Actor Corin Redgrave dies aged 70

LONDON- Corin Redgrave, the second oldest member of Britain's illustrious Redgrave acting dynasty, died Tuesday at the age of 70, his family said.
"Corin Redgrave has died today. He was taken ill at home in the early hours of Sunday morning," his wife Kika Markham and the family said in a statement.
"He died very peacefully surrounded by his family. We will miss him so very much."

A 2004 photo of Corin Redgrave. (AFP/File/Joel Saget)
A 2004 photo of Corin Redgrave. (AFP/File/Joel Saget)
Born in London on July 16, 1939 to theatrical actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Corin Redgrave was known for his theatre, film and television work as well as his left-wing political activism.
Part of the third generation of Redgrave actors, he was the brother of actresses Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave, 73.
He was also the uncle of television and film stars Joely and Natasha Richardson. Natasha Richardson, who was married to actor Liam Neeson, died after a skiing accident last year.
Redgrave's first marriage, to former model Deirdre Hamilton-Hill, who died of cancer, led to the births of Jemma, who is also an actress, and a son, Luke.
He later married actress Kika Markham and had two more sons, Harvey and Arden.
Redgrave made his professional stage debut in 1963 in "Chips With Everything" and three years later appeared in his first major film, the Oscar-winning "A Man For All Seasons".
He then appeared in "The Charge Of The Light Brigade" (1968) and "Oh! What a Lovely War" (1969).
Most memorably to younger fans, he played Hamish in the 1994 film "Four Weddings And A Funeral".
In 1998 he won a Laurence Olivier award for his performance as Boss Whalen in the Tennessee Williams play "Not About Nightingales".
Away from stage and screen, he was a left-wing campaigner alongside his sister Vanessa. He was formerly a leading figure in the Marxist Party.

Tuesday, April 6th 2010

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