Paul Scofield Dead at 86

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  1. Northland

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    Tragic week-Arthur Clarke, Anthony Minghella and now Paul Scofield.


    Scofield, perhaps best known for his Academy Award winning performance in A Man For All Seasons was 86.
    This from Reuters:

    REUTERS - British actor of stage and screen, Paul Scofield has died of leukaemia at the age of 86.
    Here are a few details about his life:
    * Scofield was trained as an actor at the Croydon Repertory Theatre School and at the Mask Theatre School in London.
    * A passionate guardian of his privacy, Oscar-winning British actor Paul Scofield reached the peaks of stardom on stage and screen without seeking the glamour of Laurence Olivier or Richard Burton.
    * In 1946, he had his first great success playing the title role in "Henry V", Cloten in "Cymbeline", Don Adriano de Armado in "Love's Labour's Lost", Lucio in "Measure for Measure", and "Hamlet", among other Shakespearean roles
    * Scofield had his greatest stage and screen success playing the role of Sir Thomas More in Robert Bolt's "A Man for All Seasons" on stage in London in 1960 and New York in 1961-62 and in the subsequent 1966 film of the same name.
    * His film portrayal of More, who chose to be executed by England's King Henry VIII rather than betray his conscience, earned him the 1966 Academy Award for best actor. The same role on stage won him the 1962 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award.
    * In the early 1980s he scored another stage success as court composer Antonio Salieri in the London production of "Amadeus", Peter Shaffer's highly popular play about Mozart.
    * In the early 1990s he was Oscar and BAFTA-nominated as Best Supporting Actor for his role as the literary mandarin in "Quiz Show" (1994), and a BAFTA for his role in "The Crucible" (1997).
    Sources: Reuters: www.screenonline.org/www.britannica.com.




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    Scofield is survived by wife Joy, a son, Martin and a daughter,Sarah.

    Yet another sad loss.
     
  2. ManlyBanisters

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    Scofield was a fantastic actor - sorry to hear he is gone.
     
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    A geat loss particularly to English stage.
     
  4. Principessa

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    Wow! I guess it's true that bad things come in threes.

    Paul Scofield was one of the truly great actors of his time. There's no way Ashton Kutcher or Seth Green could even come close to evoking the emotions he did on stage and screen.
     
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