He played Bassanio in William Shakespeare's play, "The Merchant of Venice," in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with Robert Helpmann, Diana Wynyard, Heather Stannard and Claire Bloom in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
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[on repeated attempts of declining knighthood] If you want a title, what's wrong with 'Mister'? If you have always been that, then why lose your title? I have a title, which is the same one that I have always had. But it's not political. I have a CBE, which I accepted very gratefully.
In 1969, he became the sixth performer to win the Triple Crown of Acting. Oscar: Best Actor, A Man for All Seasons
(1966), Tony: Best Actor-Play, 'A Man for All Seasons' (1962), and Emmy: Best Actor, Male of the Species