Dirk Bogarde

Sir Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde (28 March 1921 – 8 May 1999), known professionally as Dirk Bogarde, was an English actor and writer. Initially a matinée idol in films such as Doctor in the House (1954) for the Rank Organisation, he later acted in art-house films. In a second career, he wrote seven best-selling volumes of memoirs, six novels and a volume of collected journalism, mainly from articles in The Daily Telegraph. Bogarde came to prominence in films including The Blue Lamp in the early 1950s, before starring in the successful Doctor film series (1954–1963). He twice won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, for The Servant (1963) and Darling (1965). His other notable film roles included Victim (1961), Accident (1967), The Damned (1969), Death in Venice (1971), The Night Porter (1974), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Despair (1978). He was appointed a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1990 and a Knight Bachelor in 1992.

2 3 4

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

Action-packedDramatic

Operation Market Garden, September 1944. The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  James Caan  •  Michael Caine  •  Sean Connery

Operation Market Garden, September 1944. The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  James Caan  •  Michael Caine  •  Sean Connery

Accident (1967)

Stephen is a professor at Oxford University who is caught in a rut and feels trapped by his life in both academia and marriage. One of his students, William, is engaged to the beautiful Anna, and Stephen becomes enamored of the younger woman. These three people ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Stanley Baker  •  Jacqueline Sassard  •  Michael York

Stephen is a professor at Oxford University who is caught in a rut and feels trapped by his life in both academia and marriage. One of his students, William, is engaged to the beautiful Anna, and Stephen becomes enamored of the younger woman. These three people ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Stanley Baker  •  Jacqueline Sassard  •  Michael York

Cast a Dark Shadow (1955)

Edward "Teddy" Bare is a ruthless schemer who thinks he's hit the big time when he kills his older wife, believing he will inherit a fortune. When things don't go according to plan, Teddy sets his sights on a new victim: wealthy widow Freda Jeffries. Unfortunately ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Gilbert
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Margaret Lockwood  •  Kay Walsh  •  Kathleen Harrison

Edward "Teddy" Bare is a ruthless schemer who thinks he's hit the big time when he kills his older wife, believing he will inherit a fortune. When things don't go according to plan, Teddy sets his sights on a new victim: wealthy widow Freda Jeffries. Unfortunately ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Gilbert
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Margaret Lockwood  •  Kay Walsh  •  Kathleen Harrison

Darling (1965)

The swinging London, early sixties. Beautiful but shallow, Diana Scott is a professional advertising model, a failed actress, a vocationally bored woman, who toys with the affections of several men while gaining fame and fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Julie Christie  •  Laurence Harvey  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  José Luis de Villalonga

The swinging London, early sixties. Beautiful but shallow, Diana Scott is a professional advertising model, a failed actress, a vocationally bored woman, who toys with the affections of several men while gaining fame and fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Julie Christie  •  Laurence Harvey  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  José Luis de Villalonga

Death in Venice (1971)

Composer Gustav von Aschenbach travels to Venice for health reasons. There, he becomes obsessed with the stunning beauty of an adolescent Polish boy named Tadzio who is staying with his family at the same Grand Hôtel des Bains on the Lido as is Aschenbach.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luchino Visconti
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Björn Andrésen  •  Silvana Mangano  •  Marisa Berenson

Composer Gustav von Aschenbach travels to Venice for health reasons. There, he becomes obsessed with the stunning beauty of an adolescent Polish boy named Tadzio who is staying with his family at the same Grand Hôtel des Bains on the Lido as is Aschenbach.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luchino Visconti
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Björn Andrésen  •  Silvana Mangano  •  Marisa Berenson

Doctor in the House (1954)

The first of the seven "Doctor" films, based on Richard Gordon's novels and released between 1954 and 1970. Simon Sparrow is a newly arrived medical student at St Swithin's hospital in London. Falling in with three longer-serving hopefuls he is soon immersed in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Thomas
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Muriel Pavlow  •  Kenneth More  •  Donald Sinden

