Eric Porter

Eric Porter

A highly respected Shakespearean for five decades until his death of colon cancer in 1995, classical actor Eric Porter's claim to international fame would, ironically, be outside of that realm, with one superb portrayal in one superb miniseries, The Forsyte Saga(1967), in which he won the BAFTA award. The son of Richard John Porter and Phoebe Elizabeth Spall, Porter first attended Wimbledon Technical College before stepping onto the stage as a walk-on in a production of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" in February 1945 at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge. He continued in repertory until joining the National Service with the RAF during the war years. Early post-war credits would include touring with Sir Donald Wolfit and Sir Barry Jackson in their prestigious companies. Favorite roles in his repertoire would eventually include "Macbeth", "King Lear" and "Uncle Vanya". He won London's Evening Standard Award for "Rosmersholm" in 1959. Joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, he became a prime, esteemed resident for decades. Porter made his film debut in mid-career with The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) at age 36, but it was the BBC that made him an international favorite as the ever-proper but intensely emotional and unhinged "Soames Forsyte". Taboos were broken on that series with a violent rape scene that had people talking for months. Along with the newly acquired fame came leads in lesser films such as The Lost Continent(1968) and Hands of the Ripper (1971), adding class to both those atmospheric horrors. On the plus side, Porter engaged himself frequently in quality TV miniseries fare includingAnna Karenina (1977), The Jewel in the Crown (1984) and Oliver Twist (1985) (as Fagin), while transferring many classics to TV as well, with "Cyrano de Bergerac", "Man and Superman" and "Macbeth" being but a few.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Shepard's Bush, London, UK
    Birthday
    4/8/1928
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The Lost Continent
5.6
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Hands of the Ripper
6.2
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The Belstone Fox
7.2
Message for Posterity
Message for Posterity
0
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5
The Shetland Experience
The Shetland Experience
7.2
The Winslow Boy
The Winslow Boy
8
The Crucible
1
The Sin Bin
The Sin Bin
0
Macbeth
Macbeth
0
Callan
Callan
6.9
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Churchill and the Generals
0
Separate Tables
Separate Tables
0
The Last Invasion
0
The Thirty Nine Steps
The Thirty Nine Steps
6.6
Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra
5.6
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy
7.3
Morecambe & Wise: Christmas Specials
Morecambe & Wise: Christmas Specials
0
Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope
5.3
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
6.2
Hamlet
Hamlet
6.1
Hitler: The Last Ten Days
Hitler: The Last Ten Days
6.1
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Hennessy
4.5
The Heroes of Telemark
The Heroes of Telemark
6.9
The Heroes of Telemark: Location report from Norway
The Heroes of Telemark: Location report from Norway
0
The Fall of the Roman Empire
The Fall of the Roman Empire
6.5
The Day of the Jackal
The Day of the Jackal
7.5
Nicholas and Alexandra
Nicholas and Alexandra
6.9
Emma
Emma
0
The Wars of the Roses
The Wars of the Roses
10
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