Tom Courtenay Tom Courtenay

A revered British actor of stage and screen who hit his stride in the 1960s with a string of noteworthy movie roles, Tom Courtenay was born Feb. 25, 1937, in Hull, England.

Courtenay made a memorable film debut in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), followed by an arresting performance in Billy Liar, reprising a part he had played as understudy to Albert Finney in London's West End. On the heels of those successes, Courtenay received an Oscar nod with his finely etched turn as a young revolutionary in the 1965 epic Doctor Zhivago.

In 1982, Courtenay earned a Tony nomination for "The Dresser" in a role he had originated on the London stage, resurrecting the character -- and nabbing another Oscar nod -- for the 1983 film version. He picked up his first Emmy nomination in 2009 for his work on the BBC adaptation of the Charles Dickens serial novel Little Dorrit.

45 Years

45 Years

2015 R

Geoff and Kate Mercer's plans for a 45th anniversary party are upset by some unexpected news: A body found in the Swiss Alps has been identified as Geoff's long-ago love Katya, who perished in an accident 50 years earlier.

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