Richard Ainley

Richard Ainley (22 December 1910 – 18 May 1967) was a stage and film actor, son of Henry Ainley and half-brother of Anthony Ainley.

Richard Ainley
Born(1910-12-22)22 December 1910
Died18 May 1967(1967-05-18) (aged 56)
London, England
Years active1936-1943
Spouse(s)Ethel Glendinning
Betzi Beaton
Rowena Woolf
RelativesHenry Ainley (father)
Anthony Ainley (half-brother)

Although according to Allmovie his date of birth was 22 October 1910, The Internet Movie Database places it on 22 December. In any case, he was born in Stanmore, Middlesex and made his stage debut in 1928 and initially used the stage name Richard Riddle/Riddell, taking his mother's maiden name. His first motion picture appearance was in 1936 as Sylvius in As You Like It, which starred his father. Other roles included Ferdinand in the television movie of The Tempest (1939), Dr. Hale in Shining Victory (1941), and a Foreign Office official in the thriller Above Suspicion (1943).

Ainley married three times. He was divorced from his first two wives; his third wife Rowena Woolf died in 1968.

He retired from film work following a disabling wound while he was serving in the army during World War II to return to the stage. He was briefly principal of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the early 1960s.


Year Title Role Notes
1936As You Like ItSylvius
1937The FrogRay Bennett
1937Our Fighting NavyLieutenantUncredited
1937The Gang Show, aka The GangWhipple
1938Old IronHarry Woodstock
1938Lily of LagunaRoger Fielding
1939Stolen LifeMorgan
1939There Ain't No JusticeBilly Frist
1940An Englishman's Home, aka Mad Men of EuropeGeoffrey Brown
1940Lady with Red HairLou Payne
1941Here Comes HappinessJelliffe Blaine
1941Singapore WomanJohn Wetherby
1941Shining VictoryDr. Hale
1941Bullets for O'HaraMcKay Standish
1941The Smiling GhostCousin Tennant Bentley
1941Passage from Hong KongLt. Norman MacNeil-Fraser
1942White CargoMr. Worthing
1943Three Hearts for JuliaPhilip Barrows
1943Du Barry Was a LadyMarching Rebel Behind King LouisUncredited
1943Above SuspicionPeter Galt
1943The Man from Down UnderMilitary DoctorUncredited
1943I Dood ItLarry West


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