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Marius Goring

Marius Goring

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Quick Facts
Intro actor
Countries United Kingdom United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Occupations Actor Film actor Stage actor
Gender male
Birth 23 May 1912 (Newport)
Death 30 September 1998 (Rushlake Green)
Star sign Gemini
Spouse: Lucie Mannheim
Education University of Cambridge
The details

Marius Goring, (23 May 1912 – 30 September 1998) was an English stage and film actor. He is most often remembered for the four films he made with Powell & Pressburger, particularly as Conductor 71 in A Matter of Life and Death and as Julian Craster in The Red Shoes. He regularly performed French and German roles.

Life and career

Goring was born in Newport, Isle of Wight, England, the son of an eminent physician and researcher, Dr Charles Goring, the author of The English Convict, and Kate Macdonald. After attending the Perse School in Cambridge, where he became a friend of an older boy, the future documentary film maker Humphrey Jennings, he studied at the universities of Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Paris. He first performed professionally in 1927. His early stage career included appearances at the Old Vic, Sadler's Wells, Stratford and several European tours; he was fluent in French and German. He first worked in the West End in a 1934 revival of Granville-Barker's The Voysey Inheritance at the Shaftesbury Theatre. During the 1930s, he played a variety of Shakespearean roles, including Feste in Twelfth Night (1937), Macbeth and Romeo, in addition to Trip in Sheridan's The School for Scandal. In 1929, he became a founding member of British Equity, the actors' union, and became its president from 1963 to 1965, and again from 1975 to 1982. Goring's relationship with his union was fraught with conflict: he took it to litigation on three occasions. In 1992 he unsuccessfully sought to end the block on the sale of radio and television programmes to (the still) apartheid South Africa.

Goring (left) as Conductor 71 with David Niven as Peter Carter in A Matter of Life and Death.

During World War II he joined the army, becoming supervisor of BBC radio productions broadcasting to Germany and continued to act under the name Charles Richardson, because of the association of his name with Hermann Göring. In 1941, he married his second wife, the actress Lucie Mannheim, who worked with him in The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel. She died in 1976, and the next year Goring married television producer Prudence Fitzgerald, who survived him.

His TV work included starring as Sir Percy Blakeney in The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel (ITV, 1955) (a role which he also had in the 1952-53 radio show), a series which he also co-wrote and produced; Theodore Maxtible in the Doctor Who story The Evil of the Daleks (BBC, 1967); title role in The Expert (BBC, 1968–1976); Paul von Hindenburg in Fall of Eagles (BBC 1974). King George V in Edward & Mrs. Simpson (Thames, 1980); and The Old Men at the Zoo (BBC, 1983).

Goring's voice provides the narration of the sound and light show performed regularly in the evening at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1979 and appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1991. He died from cancer in 1998 aged 86.

Complete filmography

  • The Amateur Gentleman (1936) - Bit Part (uncredited)
  • Rembrandt (1936) - Baron Leivens (uncredited)
  • Dead Men Tell No Tales (1939) - Greening
  • Consider Your Verdict (1938 short) - The Novelist
  • Flying Fifty-Five (1939) - Charles Barrington
  • The Spy in Black (1939) - Lt. Felix Schuster
  • Pastor Hall (1940) - Fritz Gerte
  • The Case of the Frightened Lady (1940) - Lord Lebanon
  • The Big Blockade (1942) - German: Propaganda Officer
  • The Night Invader (1943) - Oberleutenant
  • Night Boat to Dublin (1946) - Frederick Jannings
  • A Matter of Life and Death (1946) - Conductor 71
  • Take My Life (1947) - Sidney Fleming
  • The Red Shoes (1948) - Julian Craster
  • Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill (1948) - Vincent Perrin
  • Odette (1950) - Colonel Henri
  • Highly Dangerous (1950) - Commandant Anton Razinski
  • Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) - Reggie Demarest
  • Circle of Danger (1951) - Sholto Lewis
  • The Magic Box (1951) - House Agent
  • Nights on the Road (1952) - Kurt
  • So Little Time (1952) - Oberst / Colonel Hohensee
  • The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952) - Lucas
  • Rough Shoot (1953) - Hiart
  • The Mirror and Markheim (1954, short) - Narrator
  • The Barefoot Contessa (1954) - Alberto Bravano
  • Break in the Circle (1955) - Baron Keller
  • The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955) - Count Philip De Creville
  • Gaslicht (1956, TV movie) - Jack Manningham
  • The Magic Carpet (1956, short)
  • Ill Met by Moonlight (1957) - Major General Kreipe
  • The Truth About Women (1957) - Otto Kerstein
  • Prescription for Murder (1958) - Doctor Henry Dysert
  • The Moonraker (1958) - Colonel Beaumont
  • An Ideal Husband (1958, TV movie) - Lord Goring
  • I Was Monty's Double (1958) - Nielson
  • The Son of Robin Hood (1958) - Chester
  • The Angry Hills (1959) - Col. Elrick Oberg
  • Whirlpool (1959) - Georg
  • Asmodée (1959, TV movie) - Blaise Lebel
  • The Treasure of San Teresa (1959) - Rudi Siebert
  • Desert Mice (1959) - German Major
  • Beyond the Curtain (1960) - Hans Körtner
  • Exodus (1960) - Von Storch
  • The Unstoppable Man (1961) - Inspector Hazelrigg
  • The Devil's Daffodil (1961) - Oliver Milburgh
  • The Secret Thread (1962, TV movie) - Arnold Reed
  • The Inspector (1962) - Thorens
  • The Devil's Agent (1962) - Gen. Greenhahn
  • The Crooked Road (1965) - Harlequin
  • Up from the Beach (1965) - German Commandant
  • The 25th Hour (1967) - Col. Muller
  • Der Monat der fallenden Blätter (1968, TV movie) - Erster Geheimagent
  • The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) - Rebecca's Father
  • Subterfuge (1968) - Shevik
  • First Love (1970) - Dr. Lushin
  • Zeppelin (1971) - Prof. Altschul
  • La petite fille en velours bleu (1978) - Raimondo Casarès
  • Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979)
  • Cymbeline (1982, TV movie) - Sicilius Leonatus
  • Strike It Rich (1990) - Blixon

* Powell and Pressburger productions

Selected stage appearances

  • Julius Caesar (1932)
  • She Stoops to Conquer (1933)
  • The Tempest (1934)
  • Love for Love (1934)
  • Mary Tudor (1935)
  • Hamlet (1937)
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