John Gielgud in The Loved One

John Gielgud (1904 - 2000)

Film DeathsEdit

  • The Loved One (1965) [Sir Francis Hinsley]: Commits suicide (off-screen) by hanging himself from the diving board of his swimming pool. His body is shown afterwards when Robert Morse discovers him, then again in the funeral home when Rod Steiger prepares him for his funeral. (Thanks to Sammy)
  • The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) [The Elder Pope]: Dies (off-screen) following a heart attack; his death is revealed when we hear the bells toll while David Janssen is broadcasting a report about John's collapse. His body is shown afterwards lying in state.
  • Caligula (1979) [Nerva]: Drowned when Malcolm McDowell pushes John's head under in the bath, even though John was already dying from having slit his wrists. (Historically inaccurate, Nerva died from starvation).
  • Arthur (1981) [Hobson]: Dies of natural causes (I can't recall whether a specific cause was mentioned), with Dudley Moore at his bedside. (It's been a long time since I've seen this movie, so my memory is vague.)
  • The Whistle Blower (1986) [Sir Adrian Chapple]: Shot in the chest with his own gun when Michael Caine twists his wrist around, making him pull the trigger as John snaps a concealed pistol to snatch back the written confession he's a traitor (with Michael arranging the scene to look like a suicide), his body is later seen slumped in his chair as Michael steals the confession.
  • Haunted (1995) [Dr. Doyle]: Dies (off-screen), presumably of old age/natural causes, several years before the story takes place; towards the end of the movie Aidan Quinn discovers that John has been a ghost all along.

TV DeathsEdit

  • Hamlet (1970 TV) [The Ghost]: Once again, plays the ghost of Richard Chamberlain's father, who was murdered by Richard Johnson pouring poison in his ear. (I haven't seen this version, so I don't know whether the murder was depicted on-screen or not.)
  • Richard II (King Richard the Second) (1978 TV) [John of Gaunt]: Dies (I can't recall the exact cause) after delivering a speech to Derek Jacobi. (I haven't seen this, but I've read a summary of Shakespeare's play.)
  • War and Remembrance: October 28, 1944 - March 18, 1945 (1989 TV) [Aaron Jastrow]: Executed by gas chamber in Auschwitz. Unlike in many other Holocaust-related films, we actually see the gas chamber in action, so this scene may be difficult to watch. We later see his body being cremated in the Auschwitz crematorium.


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