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Eric Porter

Eric Porter

Actor

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 Elizabeth Spall, Porter first attended Wimbledon Technical College before stepping onto the stage as a walk-on in a production of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" in February 1945 at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge. He continued in repertory until joining the National Service with the RAF during the war years. Early post-war credits would include touring with Sir Donald Wolfit and Sir Barry Jackson in their prestigious companies. Favorite roles in his repertoire would eventually include "Macbeth", "King Lear" and "Uncle Vanya". He won London's Evening Standard Award for "Rosmersholm" in 1959. Joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, he became a prime, esteemed resident for decades. Porter made his film debut in mid-career with The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) at age 36, but it was the BBC that made him an international favorite as the ever-proper but intensely emotional and unhinged "Soames Forsyte". Taboos were broken on that series with a violent rape scene that had people talking for months. Along with the newly acquired fame came leads in lesser films such as The Lost Continent(1968) and Hands of the Ripper (1971), adding class to both those atmospheric horrors. On the plus side, Porter engaged himself frequently in quality TV miniseries fare includingAnna Karenina (1977), The Jewel in the Crown (1984) and Oliver Twist (1985) (as Fagin), while transferring many classics to TV as well, with "Cyrano de Bergerac", "Man and Superman" and "Macbeth" being but a few.

Born: April 8, 1928 in Shepard's Bush, London, UK

Died: May 15, 1995 (Age 67)

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Eric Porter  Movies & TV Credits

Title Rating Job Role(s) Year
Movie
5.6
ActorEnobarbus1972
Movie
6
ActorTobin1975
Movie
5.7
ActorLansen1968
Movie
6.4
ActorGeneralfeldmarschall Robert Ritter von Greim1973
Movie
6.8
ActorJulianus1964
Movie
6.3
ActorDr. John Pritchard1971
Movie
6.3
ActorAsher Smith1973
Movie
6.6
ActorHunter1974
Movie
5.7
ActorHarry Dominion1966
Movie
6.7
ActorChief Superintendent Lomas1978
Movie
6.6
ActorTerboven1965
Movie
7.9
ActorColonel Rodin1973
Movie
7
ActorStolypin1971
Movie
7.9
ActorMajor Pollock / John Malcolm1970
Movie
8
ActorArthur Winslow1977
Movie
ActorStanley Wilkinson1981
Movie
8.2
ActorProfessor Moriarty1985
Movie
7.9
ActorJames Player1994
TV Show
9
ActorHenry VII1989
TV Show
7.6
Actor1 Episode1970-1984
TV Show
8.3
ActorSoames Forsyte
26 Episodes
1967-1967
Limited Series
8.5
ActorMacbeth (voice)
1 Episode
1969-1970
TV Show
6.7
ActorArthur Winslow
1 Episode
1965-1983
TV Show
6.7
ActorMacbeth
1 Episode
1965-1983
TV Show
6.7
ActorCyrano De Bergerac
1 Episode
1965-1983
TV Show
6.7
ActorCouncillor Albert Parker
1 Episode
1965-1983
TV Show
Actor1 Episode1978-1985
TV Show
8.5
ActorProfessor Moriarty
3 Episodes
1984-1985
Short Film
6.5
ActorNarrator (voice)1977
Movie
7.6
ActorMr. Havisham1980
Movie
ActorHarold1966
Movie
7.4
ActorGen. Sir Alan Brooke1979
Movie
6.8
ActorDr. Nicholson1980
Movie
7.8
ActorPolonius1980
Movie
7.1
ActorDeputy Governor Danforth1981
Movie
Actor1948
Limited Series
7.1
Actor12 Episodes1985-1985
Limited Series
8.3
Actor8 Episodes1981-1981
Limited Series
8.2
ActorDimitri Bronowsky
14 Episodes
1984-1984
Limited Series
7.6
ActorKarenin
10 Episodes
1977-1977
Title Rating Job Role(s) Year
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