Veteran British actor Brian Bedford has passed away at the age of 80. Mr. Bedford had been suffering from cancer.
Mr. Bedford was born in Morley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom on February 16th, 1935 to Arthur and Ellen Bedford.
Mr. Bedford studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art between 1952 and 1955, and won a Tony award in 1971 for The School for Wives. He would go on to earn another six Tony awards. His seven nominations are the second most in the history of the Tony awards. He would also win five Drama Desk Awards.
Mr. Bedford is most remembered for his 27 seasons with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He would appear in a variety of roles, mainly Shakespeare. He would also direct a number of productions as well, culminating in 2009 when he directed Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as starring in the production as Lady Bracknell. The production would also appear on Broadway in 2011, for which Mr. Bedford received his seventh and final Tony nomination. The production was also recorded for the cinema.
Mr. Bedford also appeared in several movies, including providing the voice over for the title role in 1973 Disney movie, Robin Hood.
Mr. Bedford is survived by his partner, Tim MacDonald. They were married in 2013, and were together for 30 years.