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Bogarde, Sir Dirk

British motion picture actor who was one of Great Britain's top box-office leading men in the 1950s, notably in Doctor in the House (1954) and its sequels, but he later excelled in darker, more complex character roles, such as the blackmailed homosexual lawyer in Victim (1961), the sinister manservant in The Servant (1963), and the doomed Gustav von Aschenbach in Death in Venice (1971). Beginning in 1977 Bogarde published a series of well-received memoirs, as well as novels and book reviews; he was knighted in 1992 (b. March 28, 1921, London, Eng.-d. May 8, 1999, London)

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