TIMOTHY DALTON Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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Timothy Dalton was born in Colwyn Bay, Wales on March 21, 1944. Though Welsh-born, he is of British, Italian, and Irish ancestry. His mother is from the Bronx (New York). He grew up in Manchester, England with a background in show-biz, as both his grandfathers were vaudevillians. After leaving school, he joined the National Youth Theatre for 3 summers, and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for 2 years. He joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1966, where he played many leading roles.


Dalton’s big break came in 1968 with his first film The Lion in Winter, starring Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn and Antony Hopkins, in which young Dalton played the King of France. Stepping into another actor’s shoes became pattern of his career, as he followed Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, Orson Welles as Rochester in Jane Eyre, Sean Connery and Roger Moore as James Bond. He has not made a lot of films, dividing his time between the theatre, film and television. His work has run the gamut from Shakespeare to Charlie’s Angels.


He won the part of 007 in August 1986 when Pierce Brosnan was unable to get out of his television contract at the last minute. Dalton portrayed Bond twice, in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill . His portrayal of Bond signaled a return to a grittier, more realistic characterization, away from what Bond had evolved into during the Moore era.