Ronald Lacey

Biography

Date of Birth 28 September 1935, Harrow, London, England, UK Date of Death 15 May 1991, London, England, UK (liver failure) Ronald Lacey was born in the suburbs of London. He began his career in 1961 after a brief stint in the Royal service. He attended The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. His first notable performance was delivered at The Royal Court in 1962's "Chips With Everything". Lacey had an unusual pug look with beady eyes and cherub's cheeks which landed him repeatedly in bizarre roles on both stage and screen. However it was his unforgettable demonic smile and peculiar Peter Lorre mannerisms that would bring Lacey a short period of fame in Hollywood. After performing on British television throughout the 1960's and 1970's, Lacey finally landed the role for which these characteristics could be used to full advantage. In 1981 he was cast as the villainous Nazi henchman in 'Steven Spielberg' 's widescreen blockbuster Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) He followed this with a series of various villainous roles for the next five to six years: Firefox (1982) with 'Clint Eastwood', Sahara (1983) with Brooke Shields, and Red Sonja (1985) with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Lacey turned in two hilarious cinematic performances in full drag (Disney's Trenchcoat (1983) with Margot Kidder from 1982 and Invitation to the Wedding (1985) from 1985 - in which he played a husband/wife couple!). Sadly his career began to wane in the late eighties and Lacey died in London of liver failure on May 15, 1991. A tremendous talent with great depth and many facets, Ronald Lacey will be remembered best for his small but significant role as the dapper yet psychotic Nazi in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Toht

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Sky Bandits

Fritz

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Disciple of Death

Parson

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The Boys

Billy Herne

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The Lone Runner

Misha

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Landslide

Fred Donner

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Making the Grade

Nicky

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Sahara

Beg

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Trenchcoat

Princess Aida

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Jailbird Rock

Warden Bauman (as Ron Lacey)

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The Queen at War

Self - Royal Biographer (archive footage)

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The Mayor of Casterbridge

Jopp (4 episodes, 1978)

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Landslide

Fred Donner

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Valmont

José

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Bomber Harris

RAF Officer (uncredited)

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Gestapo (uncredited)

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The Nightmare Years

Emil Luger

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Jailbird Rock

Warden Bauman (as Ron Lacey)

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The Great Escape II: The Untold Story

Winston Churchill

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Sherlock Holmes - The Sign of Four

Thaddeus Sholto / Bartholomew Sholto

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The Lone Runner

Misha

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Sky Bandits

Fritz

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Mad Mission 4

The Boss

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Flesh + Blood

Cardinal

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Red Sonja

Ikol

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

President Widmark

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Making the Grade

Nicky

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Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Oswald

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Yellowbeard

Man with Parrot

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Trenchcoat

Princess Aida

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Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Inspector Lestrade

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Sahara

Beg

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Firefox

Semelovsky

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Toht

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Zulu Dawn

Norris Newman

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Charleston

Frankie

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The Likely Lads

Ernie

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The Final Programme

Shades

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Disciple of Death

Parson

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Take a Girl Like You

Graham

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Portobello Road

Curtis

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The Fearless Vampire Killers

Village Idiot

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How I Won The War

Spool

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Der Menschen Hörigkeit

'Matty' Mathews

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Doctor in Distress

Cafe Customer (uncredited)

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The Boys

Billy Herne

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