Saturday, May 30, 2009

Richard Todd: Actor, War Hero

Here's an absolutely fascinating story on actor Richard Todd, who was the first man to parachute into occupied France on D-Day. (Click the title of this post for the story.)

Here's another story from the BBC in 2003.

Ironically, Todd later appeared in films about D-Day, including Robert Taylor's D-DAY THE SIXTH OF JUNE (1956) and THE LONGEST DAY (1962).

Todd also notably starred in THE HASTY HEART (1949), also starring Ronald Reagan and Patricia Neal, and in a trio of British-made Disney films: THE STORY OF ROBIN HOOD AND HIS MERRIE MEN (1952), THE SWORD AND THE ROSE (1953), and ROB ROY, THE HIGHLAND ROGUE (1953).

Mr. Todd turns 90 just a few days after next week's commemoration of the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

He calls D-Day "the most significant day in the history of the world."

Mr. Todd, we salute you and every man who fought on that day, especially those who never came home. You all changed the world forever.

December 4, 2009 Update: Mr. Todd has passed away at the age of 90.


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