Richard Ainley

Richard Ainley (22 December 1910 – 18 May 1967)[1] was a stage and film actor.

Richard Ainley
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Ainley in 1937.
Born(1910-12-22)22 December 1910
Died18 May 1967(1967-05-18) (aged 56)
London, England
Years active1936-1943
Spouse(s)Ethel Glendinning
Betzi Beaton
Rowena Woolf
RelativesAnthony Ainley (half-brother)

Born in Middlesex, England, Ainley was the son of Henry Ainley[2] and half-brother of Anthony Ainley.

He made his stage debut in 1928 and initially used the stage name Richard Riddle,[1] taking his mother's maiden name.[citation needed] His American debut came in Foreigners at the Belasco Theater in 1939.[2]

His first motion picture appearance was in 1936 as Sylvius in As You Like It, in which his father also appeared.[1] Other roles included Ferdinand in the television movie of The Tempest (1939), Dr. Hale in Shining Victory (1941), and a Foreign Office official in the thriller Above Suspicion (1943).

Ainley married three times, firstly to actress Ethel Glendinning. He was divorced from his first two wives; his third wife Rowena Woolf died in 1968.

He retired from film work following a disabling wound while he was serving in the army during World War II to return to the stage. He was briefly principal of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the early 1960s.


Year Title Role Notes
1936 As You Like It Sylvius
1937 The Frog Ray Bennett
1937 Our Fighting Navy Lieutenant Uncredited
1937 The Gang Show, aka The Gang Whipple
1938 Old Iron Harry Woodstock
1938 Lily of Laguna Roger Fielding
1939 Stolen Life Morgan
1939 There Ain't No Justice Billy Frist
1940 An Englishman's Home, aka Mad Men of Europe Geoffrey Brown
1940 Lady with Red Hair Lou Payne
1941 Here Comes Happiness Jelliffe Blaine
1941 Knockout Allison
1941 Singapore Woman John Wetherby
1941 Shining Victory Dr. Hale
1941 Bullets for O'Hara McKay Standish
1941 The Smiling Ghost Cousin Tennant Bentley
1941 Passage from Hong Kong Lt. Norman MacNeil-Fraser
1942 White Cargo Mr. Worthing
1943 Three Hearts for Julia Philip Barrows
1943 Du Barry Was a Lady Marching Rebel Behind King Louis Uncredited
1943 Above Suspicion Peter Galt
1943 The Man from Down Under Military Doctor Uncredited
1943 I Dood It Larry West


  1. ^ a b c Erickson, Hal. "Richard Ainley". AllMovie. Archived from the original on 19 May 2021. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Meet Richard Ainley". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 3 December 1939. p. 35. Retrieved 19 May 2021 – via

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