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Tributes to Richard Todd whose death was announced 4th Dec. 09

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(22nd December 11)

Richard Todd

When I was seven, Disney came out with the first of three live action films starring Richard Todd, and I fell hopelessly in love to the tune of "Whistle My Love". In the 60 years since, I have stayed a fan of this great actor. At one time or another, I've seen most of his films and admired his work where even the second rate films were improved just because he was there. He will be missed by all who appreciate talent.

- Janet, Washington





(12th April 11)

Richard Todd

I have just learnt while searching the net that Richard Todd died several years ago, and I am very sad to learn this and the circumstances. Richard Todd was my favorite film star. His beautiful face made my heart beat faster - I was not surprised to learn that he was also a gentleman and lovely human being.
I loved A Man Called Peter and Robin Hood. He was perfect for these roles.
I wished that I had made contact with him like some of your correspondents.
Thank you for making this site available, I send my heartfelt sympathy to his remaining family.

- Kaye, Australia





(19th October 10)

Richard Todd

I have been reading the tributes to Richard Todd and they say everything I felt about him. I was born right after D-Day in London and came over to the US as a small child. I first saw him in his Robin Hood role serialized on the Mickey Mouse Club and from then on he was and still is my favorite actor. Like Ellen, I gleaned the TV Guide looking for his movies. When I was around 9 or 10 I started The Richard Todd Fan Club with 3 of my girlfriends. I wrote to him and received an autographed photo. I can't tell you how much time I spent staring at it. I just wish I still had it. Until recently I never knew of his gallantry in World War II. He was such an example of "The Greatest Generation". He had his share of heartbreak in his life but he seemed to bear it with strength and dignity. It was unfortunate that he was never given his proper recognition by being knighted by the Queen. May he rest in peace.

- Maxine, Florida





(5th October 10)

Richard Todd

I was deeply saddened when I learned of the news concerning the death of Richard Todd. He is my favorite British actor of all time. As a boy growing up, I used to watch The Longest Day all the time. I always enjoyed the scene with the gliders. Little did I know as a small boy that Major John Howard in the movie was portrayed by Lt. Richard Todd of the 7th Para (He was promoted to Captain by the end of the war). I've become very interested in the history of the British Airborne and have read many books on the subject including Todd's autobiography "Caught in the Act." He was humble about his service during the war, but in my mind he was a hero. He could have stayed out of active service, but in the same way as Jimmy Stewart and David Niven - he served. Thanks Richard for all the great movies, but most of all Thank you Captain Todd for your service to your nation.

- Kevin





(5th August 10)

Richard Todd

I have watched Richard in films since I was only 5 years old as mum always adored him. I have a great collection of Richards's movies. A death drum along the River is a stand out and of course the Dam Busters. I must disagree with comparing Russell Crowe with Richard Todd as you cannot compare a Grand master of English theatre and movie with the portrayal of the modern day actor and the way movies are made today with all the special effects.

Richard Todd will always be in my heart as any movies that he starred in you always know your eyes would be glued to the screen till the end. That's how grand Richard Todd's ability was to make his character more interesting and this really was and extension of his real personality. You had to love him for it.

As for Robin Hood Errol Flynn is up there and so is Richard Todd. If I had to choose a gentleman in real life this is the way I would rank the three actors. 1. Richard Todd 2. Russell Crow 3. Errol Flynn.

God bless you Richard Todd you will always bi in my mind and thoughts forever, and as long as I keep buying his movies he will never die in the hearts of all English, Irish and any other countryman from all over the world who has the sense to recognise Mastery at it best.

- Kerry
A descendant from Arklow in County Wicklow Ireland.
Born and living in Camden Sydney Australia






(21st July 10)

Richard Todd

Was extremely sad to hear of the death last December of an actor I had great respect for. I saw your site when looking him up on the net and felt I had to write and give my respects to the great man.

I met Richard Todd when he was in Alice Springs Australia playing a Vet in the play Equus. I spent one lovely day in his company. Below is a photograph at Stanley Chasm. He was a gentleman and a great actor.

- Pamela, Australia


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(9th June 10)

Richard Todd

Thank you for the opportunity to express my condolences, and, my gratitude to an extraordinary man. As a new teen-ager in the mid-fifties and then in the sixties, I had a heart-aching crush on this man, so I am not surprised to read of all the women my age confessing the same. I saw most of his movies and many of them multiple times. I have read all the tribute letters and I could have written most of them. What an amazing effect this man had on people. I had no personal contact with him but felt I knew him personally and I see that he affected most of you the same way. His charisma was palpable, his integrity unquestionable, his valour undeniable. I, too, am wondering why he was not knighted??? Upon hearing of his passing, I felt such a sense of loss and reading all the tributes has helped. I fear we will never see his like again. James Stewart, Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Richard Todd. An era has truly come to a close. God bless you Mr. Todd and may you be happily reunited with your two sons. We will all miss you.

