Ronald Lacey

BirthDay:

28 Sep 1935

BirthPlace:

Harrow, London, England, UK

Bio:

Ronald Lacey was born on June 18, 1935 in the suburbs of London. He began his career in 1961 after a brief stint in the Royal service. He attended The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. His first notable performance was delivered at The Royal Court in 1962's "Chips With Everything". Lacey had an unusual pug look with beady eyes and cherub's cheeks which landed him repeatedly in bizarre roles on both stage and screen. However it was his unforgettable demonic smile and peculiar Peter Lorre mannerisms that would bring Lacey a short period of fame in Hollywood. After performing on British television throughout the 1960's and 1970's, Lacey finally landed the role for which these characteristics could be used to full advantage. In 1981 he was cast as the villainous Nazi henchman in 'Steven Spielberg' 's widescreen blockbuster Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) He followed this with a series of various villainous roles for the next five to six years: Firefox (1982) with 'Clint Eastwood', Sahara (1983) with Brooke Shields, and Red Sonja (1985) with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Lacey turned in two hilarious cinematic performances in full drag (Disney's Trenchcoat (1983) with Margot Kidder from 1982 and Invitation to the Wedding (1983) from 1985 - in which he played a husband/wife couple!). Sadly his career began to wane in the late eighties and Lacey died in London of liver failure on May 15, 1991. A tremendous talent with great depth and many facets, Ronald Lacey will be remembered best for his small but significant role as the dapper yet psychotic Nazi in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Filmography

Actor ( 139 credits )

Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Major Arnold Toht (1 episode, 2013)
The Colbert Report (2005)  Arnold Toht (uncredited) (1 episode, 2011)
Angely smerti (1993)
Landslide (1992) Fred Donner
The Assassinator (1992) Stewart
White Cobra Express (1991)
Stalingrad (1990) Winston Churchill
Haggard (1990)  The Seaman (1 episode, 1990)
Valmont (1989) José
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Heinrich Himmler (uncredited)
Dawn of an Evil Millennium (1988)
Manifesto (1988) Conductor
Jailbird Rock (1988) Warden Bauman (as Ron Lacey)
Hard Cases (1988)  Frankie Diamond (2 episodes, 1988)
Crossbow (1987)  Narrator / ... (2 episodes, 1987)
Sky Bandits (1986) Fritz
Mad Mission 4: You Never Die Twice (1986) The Boss
The Lone Runner (1986) Misha
Black-Adder II (1986)  Bishop of Bath & Wells (1 episode, 1986)
Boon (1986)  Emlyn Price Jones, MP (1 episode, 1987)
Unnatural Causes (1986)  Eric (1 episode, 1986)
Red Sonja (1985) Ikol
Flesh + Blood (1985) Cardinal
Tangiers (1985) Wedderburn
The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985)  The Listener (1 episode, 1988)
C.A.T.S. Eyes (1985)  Quigley (1 episode, 1985)
Connie (1985)  Crawder (4 episodes, 1985)
Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984) Oswald
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) President Widmark
Making the Grade (1984) Nicky
The Bengal Lancers! (1984)
Sahara (1983) Beg
Yellowbeard (1983) Man with Parrot
Trenchcoat (1983) Princess Aida
Invitation to the Wedding (1983) Clara / Charles Eatwell
Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983)  Bobby Bouchard (1 episode, 1983)
Dramarama (1983)  Chris Dexter (1 episode, 1983)
Firefox (1982) Semelovsky
Q.E.D. (1982)  Medium (1 episode, 1982)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Major Arnold Toht
Bergerac (1981)  Joey Brown (1 episode, 1988)
American Playhouse (1981)  Frank Lloyd (1 episode, 1983)
The Little World of Don Camillo (1981)  Biondi (1 episode, 1981)
Nijinsky (1980) Leon Bakst
Magnum, P.I. (1980)  Archer Hayes / ... (1 episode, 1984)
Cribb (1980)  Percy Bustard (1 episode, 1980)
Lady Killers (1980)  Inspector Bannister (1 episode, 1980)
Zulu Dawn (1979) Norris Newman
Hart to Hart (1979)  Inspector Michelot (1 episode, 1983)
Minder (1979)  Harry Ridler (1 episode, 1985)
Tropic (1979)  Geoffrey Turvey (1 episode, 1979)
All Creatures Great and Small (1978)  Stewie Brannon (1 episode, 1978)
Blakes 7 (1978)  Tynus (1 episode, 1979)
Hazell (1978)  Bryers (1 episode, 1979)
Do You Remember? (1978)  Mr. Leicester Paton (1 episode, 1978)
Target (1977)  Charlie Walker (1 episode, 1978)
Charleston (1977) Frankie
The Likely Lads (1976) Ernie
The Duchess of Duke Street (1976)  Arthur Shepherd (1 episode, 1976)
The New Avengers (1976)  Hong Kong Harry (1 episode, 1976)
Just William (1976)  Mr. March (1 episode, 1977)
The Prince and the Pauper (1976)  Lord Rushden (5 episodes, 1976)
Second Verdict (1976)  Marinus Van der Lubbe (1 episode, 1976)
Mr. Quilp (1975) Harris
The Sweeney (1975)  Barry Monk (1 episode, 1975)
Quiller (1975)  Dr. Visto (1 episode, 1975)
Shades of Greene (1975)  Mike (1 episode, 1976)
Porridge (1974)  Harris (3 episodes, 1977)
Churchill's People (1974)  Peter of Pomfret (1 episode, 1975)
Gawain and the Green Knight (1973) Oswald
The Last Days of Man on Earth (1973) Shades
Last of the Summer Wine (1973)  Walter (1 episode, 1973)
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973)  Ernie (1 episode, 1973)
Thriller (1973)  Bartlett (1 episode, 1976)
BBC2 Playhouse (1973)  Leonard Smithers (1 episode, 1982)
Disciple of Death (1972) Parson
The Protectors (1972)  Cribbs (1 episode, 1972)
Crown Court (1972)  Sgt. Philip Ross (3 episodes, 1979)
Colditz (1972)  Major Zibnek (1 episode, 1973)
Macbeth (1971) Macbeths man - killed Banquo (uncredited)
Say Hello to Yesterday (1971) Car Park Attendant (uncredited)
Crucible of Terror (1971) Michael Clare
Jason King (1971)  Ryland (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
Owen, M.D. (1971)  Franklin (2 episodes, 1972)
Catweazle (1970)  Tearful Ted (1 episode, 1971)
Play for Today (1970)  Mr. Lang (1 episode, 1976)
Kate (1970)  Georgie Phelps (1 episode, 1970)
The Adventures of Don Quick (1970)  Sergeant Sam Czopanser (1 episode, 1970)
Take a Girl Like You (1969) Graham McClintoch
Tintin and the Temple of the Sun (1969) Thompson (voice) (uncredited)
Otley (1969) Curtis
My Partner the Ghost (1969)  Beatnik (1 episode, 1969)
Department S (1969)  Jeremy Standish (1 episode, 1970)
Civilisation (1969)  Gravedigger (1 episode, 1969)
ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969)  David / ... (2 episodes, 1970)
In Loving Memory (1969)  Brother Benjamin Bailey (1 episode, 1980)
W. Somerset Maugham (1969)  Controleur (1 episode, 1970)
Parkin's Patch (1969)  Elliot (1 episode, 1969)
These Men Are Dangerous (1969)
The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) Village Idiot
How I Won the War (1967) Spool
Great Expectations (1967)  Orlick (4 episodes, 1967)
Haunted (1967)  Thomas Rowley (1 episode, 1967)
The Gamblers (1967)  Lionel / ... (2 episodes, 1967)
ITV Playhouse (1967)  Julius / ... (2 episodes, 1970-1981)
Softly Softly (1966)  Mexie (1 episode, 1966)
Having a Wild Weekend (1965) Yeano
BBC Play of the Month (1965)  Barber (1 episode, 1973)
Out of the Unknown (1965)  Joe Manx (1 episode, 1969)
Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965)  Frankie Three / ... (5 episodes, 1967-1969)
Blackmail (1965)  'Beat' (1 episode, 1965)
Londoners (1965) (1 episode, 1965)
The Comedy Man (1964) First Assistant Director (uncredited)
Of Human Bondage (1964) 'Matty' Mathews
Gideon C.I.D. (1964)  Jerry Blake (1 episode, 1965)
The Wednesday Play (1964)  Billy Oates / ... (3 episodes, 1965-1969)
Theatre 625 (1964)  Barley Oates / ... (6 episodes, 1964-1968)
R3 (1964)  Hugh Cassell (1 episode, 1964)
Cluff (1964)  Smith (1 episode, 1964)
Detective (1964)  Maurice Pringle (1 episode, 1964)
Thursday Theatre (1964)  Private Gross (1 episode, 1964)
Doctor in Distress (1963) Cafe Customer (uncredited)
Love Story (1963)  Bob Dolan / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1966)
Sergeant Cork (1963)  Albert Watson (1 episode, 1966)
The Plane Makers (1963)  Sammy Metcalf (1 episode, 1963)
The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1963)  Private Dormer (1 episode, 1964)
Festival (1963)  Little Monk (1 episode, 1964)
The Boys (1962) Billy Herne
Z Cars (1962)  Eddie Parfitt / ... (4 episodes, 1962-1968)
Dr. Finlay's Casebook (1962)  Bill Gillespie (1 episode, 1967)
The Avengers (1961)  Humbert Green / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Comedy Playhouse (1961)  Justin Fribble (1 episode, 1965)
The Younger Generation (1961)  Barman / ... (7 episodes, 1961)
Probation Officer (1959) (1 episode, 1960)
Emergency-Ward 10 (1957)  Alf Pritchard (1 episode, 1966)
Armchair Theatre (1956)  Arthur / ... (5 episodes, 1960-1968)
Dixon of Dock Green (1955)  Nicky (1 episode, 1963)
ITV Play of the Week (1955)  Ted (1 episode, 1960)
ITV Television Playhouse (1955)  Tim (1 episode, 1959)