Tatlock's Millions
Fergel (as Richard Rancyd)
 1948 The Emperor Waltz
Emperor Franz-Josef
 1948 Sitting Pretty
Mr. Clarence Appleton
 1947 Forever Amber
Earl of Radcliffe
 1947 The Foxes of Harrow
Andre LeBlanc
 1947 Singapore
Deputy Commissioner Hewitt
 1947 The Late George Apley
Horatio Willing
 1947 The Beginning or the End
Dr. Chisholm
 1946 Cluny Brown
Jonathan Wilson
 1946 The Green Years
Jason Reid
 1945 Adventure
 1945 And Then There Were None
Thomas Rogers
 1945 Tonight and Every Night
Specialty (scenes deleted)
 1943 Who Killed Who? (Short)
The Victim (voice, uncredited)
 1943 The Vitamin G-Man (Short)
The Professor / Waiter (uncredited)
 1943 No Time for Love
Roger Winant
 1943 Forever and a Day
Mr. Fulcher
 1942 Thunder Birds: Soldiers of the Air
George Lockwood
 1941 Ball of Fire
Prof. Oddly
 1941 Charley's Aunt
Charley Wyckham
 1938 Red Peppers (TV Movie)
George Pepper
 1938 Marshal Your Facts! 2 (TV Movie)
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Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
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He performed in Geoffrey Wright, Robert MacDermot, John Adrian Ross, and Nicholas Phipps's revue, "Members Only," at the Gate Studio Theatre in London, England with Charles Hawtrey, Hermione Gingold, Kenneth Carten, Nicholas Phipps, Nadine March, Ann Morrison, Billy Milton, Reginald Beckwith, and Gabrielle Brune in the cast. ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Claud Curdle | Richard Rancyd | Stanley Stayle


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Reprised his Edwin Carp character on an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show. See more »


In his most comic roles, he deliberately makes himself sound as if he were talking through his nose, although he avoided doing this in his most popular film, The Sound of Music (1965).

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