Ralph Michael

Active - 1937 - 1987  |   Born - in England  |   Died - Nov 9, 1994   |   Genres - Drama, Crime, War, Comedy, Mystery

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British character actor Ralph Michael was a stage actor of some ten years' experience when he made his first film, John Halifax, Gentleman, in 1938. With fine aristocratic features and a cultured voice, Michael was a natural in roles calling for British reserve. Among his film credits were The Captive Heart (1946), Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952) and A Night to Remember (1958). Ralph Michael's best film role was one in which he reached beyond his stiff-upper-lip demeanor: in Dead of Night (1945), Michael gave an appropriately feverish but carefully modulated performance as a man who finds his life being dominated by a ghostly reflection in a mirror -- which very nearly compels him to murder his wife.

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