Richard Haydn

Richard Haydn

Show Count: 2
Series Count: 2
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: 10 March 1905
Old Time Radio, Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died: 25 April 1985, Los Angeles, California, U.S

Richard Haydn (10 March 1905 – 25 April 1985) was an English comic actor in radio, films and television.

Life and career

Born George Richard Haydon in London, he was known for playing eccentric characters, such as Edwin Carp, Claud Curdle (Mr. Music (1950)), Richard Rancyd (Miss Tatlock's Millions (1948)), and Stanley Stayle (Dear Wife (1949)). Much of his stage delivery was done in a deliberate over-nasalized and over-enunciated manner. He was possibly best noted in his performance as the voice of the Caterpillar in the 1951 Disney animated adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Haydn was particularly memorable as the manservant Rogers in the 1945 adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. He is also well remembered for his role as 'Uncle' Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music.

According to the DVD commentary of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks said that Haydn used gardening and horticulture as a means of escape from the Hollywood grind and eschewed the Hollywood lifestyle.

Haydn died after a heart attack on 25 April 1985 in Los Angeles, California.

Television and film

In The Twilight Zone episode "A Thing About Machines", he portrayed Mr. Bartlett Finchley, a quirky, self-absorbed, technophobe who is confronted by every machine in his home. On 1 April 1964, he reprised the Edwin Carp character, a poet and an expert on fish, in an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show which saluted severalold-time radio performers.

On 11 April 1968 he appeared as a Japanese businessman on an episode of Bewitched entitled "A Majority of Two".

Perhaps his most acclaimed role was in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1965 film musical The Sound of Music, in which he played the von Trapps' family friend Max Detweiler.

Other work

He was a regular on the Burns and Allen radio show. Haydn authored one book, The Journal of Edwin Carp, in 1954.

He appeared in the TV show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as Mr. Hemingway in "The Mad, Mad Teaparty Affair", season 1, episode 18, in 1964.

Source: Wikipedia

Burns & AllenBurns & Allen
Show Count: 283
Broadcast History: 15 February 1932 to 13 June 1934, 19 September 1934 to 24 March 1937, 12 April 1937 to 1 August 1938, 30 September 1938 to 23 June 1939, 4 October to 1939 to 26 June 1940, 1 July 1940 to 24 March 1941, 7 October 1941 to 30 June 1942, 6 October 1942 to 25 June 1945, 20 September 1945 to 23 June 1949 and 21 September 1949 to 17 May 1950
Sponsor: Robert Burns Panatella, White Owl Cigars, Campbell Soups, Grape Nuts, Chesterfield Cigarettes, Hinds Cream, Hormel Meats, Lever Brothers, Swan Soap, Maxwell House Coffee Time, Block Drugs
Cast: Bea Benaderet, Gracie Allen, George Burns, Elvia Allman, Mel Blanc, Margaret Brayton, Sara Berner, Clarence Nash, Elliott Lewis, Mary Lee Robb, Richard Crenna, Joseph Kearns, Eric Snowden, Hal March, Gerald Mohr, Marvin Miller, Wally Maher, Doris Singleton, Dawn Bender, Tommy Bernard, Gale Gordon, Hans Conried
Director: Ed Gardner, Ralph Levy, Al Kaye
Producer: Ed Gardner, Ralph Levy, Al Kaye
Broadcast: November 30, 1942
Added: May 21 2016
Broadcast: February 16, 1939
Added: Jan 30 2020