Ian Charleson

Ian Charleson
1949 - 1990

Ian Charleson  Scottish Actor


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Scottish Actor Ian Charleson was born on 4th August, 1949 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK and passed away on 6th Jan 1990 London, England, UK aged 40. He is most remembered for Chariots of Fire. His zodiac sign is Leo.

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First Name Ian
Last Name Charleson
Age 40 (age at death) years
Birthday 4th August, 1949
Birthplace Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Died 6th January, 1990
Place of Death London, England, UK
Cause of Death AIDS (-related complications)
Height 6' 0" (183 cm)
Build Slim
Hair Color Blonde
Zodiac Sign Leo
Sexuality Gay
Ethnicity White
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Text Actor, singer
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame Chariots of Fire
Year(s) Active 1972–1989

Ian Charleson (11 August 1949 – 6 January 1990) was a Scottish stage and film actor. He is best known internationally for his starring role as Olympic athlete and missionary Eric Liddell, in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire. He is also well known for his portrayal of Rev. Charlie Andrews in the 1982 Oscar-winning film Gandhi.

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Codename: Kyril1988KyrilTV Show
Troubles1988Major Brendan ArcherTV Show
Car Trouble1986GeraldMovie
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes1984Jeffson BrownMovie
Louisiana1984Clarence DandridgeTV Movie
Master of the Game1984Jamie McGregorTV Show
The Sun Also Rises1984Mike CampbellTV Show
Oxbridge Blues1984Victor GearyTV Show
A Month in the Country1984RakitinTV Movie
Scotland's Story1984Prince Charles Edward StuartTV Show
Reilly: Ace of Spies1983LockhartTV Show
The Devil's Lieutenant1983First Lieutenant DorfrichterTV Movie
Gandhi1982Charlie AndrewsMovie
Ascendancy1982Lt. RyderMovie
Chariots of Fire1981Eric LiddellMovie
All's Well That Ends Well1981BertramTV Movie
Antony & Cleopatra1981Octavius CaesarTV Movie
The Search for Alexander the Great1981HephaistionTV Show
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark1980FortinbrasTV Movie
Lady Killers1980Neville HeathTV Show
Rock Follies of '771977Jimmy SmilesTV Show
Plays for Britain1976HenryTV Show
Churchill's People1974John RossTV Show
Intimate Strangers1974Tom AnsonTV Show
A Private Matter1974Anthony Black-MathiesonTV Movie
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat1972GadTV Movie
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1969Guillaume Desmarest, Tony Black-MathesonTV Show
ITV Playhouse1967Ian ArthurTV Show
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brian phillipsJul 11, 2009

i attend the HIV clinic at the royal free hospital in hamstead may his soul rest in heaven

SylviaNov 29, 2008

I didn`t know about his death until recently. I didn`t know about his disease... His major role was in Chariots Of Fire. Great moments.

celloAug 15, 2008

in the future of best british films ian charlesons portrayal of eric liddell will be amongst the best. i was upset to hear of his death but he leaves behind a film which i for one have watched over fifty times and am still amazed at the performance of charleson as eric liddell.he made you actually believe he was eric liddell a wonderful actor who because of the horrible disease which attacks the immune system was never to reach his true potential.what a shame that those of us who did not see his hamlet will never see him in his best role. but chariots of fire will live on forever for those of us and those to come will know of the real athletes ian and all his co-actors portrayed which before this film hardly any of us had ever heard of so wherever you are ian thank you and rest in peace cello17

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