Robert Atkins (actor)
"Old Vic" Shakespeare Co. photo
Robert Alexander Atkins
10 August 1886
|Died||9 February 1972 85) (aged|
|Occupation||Actor, producer & director|
Born in Dulwich, London, England, Atkins was most famous for his participation in the theatre. An early graduate of Beerbohm Tree's Academy of Dramatic Art, he joined the Old Vic company in 1915, and became Director of Productions for Lilian Baylis from 1921 to 1926. He also appeared many times on film and in television, though not with the success of his theatre career.
His first film was a 1913 production of Hamlet, as the First Player, with Johnston Forbes-Robertson in the title role. Atkins went on to appear in several other film and television roles over the next 50 years with the most famous production possibly being A Matter of Life and Death. He also produced and/or directed several adaptations of William Shakespeare plays during the '40s and '50s for British TV.
Robert Atkins was married twice: to Mary Sumner whom he divorced, and to Ethel Davey, a film editor. He died in London, England in 1972.
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