Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Cedric Hardwicke (1893-1964) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
British-born actor was well-established, knighted even, by the time he first worked in America, but upon arrival Hardwicke was a US fixture for almost thirty years. His father wanted him to be a doctor, but young Cedric happily flunked his entrance exams and entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) instead. He made his London stage debut in The Monk and the Woman in 1912, and his career progressed until 1914, when interrupted by the Great War for several years—most sources credit Hardwicke as one of the last British officers to leave the French war zone in 1921. Very active upon his return, Hardwicke found his niche in Shavian roles, though he played a variety of other parts including Cap'n Andy in Show Boat (1928). He had had a couple of earlier film roles, but his first starring role came in The Dreyfus Case (1931), followed by other UK releases such as The Ghoul (1933), Nell Gwyn (1934), and Power aka Jew Süss (1934). He became Sir Cedric Hardwicke when knighted at the 1934 New Year Honours, the youngest actor to receive that honor until Laurence Olivier in 1947. Hardwicke made his Hollywood debut in Les Misérables (1935) followed by Technicolor release Becky Sharp (1935). The following year Hardwicke made his Broadway debut in the short-lived Promise (1936), but Shadows and Substance (1938) soon propelled him to Broadway stardom. Hardwicke retained his British citizenship and returned to the London stage a few times after World War II—also appearing in the film The Winslow Boy (1948)—but he mostly hopped between Hollywood and Broadway during these latter years. Later Broadway successes were Don Juan in Hell (more GBS, 1951-52) and A Majority of One, which earned him a 1959 Tony nomination. His Hollywood legacy is built on supporting roles in titles such as On Borrowed Time (1939), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941) and Rope (1948), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), and The Ten Commandments (1956). Hardwicke appeared in several television anthology series and also made other TV guest appearances. A heavy smoker, Hardwicke developed emphysema and died at age 71.
Birthday: February 19