Tony Richardson (June 5, 1928 - November 14, 1991) was a British theatre and film director and producer.
Richardson was born Cecil Antonio Richardson in Shipley, Yorkshire in 1928, and attended Ashville College, Harrogate.
Representative of the British "New Wave" of directors, he got his start in the British theatre with the New English Stage Company, and co-founded Woodfall Films with the dramatist John Osborne.
In 1964 Richardson received two Academy Awards (Best Director and Best Picture) for Tom Jones (1963).
He was married to the actress Vanessa Redgrave between 1962 and 1967 (he left her for actress Jeanne Moreau), and had two daughters, Natasha Richardson (born 1963) and Joely Richardson (born 1965), both of whom are actresses.
Richardson was bisexual (which he had carefully hidden for as long as possible), and died of complications from AIDS at 63 in 1991.