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Tom Courtenay
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    (February 25, 1937- )
    Born in Hull, England, United Kingdom
    Appeared in the films 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' (1962), 'Billy Liar' (1963), 'King & Country' (1964), 'Dr. Zhivago' (1965), 'The Night of the Generals' (1967), 'One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich' (1970), 'To Catch a Spy' (1971), 'The Dresser' (1983), 'Leonard Part 6' (1987), 'The Boy from Mercury' (1996), 'A Rather English Marriage' (1998), 'Last Orders' (2001), 'Nicholas Nickleby' (2002) and 'The Golden Compass' (2007)
    Appeared on Broadway in 'Otherwise Engaged' (1977) and 'The Dresser' (1981)
    Knighted for services to drama (2001)
    His gaunt appearance prompted a critic to write that he had 'a face that would do for the skull of Yorrick.'
    He had the caps removed from his teeth to play a prisoner in 'One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.'
    He described himself as painfully thin-skinned.
    He played the flute but gave it up 'because it made the dog howl.'
    He won a BAFTA as most promising newcomer.
    He was the subject of a song by Yo La Tengo.
    He performed an acclaimed one-man show as poet Philip Larkin.
    He said about his preference for the stage over films, 'Stars don't last very long. It's much more interesting to be a proper actor.'

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