Ian Richardson

Ian Richardson


Ian Richardson, the British stage actor who rose to international fame through his portrayal of a Machiavellian politician in the BBC's 1990 drama series "House of Cards," died suddenly Feb. 9, 2007, at his London home. He was 73 and had not been ill. Famous for his silver hair, commanding voice and a devilish glint in his eyes, Mr. Richardson could be an imposing presence on stage or screen. He used this aura of persuasive intimidation in his playing of "House of Cards" chief whip Francis Urquhart and won a Bafta Award for it. The program and character were so popular, he re-created his perfomance in the sequels "To Play the King" and "The Final Cut," as well as the 1992 drama "An Ungentlemanly Act." Mr. Richardson said he based the character on Shakespeare's Richard III.

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  • Born: Apr 7, 1934 in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Death: Feb 9, 2007 in London, England


Drama Desk Award
1976 Outstanding Actor in a Musical My Fair Lady Winner
Tony Award
1976 Best Actor in a Musical My Fair Lady Nominee