Monday, July 02, 2018

Blind Item #13 - Reader Blind Item

This classy actor not from America had a long and varied career in everything from Shakespeare to period pieces to horror movies to a key role in a past superhero franchise.  Despite all this, he did not receive many honours or awards during his lifetime in his home country.  His family members think this may be due to the fact he was a conscientious objector during World War II.  They are planning to remedy this by launching an annual film festival bearing his name.

42 comments:

Tricia13 said...

David Niven?

sandybrook said...

Roger Moore?

Tricia13 said...

Or maybe Alan Rickman

Unknown said...

Michael Caine

cheesegrater15 said...

I don't think Rickman was alive during WW2.

Tricia13 said...

He’s still
Alive

cheesegrater15 said...

Maybe the guy who played Alfred in the original Batman movies?

loopymommy said...

Rickman? No, he unfortunately passed away.

Melvin The Reanimated said...

Cheesegrater nailed it. Michael Gough.

cheesegrater15 said...

Michael Gough. Only won one BAFTA despite 192 acting credits on IMDB. Did theater and won a Tony.

haloarh said...

Niven was in the war, so it's not him.

Tricia13 said...

No I know-Michael Caine is alive... this sounds like someone who did pass away

cheesegrater15 said...

And he was a conscientious objector during the war. Damn, I never guess these!

p keel said...

Jean luc Picard

Tricia13 said...

Definitely! Nice one- I looked him up and absolutely recognize him from alot

cheesegrater15 said...

Praise from Caesar!

gauloise said...

James Mason was a conscientious objector, but don't think he was in a superhero movie

Michael Caine was in the Korean War

Brayson87 said...

+1 cheesegrater & Melvin

During World War II Gough was a conscientious objector, like his friend Frith Banbury, although he was obliged to serve in the Non-Combatant Corps,[7] a member of 6 Northern Company, in Liverpool.[8]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Gough

gauloise said...

+ 1 Gough. Didnt know the name but the face is immediately recognizable!

Dahling said...

Caine won a BAFTA fellowship award (Lifetime Achievement in Britain) & is now Sir Michael Caine. I'm going with Clifford Evans on this one.

jonesy said...

how about christopher lee?

Krab said...

Christopher Lee is a good guess but he wasn't a conchie. He volunteered several times during WWII.

Brayson87 said...

Summary:

Shocker, WW2 conscientious objectors not popular in UK. Oh the Burton Batman butler. The End.

Sara, Making It Work said...
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loopymommy said...

Oops! Sorry, Tricia.

Lonely Bastard said...

Christopher Lee was an authentic badass. Served numerous behind enemy lines missions in the S.O.E in WW2, which was basically the assasination wing of British military intelligence.

Pig Tracks said...

James Mason.

Unknown said...

John Hurt

Unknown said...

Christopher Lee

orangesoda said...

Christopher Lee was not even close to being a consciensious objector. That dude has no frikking fear.

Zeroh Tollrants said...

Yeah, it's not Caine, Lee, or Niven.

Gough was Alfred in the Tim Burton version of Batman, so that makes the most sense.
Good guess, cheesegrater.

CJ said...

Michael Caine (b. 1933) actually served in combat in Korea, so def not him.

mercyprosperity said...

@Sandybrook +1. Roger Moore

Nature Girl said...

Edward Woodward perhaps. Wonderful actor who also played The Equalizer on CBS in late 80's. loved that show.

Unknown said...

conscientious objector during WWII - aka, coward and big fat Nazi sympathiser...the left would award him with a fucking medal nowadays

Tricia13 said...

No worries!

Geeljire said...

What if he didn't want to die for the King and his bankers?

Unknown said...

Let the Nazis just continue their Blitzkrieg by bombing Britain, muz?

Your ilk has a lot in common with those who lost WWII: it's always the Jews, right?
Your shitholes don't even have any of them, since you either massacred them all or threw them all out, and yet you still blame all your bloodshed, inbreeding, child-raping and warring amongst your own, on them.

You better remember who won the last crusades, Gee.

D Brown said...

Hate to say it but Christopher Lee apparently lied about his war record. He did serve two years in the RAF doing intelligence work - mostly debriefing flight crews. As such he may have had some involvement in flights used for the SAS, SOE and other "behind the lines" groups but CL was never a member of the SAS, SOE etc and never went on any "behind the lines" sorties. He did not specifically claim membership in the SAS, SOE etc but strongly implied it with numerous references to covert activities that he could not talk about for security reasons!

Unknown said...

People, this is so obvious — Richard Burton.

O Mellors said...

Good lord, smearing celebrities apparently is now sport.

Richard Burton was 15 when World War II began. He was in service by 1944.

Alan Rickman was born in 1946. The UK had no draft so he wouldn't have been required to serve.

I don't know about Christopher Lee lying about his war record - but he had a war record. He was not a CO.

Michael Caine served in the Korean conflict. Not a CO.

David Niven served in the British army between the two wars and then again at the commencement of hostilities. He loathed conscientious objectors and, after the war, refused to act with James Mason or Rex Harrison, both notable COs.

Cheesegrater15 appears to be spot on.

Bill Beard said...

Ian Mckellan? - I couldn't be bothered checking the dates.
@Unknown - Kvetch kvetch kvetch.

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