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Sir Michael Murray Hordern, CBE (born 1911; died May 2 1995) was a film, stage, and voice actor who reached prominence in 1937. He is known for a long career in Shakespearean theater, apart from which he has played the roles of Jacob Marley in BBC's film Scrooge (1951), the King in The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella (1976), and Badger in a clay animation film of The Wind in the Willows (1983).

Hordern provided the voice of the Wizard Gandalf in BBC's The Lord of the Rings radio series in 1981, despite having minimal foreknowledge of the story at large.[1] Sir Ian Holm starred in this as Frodo Baggins, long before portraying Bilbo in The Lord of the Rings films.

In BBC Radio 5's 1992 dramatization of Tales from the Perilous Realm, produced in 1992 and adapted by Brian Sibley, Michael Hordern plays the role of J.R.R. Tolkien, narrating four of Tolkien's short stories featured in Tales from the Perilous Realm. Brian Sibley and Shakespearean peer Brian Blessed co-starred.

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  1. Article by Brian Sibley, "The Ring Goes Ever On"

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