Basil Radford

About Basil Radford

Who is it?: Actor, Writer
Birth Day: June 25, 1897
Birth Place:  Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1929–1952
Spouse(s): Shirley Deuchars (1926–1952) (his death) 1 child ( George Radford )

Basil Radford

Basil Radford was born on June 25, 1897 in  Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom, is Actor, Writer. Though thoroughly British, actor Basil Radford actually began his film career in a couple of US films. Born in Chester, England, he made his stage debut in 1922 and continued to focus on the theatre until director Alfred Hitchcock memorably teamed Radford with actor Naunton Wayne in one of his early cinematic masterpieces - The Lady Vanishes (1938). The dry twosome hilariously portrayed a pair of cricket enthusiasts (Charters and Caldicott) in this classic whodunnit who seem to be more interested in reading and commenting on their favorite sport than they are concerned with the alarming number of bodies piling up aboard their train. They clicked so well with audiences that they reprised their roles in Night Train to Munich (1940), then teamed again and again throughout the 1940s with Millions Like Us (1943), Dead of Night (1945), Passport to Pimlico (1949) and It's Not Cricket (1949). They also showed up together in wartime shorts and radio programs. In fact, they were appearing together in the radio adventure "Rogues' Gallery" when Radford collapsed on the set and died suddenly of a heart attack in 1952.
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Does Basil Radford Dead or Alive?

As per our current Database, Basil Radford has been died on 20 October 1952(1952-10-20) (aged 55)\nWestminster, London, England.

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When Basil Radford die, Basil Radford was 55 years old.

Popular As Basil Radford
Occupation Actor
Age 55 years old
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Born June 25, 1897 ( Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom)
Birthday June 25
Town/City  Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Nationality United Kingdom

🌙 Zodiac

Basil Radford’s zodiac sign is Cancer. According to astrologers, the sign of Cancer belongs to the element of Water, just like Scorpio and Pisces. Guided by emotion and their heart, they could have a hard time blending into the world around them. Being ruled by the Moon, phases of the lunar cycle deepen their internal mysteries and create fleeting emotional patterns that are beyond their control. As children, they don't have enough coping and defensive mechanisms for the outer world, and have to be approached with care and understanding, for that is what they give in return.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Basil Radford was born in the Year of the Rooster. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists, neat and conservative. Compatible with Ox or Snake.

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Radford was born in Chester, England on 25 June 1897.


In 1926 he married Shirley Deuchars. They had one son.


He was a commissioned officer in the British Army's South Staffordshire Regiment in the First World War, in 1918 transferring into the Royal Air Force, ending the war as a subaltern when he was demobilised in 1920. Radford had a crescentic scar on his right cheek from a wound sustained during his time in the trenches. Depending on the lighting and camera angle it varied from barely perceptible to prominence. ref>Article in 'The Guardian' newspaper 29.12.2007 entitled 'Mustard and Cress by M. Sweet</ref>


Apart from his long-running partnership with Naunton Wayne, Radford made many other memorable film appearances in character roles. His other films included Young and Innocent (also for Hitchcock) (1937), The Way to the Stars (1945), The Captive Heart (1946), The Winslow Boy (1948) and Whisky Galore! (1949).


The two first appeared as their characters Charters and Caldicott in Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 thriller The Lady Vanishes. They were popular enough to reprise their roles in Night Train to Munich, which was again scripted by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat.


They appeared together in several other 1940s films, including Crook's Tour (1941), Millions Like Us (1943), Dead of Night (1945), Quartet (1948), It's Not Cricket (1949), Stop Press Girl (1949), and Passport to Pimlico (1949).


Radford's health began seriously to fail in the summer of 1951, forcing him to take a long break from acting. He died of a heart attack on 20 October 1952, while rehearsing for a radio show with Naunton Wayne in London.

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