Biography

Richard Warwick

Born 29 April 1945, Kent, England, UK

Died 16 December 1997, in St John’s Wood, London, England, UK (age 52)

Birth Name Richard Carey Winter

Height 5′ 10″ (1,78 m)

Source: IMDB.com

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CAREER

CURIOSITY AND FUN STUFF

 

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SOME INFORMATION ABOUT HIM I FOUND OUT,

THANKS ALSO TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE KNOWN RICHARD:

His real name was Richard Carey Winter, he changed it because there was another actor with the same name already.

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Richard was the third of four boys.

His family lived at Tirley near Tewkesbury, which was why he was so suited to play John Moore in ‘Brensham People’ which is based on Tewkesbury. His father was an aeronautical engineer.

He was a student at the Dean Close School, in Cheltenham and was known as ‘Rick’ Winter those days.

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He trained at RADA and, as Richard Warwick, joined the National Theatre under Lawrence Olivier.

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His first role on screen was Gregory in “Romeo and Juliet” – I read that the director Zeffirelli wanted to make a movie for young people, in fact he chose many handsome actors and actresses for the cast – (even if I saw it not before the ’80s, when I was a little child, I was in love with this movie!) – I’m grateful with the director why he chose Richard and made some other nice movies later (even if I don’t approve his politic opinions at all) – maybe he was satisfied with Richard, why they made other 2 movies together: “Hamlet” and “Jane Eyre”.

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He liked country life, even if he enjoyed visiting New York for the first time. For this reason, he enjoyed particularly to play Uncas, because “The last of the Mohicans” was shot in a very suitable place.

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He said in an interview he was never quoted correctly in interviews, so he didn’t like to talk about himself.

He don’t liked typecasts and he preferred to play every type of part. He hated to play big parts, acting wasn’t all-important to him. He liked to be an actor, but most of all, he wanted to write and sing. Indeed, we can see him playing guitar in “If…”.

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Joanna Lumley and him became lifelong friends working together in “The Breaking of Bumbo”.

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Rupert Webster who played Bobby Philips in “If…” said he was only 13 when he worked in the movie, so he wasn’t aware of the gayness of his character; all the crew was careful with the younger actors, and also Rupert said “Richard was a nice chap”, so he didn’t have nothing to fear (and they played such a scene together!).

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On a book by Robin Askwit (the student with the red hair), which I bought for information on “If…” together with other books, I read that Robin and Richard became big friends, even if there were 5 years between them, they visited NYC together – Askwith wrote that some boys, included Richard, had to ask their families the permission to stay in the set of “IF…”. There is also a photo from another movie they shot together: “Confessions of a Pop Performer”. I bought the DVD but I have to say: except from Richard, I don’t like it much, is too weird. They played at least another movie together “Nicolas & Alexandra”, Robin had a short part, Richard too, but very charming, as friend of the prince.

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Richard and Anderson were friends all their lives: in a ’90s letter to McDowell, Anderson wrote about having dinner with him after one performance in “Rope” – Anderson wrote to McDowell he didn’t like the production, in his opinion the play wasn’t good and it was inexplicably getting good reviews. Anyway he enjoyed meeting Richard again: “He was good and amiable as ever”.

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Fellows Malcolm McDowell and David Wood have good words on him. In the DVD extras of “IF….” Malcolm remembers Richard with friendly, lovely words. Later in years, Malcolm wanted to work with his friend Richard again on stage, but the productions didn’t wanted a kind of “all-together-again” and refused to engage him – What a shame! While I asked David Wood through his site if he could be so kind to write to me some lines in his memory: you can read them in the “Sources and thanks” page.

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A fan of him said to me she read an interview on an old magazine: Richard loved Italy and visited it often, that makes me proud!

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On a diary of Derek Jarman written at the time of “Sebastiane”, I read that when he quarrelled with the other colleagues and remained alone, only Richard and another man returned back to see if he was right.

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I found out an amazing bonus track in the Italian DVD of “Sebastiane” (you can see some screenshots in the Gallery): Jarman made a sort of “Making of” then, without sound, which I like much why I recognized some of the magic atmosphere of the Italian summer in the ’70s, when I was a little little child. Well in this short making-of, he filmed his collaborators. There are some funny scenes between the actors. There were many rumours on this movie dated at the time it was shot, (I heard from a cinematic critic that some Italian people thought the production wanted to hide some dirty purpose behind the movie) and many other details I would like to know…!!!!!

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A fan told me to have read an interview on “A fine romance”, where Susan Penhaligon said how she felt at ease with him. I like this series. Richard and Susan played a very nice and handsome couple. Read my blog about their special friendship!

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I read something which hasn’t confirmation, yet: was Richard the partner of charming Welsh actor/director Keith Baxter? A book reviewed on Amazon UK, “Alec Guinness: The Authorised Biography”, suggests it. I only know that Warwick worked on stage in “Rope” under the direction of Baxter. And at the beginning of his book “My sentiments exactly”, Baxter wrote a dedication to some people, between whom there is a “Richie”. It is a beautiful book indeed. Being not sure, I wait for news on it.

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He was admired by colleagues and by directors like Coward, Anderson, Zeffirelli as for his nature, as for his talent.

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On a site on his death, with very few words, I read he was diagnosed with Aids in 1991 and he helped his friends with the same illness until the end.

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Take a look on the Fans and Thanks pages: I posted there some tales from people who knew him and wrote to me about Richard.

 

If you know that some of these information are wrong, please write to me,

so that I can write his biography correctly.

richardwarwicktribute @ gmail.com

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2 thoughts on “Biography

  1. You might care to email me. I was with Richie every day that he was in the hospice in St John’s Wood where he died just before Christmas 1997. At the end he was very weak but he could hear the Christmas Carols being sung in the Chapel at the Hospice and that pleased him. I arranged the Memorial Service for him at St James Piccadilly in January 1998. The church was packed with people who had loved him. John Barrowman and Tristam Gemmill who had both been in ‘ROPE’ were there. Zoe Wanamaker, Susan Penhaligon, Joanna David, Derek Jacobi, Ian Mckellen, Judi Dench all read pieces for him. I gave the address. Lindsay Anderson was always rather jealous of the relationship between Richie and me, which dated back to 1968, and his report that “Rope” had received indifferent notices is untrue. Richard was heartbreaking in it. (Read the Chichester notices where it opened). Susan Penhaligon and Sara Kestelman and I took Richie’s ashes to a field outside his home and scattered them under a tree he used to climb when he was a little boy. His brother had made a wooden plaque and nailed it to the tree. There are now daffodils growing over the site where his ashes were scattered.
    HIs agent was ICM.

    Keith Baxter
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    (administrator: I take for me sensitive data)

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    • Mr Baxter, thank you so much for writing this poignant and precious comment!
      It’s good to know Richard’s family, friends and colleagues were present at the Memorial Service. I have the impression from what I read that he was a man everyone found likeable. I would really like to read the address in his memory.
      I waited some time for your reply to my email, then I decided to approve this comment so that followers of the blog can read it.
      I apologise if I mentioned the words Lindsay Anderson wrote on his diary about “Rope”. From what I could find about the play, Richard was praised for his performance as Sir Johnstone Kentley.
      I love the image of the daffodils being over the site where Richard lies! May he rest in peace.

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