Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy 80th Birthday John Richardson

John M. Richardson was born on January 19, 1934 in Worthing, Sussex, England. During his 40 year film career from the 1950s until the 1990s, he appeared in many Italian films, including Mario Bava's “Black Sunday” (1960). His best known role was perhaps in “One Million Years B.C.” (1966) in which he played the hero who fell in love with Raquel Welch. Another notable role was Killikrates/Leo Vincey in the fantasy/adventure film “She” alongside Ursula Andress, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Bernard Cribbins. Richardson was the only actor to reprise his role in the sequel “The Vengeance of She” (1968). He had small roles in the remake of “The 39 Steps” (1959), “Tender is the Night” (1962) as a young man, and an uncredited role in “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” (1970) with Barbra Streisand.
He was, at one point, considered for the role of James Bond, when Sean Connery first left but lost out to George Lazenby.
Richardson appeared in two Euro-westerns: “John the Bastard” (1967) and “Execution” (1968).
Today he is a noteworthy photographer with no interest in looking back on his film career and living in Paris according to one-time wife Martine Beswick.

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