Richard Pasco

Richard Edward Pasco, CBE (18 July 1926 – 12 November 2014) was a British stage, screen and TV actor.

Richard Pasco
Richard Edward Pasco

(1926-07-18)18 July 1926
Died12 November 2014(2014-11-12) (aged 88)
Years active1954–2002
Spouse(s)Greta Watson (1956–1964) (1 child)
Barbara Leigh-Hunt (1967–2014) (his death)
ChildrenWilliam (b. 1960)

Early life

Pasco was born in Barnes, London, the son of Phyllis Irene (née Widdison) and Cecil George Pasco.[1] He was educated at the King's College School, Wimbledon. He became an apprentice stage manager at the Q Theatre, before studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama, where he won the gold medal. He then spent three years with the Birmingham Repertory Company.


One of his earliest screen appearances was as Teddy in Room at the Top (1959). His other films include Yesterday's Enemy (1959), Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960), The Gorgon (1964) and Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966), all for Hammer Studios.

During his lengthy stage career, which began in 1943, he worked with the Old Vic, the Royal Court, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. Pasco played the part of Frank Rice in the original stage production of John Osborne's play The Entertainer (1957) with Laurence Olivier.[2] One of his most memorable performances was in John Barton's 1974 production of Richard II for the RSC (alternating the title role and that of Bolingbroke with Ian Richardson).[3] Among his radio successes were his performances of BBC Radio 4's Morning Story for BBC Pebble Mill producer David Shute. He portrayed Lieutenant-Commander Ericson in the 1980 BBC Radio adaptation of Nicholas Monsarrat's The Cruel Sea. His TV credits include the role of Brutus in Julius Caesar and the "melancholy" Jacques in As You Like It (1979) by William Shakespeare in the BBC's Shakespeare cycle. Pasco played the leading part of Stephen Sorrell in the 1984 TV mini-series Sorrell and Son.[4]

His later work includes Mrs. Brown (1997), the Inspector Morse episode "Dead on Time", A Dance to the Music of Time (1997), and Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1998). He married actress Barbara Leigh-Hunt in 1967. He died aged 88 on 12 November 2014.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1957Kill Me TomorrowDr. Fisher
1959Room at the TopTeddy
1959Yesterday's Enemy2nd Lt. Hastings
1960Sword of Sherwood ForestEdward, Earl of Newark
1964Hot Enough for JunePlakov
1964The GorgonPaul Heitz
1966Rasputin, the Mad MonkDr. Zargo
1979Julius CaesarBrutusTV movie
1980The Watcher in the WoodsTom Colley
1984Arch of TriumphVeber
1997Mrs BrownDoctor Jenner


  1. Film Reference biography
  2. Coveney, Michael (6 October 2005). "A king with a PM's problems". The Independent. UK. Retrieved 1 June 2009. the greatest RSC productions...the best ever was John Barton's with Ian Richardson and Richard Pasco
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