Corin Redgrave(Actor, political activist)
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Corin Redgrave was a renowned actor and political activist. He was born on 16 July 1939 in Marylebone, London, Great Britain. His parents were Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. He got education at the independent Westminster School and at King's College at the University of Cambridge.
Redgrave played a wide range of character roles on film, television and stage. He also starred in a few Shakespeare plays such as Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV, Part 1, and The Tempest. He is best known for his roles in such acclaimed and diverse films as A Man for All Seasons, Excalibur, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
He wrote a play Bluntly Speaking, which has been produced at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Redgrave was a versatile person. He was also actively occupied by politics. With his elder sister Vanessa, he was a prominent member of the Workers' Revolutionary Party. More recently, he became a defender of the interests of the Romani people.
Corin Redgrave represented the third generation of a theatrical dynasty spanning four generations.
His paternal grandparents were Roy Redgrave and Margaret Scudamore.
His parents were Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. He wrote a biography of his father.
His sisters were Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave; through Vanessa, his nieces were Natasha and Joely Richardson, and Carlo Gabriel Nero was his nephew.
His first marriage was to Deirdre Hamilton-Hill (1943-1997). They had a daughter, actress Jemma Redgrave, and a son, Luke, a camera operator and production assistant. Redgrave and Hamilton-Hall divorced in 1975.
Redgrave had two sons, Harvey (born 1979) and Arden (born 1983) by actress Kika Markham. Redgrave and Markham married in 1985 in Wandsworth, London, and remained together until Redgrave's death.
Redgrave was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000. In June 2005, he was described by his family as being in a "critical but stable" condition in hospital following a severe heart attack at a public meeting in Basildon, Essex.
In March 2009, Redgrave made his return to the London stage playing the title role in Trumbo, based on the life of the blacklisted Hollywood screen writer Dalton Trumbo. On the opening night Redgrave dedicated his performance to the memory of Natasha Richardson, his niece, who had died earlier that week following a skiing accident.
He died on 6 April 2010 after a short illness in St George's Hospital, Tooting, South West London.
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