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Marner, Richard Biography




biography of Marner, Richard

Alexander Molchanoff-Sacha
27 March 1921, Petrograd (now St. Petersburg), Russia
18 March 2004, Perth, Scotland, UK
A Russian-born stage and screen actor who usually plays a military man in lots of spy thrillers and war films, Alexander Molchanoff was born in Petrograd in 1921. He was the eldest son of Colonel Paul Molchanoff, of the Semionovsky regiment. In 1924 his family left Russia via Finland and Germany finally ending up in London,where Alexander's grandmother had a house in Harley Street. Alexander was educated in Monmouth School. After that he became an assistant to the Russian tenor Vladimir Rosing at Covent Garden. Later he joined the RAF and after being invalided out he turned into Richard Marner and started his long career as a stage and film actor. His first success was a title role in a stage version of Dracula where he made a memorable performance. He went on with his work in theatre but he started appearing in films as well. A small part in _The African Queen (1951)_ (qv) was one of his first. He continued with roles in plenty of films where he usually played German or Russian officers. He acted in classic films such as The Dirty Dozen and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and also had a part in James Bond's You Only Live Twice. While working as an actor he supplemented his income by working as a sales agent for a costume jewellery manufacturer. In the 1980s Marner played the part of Colonel Von Strohm in the British comedy classic "Allo Allo" which was his most famous and loved performance as an actor. His last film was The Sum of All Fears where he played the Russian president.
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-   'Pauline Farr' (qv) (1947 - 18 March 2004) (his death); 1 child


-   He was born in Russia but moved to the UK as a child.

-   Commenting on his death, his agent Lynda Ronan said: "He was one of the most charming, witty, humorous people you could hope to meet. He spoke four languages and could make a brilliant joke in all of them."

-   Spoke four languages.

-   Launched his acting career after being invalided out of the RAF.

-   He leaves a wife, actress 'Pauline Farr' (qv), a daughter and a grandchild.

-   Appeared in every single episode of _"'Allo 'Allo!" (1982)_ (qv) over its ten year run.

-   His grandmother was known as Babushka London, and had a house on Harley Street.

-   His great-grandmother was known as Babushka Claridges, because of the time she spent living there.


-   "Sydney Morning Herald" (Australia), 9 April 2004, by: Suzy Baldwin, "This Life: Born with a role to play; Nazi officer"

-   "The Times" (UK), 8 April 2004, pg. 33, "Immigrant actor whose career was spent playing Russians and Germans - most notably Colonel Von Strohm in 'Allo 'Allo"

