Birthday: 11-08-1949
Date of death: 06-01-1990
Star sign: Virgo


Glorified actor, dramatist, singer and a gay, Ian Charleson was born on 11 August 1949 in Edinburgh, Scotland. All through his education, he continued his studies with scholarships. He studied at Edinburgh's Royal High School. In his childhood, he is a solo singer and a part of his school's choir. He won a scholarship and went to the University of Edinburgh and obtained a 3-year Scottish MA ordinary degree. Though he studied architecture, his passion towards drama made him spend more time in the voluntary student-run Edinburgh University Drama Society. After performing lead roles in numerous Shakespearean plays, he studied in London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

Later, because of his performance, he was taken by Frank Dunlop's Young Vic Theatre Company. His professional stage debut is in 1972 as one of the brothers in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He worked for a few more plays like Look Back in Anger, Much Ado About Nothing, etc. and appeared in a few abroad stage plays by Young Vic's in The Taming of the Shrew, Scapino, and French Without Tears. Though everyone praised for his performance as the crucial role in Hamlet at Cambridge Theatre Company, he said that he couldn't justify to the best of his performance. Ian Charleson's performed at different places like Queens Theatre, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, etc.

The makers of "Chariots of Fire", an inspirational movie, were impressed by his performance in "Piaf" and fixed him for the role of Scot Eric Lindell, an athlete. With this magnum opus, Ian Charleson raised to the level of international celebrity. And the role he played in the movie " Gandhi" as the Anglican Priest and Mahatma Gandhi's friend Charlie Andrews, got him numerous Academy Awards, including the Best Picture. He has remarkable roles played in a number of movies to his credit, and Ian Charleson is famous for his performance in Shakespearean plays like Hamlet, All's Well That Ends Well, Antony & Cleopatra, etc. He was also noted for his singing works in Much Ado About Nothing, Piaf, Guys, and Dolls, etc.

Eight weeks after his most awaited performance in the title role in Hamlet, in Richard Eyre's production, he died in January 1990 because of AIDS, and he wanted it to be revealed after his demise to publicize the condition. Because of his outstanding performance in many of his stage plays, TV plays, telefilms, and Shakespearean plays, he was honored internationally. Ian Charleson Awards were established in 1991 to reward the best British classic stage performers under the age of 30. A few of Charleson's friends like Ian McKellen contributed and compiled a book "For Ian Charleson: A Tribute." With his much-acclaimed performances, he managed to be on the top ten list of actors of his age group.

Humphrey Bogart English Actor

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey DeForest Bogart, or Humphrey Bogart, was an Academy Award winning American screen actor. After a stint in the US Navy in World War I, Bogart began his career as a theatre actor in 1921, switching to film acting when the stock market crashed in 1929, which reduced the demand for plays. Bogart starred in more than 75 feature films during his long and illustrious acting career spanning almost 30 years. He was born on 25th December, 1899 in the New York City. His parents were Belmont DeForest Bogart and Maud Humphrey. His father was a cardiopulmonary surgeon, and his mother was a commercial illustrator. Bogart starred in the 1940's classic ‘Casablanca’, and other iconic films of the same period, like The Maltese Falcon (1941) and The Big Sleep (1946). These phenomenal films effectively made him into a cultural icon. Bogart won the Academy Award for best actor for his 1951 adventure film The African Queen, in which his co-star was Katharine Hepburn. He received Academy Award nominations for his 1954 film The Canine Mutiny, and also the 1942 classic Casablanca. ‘Sabrina’ in 1954 and The Harder They Fall in 1956 were amongst the most notable films of his later years. Bogart suffered from esophageal cancer during the year 1956, while he was still at the prime of his career. He passed away at the age of 57 on 14th January 1957, and was put to rest at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Glendale, California, U.S.A. Bogart was married a total of four times. His first marriage to actress Helen Menken in 1926 lasted for less than a year; his second marriage was to Mary Phillips, which too ended in a divorce. His third marriage to Mayo Methot was a complete disaster, and they were often known as the ‘Battling Bogarts’. Bogart married Betty Perske, better known as Lauren Bacall, less than two weeks after the dissolution of his third marriage. They had two children together, and lived a happy married life until Bogart passed away. Humphrey Bogart was a phenomenal and versatile actor who never took lessons in acting, as he preferred to learn through his works. He was a legendary actor who was widely accepted, loved and imitated. He is gone, but will never be forgotten.


Ian Holm

Ian Holm Cuthbertson, famously known as Sir Ian Holm was born on 12 September 1931 in Goodmayes, Essex, England to Scottish parents. His mother, Jean Wilson was a nurse and his father, James Harvey Cuthbert was a psychiatrist. He went to Chigwell School in Essex. In his childhood, his parents used to move to different places and so on an average, he spent most of his time in London. After watching 'Les Miserables', he decided to become an actor in future, and it became his passion later. A great turn in his career was when he visited a dentist. The dentist introduced Holm to Henry Baynton, who is a famous Shakespearean Actor, and who helped him to get admission into Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and this made a big turn in his life. He joined the academy in 1949 and because of continuous interruptions, he managed to complete his graduation by 1953. After his graduation, he never turned back and went forward with all his passion. He was famous in the Royal Shakespeare Company much earlier than he came into films and television. He made himself famous for his minor roles in Oh! What a Lovely War, Mary, Queen of Scots, etc. His first appeared on television as Richard ||| in The War of Roses. But in 1967, he made his presence felt to the audience with his role in the play The Homecoming as Lenny. For this, he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor. Soon, he appeared in TV mini-series like SadduceeZerah, March or Die, etc. The most acclaimed role was the role of Ash, in Ridley Scott's Alien(1979). His role of Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire earned him many awards. His remarkable characters appear in the films like Time Bandits(1981), Lord of the Apes(1984) and Terry Gilliam'sBrazil. Ian Holm worked for television series, films, stage shows and dramas. So he is known to people of different spheres. Even Holm was honored for his roles on various platforms.   He was awarded the BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Bofors Gun(1968). Ian Holm was nominated for Oscar Awards for the Best Actor in the supporting role for the role of Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Life (1981). He also worked for some prestigious movies like Alice in Wonderland, Dreamchild, etc. He was nominated for the BAFTA awards for the TV series Game, Set and Match. For the movies like The Fifth Element, Hereafter, he received a remarkable acceptance for his acting. Recently he also appeared in many well-known films. He didn't have a very successful life as a person. He was married four times, and he divorced thrice. He has five children.

Ian Holm English Actor