Ronald Lacey


An Actor of Elegance

This website is dedicated to an actor that appeared in films and television
over 30 years, showing an incredible level of skill and range.

Special Features Page

An Interview with actress Judy Matheson and a Review of Crucible of Terror



Ronald Lacey will forever be remembered by audiences around the world as the very nasty "Toht" in the blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, but he has a substantial body of work that began in 1959, covering film and television and over 170 different roles until his sad death in 1991.  He is recognised for superb comedy as well a tremendous legacy of top quality dramatic performances.

Ronald Lacey played "Horrible Harris" in the award winning BBC comedy series, Porridge.

He was part of an outstanding cast headed by Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale and Fulton Mackay.

Though only appearing in 3 episodes, the character is instantly recognisable to fans of the show, illustrating how much of an impact his performance had.

Who's a Good Boy Then

Billy Oates meets a lady in a market and, taken by his kindness, she invites him to lodge with her and her husband.  A rivalry soon develops between the young man and his landlord.

Ron Moody and Thora Hird, 2 of TV's top stars of the time, play the landlord and landlady.

Aired 9 February 1966

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This clip has been kindly authorised to be included by the BBC. 

We thank you for that.

Ronald with daughter Rebecca
(also an actor)

ABOUT Ronald Lacey
and this website

Ronald Lacey was born in London on the
28 September 1935 and began his long career as a television actor in 1959, following his National Service.

This website has been developed and is being run by people who have been touched by an amazing range of top quality performances to help bring Ronald Lacey's legacy to a wider (and newer) audience to enjoy.

We hope that you will want to see more over the coming months and years and our intention is to bring more examples of his legacy to the attention of those visiting the website - so come and see us regularly.


If you have anything you feel you can add to the website -
pictures, memories, etc - or want to be kept up to date
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