Who is the most famous actor who has played Othello? Anthony Hopkins tops our list. Anthony Hopkins played Othello in a 1981 TV movie directed by Jonathan Miller. James Earl Jones was originally cast in the production, but British Equity refused to issue Jones an acting permit because they wanted someone British to play the iconic role. Jones has portrayed Othello on several occasions, the first being in 1955 at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan.
Laurence Fishburne played Othello in the 1995 film directed by Oliver Parker. This movie marked the first time that Othello was played by an African American actor on film.
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Anthony Hopkins played Othello in a 1981 TV movie directed by Jonathan Miller.
Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom
Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor, Film Director
Credits: Hannibal, Red Dragon, The Elephant Man, The Silence of the Lambs
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James Earl Jones has portrayed Othello on several occasions, the first being in 1955 at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan.
Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States of America
Profession: Soldier, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: The Lion King, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Conan the Barbarian
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Orson Welles played Othello in a 1952 film which he directed and produced.
Age: Died at 70 (1915-1985)
Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America
Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Radio personality, Actor, + more
Credits: Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, F for Fake, Confidential Report
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Patrick Stewart played Othello at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre in 1997.
Birthplace: Mirfield, United Kingdom
Profession: Television director, Journalist, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand
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