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Dirk Bogarde

Actor and novelist

Died when: 78 years 41 days (937 months)
Star Sign: Aries


Dirk Bogarde

Sir Dirk Bogarde (born Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde; 28 March 1921 – 8 May 1999) was an English actor, novelist and screenwriter.

Initially a matinée idol in films such as Doctor in the House (1954) for the Rank Organisation, he later acted in art house films, evolving from "heartthrob to icon of edginess".

In a second career, he wrote seven best-selling volumes of memoirs, six novels, and a volume of collected journalism, mainly from articles in The Daily Telegraph.

During five years of active military duty during World War Two, he reached the rank of major and was awarded seven medals.

His poetry has been published in war anthologies; a painting by Bogarde, also from the war, hangs in the British Museum, with many more in the Imperial War Museum.

Having come to prominence in films including The Blue Lamp in the early 1950s, Bogarde starred in the successful Doctor film series (1954–1963).

He twice won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, for The Servant (1963) and Darling (1965).His other notable film roles included Victim (1961), Accident (1967), The Damned (1969), Death in Venice (1971), The Night Porter (1974), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Despair (1978).

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1990 and a Knight Bachelor in 1992.

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