A great actor who was in some of the big WWII movies, The Longest Day and The Dam Busters and a soldier who IRL walked the walk as many others of his generation had to do.
In The Longest Day he played Major John Howard who had to hold the Pegasus Bridge near Caen, in the movie he kept on thinking back to his instructions “HOLD UNTIL RELIEVED”. IRL they did hold the bridge and IRL Richard Todd was on that bridge holding it for real as he was one of the first British Officers to parachute in on that fateful day.
In an interview I saw he said he always got lots of ribbing about the “Hold until relieved” line from his comrades in arms.
He also played Wing Commander Guy Gibson in The Dam Busters (one of the finest and most uplifting WWII movies IMO) brilliantly.
A great man IRL and the arts.
Good show Captain Todd.
And born in Dublin to boot…