Robert Powell, the ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ actor marks his 74th birthday today.

Robert Powell was born on Thursday, June 1st, 1944, five days before D-Day, on Tuesday, June 6th, 1944, in Salford, Manchester, England. In 1964, he started his acting career while attending Manchester University. In 1967, he made his film debut, and later landed his first starring role in The Italian Job (1969).

Some of his well-known movies include Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Ken Russell’s Tommy (1975) and Mahler (1974), the sequel or remake of The Thirty Nine Steps (1978), and the popular TV series, Doomwatch (1970).

Robert ended his bachelor life, when he married Barbara “Babs” Lord, on Friday, August, 29th, 1975. They are parents of two children (1 son & 1 daughter). In 1982, Robert won the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival for his performance in Imperative (1982). He won the best actor award at the Paris Film Festival for Harlequin (1980).

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For his portrayal of Jesus in Jesus of Nazareth he received best actor awards from TV Times and Italian TV Times, the international arts prize at the Fiuggi Film Festival, grand prize at the Saint-Vincent Film Festival, and a nomination as best actor from The Irish Academy of Film and Television arts.

In reference to his role as Jesus in Jesus of Nazareth, Robert said, “I hope Jesus Christ will be the last in my line of sensitive young men for quite a while.

Happy Birthday ! The Jesus in “Jesus Of Nazareth” Have A Blast!!!

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