Richard Hayward (actor)

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Richard Hayward
Southport, Lancashire, England
DiedOctober 1964
Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Occupation(s)Film actor, writer and musician

Richard Hayward (1892–1964) was a British film actor, [1] writer and musician.


Life and career

Born in Southport, Lancashire, his family moved to Ireland when he was a baby. [2] Hayward was an enthusiast for all Ulster regional popular culture. He was a member of the Orange Order, to which he dedicated much time. After a period working at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin he helped form the Belfast Repertory Theatre Company. He was a popular singer in the forties and fifties. [3] His career meant he lived a typical theatrical lifestyle being constantly on the move.

Hayward wrote a number of travel books about Ireland, exploring every county. [2] He was closely associated with the Belfast Naturalists' Field Club, serving as its president in 1951. [2]


He died due to a road accident outside Ballymena, in October 1964.

Selected filmography

Hayward also wrote the screenplay of the musical drama Devil's Rock. [4]

Selected books

He wrote a number of books, mostly topographical, about Ireland, including:

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  3. "Welcome to, a unique listing of Northern Ireland's finest actors - Actors surnames beginning with H". Archived from the original on 19 July 2010.
  4. "Devil's Rock (1938) - IMDb". IMDb .

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