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Date of Birth : Mar 28th 1921

His London West End acting debut was in 1939, with stage name “Derek Bogaerde” in J. B. Priestley’s play “Cornelius”. After the war his agent renamed him “Dirk Bogarde”, and his good looks helped him begin a career as a film actor, contracted to The Rank Organisation.[6]

During the 1950s, he also starred as a murderer who befriends a young boy in Hunted (aka The Stranger in Between) (1952); Appointment in London (1953) as a young airman in Bomber Command who, against orders, joins a major offensive against the Germans; The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954), playing a flight sergeant trapped in a dinghy with Sir Michael Redgrave; The Sleeping Tiger (1954), playing a neurotic criminal with co-star Alexis Smith in fine form, and Bogarde’s first film for American expatriate director Joseph Losey; Doctor at Sea (1955), co-starring Brigitte Bardot in one of her first film roles; Cast a Dark Shadow (1955), as a man who marries women for money and then kills them; The Spanish Gardener (1956), co-starring Cyril Cusack and Bernard Lee; Doctor at Large (1957), another entry in the “Doctor series”, co-starring Shirley Eaton; A Tale of Two Cities (1958), a faithful retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic; The Doctor’s Dilemma (1959), by George Bernard Shaw and co-starring Leslie Caron and Robert Morley, not a part of the “Doctor series”; and Libel (1959), playing two separate roles and co-starring Olivia de Havilland. Bogarde quickly became a matinee idol and was Britain’s number one box office draw of the 1950s, gaining the title of “The Matinee Idol of the Odeon.”


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Death In Venice ( 1971 )

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The Servant ( 1963 )

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Victim ( 1961 )

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