“Young Winston” actor Simon Ward died Friday after a long illness. He was 70.
Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Ward came to international attention for his acclaimed performance as Winston Churchill in Richard Attenborough’s 1972 film “Young Winston,” starring alongside an all-star ensemble that included Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft and Anthony Perkins.
The following year he appeared as the Duke of Buckingham in Richard Lester’s “The Three Musketeers,” reprising the role in 1974 sequel “The Four Musketeers.”
He worked steadily in film and television since the 1970s, including such productions as “Zulu Dawn,” “Aces High” and 1984’s “Supergirl,” in which he played Zor-El for “Musketeers” exec producer Ilya Salkind.
Most recently he was seen as Bishop Gardiner in “The Tudors” for Showtime.
Survivors include Ward’s wife Alexandria and three daughters, including actress Sophie Ward.