Richard Johnson was born on July 30, 1927 in Upminster Essex, England. He is an English actor, producer and writer. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and was the founder of United British Artists in 1981 and served as its chief executive officer until 1990. In 1944 he had his stage debut in Hamlet at the Opera House, Manchester, England. He served in the Royal Navy in the Second World War, then made his film debut in the early 1950s. He has a long list of movies, stage appearances, television appearances, screenplays and others which sharpened his skills and helped him earn a reputation as a skilled character actor. Some of his films are The Haunting in 1963, Operation Crossbow in 1965, The Fifth Day of Peace in 1969 and Anglo Saxon Attitudes in 1992. While in the United British Artists, he produced The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne and Turtle Diary. He was married four times and his present wife is Lynne Gurney.