- Vicki, Manitoba, Canada





(12th May 10)

Richard Todd

There is currently a big deal being made out of Russell Crowe playing Robin Hood. The first time I saw this movie it was with the Late Great Richard Todd, if ever there was a man to swoon over, it was him. He was so good in that role, I could imagine what it would have been like to have seen him and meet him in person. To me, there is only one Robin Hood and only one, that is Richard Todd, Russell Crowe is a very poor imitation, he doesn't even come close. Rest in Peace and May God Bless.

- Kanuck





(3rd May 10)

Richard Todd

I've always enjoyed his work on the screen but especially admired the way he lived his life. Every time one of his movies is on TV I make a point to watch it. He is definitely one of the great ones

- Nancy, San Diego, California, USA





(10th March 10)

Tribute to Richard Todd

The wonderful thing about reading all of the tributes is the realization that there are so many who admired Richard Todd the way I did. I was a teenager when I discovered him in the '50s when his career was in full swing here in the States. To me, he epitomized the perfect man and gentleman. Just to hear him speak was intoxicating! I have since seen all of his movies, read his autobiography, and was so thrilled to see him in a play in London in 1985. He graciously sent autographed pictures prior to my going because I told him of a friend who was so disappointed she couldn't see him live, too. By all accounts, this great actor was a kind man, and we all know of his heroic World War II actions. I am appalled that both the Oscar and BAFTA award ceremonies omitted him from their memorial clips. What could they have been thinking? Shame on them! Thankfully, his many fans will never forget him and the impact his performances have have on them.

- Sue, California





(28th Feb. 10)

Richard Todd

A true friend of my brother's. They kept in touch for innumerable years through the mail before they met.

May he rest in peace.

- Josephine, USA





(2nd Feb. 10)

Richard Todd

I also remember Richard Todd in The Longest Day and many other movies. I just watched The Dam Busters this morning, February 2, 2010 on Turner Classic Movies. It tends to make me choke up a little every time I hear the music and see Mr. Todd walking away at the end of the movie. He was a very strong and fine gentleman and actor. I am very sorry that he is gone. He will be missed by all of his fans and friends. My condolences go out to his family.

- David - Massillon, Ohio USA





(26th Jan. 10)

Richard Todd

Iím watching the Screen Actorsí Guild Awards and just learned heís gone! I have loved him for so long, I wonder if any man in my life has ever been able to live up to the ideal he presented. He was gorgeous! He was such a talent! He was my ďidolĒ. God bless you my dear, dear man!

- Patricia





(18th Jan. 10)

Richard Todd

I had the honour (and it WAS an honour) to meet Richard Todd at a local fete two summers ago. Such a gentleman and still so handsome. I also saw him at Chichester (theatre) and there was a collective "intake of breath" from the entire audience when he made his first entrance. He would have been about 85 then but still very charistmatic. What a pity he was not knighted not only for services to entertainment but for his own real life bravery in the 2nd world war.

A great loss.

- Jane





(30th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

I was a great fan and loved his films. I was deeply sorry to hear of Richardís passing not only from life but now into history.

Condolences to his family on their very great loss.

- Alex





(28th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

How sad that the wonderful Richard Todd is gone. When I was a teen I saw every one of his Disney films and collected everything I could find on him. I adored him. When I married and had children, I named my second son Peter because Mr. Todd's performance in A Man called Peter was so inspirational that it led me to read the book and know Dr. Peter Marshall himself. In later years I was thrilled any time he made an appearance. I feel that a part of my life is gone.

- Nijole, Wisconsin





(13th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

My sympathy to the Todd family. He was one of the world's greatest actors as well as a war hero.

He will be long remembered.

- Bob, USA





(11th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

My sympathies to Mr Todd and his family at this sad time. Mr Todd spent some time in recent weeks as a respite guest at the Cedars in Bourne, Lincolnshire. He apparently revelled in watching his old films and insisted that his fellow guests did the same. It must have given Mr Todd great pleasure to remember his early productions and those he worked with and where at a time when he was full of vigour. He once revealed his sense of humour by sending himself up: 'My image was all daring deeds, until my swash began to buckle a bit'.

He lived only eight miles from me and I'd have loved to have met him. I hoped I might have bumped into him at Ropsley - the next village on from where he lived - as he sometimes attended village hall events. There are very few male actors left now in world cinema who were a lead prior to 1950. It's very sad that the living links with an era that gave, and continues to give, so much pleasure to so many is almost at an end. At least Mr Todd's memory will live on in his films, autobiography, and, of course, his children. He left his mark.

