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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.

Tom Courtenay in 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.

  • Tom Courtenay in Masterpiece Classic: Little Dorrit Masterpiece Classic: Little Dorrit
  • Tom Courtenay in Doctor Zhivago Doctor Zhivago
  • Tom Courtenay in Quartet Quartet
  • Tom Courtenay in Dad's Army Dad's Army
  • Tom Courtenay in The Golden Compass The Golden Compass
  • Tom Courtenay in Gambit Gambit
  • Tom Courtenay in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
  • Tom Courtenay in Operation Crossbow Operation Crossbow
  • Tom Courtenay in A Rather English Marriage A Rather English Marriage
  • Tom Courtenay in King and Country / Angels One Five King and Country / Angels One Five
  • Tom Courtenay in The Night of the Generals The Night of the Generals
  • Tom Courtenay in Leonard Part 6 Leonard Part 6
  • Tom Courtenay in Night Train to Lisbon Night Train to Lisbon
  • Tom Courtenay in Barney Thomson Barney Thomson
  • Tom Courtenay in King Rat King Rat
  • Tom Courtenay in Let Him Have It Let Him Have It
  • Tom Courtenay in The Old Curiosity Shop The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Tom Courtenay in Flood Flood