This Irish-born actor made a name for himself in Hollywood playing Brits, both contemporary and historical, but he preferred to work in the U.K. In the ’50s, Richard Todd had a string of frock flick hits first with Disney then with major movies depicting both English and French history. He was Ian Flemming’s first choice to portray James Bond on film, but scheduling conflicts prevented this. Todd kept acting until late in his life, including small roles in historical costume TV such as Sherlock Holmes (1992) and The Royal (2003), which I unfortunately can’t find pix from. Still, we can enjoy his earlier work!
Robin Hood in The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)
Charles Brandon in The Sword and the Rose (1953)
Rob Roy MacGregor in Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue (1953)
Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights (1953)
Sir Walter Raleigh in The Virgin Queen (1955)
Comte Axel von Fersen in Shadow of the Guillotine (1956)
Lt. Col. John Wynter in D-Day the Sixth of June (1956)
Dunois, Bastard of Orleans, in Saint Joan (1957)
Maj. John Howard in The Longest Day (1962)
Captain Charles Bulman in Boy Dominic (1974)
What’s your favorite frock flick role by Richard Todd?