Friday, December 04, 2009

Actor, War Hero Richard Todd Dies at 90

Last May I wrote about actor Richard Todd, who was the first man to parachute into occupied France on D-Day. (Update: Other reports say "one of the first.")

Todd passed away yesterday at the age of 90.

Todd's notable films included THE HASTY HEART (1949), with Ronald Reagan and Patricia Neal, and the title role in A MAN CALLED PETER (1955), based on Catherine Marshall's book about her minister husband. Todd received an Oscar nomination as Best Actor for THE HASTY HEART.

In the early '50s Todd starred in a trio of Disney films made in Britain: THE STORY OF ROBIN HOOD AND HIS MERRIE MEN (1952), THE SWORD AND THE ROSE (1953), and ROB ROY, THE HIGHLAND ROGUE (1953).

Todd also appeared in the D-Day films D-DAY THE SIXTH OF JUNE (1956) and THE LONGEST DAY (1962). In THE LONGEST DAY, Todd played a scene opposite an actor who played himself!

A most remarkable life.


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