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Bogaerde , Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den (Bogarde, Dirk, Sir)

Born: 1921 AD
Died: 1999 AD, at 78 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Actors, Writers


1921 - Born on the 28th of March in West Hampstead, London. British actor and writer.

1939 - He apprenticed as an actor with the Amersham Repertory Company, and made his acting debut on a small London stage, the Q Theatre, in a role in which he delivered only one line.

         - His debut in London's West End came a few months later in J.B. Priestley's play "Cornelius," in which he was billed as "Derek Bogaerde".

         - He made his uncredited debut as an extra in the pre-war George Formby comedy Come on George!

1940 - Derek Bogarde joined the Queen's Royal Regiment as an officer.

         - He served in the Air Photographic Intelligence Unit and eventually attained the rank of major. Nicknamed "Pippin" and "Pip" during the war, he was awarded seven medals in his five years of active duty.

1943 - He wrote poems and painted during the war, and a small magazine published one of his poems, "Steel Cathedrals," which subsequently was anthologized. His paintings of the war are part of the Imperial War Museum's collection.

1945 - He claimed he was one of the first Allied officers to reach the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

1950 - Appeared as the criminal, Tom Riley, who shoots Police Constable George Dixon in "The Blue Lamp".

1952 - Played the role of murderer who befriends a young boy in "Hunted".

1953 - Appeared in "Appointment in London" as a young airman in Bomber.

1954 - Portrayed, as a flight sergeant trapped in a dinghy with Sir Michael Redgrave "The Sea shall not have them".

         - Starred in the film "Doctor in the House".

1955 - He was a neurotic criminal with co-star Alexis Smith in the film "Doctor at Sea".

1957 - Starred on the movie "Doctor at Large".

1958 - Appeared in the film "A Tale of Two Cities", a faithful retelling of Charles Dickens' classic.

1959 - Played the three separate roles and co-starring Olivia de Havilland in the film "Libel".

1960 - Bogarde abandoned his heartthrob image.

1961 - Played as barrister Melville Farr in "Victim".

1963 - Played the decadent valet Hugo Barrett in movie "The Servant".

1965 - He was a television reporter Robert Gold in "Darling".

1967 - Portrayed a bored Oxford University professor, in "Accident".

1984 - President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

1985 - Awarded an honorary DLitt by St. Andrews University on the 4th of July.

1992 - Bogarde had won the London Critics Circle's Dilys Powell award for outstanding contribution to cinema.

        - Knighted by the Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on February 13th.

1996 - In September, he underwent angioplasty to widen arteries leading to his heart.

         - He suffered a stroke, but continued to work by means of dictation.

1999 - Sir Dirk Bogarde died in London from a heart attack on 8th of May at the age 78.


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