The first of the seven "Doctor" films, based on Richard Gordon's novels and released between 1954 and 1970. Simon Sparrow is a newly arrived medical student at St Swithin's hospital in London. Falling in with three longer-serving hopefuls he is soon immersed in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Thomas
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Muriel Pavlow  •  Kenneth More  •  Donald Sinden

Modesty Blaise (1966)

Modesty Blaise, a secret agent whose hair color, hair style, and mod clothing change at a snap of her fingers is being used by the British government as a decoy in an effort to thwart a diamond heist. She is being set up by the feds but is wise to the plot and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey
CAST:  Monica Vitti  •  Terence Stamp  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  Harry Andrews

Modesty Blaise, a secret agent whose hair color, hair style, and mod clothing change at a snap of her fingers is being used by the British government as a decoy in an effort to thwart a diamond heist. She is being set up by the feds but is wise to the plot and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey
CAST:  Monica Vitti  •  Terence Stamp  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  Harry Andrews

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

Satire about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Maggie Smith  •  John Mills

Satire about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Maggie Smith  •  John Mills

Providence (1977)

On the eve of his 78th birthday, the ailing, alcoholic writer Clive Langham spends a painful and sleepless night mentally composing and recomposing scenes for a novel in which characters based on his own family are shaped by his fantasies and memories, alongside ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alain Resnais
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  John Gielgud  •  David Warner

On the eve of his 78th birthday, the ailing, alcoholic writer Clive Langham spends a painful and sleepless night mentally composing and recomposing scenes for a novel in which characters based on his own family are shaped by his fantasies and memories, alongside ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alain Resnais
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  John Gielgud  •  David Warner

The Damned (1969)

In the early days of Nazi Germany, a powerful noble family must adjust to life under the new dictatorship regime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luchino Visconti
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Ingrid Thulin  •  Helmut Griem  •  Helmut Berger

In the early days of Nazi Germany, a powerful noble family must adjust to life under the new dictatorship regime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luchino Visconti
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Ingrid Thulin  •  Helmut Griem  •  Helmut Berger

The Night Porter (1974)

A concentration camp survivor discovers her former torturer and lover working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Charlotte Rampling  •  Gabriele Ferzetti  •  Giuseppe Addobbati

A concentration camp survivor discovers her former torturer and lover working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Charlotte Rampling  •  Gabriele Ferzetti  •  Giuseppe Addobbati

The Servant (1963)

A decadent London aristocrat hires a man-servant to attend to his needs. However, the balance of power starts to shift...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Sarah Miles  •  Wendy Craig  •  James Fox

A decadent London aristocrat hires a man-servant to attend to his needs. However, the balance of power starts to shift...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Sarah Miles  •  Wendy Craig  •  James Fox

Victim (1961)

In early 1960s London, barrister Melville Farr is on the path to success. With his practice winning cases and a loving marriage to his wife, Farr's career and personal life are nearly idyllic. However, when blackmailers link Farr to a young gay man, everything Farr ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Sylvia Syms  •  Dennis Price  •  Nigel Stock

In early 1960s London, barrister Melville Farr is on the path to success. With his practice winning cases and a loving marriage to his wife, Farr's career and personal life are nearly idyllic. However, when blackmailers link Farr to a young gay man, everything Farr ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Sylvia Syms  •  Dennis Price  •  Nigel Stock

The Blue Lamp (1950)

P.C. George Dixon is a long-serving traditional copper who is due to retire shortly. He takes a new recruit under his aegis and introduces him to the easy-going night beat. Dixon is a classic ordinary hero but also anachronistic, unprepared and unable to answer the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden
CAST:  Jack Warner  •  Jimmy Hanley  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  Robert Flemyng

P.C. George Dixon is a long-serving traditional copper who is due to retire shortly. He takes a new recruit under his aegis and introduces him to the easy-going night beat. Dixon is a classic ordinary hero but also anachronistic, unprepared and unable to answer the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden
CAST:  Jack Warner  •  Jimmy Hanley  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  Robert Flemyng

The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954)

