Paul Scofield (Performer) | Playbill

Paul Scofield


Though only 40 at the time, Mr. Scofield always came off a little older than he was, his face stony and lined even at a very young age, and his version of the role was praised. "This production brings me closer to King Lear than I have ever been," wrote critic Kenneth Tynan. "From now on, I not only know him but can place him in his harsh and unforgiving world." He toured Europe and Russia with the production, playing in Berlin, Warsaw and Moscow, among other cities. In a 2004 opinion poll of members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, his King Lear was named as the greatest performance in a Shakespearean play. Voting peers included Ian McKellen, Donald Sinden, Janet Suzman, Ian Richardson, Corin Redgrave and Antony Sher.

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  • Born: Jan 21, 1922 in Birmingham, England
  • Death: Mar 19, 2008 in Sussex, England

Roles (1)


Tony Award
1962 Best Actor in a Play Winner

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