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Hugh Emrys Griffith (30 May 1912 – 14 May 1980) was a Welsh film, stage and television actor.[1] He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Ben-Hur (1959) and received an additional Oscar nomination in the same category for his work in Tom Jones (1963).

Contents

1 Early life 2 Acting career 3 Honours 4 Personal life/death 5 Complete filmography 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Griffith was born in Marian-glas, Anglesey, Wales, the son of Mary and William Griffith.[2] He was educated at Llangefni
Llangefni
County School and attempted to gain entrance to university, but failed the English examination. He was then urged to make a career in banking, becoming a bank clerk and transferring to London to be closer to acting opportunities.[3] Just as he was making progress and gained admission to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he had to suspend his plans in order to join the British Army, serving for six years with the Royal Welch Fusiliers in India and the Burma Campaign
Burma Campaign
during the Second World War.[3] He resumed his acting career in 1946. Acting career[edit] Between 1946 and 1976, Griffith won acclaim for many stage roles, in particular for his portrayals of Falstaff, Lear and Prospero.[3] Griffith performed on both sides of the Atlantic, taking leading roles in London, New York City and Stratford. In 1952, he starred in the Broadway adaption of Legend of Lovers, alongside fellow Welsh actor Richard Burton.[4] In 1958, he was back in New York, this time taking a lead role in the opening production of Look Homeward, Angel, alongside Anthony Perkins.[5] Both he and Perkins were nominated for the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play. Griffith began his film career in British films during the late 1940s, and by the 1950s was also working in Hollywood. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Ben-Hur (1959), and was nominated for his performance in Tom Jones (1963). In 1968, he appeared as the magistrate in Oliver!. His later career was often blighted by his chronic alcoholism.[6][7] He played the funeral director Caradog Lloyd-Evans in the 1978 comedy Grand Slam. While visibly unwell at the time of shooting (years of alcohol abuse had clearly taken their toll), Griffith's portrayal received widespread acclaim and helped the movie attain cult status.[citation needed] On television, he had major roles in Quatermass II
Quatermass II
(1955), a miniseries adaptation of A. J. Cronin's The Citadel (1960) and Clochemerle (1972).[citation needed] Honours[edit] He received an honorary degree from the University of Wales, Bangor, in 1980.[citation needed] Personal life/death[edit] Griffith died of a heart attack in London in 1980, shortly before his 68th birthday.[citation needed] Complete filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1939 Johnson Was No Gentleman A Footman TV movie

1940 Night Train to Munich Sailor Uncredited

Neutral Port Bit Uncredited

1947 The Wandering Jew Juan de Texeda TV movie

Maria Marten or, the Murder at the Red Barn Ishmael TV movie

The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus Mephistophilis TV movie

Silver Darlings Packman

1948 The Three Weird Sisters Mabli Hughes

So Evil My Love Coroner

The First Gentleman Bishop of Salisbury

A Comedy of Good and Evil The Rev. John Williams TV movie

London Belongs to Me Headlam Fynne

1949 The Last Days of Dolwyn The Minister

Kind Hearts and Coronets Lord High Steward

Doctor Morelle Bensall

A Run for Your Money Huw Price

1950 Gone to Earth Andrew Vessons Significantly changed for the American market, retitled The Wild Heart and released in 1952

1951 The Galloping Major Harold Temple, Process Server

Laughter in Paradise Henry Augustus Russell

1952 The Wild Heart Andrew Vessons

1953 The Titfield Thunderbolt Dan Taylor

The Beggar's Opera The Beggar

Escapade Andrew Deeson TV movie

The Broken Jug Judge Adam TV movie

The Teddy Bear Charley Delaney TV movie

1954 The Million Pound Note Potter Uncredited

The Sleeping Tiger The Inspector

1955 Passage Home Pettigrew

The Merry Christmas Scrooge TV movie

1957 The Good Companions Morton Mitcham

Lucky Jim Professor Welch

1959 Ben-Hur Sheik Ilderim Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Laurel Award for Top Male Supporting Performance (3rd place) National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor

The Story on Page One Judge Edgar Neilsen

1960 The Citadel Philip Denny TV movie

The Day They Robbed the Bank of England O'Shea

Point of Departure Father TV movie

Exodus Mandria

1962 The Counterfeit Traitor Collins

The Inspector Van der Pink

Term of Trial O'Hara

Mutiny on the Bounty Alexander Smith

1963 Tom Jones Squire Western Laurel Award for Top Male Supporting Performance (5th place) Nominated-Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated-BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture

1964 Hide and Seek Wilkins

The Bargee Joe Turnbull

1965 The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders Prison Governor

Treasure Island

Short

1966 The Poppy Is Also a Flower Salah Rahman Khan

How to Steal a Million Bonnet

1967 Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad Commodore Roseabove

The Sailor from Gibraltar Llewellyn

On My Way to the Crusades, I Met a Girl Who... Ibn-el-Rascid

Brown Eye, Evil Eye Tadeusz Bridges

1968 Il marito è mio e l'ammazzo quando mi pare Ignazio

Oliver! The Magistrate Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture

The Fixer Lebedev

1970 Start the Revolution Without Me King Louis XVI

Cry of the Banshee Mickey

Wuthering Heights Dr. Kenneth

1971 Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? The Pigman/Mr. Harrison

The Abominable Dr. Phibes Rabbi

1972 Dr. Phibes Rises Again Harry Ambrose

The Canterbury Tales Sir January

What? Joseph Noblart

1973 Crescete e moltiplicatevi

The Final Programme Professor Hira

Take Me High Sir Harry Cunningham

1974 Luther John Tetzel

Cugini Carnali Barone di Roccadura Also screened under the names Loving Cousins, Hot and Bothered, and High School Girl

Craze Solicitor

1975 Legend of the Werewolf Maestro Pamponi

1976 The Passover Plot Caiaphas

1977 Casanova & Co. The Caliph

Joseph Andrews Squire Western

The Last Remake of Beau Geste Judge

1978 Grand Slam Caradog Lloyd-Evans TV movie

The Hound of the Baskervilles Frankland

1979 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Sid Larkin

References[edit]

^ Obituary Variety, 21 May 1980. ^ "Hugh Griffith". BBC
BBC
Wales
Wales
Arts. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2013.  ^ a b c Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales
Wales
Press. p. 335. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.  ^ "Legend of Lovers". IBDb.com. Retrieved 1 February 2011.  ^ "Look Homeward, Angel". IBDb.com. Retrieved 1 February 2011.  ^ Biodrowski, Steve (2004). "Dr. Phibes Rises Again". Hollywood Gothique. Retrieved 16 April 2013.  ^ Turner, Robin (29 March 2009). "New book tells of Wales' famous boozers". Western Mail. walesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 

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Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

1936–1950

Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
(1936) Joseph Schildkraut
Joseph Schildkraut
(1937) Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
(1938) Thomas Mitchell (1939) Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
(1940) Donald Crisp
Donald Crisp
(1941) Van Heflin
Van Heflin
(1942) Charles Coburn
Charles Coburn
(1943) Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald
(1944) James Dunn (1945) Harold Russell
Harold Russell
(1946) Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(1947) Walter Huston
Walter Huston
(1948) Dean Jagger
Dean Jagger
(1949) George Sanders
George Sanders
(1950)

1951–1975

Karl Malden
Karl Malden
(1951) Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
(1952) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1953) Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
(1954) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1955) Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
(1956) Red Buttons
Red Buttons
(1957) Burl Ives
Burl Ives
(1958) Hugh Griffith
Hugh Griffith
(1959) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1960) George Chakiris
George Chakiris
(1961) Ed Begley
Ed Begley
(1962) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1963) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1964) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1965) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1966) George Kennedy
George Kennedy
(1967) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1968) Gig Young
Gig Young
(1969) John Mills
John Mills
(1970) Ben Johnson (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
(1972) John Houseman
John Houseman
(1973) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1974) George Burns
George Burns
(1975)

1976–2000

Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1976) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1977) Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
(1978) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1979) Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton
(1980) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1981) Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
(1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor
(1984) Don Ameche
Don Ameche
(1985) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(1988) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1989) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1990) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1993) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1994) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1995) Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
(1996) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1997) James Coburn
James Coburn
(1998) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2000)

2001–present

Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
(2002) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(2003) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2004) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2005) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2012) Jared Leto
Jared Leto
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2015) Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
(2017)

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National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor

John Williams (1954) Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford
(1955) Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
(1956) Sessue Hayakawa
Sessue Hayakawa
(1957) Albert Salmi
Albert Salmi
(1958) Hugh Griffith
Hugh Griffith
(1959) George Peppard
George Peppard
(1960) Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason
(1961) Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
(1962) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1963) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1964) Harry Andrews
Harry Andrews
(1965) Robert Shaw (1966) Paul Ford
Paul Ford
(1967) Leo McKern
Leo McKern
(1968) Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1969) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1970) Ben Johnson (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
/ Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1972) John Houseman
John Houseman
(1973) Holger Löwenadler
Holger Löwenadler
(1974) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1975) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1976) Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt
(1977) Richard Farnsworth
Richard Farnsworth
(1978) Paul Dooley
Paul Dooley
(1979) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1980) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1981) Robert Preston (1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) John Malkovich
John Malkovich
(1984) Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(1985) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) River Phoenix
River Phoenix
(1988) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1989) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1990) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1991) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1992) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(1993) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1994) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1995) Edward Norton
Edward Norton
(1996) Greg Kinnear
Greg Kinnear
(1997) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1998) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(1999) Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
(2000) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
(2002) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2003) Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church
(2004) Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
(2005) Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
(2006) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2007) Josh Brolin
Josh Brolin
(2008) Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2012) Will Forte
Will Forte
(2013) Edward Norton
Edward Norton
(2014) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(2015) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2016) Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
(2017)

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