- Ralph, Bourne, Lincolnshire





(10th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

I'm a New Zealander born in the 60's but Richard Todd was one of my favourite British actors. I loved his performance in Hasty Heart, A Man called Peter and to me he was epitome of an Englishman in The Dambusters. Ironic really as I see he was born in Dublin. The fact he served his country in WWII just increases my respect for him.

My condolences to his family and I am sure we will never see an actor of his calibre again. RIP

- Robyn





(9th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

I was very sad to hear of Richard Todd's passing and I send my condolences to his family. When I was about 16 (a long time ago) I wrote to him and he sent me a photo of himself and his then wife Catherine which I treasured for many year and is now lost.

My favourite film of all time is :The Dambusters" Love the story and the acting was great.

- Philomena, Warnbro, Western Australia





(8th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

my condolences to richards family, he was one of my favourite actors and i met him a couple of years ago at bramham in yorkshire when it was for the queens birthday and i was there with leeds carers.

he sat there at the next table to us and had his photo taken with disabled people and spent over 2hours writting his name on our cards, he was such a lovely man, god bless him

- elaine





(7th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

My condolences to Richard Toddís family. I am sure he will be greatly missed.

I have admired Richard Todd since the 1950,s, such a quiet and dignified man, I am very sad at his passing.

- Eunice from Attleborough Norfolk





(6th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

What a lovely person Richard Todd was, and how sad that he has left us, but some words I remember (slightly altered )may be appropriate....

    He is a thousand winds that blow,
    He is the diamond glint on snow.
    He is the sunlight on ripened grain,
    He is the gentle autumn rain.

God Bless you Richard and your family.

- Joan, Manchester





(6th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

I CAN WATCH "THE DAMBUSTERS" DVD EVERY FEW MONTHS AND ENJOY IT , AS IF IT WAS A FIRST VIEWING, ON TWO VISITS TO THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL FLIGHTS, MY THOUGHTS WERE OF HIM .... AN EXCELLENT ACTOR.... A LITTLE BIT OF ENGLAND HAS DIED.

- RAYMOND





(6th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

Sir

Have read all the tributes to Richard Todd, what wonderful words to a great man, Canít really add much more to what has been said. Hope he finds peace with his sons and be long remembered.

I live in Nottingham and believe it or not when I have been down the A1 always looked over to Little Ponton, knew he lived there, he had like an aura about him. Real life hero! (Didnít know until recently had moved)

Thoughts are with his family at this time.

- Paul





(5th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

Richard Todd is someone I would like to emulate, he epitomosed the very essence of the understated british hero. I enjoyed all his films, being born in the late 40's he was the hero I saw in the war films of the time, a much better hero than the american versions. Someone who did the right thing no matter what, with no thought for himself.

- Geoff





(5th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

I'm so crushed....I've loved Richard Todd all my life...I remember seeing Robin Hood with my older brother and I fell so hard....I remember watching him in A Man Called Peter after President Kennedy was killed and it was on American TV nation-wide...I wrote a heartfelt letter to Mr. Todd and got a reply ! It is on the wall beside me in an honored place in my home. ( One of my most valued possessions....). His diction,manorisms,and very soul will be missed ! I loved him and felt so sorry when he lost his children but the way he faced that made me cherrish him all the more....I can't thank him enough for his service in WW11 which bought us Americans 60 more years of freedom ! He is very loved and honored here and America will be saddened by his loss this year ! All my simpathy and love to especially Fiona and Andrew and to your families...God love you all and keep you !

- Gerry Margaret Ammons





(5th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

I remember Richard Todd for his role in The Longest Day. He symbolized all that was English for me - strong voice & personality & still kind.

- Ed - USA




(5th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

My husband and I watched Richard in a play in Birmingham many years ago with Nyree Dawn Porter, after which we waited by the stage door for his autograph. A jobsworth stage door man told us that the players would not be out for ages so not to bother to wait, Richard saw us standing there and walked towards us, politely asked us to wait a moment. and then re-appeared with Nyree to sign our autographs and have a chat, after telling the stage doorman politely, to let him know in future in fans were waiting for him.

A gentleman and a great actor, one who treated people with respect. Sadly both of these great actors lost to us now.

- angella





(5th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

Was such a large part of my youth & loved him in Rob Roy.

- Roberta





(5th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

Richard Todd was my first big movie star heart throb. I loved his voice, his handsomeness, his portrayal of the kind of man one dreams about. I was totally infatuated! Saw most of his films 2 times over at least. How old was I? 9 years, 1951. Luckily my mum worked in the cinema as money was scarce. A big part of my youth & since.

