Actor Richard Todd’s innate power and dash proved a perfect fit for Disney’s chivalrous, high-adventure movies “The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men” in 1952, “The Sword and the Rose” in 1953 and “Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue,” which in 1954, was selected as the Command Performance Film in England.
Long before Mel Gibson starred in “Braveheart,” Film Critic Bosley Crowther described Richard in the “New York Times” as “handsome as the kilted and bonneted Rob, simply a splendid idealization of the hero …”
All three motion pictures were produced in England with blocked funds that Disney had been unable to get out of the country since World War II. While some questioned Disney’s presence overseas, the actor felt it perfectly appropriate.
After all, he pointed out to a" Los Angeles Times" reporter in 1953, “They’re British stories!”
Born June 11, 1919, to a British army officer, Richard grew up in Ireland, India, and England. He attended a London drama school… read more