Ian Richardson

  1. Jeffrey Jones, Amadeus, 1983.    At the eleventh hour, Czech director Milos Forman changed tack from Brits – to Americans.Kenneth Branagh had been the British Mozart. Jones wasEmperor Joseph II.
  2. Denholm Elliott, The Missionary, 1982.    When it seemed that Crowden would not be over hiship surgery in time for “Mish,” Richardson, Elliott, Nigel Hawthorne were considered for The Bishop of London. “Elliot,” co-star Michael Palin noted, “would betwice as expensive.” He also insisted on star billing alongside Maggie Smith and Trevor Howard. The films co-writer andstar Michael Palin had no objection, feeling it worse when people read the script and didn’t want a credit.


 Birth year: 1934Death year: 2007Other name: Casting Calls:  2