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Richard Briers Biography

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Birth Name: Richard Briers
Born: 01/14/1934
Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB
Death Place: London, England, GB
Died: 02/17/2013

But it was as a TV comic that Briers won his greatest fame in England, appearing in the popular shows "The Good Life" (BBC, 1975, shown in the US as "Good Neighbors"), "Ever Decreasing Circles" (BBC-1, 1989), Rowan Atkinson's "Mr. Bean" (ITV, 1990) and "Marriage Lines". He also appeared in the playwright Alan Ayckbourn's "The Norman Conquests" (PBS, 1978) and "Just Between Ourselves".

Briers' big screen career began with the British features "Bottoms Up" (1960), "Murder She Said" (1961), "The Girl on the Boat" and "A Matter of Who" (both 1962) and the multi-national "The VIPs" (1963). He appeared in Raquel Welch's spy spoof "Fathom" (1967), the comedy "All the Way Up" (1970) and did a voice-over for the animated "Watership Down" (1978). But he was largely unknown in the US until he began appearing in Kenneth Branagh's films.

Briers met Branagh when Briers joined the Renaissance Theatre Company and began taking on more classical roles, including King Lear and Uncle Vanya. On film, Branagh cast the actor--who still thought of himself as a sitcom clown--as Bardolph in "Henry V" (1989), Stephen Fry's father in the comedy "Peter's Friends" (1992), Don Leonato in "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993), the blind grandfather in the controversial "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" (1994) and as a cranky old trouper in "A Midwinter's Tale" (1996). Sticking with Branagh, Briers next filmed the role of Polonius in "Hamlet" (1996).

Briers, who is married to actress Ann Davies, has done some recent work sans Branagh, including the comedy "A Chorus of Disapproval" (1989), the harrowing period drama "Skallagrigg" (1994) and the P G Wodehouse comedy "Heavy Weather" (PBS, 1996), with Peter O'Toole and Judy Parfitt.