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Hurd Hatfield

Hurd Hatfield (1917-1998) was an American actor. Born William Rukard Hurd Hatfield in New York, New York, Hatfield was educated at Columbia University before travelling to London, England where he studied drama and began acting in theater. He returned to America for his film debut in Dragon Seed (1944). His second film The Picture of Dorian Gray is arguably the film he is best remembered for. As Oscar Wilde's ageless hero, Hatfield received widespread acclaim for his good looks as much as for his acting ability. His subsequent films, The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946), The Beginning or the End (1947", and The Unsuspected (1947) were successful, but Hatfield's career began to lose momentum very quickly.

His other films include Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950), King of Kings as Pontius Pilate (1961), El Cid (1961), Harlow (1965), The Boston Strangler (1968), King David (1985), Crimes of the Heart (1986), and Her Alibi (1989). He also appeared frequently on television and received an Emmy Award nomination for the made-for-television movie The Invincible Mr. Disraeli (1963). Among his many television credits are three guest appearances on Murder, She Wrote opposite his The Picture of Dorian Gray costar Angela Lansbury, who had become a lifelong friend. In 1966 he appeared on the television series The Wild Wild West in an episode entitled The Night of the Man-Eating House. In a twist on his Dorian role his character start as a creaky old man who, upon entering a house inhabited by the ghost of his mother, was turned back into a youthful Confederate soldier.

In his later years Hatfield was noted for his youthful appearance, and in interviews would joke about the picture he was hiding in his attic, in reference to Dorian Gray.

Hatfield lived in Ireland from the early 1970s, and he died in Monkstown, County Cork of a heart attack in his sleep, shortly after hosting a dinner party for a group of his house guests.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Hurd Hatfield Facts

Birth NameWilliam Rukard Hurd Hatfield
BirthdayDecember 7, 1917
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Date of deathDecember 26, 1998 (age 81)

Selected Filmography

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