Paul Scofield

Paul Scofield, whose sonorous voice, commanding presence and mournfully dignified mien made him one of the leading players of the London and international stage during the latter half of the 20th century, has died of leukemia, Reuters reported. He was 86. Though he essayed hundreds of classical and modern roles, he is perhaps best known for creating the role of Sir Thomas More, the principled chancellor who defied King Henry VIII and died for it, in Robert Bolt's history play A Man for All Seasons. Reviewers said he possessed a "weary magnificence." He played the part first in London in 1960, then in New York, where he won the 1962 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. It was the only time he graced Broadway. He repeated the portrayal in the film version of the drama, winning an Oscar, thus becoming one of just a handle of performers to claim a Tony and an Oscar for the same part.

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  • Born: Jan 21, 1922 in Birmingham, England
  • Death: Mar 19, 2008 in Sussex, England

Awards

Tony Award
1962 Actor in a Play A Man for All Seasons Winner