|Birthname||Denis Clifford Quilley|
|born on||26 December 1927 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )|
|Place||London, England, 51n30, 0w10|
|Timezone||GMT h0e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||03°21' 26°15 Asc. 04°01'|
English actor who began a West End career in 1950, succeeding Richard Burton in The Lady's Not For Burning. In the 1950s he appeared in revue, musicals, operetta and on television as well as in classic and modern drama in the theatre. During the 1960s Quilley established himself as a leading actor, making his first films and starring on Australian television. In the early 1970s he was a member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre company. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1977 in the central role in Privates on Parade, which was later made into a feature film. His later parts in musicals included the title role in Sweeney Todd (1980) and Georges in La Cage aux Folles (1986). In the 1990s Quilley returned to the National Theatre company, playing a wide range of parts, from Shakespearean comedy to Jacobean revenge tragedy, Victorian classics and his final role, a bibulous millionaire in the musical Anything Goes. He died on 5 October 2003 at his home in London, aged 75, from liver cancer.
Sy Scholfield quotes "Happiness Indeed: An Actor's Life" by Denis Quilley (Oberon, 2004): "I was born in the early hours of Boxing Day, the feast of St Stephen (I almost arrived in the taxi on the way to the hospital but Mum just made it in time)..."
- Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Stage and screen actor)