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Timothy Dalton

 

Timothy Dalton was born in Colwyn Bay, Wales on March 21, 1944. Though Welsh-born, he is of British, Italian, and Irish ancestry. His mother is from the Bronx (New York). He grew up in Manchester, England with a background in show-biz, as both his grandfathers were vaudevillians. After leaving school, he joined the National Youth Theatre for 3 summers, and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for 2 years. He joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1966, where he played many leading roles.

Dalton's big break came in 1968 with his first film The Lion in Winter, starring Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn and Antony Hopkins, in which young Dalton played the King of France. Stepping into another actor's shoes became pattern of his career, as he followed Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, Orson Welles as Rochester in Jane Eyre, Sean Connery and Roger Moore as James Bond. He has not made a lot of films, dividing his time between the theatre, film and television. His work has run the gamut from Shakespeare to Charlie's Angels.

He won the part of 007 in August 1986 when Pierce Brosnan was unable to get out of his television contract at the last minute. Dalton portrayed Bond twice, in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill . His portrayal of Bond signaled a return to a grittier more realistic characterization, away from what Bond had evolved into during the Moore era.

 
Bond Films
The Living Daylights 1987
Licence to Kill 1989

 

 

 
Other TV & Films
 
Sat'day While Sunday (1966) (TV series)
The Lion in Winter 1968
Le Voyeur aka The Voyeur 1970
Cromwell 1970
Permission to Kill 1975
Sextette 1978
Centennial 1978 (TV miniseries)
The Flame Is Love 1979 (TV movie)

 

 

 
Agatha 1979
Flash Gordon 1980
Jane Eyre 1983 (TV miniseries)
Faerie Tale Theater: "The Emperor's New Clothes" (narrator) 1984 (TV)
Florence Nightingale 1985 (TV movie)
The Doctor and the Devils 1985
Hawks 1988
The Rocketeer 1991
Framed 1993 (TV miniseries)

 

 
Nature: In the Company of Wolves 1994 (TV)
Lie Down with Lions 1994 (TV miniseries)
Naked in New York 1994
Scarlett 1994 (TV miniseries)
Saltwater Moose 1996
The Beautician and the Beast 1997
The Informant 1998 (TV movie)
Cleopatra 1999 [ABC miniseries]
Made Men 1999 [HBO movie]

 

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