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Magee, Patrick (1922-1982)


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Mad-eyed Patrick Magee began as he meant to continue in Rag Doll (d. Lance Comfort, 1961) as a drunken, bullying roadhouse proprietor, revealing already the unsettling presence he would bring to his stage roles in Beckett (who wrote Krapp's Last Tape for him) and Pinter.

In films, even in small roles like the Bishop in the restaurant in The Servant (d. Joseph Losey, 1963), you couldn't miss him, and when he was given something to get his teeth into - repeating his stage role of De Sade in Marat/Sade (d. Peter Brook, 1966), Cornwall in King Lear (UK/Denmark, d. Brook, 1970), the vengeful Mr Alexander in A Clockwork Orange (d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971), or the Chevalier in Barry Lyndon (d. Kubrick, 1975) - he was formidable indeed.

His first stage experience was in Ireland with Anew McMaster's company, and he was on the London stage from 1958.

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film

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Stanley Kubrick's visually ravishing reconstruction of the 18th century

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Oscar-winning story of two British Olympic athletes

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Stanley Kubrick's dazzling and disturbing vision of near-future Britain

Thumbnail image of Final Programme, The (1973)Final Programme, The (1973)

Inventive, psychedelic adaptation of Michael Moorcock's sci-fi novel

Thumbnail image of Great Ship, A (1962)Great Ship, A (1962)

The construction of the SS Canberra, Britain's largest liner for 20 years

Thumbnail image of Never Back Losers (1961)Never Back Losers (1961)

Modest but entertaining Edgar Wallace adaptation

Thumbnail image of Seance  On A Wet Afternoon (1964)Seance On A Wet Afternoon (1964)

Crime thriller about a medium and a disastrous publicity stunt

Thumbnail image of Servant, The (1963)Servant, The (1963)

James Fox and Dirk Bogarde's savage attack on the British class system

Thumbnail image of Flipside of Dominick Hide, The (1980)Flipside of Dominick Hide, The (1980)

Bizarre sci-fi about a 22nd-century time-traveller

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