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  1. 50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases (2008) (TV)
  2. The Sum of All Fears (2002)
  3. The Best of 'Allo 'Allo! (1994) (TV)
  4. "Lovejoy" (1986) {The Last of the Uzkoks (#6.6)}
  5. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {A Fishy Sendoff (#9.5)}
  6. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {A Fistful of Francs (#8.6)}
  7. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {A Winkle in Time (#9.6)}
  8. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {A Woman Never Lies (#8.2)}
  9. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Arousing Suspicions (#8.1)}
  10. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Awful Wedded Wife (#8.4)}
  11. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Fighting with Windmills (#9.1)}
  12. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Firing Squashed (#8.5)}
  13. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Hitler's Last Heil (#8.3)}
  14. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Missing and Presumed Dead (#9.2)}
  15. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {René Artois Is Still Dead (#9.3)}
  16. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Swan Song (#8.7)}
  17. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Fishmonger Float (#9.4)}
  18. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {A Bun in the Oven (#8.0)}
  19. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {A Quiet Honeymoon (#7.1)}
  20. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {An Almighty Bang (#7.2)}
  21. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Fleeing Monks (#7.3)}
  22. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Leg It to Spain! (#7.7)}
  23. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Prior Engagements (#7.8)}
  24. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {René of the Gipsies (#7.10)}
  25. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Soup and Sausage (#7.9)}
  26. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Gestapo Ruins a Picnic (#7.5)}
  27. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Spirit of Nouvion (#7.6)}
  28. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Up the Crick Without a Piddle (#7.4)}
  29. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {All Aboard (#5.21)}
  30. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Christmas Puddings (#5.19)}
  31. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Crabtree's Podgeon Pist (#6.7)}
  32. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Desperate Doings in the Graveyard (#6.1)}
  33. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Enigma (#5.23)}
  34. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Enigma's End (#5.26)}
  35. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Mines Away! (#5.20)}
  36. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Renewing the Vows (#5.24)}
  37. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Rising to the Occasion (#6.8)}
  38. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Airmen De-Nicked (#6.5)}
  39. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Big Flush (#5.25)}
  40. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Crooked Fences (#6.6)}
  41. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Geneva Express (#5.22)}
  42. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Gestapo for the High Jump (#6.2)}
  43. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Nicked Airmen (#6.4)}
  44. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Nouvion Oars (#6.3)}
  45. 'Allo 'Allo! at the London Palladium (1988)
  46. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {A Marriage of Inconvenience (#5.6)}
  47. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Communists in the Cupboard (#5.14)}
  48. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Criminal Developments (#5.3)}
  49. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Desperate Doings in the Dungeon (#5.1)}
  50. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Enter Denise (#5.5)}
  51. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Feathers (#5.17)}
  52. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Forged Francs & Fishsellers (#5.15)}
  53. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Leclerc Against the Wall (#5.18)}
  54. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Michelle's Secret Love (#5.10)}
  55. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Parade of Prams (#5.12)}
  56. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Post-Matrimonial Depression (#5.7)}
  57. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Return of the Paintings (#5.4)}
  58. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Bank Job (#5.13)}
  59. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The British Invasion (#5.11)}
  60. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Camera in the Potato (#5.2)}
  61. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Exploding Bedpan (#5.16)}
  62. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Generals' Conference (#5.9)}
  63. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Long-Distance Duck (#5.8)}
  64. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Camp Dance (#4.2)}
  65. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Good Staff Are Hard to Find (#4.3)}
  66. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Pretty Maids All in a Row (#3.5)}
  67. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Prisoners of War (#4.1)}
  68. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Flying Nun (#4.4)}
  69. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Great Un-Escape (#3.6)}
  70. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Jet Propelled Mother-In-Law (#4.6)}
  71. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Sausage in the Trousers (#4.5)}
