Michael Goodliffe

Michael Goodliffe

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Lawrence Michael Andrew Goodliffe (1 October 1914 – 20 March 1976) was an English actor best known for playing suave roles such as doctors, lawyers and army officers. He was also sometimes cast in working class parts. Goodliffe was born in Bebington, Cheshire (now Merseyside), the son of a vicar, and educated at St Edmund's School, Canterbury, and Keble College, Oxford. He started his career in repertory theatre in Liverpool before moving on to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon. He joined the British Army at the beginning of World War II, and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in February 1940. He was wounded in the leg and captured at the Battle of Dunkirk. Goodliffe was incorrectly listed as killed in action, and even had his obituary published in a newspaper. He was to spend the rest of the war a prisoner in Germany. Whilst in captivity he produced and acted in (and in some cases wrote) many plays and sketches to entertain fellow prisoners. These included two productions of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, one in Tittmoning and the other in Eichstätt, in which he played the title role. He also produced the first staging of Noel Coward's Post Mortem at Eichstätt. A full photographic record of these productions exists. After the war he resumed his professional acting career. As well as appearing in the theatre he worked in film and television. He appeared in The Wooden Horse in 1950 and in other POW films. His best known film was A Night to Remember (1958) in which he played Thomas Andrews, builder of the RMS Titanic. His best known television series was Sam (1973–75) in which he played an unemployed Yorkshire miner. He also appeared with John Thaw and James Bolam in the 1967 television series Inheritance. Suffering from depression, Goodliffe had a breakdown in 1976 during the period that he was rehearsing for a revival of Equus. He committed suicide a few days later by leaping from a hospital fire escape, whilst a patient at the Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London. Description above from the Wikipedia article Michael Goodliffe,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Born: Oct 01, 1914 In Bebington, Cheshire, England

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Known For
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryVon RyanPeeping TomA Night to RememberThe Night of the GeneralsCaptain Horatio Hornblower R.N.The Battle of the River PlateSink the Bismarck!
Filmography
To the Devil a DaughterTo the Devil a Daughter
Role: George de Grass
1976
Don't Be Like BrendaDon't Be Like Brenda
Role: Narrator (uncredited)
1973
Henry VIII and His Six WivesHenry VIII and His Six Wives
Role: Thomas More
1972
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryWilly Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Role: Mr. Teavee
1971
CromwellCromwell
Role: Solicitor General
1970
Still LifeStill Life
Role: David
1970
5th Day of Peace5th Day of Peace
Role: Gen. Snow
1970
The FixerThe Fixer
Role: Ostrovsky
1968
The Night of the GeneralsThe Night of the Generals
Role: Hauser
1967
Von Ryan's ExpressVon Ryan's Express
Role: Captain Stein
1965
633 Squadron633 Squadron
Role: Squadron Leader Frank Adams
1964
The 7th DawnThe 7th Dawn
Role: Trumphey
1964
Troubled WatersTroubled Waters
Role: Jeff Driscoll
1964
The GorgonThe Gorgon
Role: Professor Jules Heitz
1964
Woman of StrawWoman of Straw
Role: Solicitor
1964
80,000 Suspects80,000 Suspects
Role: Clifford Preston
1963
The £20,000 KissThe £20,000 Kiss1963
JigsawJigsaw
Role: Clyde Burchard
1962
Number SixNumber Six1962
The Day the Earth Caught FireThe Day the Earth Caught Fire
Role: Jacko Jackson the Night Editor
1962
No Love for JohnnieNo Love for Johnnie
Role: Dr. West
1961
Peeping TomPeeping Tom
Role: Don Jarvis
1960
Conspiracy of HeartsConspiracy of Hearts
Role: Father Desmaines
1960
Testament of OrpheusTestament of Orpheus
Role: English Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
1960
Sink the Bismarck!Sink the Bismarck!
Role: Captain Banister
1960
The Battle of the SexesThe Battle of the Sexes
Role: Detective
1960
The White TrapThe White Trap
Role: Inspector Walters
1959
A Night to RememberA Night to Remember
Role: Thomas Andrews
1958
Further Up the CreekFurther Up the Creek
Role: Lt. Commander Blakeney
1958
The Camp on Blood IslandThe Camp on Blood Island
Role: Father Paul Anjou
1958
The One That Got AwayThe One That Got Away
Role: R.A.F. Interrogator
1957
Fortune Is a WomanFortune Is a Woman
Role: Detective Insp. Barnes
1957
Wicked as They ComeWicked as They Come
Role: Larry Buckham
1956
The Battle of the River PlateThe Battle of the River Plate
Role: Captain McCall R.N., British Naval Attache for Buenos Aires
1956
Dial 999Dial 999
Role: John Moffat
1955
Quentin DurwardQuentin Durward
Role: Count De Dunois
1955
The End of the AffairThe End of the Affair
Role: Smythe
1955
Front Page StoryFront Page Story
Role: Kennedy
1954
Sea DevilsSea Devils
Role: Ragan
1953
Plan for CoalPlan for Coal1952
The Small Back RoomThe Small Back Room
Role: Till
1952
Cry, the Beloved CountryCry, the Beloved Country
Role: Martens
1952
The Hour of 13The Hour of 13
Role: Anderson
1952
Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.
Role: Col. Caillard - POW Escort
1951
The Wooden HorseThe Wooden Horse
Role: Robbie
1950
Family PortraitFamily Portrait
Role: Narrator (voice)
1950
Stop Press GirlStop Press Girl
Role: McPherson
1949


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