Paul Scofield

Also found in: Wikipedia.
Paul Scofield
BirthplaceBirmingham, Warwickshire, England, UK
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Scofield, Paul


Born Jan. 21, 1922, in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. English actor.

Scofield trained in the drama schools of the Croydon Repertory Theatre (1939) and the London Mask Theatre (1940–41). He later performed with the Traveling Repertory Theatre (1942–44) and with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (1944–46), where he first collaborated with the director P. Brook. From 1946 to 1948 he worked at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon. Beginning in 1949 he acted at various theaters in London.

Scofield’s roles include the priest in The Power and the Glory, after the novel by G. Greene, Thomas More in Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons, and the title roles in Shakespeare’s King Lear, Macbeth, and Hamlet, his best role. His roles in the Russian repertoire include Treplev and Voinitskii in Chekhov’s The Sea Gull and Uncle Vanya and Khlestakov in Gogol’s The Inspector-General. Scofield has toured the USSR in the roles of Hamlet (1955), Lear (1964), and Macbeth (1968). A film actor since 1954, he won the award for best actor at the Fourth International Film Festival in Moscow for his performance in A Man for All Seasons. Scofield’s interpretations of his roles are often noted for their moral justness and love for humanity.


Kovalev, Iu. V. PolSkofild. Leningrad, 1970.
Trewin, J. C. Paul Scofield. London [1956].


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Peter O'Toole, Edith Evans, Derek Jacobi and Paul Scofield all trod its boards.
(BBC2, 12.30pm - 2.25pm) Fact-based drama, with Virginia McKenna and Paul Scofield 1958 ....
The last full scale RSC production to perform in Russia was the 1967 tour to Leningrad and Moscow of John Barton's production of All's Well That Ends Well, with a cast including Estelle Kohler, Helen Mirren, Ian Richardson, Clive Swift and Coventry actress Elizabeth Spriggs, and Peter Hall's Macbeth with Paul Scofield in the leading part.
We were shown round the Houses of Parliament by our MP as well as seeing Paul Scofield in Ring Round The Moon at the Globe Theatre.
Mantel's difficulty is that most of us see More as the sympathetic Paul Scofield and Cromwell as the oily evil Leo McKern from the 1966 movie, A Man For All Seasons.
He was Brutus in Julius Caesar, and made a memorable Earl of Kent to Paul Scofield''s King Lear which transferred to the Aldwych, and, in 1964, toured Russia, Europe and the United States.
Drama, with Paul Scofield. (T)(79470544) 1.40 FILM: Around the World in 80 Days (1956) (PG) A Victorian gentleman wagers he can circumnavigate the globe in 80 days.
Parry Sound's G8 committee chairman Paul Scofield said they await a meeting with Clement in late May to get a better idea on how the community will participate.
Paul Scofield was a rarity - an actor whose roles were more famous than the man who played them.
Paul Scofield on film is impressive but I missed him onstage, Wolfit as well, and there are the acclaimed Lears of my lifetime.
LONDON: British actor Paul Scofield, who won an Oscar for his role in A Man For All Seasons, has died at the age of 86, his agent said yesterday.