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The actor Ian Richardson has died at age 72. Obituary in The Guardian. I always liked seeing him whenever he appeared in a series on PBS, which was regularly.


Before The House of Cards, Richardson was already renowned as one of the great Shakespearean actors of his day, bearing comparison with Sirs John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson, a generation earlier. Richardson had played Hamlet in a repertory company at the age of only 26.

His versatility was such that he appeared in productions on Broadway, musicals in the West End and was, bizarrely, familiar to American television as the man in the Rolls-Royce who asked "Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?" in the commercials for Dijon mustard.

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