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Henry V, as Played by...

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Exactly 600 years ago, Henry V was crowned king of England. He reigned for nine years, until his death at the age of 35. The king served as the inspiration for the eponymous play by William Shakespeare, which has been adapted for film and television many times. Many men have played the role of Henry V over the years. Here, six of the most notable performances.

Laurence Olivier

The famed actor was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in his titular role.

Dan O'Herlihy

Tony Curtis starred in The Black Shield of Falworth in 1954.

Kenneth Branagh

Perhaps the best known portrayal of the king, Branagh was nominated for an Academy Award for this role. His role in the movie was a reprisal of his performance with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Robert Hardy

Appearing alongside a young Judi Dench, he appeared in An Age of Kings .

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Tom Hiddleston

This English actor performed in The Hollow Crown , a series of made-for-TV films. Here, he's interviewed by the lead singer of Blink-182 and does his favorite Henry V monologue.