Michael Redgrave (English, 1908-1985)

Redgrave was an actor, director, producer, screenwriter, manager and author. He received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor, two BAFTA nominations for Best British Actor, and Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival. His father was a silent film actor, his daughter is actor Vanessa Redgrave, and his grandchildren actors Natasha and Joely Richardson. By the 1930s, Michael Redgrave made his first professional theater appearance at the Old Vic in London. When theaters reopened after WWII, he continued his prolific career on stage, including acting in many Shakespeare productions and working in the theater until the 1970s. He also appeared in film and television. Redgrave was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and knighted by the Queen.