Burly, bearded and boom-voiced character actor appeared in supporting roles in many of England's best known films.
A true Renaissance man, he studied geology, mined for gold, played professional hockey and rugby, and raced cars; he also held several Ph.D's and spoke possibly 20 languages.
He played England's greatest historical figure,
Of Irish background, he was married twice, including to the aristocratic movie star Irene von Meyendorff.
Early in his life he was a reporter for Reuters UK, alongside Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond.