Lifetime Achievement Award 2002
Buoyant, affable British actor, specializing in blandly goodlooking, generally incompetent but likable public-school twits of the type perfectly embodied by P. G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster (whom Carmichael has played on British TV).
It’s a screen persona he has mastered with seeming effortlessness. A stage performer since 1939, he also toiled in music halls during the 1940s, learning to get laughs the hard way. Carmichael made his screen debut in Bond Street (1948), and subsequently appeared in Meet Mr. Lucifer (1953), Betrayed, The Colditz Story (both 1954), Storm Over the Nile (1955), Private’s Progress (1956, one of his best roles, as a military misfit), The Brothers in Law (1957), I’m All Right Jack (1959), School for Scoundrels (1960), Heavens Above (1963), Hide and Seek (1964), Seven Magnificent Deadly Sins (1971), From Beyond the Grave (1975), and The Lady Vanishes (1979), among others. American audiences may know him best for his delightful characterization of master sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey in televised adaptations (extraordinarily faithful ones, at that) of Dor- othy L. Sayers’ classic mystery novels.