Paul Scofield
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"David Paul Scofield" , better known as "Paul Scofield", was an England/English actor of stage and screen who was known for his striking presence, distinctive voice, and for the clarity and effortless intensity of his delivery. Regarded as one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of all time, Scofield preferred the stage over film. This, and his decision to put his family first, has meant that he has never been as well known outside the United Kingdom as some other actors.

Outside his homeland, Scofield is best known for his Academy Award/Academy and BAFTA Award- winning performance as Sir Thomas More in the 1966 in film/1966 film A Man for All Seasons (1966 film)/A Man for All Seasons. Scofield had originally played the same part A Man for All Seasons/onstage at the West End theatre/West End and in a Tony Award-winning performance on Broadway theatre/Broadway.

Actress Helen Mirren, who appeared with Scofield in the 1989 film When the Whales Came, said of him, "He aspires to the soul rather than the character. He has no sense of personal ambition. He's one of our great, great actors. We're lucky to have him."

In 1990, actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson, who played Scofield's son in Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990 film)/Hamlet, compared the experience to being "thrown into the ring with Mike Tyson".

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