Sir Cedric Webster Hardwicke was a stage and movie actor who was born on 19 February 1893, in Lye, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom. He was a highly acclaimed actor who is famed for having a career span of nearly fifty years. For his early schooling, he attended the Bridgnorth Grammar School in Shropshire. For his higher education, his first inclination was towards having a medical degree, but failure in qualifying some exams led him to the world of theatre and subsequently, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Hardwicke’s successful journey in theatre began at the Lyceum Theatre, London, in 1912. Also during that year, he was very much a student at Her Majesty's Theatre. Rather subsequently, he again made appearances at the Garrick Theatre in Charles Klein's play Find the Woman, and Trust the People. WWI also historically intervened in his theatre career, and for seven long years, he was made to serve as an officer in the Judge Advocate's branch of the British Army in France. After his discharge, in the year of 1922, he joined the Birmingham Repertory Company, playing a range of parts in The Rivals to the Twelfth Night. In the late ‘40s, he endeavoured to join the Old Vic Company at the New Theatre, and finally, he permanently moved to the US. In the early ‘50s, he made appearances on Broadway.
He also had a vivid film and television career. Hardwicke made his first movie appearance in a British film in 1931. Later, he played some major roles in widely acclaimed British movies like Stanley and Livingstone in 1939, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, around the year of 1939. On television, he first appeared in a 1956 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents by the title Wet Saturday. During the early ‘60s television season, he played the role of Professor Crayton on CBS’ successful sitcom Mrs. G. Goes to College. Earlier, Hardwicke had also guest-starred in the famous CBS sitcom Mr. Adams and Eve. Lastly, in his full glory, his last role was in
The Outer Limits. Hardwicke had married twice in his lifetime. First in 1928, he married the beautiful and successful English actress Helena Pickard, but they divorced after twenty years of marriage. They had a son who was also an actor by the name Edward Hardwicke. His second marriage was to Mary Scott in 1950 which ended in divorce in 1961. They also had a child together. Hardwicke died alone on 6th August 1964 in
New York as a victim of Cancer.