Eric Porter (I) (1928–1995)


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A highly respected Shakespearean for five decades until his death of colon cancer in 1995, classical actor Eric Porter's claim to international fame would, ironically, be outside of that realm, with one superb portrayal in one superb miniseries, The Forsyte Saga (1967), in which he won the BAFTA award. The son of Richard John Porter and Phoebe ... See full bio »

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(age 67) in London, England, UK

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The Day of the Jackal Colonel Rodin
(1973)
The Forsyte Saga Soames Forsyte
(1967)
(1965)
Callan Hunter
(1974)

Filmography

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 1994 Performance (TV Series)
James Player
- Message for Posterity (1994) ... James Player
 1986 The Return of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Professor Moriarty
- The Empty House (1986) ... Professor Moriarty
 1985 Oliver Twist (TV Mini Series)
Fagin
- Episode #1.12 (1985) ... Fagin
- Episode #1.11 (1985) ... Fagin
- Episode #1.10 (1985) ... Fagin
- Episode #1.9 (1985) ... Fagin
- Episode #1.8 (1985) ... Fagin
 1985 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Professor Moriarty
- The Final Problem (1985) ... Professor Moriarty
- The Red Headed League (1985) ... Professor Moriarty
 1984 The Jewel in the Crown (TV Mini Series)
Dimitri Bronowsky
- The Division of the Spoils (1984) ... Dimitri Bronowsky
- Pandora's Box (1984) ... Dimitri Bronowsky
- An Evening at the Maharanee's (1984) ... Dimitri Bronowsky
- The Day of the Scorpion (1984) ... Dimitri Bronowsky
- Regimental Silver (1984) ... Dimitri Bronowsky
 1982 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Petersham
- A Shilling Life (1982) ... Petersham
 1981 Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (TV Mini Series)
Neville Chamberlain
- What Price Churchill? (1981) ... Neville Chamberlain
- The Long Tide of Surrender (1981) ... Neville Chamberlain
- His Own Funeral (1981) ... Neville Chamberlain
- The Flying Peril (1981) ... Neville Chamberlain
- A Menace in the House (1981) ... Neville Chamberlain (uncredited)
 1981 The Crucible (TV Movie)
Deputy Governor Danforth
 1981 Play for Today (TV Series)
Stanley Wilkinson
- The Sin Bin (1981) ... Stanley Wilkinson
 1980 Little Lord Fauntleroy (TV Movie)
Havisham
 1980 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (TV Movie)
Polonius
 1980 Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (TV Movie)
Dr. Nicholson
 1979 Churchill and the Generals (TV Movie)
Gen. Sir Alan Brooke
 1978 The Thirty Nine Steps
Lomas
 1977 Anna Karenina (TV Mini Series)
Karenin
- Episode #1.10 (1977) ... Karenin
- Episode #1.9 (1977) ... Karenin
- Episode #1.8 (1977) ... Karenin
- Episode #1.7 (1977) ... Karenin
- Episode #1.6 (1977) ... Karenin
 1968-1977 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Arthur Winslow / Councillor Albert Parker / Macbeth / ...
- The Winslow Boy (1977) ... Arthur Winslow
- When We Are Married (1975) ... Councillor Albert Parker
- Macbeth (1970) ... Macbeth
- Separate Tables (1970) ... Major Pollock / John Malcolm
- Man and Superman (1968) ... Jack Tanner
 1976 The Canal Children (TV Mini Series)
Colonel Russell
- The Wager (1976) ... Colonel Russell
- The Secret Agent (1976) ... Colonel Russell
- Gunpowder (1976) ... Colonel Russell
- Buggets and Tonnage (1976) ... Colonel Russell
- A Gongoozler (1976) ... Colonel Russell
 1976 The Glittering Prizes (TV Mini Series)
Stephen Taylor
- A Past Life (1976) ... Stephen Taylor
 1975 Hennessy
Sean Tobin
 1975 Private Affairs (TV Series)
Charles Stewart Parnell
- The Statue and the Rose (1975) ... Charles Stewart Parnell
 1974 Callan
Hunter
 1973 The Belstone Fox
Asher Smith
 1973 The Day of the Jackal
Colonel Rodin
 1973 Hitler: The Last Ten Days
General Von Greim
 1972 Moods of Love (Short) (voice)
 1972 Antony and Cleopatra
Enobarbus
 1971 Nicholas and Alexandra
Stolypin
 1971 Hands of the Ripper
Pritchard
 1970 Solo (TV Series)
Leo Tolstoy
- Eric Porter as Leo Tolstoy (1970) ... Leo Tolstoy
 1968 Love Story (TV Series)
Richard Ciddle
- Spilt Champagne (1968) ... Richard Ciddle
 1968 The Lost Continent
Capt. Lansen
 1967 The Forsyte Saga (TV Series)
Soames Forsyte
- Swan Song (1967) ... Soames Forsyte
- Portrait of Fleur (1967) ... Soames Forsyte
- Afternoon at Ascot (1967) ... Soames Forsyte
- Strike (1967) ... Soames Forsyte
- The Silver Spoon (1967) ... Soames Forsyte
 1966 The Power Game (TV Series)
Dr. Vrieling
- Nothing's Free (1966) ... Dr. Vrieling
 1966 The Last Invasion (TV Movie)
Harold
 1966 Kaleidoscope
Harry Dominion
 1966 Knock on Any Door (TV Series)
Johnny Isaacs
- Pig Iron Johnny (1966) ... Johnny Isaacs
 1965 The Heroes of Telemark
Terboven
 1965 The Wars of the Roses (TV Mini Series)
Richmond
- The Lord Protector (1965) ... Richmond
 1965 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
'Newton'
- The Physicists (1965) ... 'Newton'
 1964 The Pumpkin Eater
Psychiatrist
 1957-1961 Theatre Night (TV Series)
The Lord Chamberlain / Vadim Romanoff
- Ondine (1961) ... The Lord Chamberlain
- Romanoff and Juliet (1957) ... Vadim Romanoff
 1959 Cards with Uncle Tom (TV Movie)
Edward Bradley
 1957-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Jock Robinson / Laszlo Rajk / Jonathan North
- Shadow of Heroes (1959) ... Laszlo Rajk
- Jonathan North (1957) ... Jonathan North
 1959 Foreign Field (TV Movie)
Matthew Hardy
 1959 World Theatre (TV Mini Series)
Brutus
- Julius Caesar (1959) ... Brutus
 1957 Town on Trial
Hospital Secretary (uncredited)
 1948 Emma (TV Movie)
 1946 Saint Joan (TV Movie)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Thomas Otway's play, "Venice Preserv'd", at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, London, England with John Gielgud, Paul Scofield, Eileen Herlie and Pamela Brown in the cast. Peter Brook was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)

Parents:

Porter, Richard John | Porter, Phoebe Elizabeth
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Personal Quote:

I think probably I find a certain difficulty in communicating easily, which is I suppose one of the reasons why I'm an actor. I choose acting as a means of communicating with people, whereas I can't fully communicate on other levels.

Trivia:

Had elocution lessons as he spoke with a thick Cockney accent. See more »

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