The Scottish actor also worked in American theatre, appearing in Peter Brook's Marat/Sade on Broadway in the sixties and receiving a Tony nomination for his part as Professor Henry Higgins in a revival of "My Fair Lady."Among his most memorable TV performances were the roles of Sir Godber Evans in "Porterhouse Blue" and as "Lord Groan" in "Gormenghast."Other television roles included Bill Haydon in John Le Carre's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," and Sherlock Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskervilles."He is survived by his wife, Maroussia, and two sons.
Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced. Veteran actor Graham Crowden said: "I always thought he was one of the most gifted speakers of Shakespearean verse, or any verse, of his generation.
But her daughter said that was long past and said: “My mother, for the last 20 years anyway, would not call herself a Marxist but a human-rights activist.
Laconic actor Ian Richardson, famed for his role as the arch manipulator in the BBC political drama "House of Cards", has died suddenly at the age of 72, his agent said.
Richardson, one of the founding members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, first gained nationwide fame in the TV spy drama "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" based on the John le Carre espionage classic."It was very sudden.
I only wish there were young actors around today who could emulate that."He was entirely professional and easy to get on with, and had a very splendid career which reached star status.
Carolina Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson faces allegations of workplace misconduct, and the team has opened an investigation into the issue, the team announced Friday. Richardson take these allegations very seriously and are fully committed to a full investigation and taking appropriate steps to address and remediate any misconduct," team spokesman Steven Drummond said in a statement released to the media.
Overseeing the probe will be minority owner and former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles.