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Esmond Knight

Esmond Penington Knight (4 May 1906 – 23 February 1987) was an English actor. He was an accomplished actor with a career spanning over half a century. For much of his career Esmond Knight was virtually blind. He had been badly injured in 1941 whilst on active service on board HMS Prince of Wales when she fought the Bismarck at the Battle of the Denmark Strait, and remained totally blind for two years, though he later regained some sight in his right eye. During this period, Esmond dictated an early autobiography to his secretary, Annabella Cloudsley, Seeking The Bubble (Hutchinson & Co. 1943). He played the captain of the HMS Prince of Wales in the 1960 movie Sink the Bismarck! He starred as Professor Ernest Reinhart in the 1961 British science fiction television series, A for Andromeda, alongside Patricia Kneale and Peter Halliday. His daughter is the actress Rosalind Knight. Knight died of a heart attack. He was cremated. Description above from the Wikipedia article Esmond Knight, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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May 4, 1906 In East Sheen, Surrey, England
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Blue Peter 1928-09-01
Latest Project:
Movie Superman IV: The Quest for Peace 1987-07-23
Known For
Poster of The Boy Who Turned Yellow
Poster of Deadlock
Poster of Romany Love
Poster of The Blue Peter
Movie Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Second Elder 1987-07-23
Movie A Voyage Round My Father Judge 1984-04-19
Movie The Element of Crime Osborne 1984-05-18
Series My Cousin Rachel Unknown 1983-03-07
Movie Troilus and Cressida Priam 1981-11-07
Movie Antony & Cleopatra Lepidus 1981-05-08
Series BBC Television Shakespeare Unknown 1978-12-01
Movie Romeo & Juliet Old Capulet 1978-12-03
Series 1990 Unknown 1977-09-18
Series I, Claudius Unknown 1976-09-20
Movie Robin and Marian Old Defender 1976-03-11
Series Quiller Unknown 1975-08-29
Movie The Boy Who Turned Yellow Doctor 1972-09-16
Series Elizabeth R Unknown 1971-02-17
Series Cousin Bette General Hulot 1971-08-07
Series The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Unknown 1971-09-20
Movie Where's Jack? Ballad Singer 1969-04-01
Movie Doctor Who: The Space Pirates Dom Issigri 1969-04-12
Movie Anne of the Thousand Days Kingston 1969-12-18
Series The Champions Unknown 1968-09-25
Series Softly, Softly Unknown 1966-01-05
Series King of the River Unknown 1966-07-06
Series Gideon's Way Unknown 1965-03-18
Series Thirty-Minute Theatre Unknown 1965-10-07
Series Play of the Month Unknown 1965-10-19
Movie The Spy Who Came In from the Cold Old Judge 1965-12-16
Series Detective Unknown 1964-03-30
Series Z-Cars Unknown 1962-01-02
Series Dr. Finlay's Casebook Unknown 1962-08-16
Series The Saint Unknown 1962-10-04
Series A for Andromeda Professor Ernest Reinhart 1961-10-03
Movie Sink the Bismarck! Captain Leach - 'Prince of Wales' 1960-02-11
Series An Age of Kings Unknown 1960-04-28
Movie Peeping Tom Arthur Baden 1960-05-16
Series Barnaby Rudge Unknown 1960-09-30
Movie Battle of the V-1 Stricker 1958-01-01
Series Nicholas Nickleby Unknown 1957-10-18
Movie The Prince and the Showgirl Hoffman 1957-06-13
Movie Helen of Troy High Priest 1956-01-26
Series The Count of Monte Cristo Unknown 1956-02-20
Movie The Steel Key Prof. Newman 1953-05-01
Movie Girdle of Gold Evans the Milk 1952-01-01
Movie The River The Father 1951-09-10
Movie Gone to Earth Abel Woodus 1950-11-06
Movie The Red Shoes Livy 1948-07-22
Movie Hamlet Bernardo 1948-12-10
Movie The End of the River Dantos 1947-12-01
Movie Holiday Camp Camp Announcer 1947-08-05
Movie Black Narcissus The Old General 1947-05-26
Movie Uncle Silas Dr. Bryerly 1947-10-08
Movie The Halfway House David Davies 1944-02-01
Movie Henry V Fluellen - Captain in the English Army 1944-11-24
Movie A Canterbury Tale Narrator / Seven-Sisters Soldier / Village Idiot 1944-08-21
Movie The Silver Fleet Von Schiffer 1943-03-15
Movie This England Vicar's Son 1941-07-22
Movie Contraband Mr. Pidgeon 1940-05-11
Movie The Arsenal Stadium Mystery Raille 1939-11-01
Movie What Men Live By Michael 1938-09-01
Movie Weddings Are Wonderful Guy Rogers 1938-10-04
Movie The Vicar of Bray Dennis Melross 1937-05-09
Movie Pagliacci Cadet Silvio 1936-12-11
Movie Black Roses Pavo Collin 1936-12-13
Movie Dandy Dick Tony Mardon 1935-03-01
Movie Crime Unlimited Pete Borden 1935-09-01
Movie Waltzes from Vienna Johann Strauss, the Younger 1934-03-15
Movie Girls Will Be Boys Geoffrey Dawson 1934-10-29
Movie The Bermondsey Kid Eddie Martin 1933-11-01
Movie Romany Love Davy Summers 1931-01-01
Movie The Ringer John Lenley 1931-03-31
Movie Deadlock John Tring 1931-09-01
Movie 77 Park Lane Philip Connor 1931-07-02
Movie The Blue Peter Radio operator 1928-09-01