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Tom Courtenay
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Acting chameleon Sir Tom Courtenay, along with Sirs Alan Bates and Albert Finney, became a front-runner in an up-and-coming company of rebel upstarts who created quite a stir in British "kitchen sink" cinema during the early '60s. An undying love for the theatre, however, had Courtenay channeling a different course from the aforementioned greats and he never, by his own choosing, attained comparable cinematic stardom.

The gaunt and glum, fair-haired actor was born Thomas Daniel Courtenay into modest surroundings on February 25, 1937, in Hull, East Yorkshire, England, the son of Thomas Henry Courtenay, a ship painter, and his wife, Anne Eliza (née Quest). Graduating from Kingston High School there, he trained in drama at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His reputation as an actor grew almost immediately with his professional debut in 1960 as Konstantin in "The Seagull" at the Old Vic. Following tours in Scotland and London with the play, Tom performed in "Henry IV, Part I" and "Twelfth Night" (also at the Old Vic) before assuming the title role of Billy from Albert Finney in the critically acclaimed drama "Billy Liar" at the Cambridge Theatre in 1961. The story, which tells of a Yorkshire man who creates a fantasy world to shield himself from his mundane middle-class woes, was the initial spark in Tom's rise to fame.

Tom Courtenay stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Scene On Rating
Leonard Part 6 1987 w/ Suzy on MysteryTC 2002-11-03 *
Nicholas Nickleby 2002 w/ Suzy on DVD 2003-12-05 ** 1/2
The Golden Compass 2007 Suzy and Hanna 2008-03-28 ***
Quartet 2012 Suzy at Madison Art 2013-02-16 *** 1/2
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 2018 Suzy 2018-10-29 *** 1/2
King of Thieves 2018 Suzy 2019-02-12 **
The Aeronauts 2019 Suzy 2020-03-14 **