During autumn of 1944, an RAF Hudson carrying a VIP passenger in possession of highly secret information is shot down and ditches in the North Sea. Fighting the elements and trying to keep up morale, the occupants of the aircraft's dinghy talk about their lives ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Gilbert
CAST:  Michael Redgrave  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  Jack Watling  •  Bonar Colleano

During autumn of 1944, an RAF Hudson carrying a VIP passenger in possession of highly secret information is shot down and ditches in the North Sea. Fighting the elements and trying to keep up morale, the occupants of the aircraft's dinghy talk about their lives ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Gilbert
CAST:  Michael Redgrave  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  Jack Watling  •  Bonar Colleano

H.M.S. Defiant (1962)

Defiant's crew is part of a fleet-wide movement to present a petition of grievances to the Admiralty. Violence must be no part of it. The continual sadism of Defiant's first officer makes this difficult, and when the captain is disabled, the chance for violence ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Gilbert
CAST:  Alec Guinness  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  Maurice Denham  •  Anthony Quayle

Defiant's crew is part of a fleet-wide movement to present a petition of grievances to the Admiralty. Violence must be no part of it. The continual sadism of Defiant's first officer makes this difficult, and when the captain is disabled, the chance for violence ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Gilbert
CAST:  Alec Guinness  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  Maurice Denham  •  Anthony Quayle

The Password Is Courage (1962)

Based on a true story, this film follows Sergeant-Major Charles Coward (Dirk Bogarde), a brave British soldier captured by German forces during World War II. When he's thrown into a prisoner of war camp, he immediately plans his escape. Masquerading as a wounded ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew L. Stone
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Maria Perschy  •  Alfred Lynch  •  Nigel Stock

Based on a true story, this film follows Sergeant-Major Charles Coward (Dirk Bogarde), a brave British soldier captured by German forces during World War II. When he's thrown into a prisoner of war camp, he immediately plans his escape. Masquerading as a wounded ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew L. Stone
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Maria Perschy  •  Alfred Lynch  •  Nigel Stock

So Long at the Fair (1950)

Vicky Barton and her brother, Johnny, take a trip to the 1896 Paris Exhibition. They both sleep in seperate rooms in a hotel. When the sister gets up the next morning, she finds her brother and his room had disappeared and no one will even acknowledge that he was ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Fisher  •  Antony Darnborough
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  David Tomlinson  •  Marcel Poncin

Vicky Barton and her brother, Johnny, take a trip to the 1896 Paris Exhibition. They both sleep in seperate rooms in a hotel. When the sister gets up the next morning, she finds her brother and his room had disappeared and no one will even acknowledge that he was ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Fisher  •  Antony Darnborough
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Dirk Bogarde  •  David Tomlinson  •  Marcel Poncin

I Could Go on Singing (1963)

Jenny Bowman is a successful singer who, while on an engagement at the London Palladium, visits David Donne to see her son Matt again, spending a few glorious days with him while his father is away in Rome in an attempt to attain the family that she never had. When ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Jack Klugman  •  Gregory Phillips  •  Aline MacMahon

Jenny Bowman is a successful singer who, while on an engagement at the London Palladium, visits David Donne to see her son Matt again, spending a few glorious days with him while his father is away in Rome in an attempt to attain the family that she never had. When ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Jack Klugman  •  Gregory Phillips  •  Aline MacMahon

Esther Waters (1948)

Esther goes into service in Victorian England, only to be seduced by the sweet talking groom William, who then takes off with his employer's daughter. Left alone to bring up the child, Esther manages and after 7 years has a chance at happiness. Then William turns ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Dalrymple
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Kathleen Ryan  •  Cyril Cusack  •  Ivor Barnard

Esther goes into service in Victorian England, only to be seduced by the sweet talking groom William, who then takes off with his employer's daughter. Left alone to bring up the child, Esther manages and after 7 years has a chance at happiness. Then William turns ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Dalrymple
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Kathleen Ryan  •  Cyril Cusack  •  Ivor Barnard
2 3 4