Basic Information About Timothy Dalton
|Category||Celebrities › Actors|
|Professions||Actor, Voice Actor|
|Date of birth||1944-03-21 (79 years old)|
|Place of birth||Colwyn Bay|
|Curiosities and Trademarks||Frequently plays dark, brooding characters|
Deep authoritative voice
Deep smooth voice
Bold green eyes
Intense acting style
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Social Media||↗︎ Wikipedia ↗︎ IMDb|
What Movie Awards did Timothy Dalton win?
Timothy Dalton roles
|Movie / Series||Role|
|Toy Story 3||Mr. Pricklepants (voice)|
|Toy Story 4||Mr. Pricklepants (voice)|
|The Lion in Winter||Philip II|
|The Tourist||Chief Inspector Jones|
|Hot Fuzz||Simon Skinner|
|Licence to Kill||James Bond|
|The Living Daylights||James Bond|
|The Rocketeer||Neville Sinclair|
|Flash Gordon||Prince Barin|
|Looney Tunes: Back in Action||Damien Drake|
|Gedo senki||Ged / Sparrowhawk (voice)|
|The Beautician and the Beast||Boris Pochenko|
|American Outlaws||Allan Pinkerton|
|Secret of the Wings||Lord Milori (voice)|
|Doctor Who||Lord President Rassilon / ... 2 episodes, 2009-2010|
|Agatha Christie's Marple||Clive Trevelyan 1 episode, 2006|
|Chuck||Alexei Volkoff / ... 6 episodes, 2010-2011|
|Tales from the Crypt||Lokai 1 episode, 1992|
|Penny Dreadful||Sir Malcolm Murray 27 episodes, 2014-2016|
|Made in Hollywood||Self 1 episode, 2010|
|Doom Patrol||Chief / ... 25 episodes, 2019-2021|
|Faerie Tale Theatre||Narrator 1 episode, 1985|
|The Daily Show||Self - Guest 2 episodes, 1997-1998|
|Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Self - Guest 2 episodes, 1994-1999|
Timothy Dalton's Movie/Shows Salary
|Movie / Series||Salary|
|The Living Daylights (1987)||$3,000,000|
|Licence to Kill (1989)||$5,000,000|
Timothy Dalton's Quotes
- On playing a character: You can't relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle. Real courage is knowing what faces you and knowing how to face it.
- I don't think I've drunk one since I've left the Bond movies. Every bar you go in, there's always some wisecrack, "Oh, yours will be a Martini, shaken, not stirred!" You get sick and tired of that. - on all of the vodka martinis he would get whenever he walked into a bar, while he was playing Bond.
- I felt as free as a bird. - describing driving down Sunset Boulevard and seeing a billboard that had Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan on it, but no Timothy Dalton.
- It's very important to make the man believable so that you can stretch the fantasy. Whether people like this kind of Bond is another question. (on his approach to the role of James Bond)
- When I saw those posters of Pierce standing there, I suddenly thought to myself, Jesus, I don't have to stand there with a gun to the side of my head anymore! I suddenly found the most tremendous sense of liberation, and I started to feel more like myself than I'd felt in years! I suddenly felt free! (describing his feelings on whether or not in retrospect he made the right decision not to make the James Bond film GoldenEye (1995))
Net Worth Details
Timothy Dalton, one of the most renowned British actors of the stage and screen has been able to amass a net worth of $20 million. The scope and diversity of Dalton’s career in the film and television industry have provided him with a handsome reward.
What is Timothy Dalton known for?
Timothy Dalton is best known for his portrayal of secret agent James Bond in the Eon Productions franchise. He succeeded Roger Moore as James Bond and played Bond in two films – ‘The Living Daylights’ and ‘Licence to Kill’.
Early life and education
Timothy Dalton was born on 21 March 1946 as Timothy Leonard Dalton Leggett in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales. He completed his education from Herbert Strutt Grammar School after which he decided to pursue an acting career. He joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to train himself better, and simultaneously went on tour with the National Youth Theatre.
The year 1966 marked an important milestone for Dalton’s career, as he joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in ensemble. For many years, he performed in numerous plays and made minor appearances on TV shows before bagging his first big role in acting.
Start of Film Career
In 1968, Timothy Dalton made his silver screen debut in the historical drama ‘The Lion in Winter,’ where he was seen playing Philip II. He went on to do a number of period dramas including an adaptation of Emily Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights,’ where he played Heathcliff. His talent is further reflected in his several high-performing movies, including biographies like ‘Mary, Queen of Scots,’ ‘Cromwell,’ and thrillers like ‘Permission to Kill’, ‘The Man Who Knew Love and Agatha’.
The role that defines Dalton’s identity in the acting industry is his portrayal of the secret agent James Bond. His take on Bond was not well received by many, as he played the iconic role darkly with added gravity. Dalton emphasized the grittiness, seeking to remain faithful to Ian Fleming’s original novels. Regardless of mixed reviews, his approach held its appeal as it added a more realistic touch to the character.
