Anthony Eustrel played the part of the Archbishop of Canterbury in Walt Disney’s Story of Robin Hood (1952).
Alongside Martitia Hunt as Queen Eleanor, Anthony Eustrel’s character is involved in a pivotal part of the story. Together the Queen and Archbishop are faced with the task of raising the huge ransom to release the imprisoned King Richard and defeating his brother, Prince John’s evil plans. Eustrel carried off the role as the Archbishop, with extreme elegance and aplomb, like the rest of the cast of Walt Disney’s second live action production in England.
I have managed to find out very little about Eustrel’s life other than the fact he was born in London on October 12th 1902. During his early stage career in the 1940’s he appeared at the Stratford Memorial Theatre in productions of Richard II, Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice.
His film career included:
§ Under the Red Robe (1937)
§ Second Bureau (1937)
§ The Wife of General Ling (1937)
§ Gasbags (1940)
§ The Silver Fleet (1943)
§ The Adventures of Tartu (1943)
§ Counterblast (1951)
§ Captain John Smith and Pocahontas (Burning Arrows) (1953)
§ King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)
§ Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955) - Prior
§ The Ten Commandments (1956) - First High Priest
§ The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
§ Bednobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Anthony Eustrel also appeared in many TV series:
Climax (1951), BBC Sunday Night Theatre (1951), Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1954-1955), Burkes Law (1964-1965), Man From Uncle (1965-1966) Batman (1966), Get Smart (1966-1968), Hogan’s Heroes (1966-1968), My Favourite Martian (1963-1966) (in which he played King John in one episode) and many others.
He died aged 76 on July 2nd 1979 and his ashes were interned at Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.
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