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      Edmund Purdom

      Edmund Purdom

      Highest Rated: 92% Titanic (1953)

      Lowest Rated: 43% Pieces (1982)

      Birthday: Dec 19, 1924

      Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, UK

      Stage and screen actor Edmund Purdom, a handsome leading man in his youthful heyday, enjoyed a brief and blazing moment of '50s Hollywood stardom, before withdrawing to Europe and a robust career of Italian giallo thrillers, sword-and-sandal sagas, and German Westerns. Purdom arrived on Broadway in 1951, in the vaunted company of powerhouse wedded thespians Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, performing Broadway productions of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" and Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra." The actor, theater-trained from an early age, shone onstage and soon headed for Hollywood, starring in a string of lavish studio pictures, a pair of which are remembered more for the actors he replaced: Marlon Brando in the epic "The Egyptian" and tenor Mario Lanza in the musical "The Student Prince." Following the lively MGM musical "Athena," co-starring Debbie Reynolds and Linda Christian (whom he'd later marry), Purdom top-lined two additional studio misfires (the biblical drama "The Prodigal" and the adventure film "The King's Thief"), before retreating to Rome, where his career endured on European TV screens and films. He made notable appearances in the TV-movie roman-à-clef "Sophia Loren: Her Own Story," as famed director Vittorio de Sica (opposite Loren, of course), and in the star-studded 1964 romantic drama "The Yellow Rolls-Royce." A steady presence in low-budget horror films over the next four decades, Purdom tried his hand at directing the gruesome holiday chiller "Don't Open Till Christmas." He also starred as a Scotland Yard inspector on the trail of a psycho Santa killer.

      Highest rated movies

      92% Titanic
      57% The Student Prince
      43% Pieces

      Photos

      THE STUDENT PRINCE, from left: Edmund Purdom, Ann Blyth, on set, 1954 THE EGYPTIAN, Edmund Purdom, 1954, TM and Copyright ©20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved THE EGYPTIAN, Edmund Purdom, Bella Darvi, 1954, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE EGYPTIAN, Jean Simmons, Edmund Purdom, 1954, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. ATHENA, Jane Powell, Edmund Purdom, 1954 ATHENA, Debbie Reynolds, Edmund Purdom (second from right), Steve Reeves (right), 1954 THE PRODIGAL, Lana Turner, Edmund Purdom, 1955 THE STUDENT PRINCE, John Ericson, Edmund Purdom, 1954 THE EGYPTIAN, Edmund Purdom, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, 1954, TM and Copyright ©20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved THE STUDENT PRINCE, Betta St. John, Edmund Purdom, 1954 THE STUDENT PRINCE, Ann Blyth, Edmund Gwenn, Edmund Purdom, 1954 THE STUDENT PRINCE, from left, Edmund Purdom, Ann Blyth, 1954 THE STUDENT PRINCE, from left, Betta St. John, Edmund Purdom, 1954 MALAGA, Trevor Howard, Edmund Purdom, 1960 THE KING'S THIEF, from left: Edmund Purdom, Ann Blyth, 1955 THE PRODIGAL, George Robotham, Edmund Purdom, (background, in red ), Lana Turner, Louis Calhern, 1955 THE EGYPTIAN, Peter Ustinov, Edmund Purdom, Jean Simmons, 1954, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE KING'S THIEF, Edmund Purdom, David Niven, Ann Blyth, 1955. THE STUDENT PRINCE, Edmund Purdom, Edmund Gwenn, 1954 THE STUDENT PRINCE, Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, 1954

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kights of the Quest Ugo di Clarendon (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 24% Endless Descent CEO Steensland (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Killer vs Killers His Excelency (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fracchia contro Dracula Il conte Vlad (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 59% After the Fall of New York President of the Pan American Confederacy (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 15% Don't Open Till Christmas Inspector Ian Harris (Character),
      Director
      - 1984
      No Score Yet 87% The Scarlet and the Black British Intelligence Officer/Epilogue Narrator (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 0% Invaders of the Lost Gold Rex Larson (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 13% Ator, the Fighting Eagle Griba (Character) - 1982
      43% 51% Pieces The Dean (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 88% Sophia Loren: Her Own Story Vittorio de Sica (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Godfathers Secret Service Chief (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 25% The Concorde Affair Danker (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 56% The Fifth Cord Edouard Vermont (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Evil Fingers Edouard Vermont (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mister Scarface Luigi Cherico (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 31% The Night Child Doctor (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 8% Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks Prefect (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fifteen Year Old Captain Admiral Marlowe (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 21% Blackie the Pirate Viceroy (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gun Shy Piluk Sheriff Roger Brown (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Who Laughs Cesare Borgia (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shoot to Kill Jim (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 58% The Yellow Rolls-Royce Fane (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comedy Man Julian Baxter (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Ride to Santa Cruz Rex Kelly (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lafayette Silas Deane (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fury of the Pagans Toryok (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet White Slave Ship Dr. Bradley (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suleiman, the Conqueror Ibrahim Pascià (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 33% Queen of the Nile Tumos (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Ride to Santa Cruz Rex Kelly (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night They Killed Rasputin Rasputin (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 67% The Last of the Vikings King Sveno (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Malaga Peter Carran (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cossacks Shamil (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nights of Rasputin Rasputin (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapped in Tangiers John Milwood (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 17% Herod the Great Herod/Herodes (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Intruder Paul Quentin (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 36% The Prodigal Micah (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 17% The King's Thief Michael Dermott (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 24% Athena Adam Calhorn Shaw (Character) - 1954
      57% 75% The Student Prince Prince Karl (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 61% The Egyptian Sinuhe (Character) - 1954
      92% 66% Titanic Second Officer Lightoller (Character) - 1953