Post-Bond Film Career
After his tenure as James Bond ended, Dalton continued to astonish the audience with an array of stellar performances. Dalton has contributed to several movies like ‘Hot Fuzz,’ ‘The Rocketeer,’ ‘The Tourist,’ and ‘Toy Story 3.’ An important credit to the immense talents of Timothy Dalton come with his role in ‘Penny Dreadful’ a hit gothic TV series, where he successfully played the role of Sir Malcolm Murray for three seasons
Along with a number of successful movies in the acting career, Timothy Dalton also garnered fame and popularity through his television appearances. He shared the screen in the adaptation of ‘Jane Eyre’ as Mr. Edward Rochester. He gained stardom when he portrayed the charismatic character of Rassilon—a role earlier portrayed by some of the renowned English actors— in the popular sci-fi television series Doctor Who.
Timothy Dalton did have a brief stint in his theatrical career, he performed a number of plays as an ensemble before landing big roles on television and in films. His experiences and his talent helped him inculcate principled acting values that he brought along throughout his career.
Timothy Dalton has always been private about his personal life, separating it from his hugely successful career over the years. He has preferred to stay away from unnecessary media attention. Timothy Dalton was rumored to be engaged to Oksana Grigorieva who happens to be an instrumental pianist and a well-known singer. Dalton and Grigorieva have a son together named Alexander.
One of the highlights of Timothy Dalton’s acting career is his time as James Bond where he brought a new perspective that made the character more realistic and gritty. Dalton’s diverse and expansive range has encompassed movies from all walks of life. Outside of Bond, his other achievements include biopics like ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ and ‘Cromwell.’ He has lent his voice to various movies including ‘Toy Story 3.’ His most popular role on television was as Sir Malcolm Murray in ‘Penny Dreadful.’
Over nearly ten decades of acting, Timothy Dalton has made an indelible mark on the entertainment industry through his performance on stage and screen, and has always remained grounded, refusing to let anything overshadow his talent. Dalton’s formative years as an actor were spent engrossed in plays, which set him up as a professional. His enormous range has seen him achieve success in mainstream cinema, television, voice-over work, and theatre. His popularity has never waned since he first appeared as secret agent James Bond, continuing to be a legendary figure in cinema.
Interesting Facts about Timothy Dalton
- In the Charlie's Angels (1976) episode "Fallen Angel", Dalton's character, Damien Roth, is referred to as being like James Bond, which was 8 years before Dalton's first Bond outing.
- Loves fishing, especially in the Pacific Ocean.
- In 1986, he and Sylvester McCoy were performing together with Vanessa Redgrave in a season of Shakespeare at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Dalton and McCoy sympathized with each other about the difficulty in finding good long-term acting jobs. A year later, McCoy was cast as the Seventh Doctor in Doctor Who (1963) and Dalton was cast as James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987). Unfortunately, neither proved long-term, as both of these iconic British franchises were cancelled for several years in 1989 and recast when they eventually returned.
- He says that his favorite James Bond films are the first three Bond movies: Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963) and Goldfinger (1964).
- According to the James Bond film tailors in London, at 6' 2" he is the tallest of all the Bond actors. The tailors who have fitted and measured each of the 5 Bonds over the years claim the following heights for each of the other Bond actors: Sean Connery 6' 1 1/2" without shoes, George Lazenby 6' 1 1/2" without shoes, Roger Moore 6' 1" without shoes and Pierce Brosnan 6' 1" without shoes.
- His partner, Oksana Grigorieva, gave birth to a son, Alexander Dalton, on 7 August 1997 in London, England.
- His colder, grittier portrayal of James Bond is considered by many fans of the franchise to be the closest to the characterization of Bond from the original novels by Ian Fleming, but was greeted with a mixed reaction from the general public following twelve years of Roger Moore's much more lighthearted portrayal.
- Dalton's Bond was the last to smoke cigarettes.
- (1980-1994) Companion of Vanessa Redgrave.
- Desmond Llewelyn claimed in an interview of Dalton that his portrayal of James Bond was closer to Ian Fleming's original novel version of the character than any other Bond actor.
- Has played Lord Asrail in a London stage adaptation of the His Dark Materials trilogy. In the film The Golden Compass (2007), this role is played by Daniel Craig, who also succeeded him in the role of James Bond.
- Publicly announced he would not be returning as James Bond in GoldenEye (1995) on 12 April 1994. Two months later, Pierce Brosnan was revealed as his successor.
- Initially agreed to play James Bond for a third time in GoldenEye (1995), but after a lengthy series of lawsuits between the studio and producers concerning the ownership of the character James Bond, and further script delays, he resigned from the role, believing that too much time had passed since Licence to Kill (1989).
- Had been approached for the role of James Bond in 1968 when Sean Connery had left the franchise but turned it down as he felt he was too young. He was approached again in 1980 but refused because he did not like the lighthearted direction the film had been going in.
- Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) but dropped out before he completed his studies.
- He was born in Wales, to Dorothy (Scholes) and Peter Dalton-Leggett, who was from England.
- Lives in London, England and Los Angeles, California.
- He appears in Penny Dreadful (2014) with Eva Green. Green had previously appeared in Casino Royale (2006) and The Golden Compass (2007) with Daniel Craig, both times as a character previously played by Dalton.
- Was originally cast as Benedict in Last Action Hero (1993), but was replaced by Charles Dance. This would have been the second of two times that he would have been in a film with Frank McRae. The first (as it turns out, the only) film was Licence to Kill (1989).
- His father is English and his mother is American.