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Wilfrid Hyde-White
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Actor
    (May 12, 1903-May 6, 1991)
    Born in Bourton-on-the-Water, England, United Kingdom
    Best known for portraying Colonel Pickering in the film 'My Fair Lady' (1964)
    Also appeared in the films 'Elephant Boy' (1937), 'The Lambeth Walk' (1939), 'Turned Out Nice Again' (1941), 'The Ghosts of Berkeley Square' (1947), 'The Winslow Boy' (1948), 'Bad Lord Byron' (1949), 'The Third Man' (1949), 'The Browning Version' (1951), 'The Million Pound Note' (1954), 'The Truth About Women' (1957), 'Carry On Nurse' (1959), 'Let's Make Love' (1960), 'In Search of the Castaways' (1962), 'Ten Little Indians' (1965), 'Our Man in Marrakesh' (1966), 'The Magic Christian' (1969), 'Oh God! Book II' (1980), 'Xanadu' (1980) and 'The Toy' (1982)
    Starred in the BBC radio comedy 'The Men from the Ministry' (1962-65)
    Recurring role as Dr. Goodfellow in 'Buck Rogers in the 25th Century' (1981)
    His name was originally Wilfrid Hyde White before he ran his middle and last names together with a hyphen.
    He was typecast as stuffy members of the upper crust.
    He was such a dedicated bettor on horses that fellow actor Robert Morley claimed, 'His enthusiasm for performing in Shakespeare never recovered from the shock of being asked to rehearse while the Derby was being run.'
    He was cast in an episode of Columbo that was filmed in England, but his scenes had to be shot in California since he was in tax exile, owing tens of thousands of pounds to Britain's Inland Revenue.
    He said, 'I've owned twelve horses, seven Rolls-Royces, and I've had mistresses in Paris, London and New York - and it never made me happy.'
    He had a droll sense of humor, such as his observation, 'I learned two things at drama school: first, that I couldn't act; second, that it didn't matter.'
    He was nominated for Tony Awards as Best Actor for 'The Reluctant Debutante' (1957) and 'The Jockey Club Stakes' (1973).
    After returning to England to settle his tax debt, the official receiver, frustrated at the difficulty in untangling the actor's finances, asked, 'If you cannot tell us how you spent such a large sum in so short a time, perhaps you could tell us what will win the Gold Cup at Ascot this afternoon, since I understand you would already like to be on your way?' Hyde-White predicted (correctly) that Le Moss would win, then added 'But only have a small bet. We don't want to have to change places, do we?'

Credit: C. Fishel


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