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Richard Greene was one of the best actors who ever played Robin Hood in my humble opinion.Of course, no one was better than the legend Errol Flynn but in the TV series he showed his acting prowess, his dashing good looks, his wit and his athleticism. I watched the series in 1957 till its conclusion in the early 60's and thoroughly enjoyed it.I was saddened to hear of his passing at a relatively young age.I also found out that he was the referee at the boxing match between Mancini and Kim in 1983 which showed me another facet of his versatility.


Another "Richard Greene," aside from this individual and a referee, is also in question. He is apparently a voice actor, recently providing his talent for X-Men Legends II, among other titles. Said individual is currently being linked to this page, unfortunately. --AWF


I think that someone needs to work on the layout and organization of this article. It is very long and hard to navigate. There are too many paragraph breaks and it does not look like an encyclopedia article. --BenWhitey 03:41, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Grandson of inventor Richard Greene[edit]

In a number of other articles it is mentioned that Richard Greene is a descendant (grandson) of one of the developers of the earliest movie projector. Although another person claims credit for the invention as well, a movie was made about the life of the man who would have been related to the actor Richard Marius Joseph Greene. (Mary K. Mogavero 02:52, 26 January 2007 (UTC))

Not a Descendent of William Friese-Greene, inventor[edit]

According to the authors of the website for Robin Hood on www. the actor Richard Greene was not a grandson of William Friese-Greene. I've seen this apparent misinformation on several websites with bios of the popular actor, and I wrote about this in a discussion entry still posted here. I stand corrected. They are not related. Mary K. Mogavero 03:31, 2 March 2007 (UTC)Mary K. MogaveroMary K. Mogavero 03:31, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

Grandfathers of Richard Greene[edit]

Richard Greene's maternal grandfather was William Wallace Davidson. His paternal grandfather was Richard Bentley Greene. This information comes from an article by his daughter, Patricia Oakes Leigh-Wood which is included in the book Debrett Goes to Hollywood by Charles Kidd, 1986, George Weidenfeld & Nicholson Limited, page 131. The connection to William Friese-Greene was probably put out in a publicity release by 20th Century Fox and has been often quoted, although erroneous. Mary K. Mogavero 01:28, 18 March 2007 (UTC)Mary K. MogaveroMary K. Mogavero 01:28, 18 March 2007 (UTC)

Cause of death, fall from horse?[edit]

According to his daughter, Richard Greene died of cardiac arrest (not related to a riding accident). See biography at for detailed history. Authors, Anna Fraser and Lucy Carpenter. Mary K. Mogavero 03:48, 19 March 2007 (UTC)Mary K. MogaveroMary K. Mogavero 03:48, 19 March 2007 (UTC)


Not much I can add, but the article ends very abruptly, with nothing about his later life.

I just suspect that the company he belonged to when young, given as Jevan Brandon's, was the Jevan Brandon Thomas company.

Rogersansom (talk) 07:40, 29 March 2009 (UTC)

Military distinction[edit]

'Greene interrupted his acting career to serve in World War II in the 27th Lancers, where he distinguished himself.' We ought to know where he was serving. Valetude (talk) 20:57, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Relieved of Duty?[edit]

This military expression is a euphemism for 'kicked out of his job'. Montgomery was famous for weeding out 'useless' officers using this phrase. They were not kicked out of the Army, just sent elsewhere, to other units.

Greene was more likely 'given leave from his duties' to make films, as was David Niven. So was Evelyn Waugh. Waugh wrote 'Brideshead Revisited' at this time and was granted leave from his Regiment to do so. After they completed their projects, they went back to their job in the Army. 2001:44B8:3102:BB00:34C7:C471:96DF:7EEF (talk) 22:12, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

World War II[edit]

As regards his military position the data here is not entirely correct or supported by the sources. You don't get to be an army officer unless it's in the Official Gazette – hence, "being gazetted". The only entries I can find for Richard Greene are these:-

1. SECOND SUPPLEMENT TO The London Gazette Of FRIDAY, the 2nd of MAY, 1941 (number 35153):

"REGULAR ARMY. EMERGENCY COMMISSIONS (CADETS). The undermentioned Cadets, from O.C.T.U's, to be 2nd Lts., 19th Apr. 1941: — ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS... 27thL[ancers]... Richard Marius Joseph GREENE (184251). "

2. SECOND SUPPLEMENT TO The London Gazette Of TUESDAY, the 30th of MAY, 1944 (number 36540):

REGULAR ARMY. EMERGENCY COMMISSIONS. ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS... 27th L[ancers]. .. War Subs. Lt. R. M. J. Greene (184251) relinquishes his commn. on account of ill-health, 3rd June 1944, and is granted the hon. rank of Lt."

He held the wartime rank of Lieutenant for about three years. There is no source that says he made Captain.

(BTW, he trained in tanks with my father, hence my passing interest.)Ttocserp (talk) 18:11, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

Daughter by whom?[edit]

You quote his daughter's comment. But the wiki-page on his wife Patricia Medina says she had no children from either of her two marriages. Valetude (talk) 15:28, 12 August 2019 (UTC)