David Suchet Biography

Birthday: 1946-05-02
Place of Birth: London, England
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: Best known in the United Kingdom and abroad as Agatha Christie's suave Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot in scores of late 1980s and '90s mini-movies, London-born actor David Suchet's early interest in the theater led to his membership with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain in the 1960s following graduation from high school. He then studied for three years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and, after much work in repertory, became a company member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1973. Balding and stocky-framed with cruel eyes, arched brows and a dark, sinister countenance, he reveled in Shakespearean villainy with expertly loathsome portrayals of Iago in "Othello", Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet" and Caliban in "The Tempest" to his credit and became one of the dominant players of the RSC by decade's end. In the 1970s Suchet also began to come into his own on British television. In classical tradition, his first television movie was A Tale of Two Cities (1980) (TV). He actually played his first detective in the Disney mystery-comedy Trenchcoat (1983). His looks were perfect for playing ethnic heavies or dignitaries in 1980s films. He was a Middle Eastern terrorist in The Little Drummer Girl (1984), a Russian operative in The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), a French hunter in Harry and the Hendersons (1987), a Polish bishop in To Kill a Priest (1988) and Napoleon himself in Sabotage! (2000). He also had some masterful television roles portraying a number of historical, biblical and entertainment figures, including Sigmund Freud in the mini-series "Freud" (1984), news reporter William L. Shirer in the biopic Murrow (1986) (TV), Aaron in Moses (1995) (TV), and movie mogul Louis B. Mayer in RKO 281 (1999) (TV). While the Poirot mysteries and other TV dramatic showcases still figure into much of his work today, Suchet also has given potent, award-winning performances on the non-Shakespearean stage, particularly his George in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in 1996 and, from 1998 to 2001, composer Salieri in "Amadeus", which he took to Broadway and for which he received a Tony nomination. Short in stature (5' 7") but tall in talent and imposing in figure, Suchet continues to impress, more recently as Cardinal Wolsey in Henry VIII (2003) (TV) and vampire nemesis Van Helsing in Dracula (2006) (TV). Long wed to former actress Sheila Ferris, the couple has a son and daughter. His older brother is BBC newscaster-turned-journalist John Suchet.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Oxbridge Blues 1984 Drama
Blott on the Landscape Blott 1985 Comedy
Agatha Christie's Poirot Hercule Poirot 1989 Drama
Harry and the Hendersons Jacques Lafleur 1991 - 1993 Comedy
The Phoenix and the Carpet (1997) The Phoenix 1997 - 1997
The Way We Live Now Augustus Melmotte 2001
David Suchet on the Orient Express Himself / Hercule Poirot 2010 Adventure
Great Expectations 2011 Jaggers 2011
Danger By Design Reacher Gilt 2012 Reality Tv
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Missionary 1982 Comedy
Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 1984 Adventure, Drama, Romance
Gulag Matvei 1985
Iron Eagle 1986 Game Show, Romance
Harry and the Hendersons Jacques Lafleur 1987
To Kill a Priest Bishop 1989 Drama, History, Thriller
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship 1990
A Perfect Murder Mohamed Karaman 1998 Comedy, Game Show, 0
Wing Commander 1999 0, Sport
RKO 281 Louis B. Mayer 1999 Drama
Sabotage! Napoleon 2000 Comedy
Live from Baghdad 2002 Drama
Foolproof Leo Gillette 2003
Space Odyssey: Voyage To The Planets 2004 Documentary, Drama, Sci Fi
Flushed Away Rita's Dad 2006 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Flood 2007
Act of God Dr. Benjamin Cisco 2009 Thriller
Effie Gray Mr. Ruskin 2013 Drama
The Flood 2017