- born: 25/Jun/1897 (Chester, Cheshire, England, UK)
- died: 20/Oct/1952 (London, England, UK) - heart attack
Basil Radford was a British character actor who featured in many British films of the 1930s and 1940s. He is probably best-remembered for his appearances alongside Naunton Wayne as two cricket-obsessed Englishman in several films from 1938-1949. The two first appeared as their characters "Charters" and "Caldicott" in Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 thriller "The Lady Vanishes". They were popular enough to reprise their roles in the 1940 sequel "Night Train to Munich", which was again scripted by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat. They were the only cast members to return from the original film.
They went on to appear together in several other 1940s films, including "Crook's Tour" (1941), "Millions Like Us" (1943), "Dead of Night" (1945), "It's Not Cricket" (1948), "Quartet" (1948) and "Passport to Pimlico" (1949).
Apart from his long-running partnership with Naunton Wayne, Radford made many other memorable film appearances in character roles. His other films included "Young and Innocent" (for Hitchcock again) (1937), "The Way to the Stars" (1945), "The Captive Heart" (1946), "Whisky Galore!" (1948) and "The Winslow Boy" (1948).
Radford died of a heart attack on October 20, 1952, while rehearsing for a radio show with Naunton Wayne in London.
- Young and Innocent (1937) - cast: Erica's Uncle Basil
- The Lady Vanishes (1938) - cast: Charters
- Jamaica Inn (1939) - cast: His Friend
- Night Train to Munich (1940) - cast: Charters
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