Redgrave moved to Hollywood after a successful career in British theater. His first major American role was opposite Rosalind Russell in Mourning Becomes Electra in 1947, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. In the early 1950s, he starred in The Browning Version, The Importance of Being Earnest and 1984.
Redgrave was knighted in 1959. He is the father of actors Lynn Redgrave, Corin Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave, and the grandfather of Natasha Richardson, Joely Richardson and Jemma Redgrave. He is the author of four books: