Born in England on March 28, 1921, actor Dirk Bogarde made his stage debut in 1939, and won a contract with Rank Studios after World War II. Bogarde won acclaim for his role in the 1954 comedy Doctor in the House. He later found fame playing dark, complicated characters, including ill-fated Gustav von Aschenbach in Death in Venice (1912) and blackmailed gay layer Melville Farr in Victim (1961). Other notable films include The Servant (1963), The Fixer (1968) and The Night Porter (1974). Bogarde was knighted in 1992.
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