Paul Scofield

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David Paul Scofield, CH, CBE (21 January 1922 – 19 March 2008), better known as Paul Scofield, was an English actor of stage and screen. Noted for his distinctive voice and delivery, Scofield received an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for his performance as Sir Thomas More in the 1966 film A Man for All Seasons, a reprise of the role he played in the stage version at the West End and on Broadway for which he received a Tony Award.


Early life

Scofield was born in Birmingham, England, the son of Mary and Edward Harry Scofield, who was the headmaster at the Hurstpierpoint Church of England School.[2] When Scofield was a few weeks old, his family moved to Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.[3] He began attending the Varndean Secondary School in Brighton at the age of 12[4] where he took various roles in school plays.[5]

Scofield began his stage career in 1940 with a debut performance in Desire Under the Elms at the Westminster Theatre, and was soon being compared with Laurence Olivier. He played at the Old Rep in Birmingham. From there he went to the Shakespeare Memorial in Stratford. In 1947, he starred in Walter Nugent Monck's revival of Pericles, Prince of Tyre at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford.[6]


An actor of extraordinary intelligence, Scofield was noteworthy for his striking presence and distinctive voice, and for the clarity and unmannered intensity of his delivery. His versatility at the height of his career is exemplified by his starring roles in theatrical productions as diverse as the musical Expresso Bongo (1958) and Peter Brook's celebrated production of King Lear (1962).

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