  72. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Flight of Fancy (#3.4)}
  73. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Gruber Does Some Mincing (#3.2)}
  74. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Nicked Knockwurst (#3.1)}
  75. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Sausage in the Wardrobe (#3.3)}
  76. "Executive Stress" (1986) {(#1.1)}
  77. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Herr Flick's Revenge (#2.6)}
  78. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Six Big Boobies (#2.1)}
  79. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Swiftly and with Style (#2.4)}
  80. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Duel (#2.5)}
  81. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Gateau from the Chateau (#2.7)}
  82. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Policeman Cometh (#2.3)}
  83. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Wooing of Widow Artois (#2.2)}
  84. The House (1984) (TV)
  85. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Pigeon Post (#1.2)}
  86. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Reds Nick Colonel (#1.6)}
  87. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {Savile Row to the Rescue (#1.3)}
  88. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Dance of the Hitler Youth (#1.7)}
  89. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Execution (#1.4)}
  90. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Fallen Madonna (#1.1)}
  91. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The Funeral (#1.5)}
  92. "Shroud for a Nightingale" (1984) {(#1.1)}
  93. "Shroud for a Nightingale" (1984) {(#1.2)}
  94. Nutcracker (1983)
  95. "The Kenny Everett Television Show" (1981) {(#2.7)}
  96. The Last Horror Film (1982)
  97. "'Allo 'Allo!" (1982) {The British Are Coming (#1.0)}
  98. "Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years" (1981) {The Long Tide of Surrender (#1.7)}
  99. "Mackenzie" (1980) {Back to Back (#1.5)}
  100. "Mackenzie" (1980) {Full Commission (#1.3)}
  101. "Mackenzie" (1980) {Marriage Value (#1.4)}
  102. "Mackenzie" (1980) {Outline Consent (#1.2)}
  103. "Mackenzie" (1980) {Preliminary Enquiries (#1.1)}
  104. "Mackenzie" (1980) {Sole Agent (#1.7)}
  105. "Mackenzie" (1980) {The Appointed Day (#1.10)}
  106. "Mackenzie" (1980) {Without Prejudice (#1.8)}
  107. Avalanche Express (1979)
  108. Birth of the Beatles (1979)
  109. "Play for Today" (1970) {Light (#9.19)}
  110. The Boys from Brazil (1978)
  111. "Secret Army" (1977) {Russian Roulette (#2.2)}
  112. Alternative 3 (1977) (TV)
  113. Not Now, Comrade (1976)
  114. "Days of Hope" (1975) {1924 (#1.3)}
  115. "Spy Trap" (1972) {To Kill a Unicorn (#3.6)}
  116. The Girl from Petrovka (1974)
  117. "QB VII" (1974) {Part Three (#1.2)}
  118. "Z Cars" (1962) {Two Hundred Tartan Teddy Bears (#9.13)}
  119. Le silencieux (1973)
  120. Tiffany Jones (1973)
  121. "Special Branch" (1969) {Polonaise (#3.5)}
  122. "The Protectors" (1972) {Dragon Chase (#2.11)}
  123. "Warship" (1973) {Nobody Said Frigate (#1.2)}
  124. "The Adventurer" (1972) {The Bradley Way (#1.4)}
  125. "From a Bird's Eye View" (1970) {Russian Roulette, Millie Style (#1.7)}
  126. "Jason King" (1971) {A Deadly Line in Digits (#1.4)}
  127. "Jason King" (1971) {To Russia with Panache (#1.7)}
  128. "Play for Today" (1970) {Traitor (#2.1)}
  129. "The Troubleshooters" (1965) {Lord, What a Tangled Web (#5.19)}
  130. Isadora (1968)
  131. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
  132. You Only Live Twice (1967)
  133. "King of the River" (1966) {Foreign Invasion (#1.1)}
  134. "The Avengers" (1961) {The Thirteenth Hole (#4.18)}
  135. "The Saint" (1962) {The Helpful Pirate (#5.5)}
  136. "The Spies" (1966) {Go Ahead, I Only Live Here (#1.3)}
  137. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
  138. Where the Spies Are (1965)
  139. "The Mask of Janus" (1965) {The Public Interest (#1.5)}
  140. "The Mask of Janus" (1965) {Them Is Anyone That Isn't Us (#1.1)}
  141. "The Troubleshooters" (1965) {Wild Cat (#1.4)}
  142. Ring of Spies (1964)
  143. "Espionage" (1963) {Final Decision (#1.14)}
  144. "Espionage" (1963) {Some Other Kind of World (#1.22)}
  145. The Mouse on the Moon (1963)
  146. "Crane" (1963) {My Brother's Keeper (#1.9)}
  147. "ITV Play of the Week" (1955) {Danger Zone (#8.20)}
  148. The Password Is Courage (1962)
  149. "Bootsie and Snudge" (1960) {The Wall (#3.3)}
  150. "Suspense" (1962) {Virus X (#1.8)}
  151. Invasion Quartet (1961)
  152. The Pursuers (1961)
  153. Very Important Person (1961)
  154. A Circle of Deception (1960)
  155. Beyond the Curtain (1960)
  156. "BBC Sunday-Night Play" (1960) {Twentieth Century Theatre: The White Guard (#1.5)}
  157. "Danger Man" (1960) {The Girl in Pink Pajamas (#1.6)}
  158. A Touch of Larceny (1959)
  159. "Television Playwright" (1958) {The Dark Side of the Earth}
  160. Ice Cold in Alex (1958)
  161. No Time to Die (1958)
  162. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
  163. The Safecracker (1958)
  164. The Square Peg (1958)
  165. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1950) {Television World Theatre: The Captain of Koepenick (#9.3)}
  166. Ill Met by Moonlight (1957)
  167. Miracle in Soho (1957)
  168. The One That Got Away (1957)
  169. Reach for the Sky (1956)
  170. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
  171. "Lilli Palmer Theatre" (1955) {The Assassin (#1.1)}
  172. File on Voronov (1955) (TV)
  173. Oh... Rosalinda!! (1955)
  174. The Master Plan (1955)
  175. Mask of Dust (1954)
  176. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1950) {Tovarich (#5.4)}
  177. Never Let Me Go (1953)
  178. Park Plaza 605 (1953)
  179. Top Secret (1952)
  180. Appointment with Venus (1951)
  181. Lilli Marlene (1951)
  182. The African Queen (1951)
  183. Highly Dangerous (1950)

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