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      Graham Crowden

      Graham Crowden

      Highest Rated: 100% The Missionary (1982)

      Lowest Rated: 50% Britannia Hospital (1982)

      Birthday: Nov 30, 1922

      Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

      While best known for portraying quirky and memorable characters for BBC series, Scottish character actor Graham Crowden began his professional acting career in the theater. One of his most notable achievements was joining the National Theater, an acting company founded by screen and stage icon Laurence Olivier, and playing the role of The Player King in the classic comedy "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead." Crowden earned dozens of odd and colorful supporting roles in British television throughout the 1950s and 1960s until British New Wave film director Lindsay Anderson discovered his talent and cast Crowden as the History Master in his 1968 film, "If...." He went on to star in two more of Anderson's films: "O Lucky Man!," in which he played three separate roles, and the 1982 black comedy "Brittania Hospital," where he portrayed the maniacal surgeon Professor Millar. Part of Crowden's acting charm came with his ability to balance his career playing well-spoken, subdued gentlemen and psychotic, cringe-inducing miscreants. He found an opportunity to become a household name in 1974, when he was offered the role of the Fourth Doctor in the mega-hit BBC science fiction series "Doctor Who," but ultimately turned down the part by stating that he did not want to play a single character for three years. Not until 1990--and in his late 60's--did Crowden become a well-known face with his portrayal of mischievous retirement home resident Tom Ballard in the successful dramatic sitcom "Waiting for God."

      Highest rated movies

      The Missionary
      The Company of Wolves
      O Lucky Man!
      The Ruling Class
      Calendar Girls
      I Want You


      O LUCKY MAN!, Graham Crowden (center, leaning in), Malcolm McDowell (on table), 1973 BRITANNIA HOSPITAL, Jill Bennet (third left), Malcolm McDowell (lying down), Marsha A. Hunt, Craham Crowden, 1982, (c) United Artists Classics BRITANNIA HOSPITAL, Graham Crowden, Malcolm McDowell, Jill Bennett, 1982, (c) United Artists Classics O LUCKY MAN!, Malcolm McDowell, Graham Crowden, 1973 BRITANNIA HOSPITAL, Graham Crowden, 1982, (c) United Artists Classics BRITANNIA HOSPITAL, Graham Crowden (arms raised), 1982, (c) United Artists Classics BRITANNIA HOSPITAL, Graham Crowden (center), 1982, © United Artists BRITANNIA HOSPITAL, Malcolm McDowell (lying down), Graham Crowden (without mask), 1982, © United Artists



      74% 67% Calendar Girls Richard (Character) $31.0M 2003
      63% 58% Possession Sir George (Character) $10.1M 2002
      67% 61% I Want You Old Man (Character) $1.2K 1998
      No Score Yet 67% Discworld: Soul Music Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 40% The Innocent Sleep George (Character) $5.3K 1995
      No Score Yet 44% Code Name: Emerald Sir Geoffrey Macklin (Character) $515.0K 1985
      86% 73% The Company of Wolves Old Priest (Character) - 1985
      63% 82% Out of Africa Lord Belfield (Character) $83.1M 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Monsignor Quixote The Bishop (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder Rock Streeter (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flying Into the Wind Judge Wood (Character) - 1983
      50% 54% Britannia Hospital Professor Millar (Character) - 1982
      100% 42% The Missionary The Reverend Fitzbanks (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beloved Enemy Sir Peter (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fiona Lord Yardarm (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Abdication Cardinal Barberini (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Romance With a Double Bass Unknown (Character) - 1974
      80% 87% O Lucky Man! Stewart/Prof. Millar/Meths Drinker (Character) - 1973
      77% 85% The Ruling Class Truscott (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 43% The Road Builder Mr. Bolton (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 41% Up the Chastity Belt Sir Coward (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 67% The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Bishop of Cowley (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The File of the Golden Goose Smythe (Character) - 1969
      90% 87% If... History Master (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 50% One Way Pendulum Prosecuting Counsel/Caretaker (Character) - 1964


      No Score Yet 96% Foyle's War Sir John Sackville (Character) 2008
      No Score Yet 88% Midsomer Murders Reggie Barton (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vanity Fair Lord Bareacres (Character) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Waiting for God Unknown (Character) 1990-1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All Passion Spent Herbert (Character) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Classic Doctor Who Soldeed (Guest Star) 1979-1980
      68% 79% Doctor Who Soldeed (Character) 1979-1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Porridge Prison Doctor (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Beauty Unknown (Guest Star) 1974