- Mary, Barmouth





(5th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

When I was about 14 years of age in the late 50's and when others of my age had pictures of pop stars on their bedroom wall, I had pictures of Richard Todd up there. I have always had a great crush on him and loved his films. I once met him and got his autograph when he appeared in a play in at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne, what a thrill that was. So saddened at the news of his death.

- Alwyn





(5th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

As another woman of 65, let me second that, Julia. I was born a week before D-Day and my childhood was full of the same Richard Todd movies. I first saw him (as Robin Hood) on the big screen at the age of eight, and it was truly love at first sight. He was the only movie star I ever loved -- for years, when I was young, I would look through the movie section of the TV guide every week, hoping to find one of his movies. The Robin Hood movie (http://disneysrobin.blogspot.com/ (ed. note: just checked out that page and there is a very moving obituary and wonderful pictures)) was and still is my favorite. Richard Todd was a HUGE presence in my life. I was constantly looking for pictures of him and information about his life, which were almost impossible to find over here. How can I say what he meant to me? I not only adored him, he was the very embodiment of everything a man should be (I felt) and his "presence" was enormously comforting to me in a world that seemed to grow more insane with every passing year as I grew out of childhood. About ten years ago, I was glad to read in his autobiography of his real-life reaction to the drugged-out decadent and dirty hippies he encountered in SF in 1967. About that same time on the other coast of the USA, I was having a similar reaction to similar hordes who suddenly popped up everywhere in Cambridge Mass. That I immediately got out of there in active search of something (and someone) solid and good and wholesome had a great deal to do with Richard Todd and all he had meant to me. He embodied THE GOOD WORLD where people behaved nobly and honorably and lived simple decent dignified lives. Reading mostly between the lines of his two volumes of autobiography -- Caught in the Act and In Camera, very intelligent & well-written, which everyone who loves him should search out and read -- I gather that he was not a saint and like anyone had his faults and failings. Nevertheless, I think that Richard Todd really was in some deep authentic way everything that I thought he was when I was a starry-eyed little kid. Ever since his movies became available on video, I bought them all and watched most of them several times, some many times. The few nasty, weak, or decadent roles he played seem cast against type, whereas high ideals and true gentlemanly character still shine through his many heroic roles. No wonder he inspired me to do better all my life and even helped me to marry well! I so wish I could have met him, but it changed my life just to see him and love what I saw. That there is no one like him to inspire today's children is very sad indeed.

- Ellen USA





(4th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

it was with great sadness i read the news of the death of richard todd. living in lincolnshire i always had a soft spot for the dambusters film and richard todd's excellent portrail of guy gibson... a true gentleman and a very fine actor. my thoughts are with his family and friends ... let them take comfort in the knowledge that he was thought very highly of by people from all over the world. sleep well thanks for the memories.

- graham (lincs)





(4th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

Dear Sir,

I have just read your tribute to Richard Todd and was very moved by your words, they echo every sentiment I have ever felt about this great man. It is sad that such a talented actor and from what I hear, a wonderful man, was never given a knighthood for his contribution to the British film industry. The man might have gone, but at least we have his memory forever in the wonderful films he made. I had the opportunity to see him some years ago on the London stage, something in my life I will never forget.

I would dearly wish to visit his grave and pay my own respects to him in due course and would appreciate any information you may have.

My sincere thanks for your tribute and I hope you receive many contributions to it.

Best wishes,

- Ray.





(4th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

Awoke this morning to a beautiful Sunrise, then came across the sad sad news of the passing of a True Hero..(along with countless others on that momentous day, 6th June 1944))..Mr Richard Todd, O B E...Sir, like the many many who went before you...Thank You...R I P...

- Jim S..





(4th Dec. 09)

Richard Todd

As a woman of 65, my childhood in the 50s was filled with Richard Todd's films and he was my first "heart-throb". In the 60s I moved on to another as Todd made fewer films suitable for a child. His looks were rather tight and different to the other Rank starlets: John Gregson, Dirk Bogarde, Kenneth More, Richard Attenborough, John Mills and so on, but he was a class up from them with his taut upper middle class voice. Perhaps this was what pushed him back from the front line of leading men - he was certainly rather stiff and unbending (very 50s upper middle class!) but excellent, of course, in "The Dam Busters". There were so many war films around at that time and I preferred films more like "The Sword and the Rose" and "Rob Roy". Of course I saw both "The Long, the Short and the Tall" and "The Longest Day" - the latter about 40 times as I was an usherette at the Leicester Square cinema where it premiered! - but he didn't really do much acting after the 60s, preferring to live his life as a farmer, I believe.

Hopefully one or two of his films will be shown on terrestrial TV now so that I can regress again!

- Julia





Tributes to Richard Todd whose death was announced 4th Dec. 09

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