Paul Scofield, towering actor, dies at 86

Tributes were paid to the stage and screen actor Paul Scofield yesterday, who has died aged 86. One of the finest classical actors of his generation, he won an Oscar and a Bafta for his role as Sir Thomas More in the 1966 film of A Man for All Seasons. He also appeared in the stage version. Other milestones in his theatrical career included the title role in Ben Jonson's Volpone at the National Theatre in 1977 and playing Antonio Salieri in the original production of Amadeus.

In 2004, a poll of actors of the RSC acclaimed his appearance as King Lear the greatest Shakespearean performance ever. Scofield, who refused a knighthood on at least two occasions, had been suffering from leukaemia and died peacefully in a hospital near his home in Sussex on Wednesday.

(Telegraph UK)

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