David Paul Scofield (January 21, 1922- March 19, 2008) was a well known English Actor, as well as a Shakespearean actor well-known for his portrayals of Hamlet and King Lear. He is probably best-remembered for playing for playing Thomas More in Robert Bolt's play A Man for All Seasons, a role which he reprised in the 1966 film version, winning the Oscar for Best Actor. He also originated the role of Salieri in Peter Shaffer's Amadeus. Well-known for his rich voice, which director Fred Zinnemann compared to "a Rolls-Royce being started."
Although Scofield was much in demand after A Man for All Seasons, he turned down most movie roles. Scofield was an extremely private person who did not enjoy the fame that accompanied film stardom; notably, he generally, did not accept his Oscar in person, and even refused a knighthood from the Queen. Additionally, his experience on the Troubled Production of The Train convinced him to only take film roles he felt passionate about while focusing instead on the stage. Towards the end of his career, however, Scofield began acting in movies and television more often as a character actor, earning a second Oscar nomination for his performance in Quiz Show.
- That Lady as King Philip II of Spain
- The Train as Col. von Waldheim
- A Man for All Seasons as Sir Thomas More
- Male of Species as Sir Emlyn Bowen, Q.C.
- Bartleby as The Accountant
- King Lear as King Lear
- Henry V (1989) as King of France
- Hamlet (1990) as The Ghost
- Quiz Show as Mark Van Doren
- The Crucible as Judge Thomas Donforth