British actor Richard Johnson has died at the age of 87 after a short illness at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea, London.
Born July 30th, 1927 in Essex, Johnson was a celebrated actor, writer and producer. His film debut in 1959 in the MGM film, Never So Few, had him starring alongside Frank Sinatra and Gina Lollobrigida and later, Laurence Olivier in Khartoum in 1966.
Outside of film, Johnson also starred on the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre stage as Romeo, Orlando, Pericles and Mark Antony in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Some of his more recent film roles included Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and he even made appearances in British television while simultaneously leading the cast of the BBC’s hit radio series, Bleak Expectations.
Johnson will be greatly missed by the film and theatre community, and is survived by his wife, Lynne, whom he married in 2004 as well as his four children.