Alan Fernand Badel was an English stage actor who appeared in the cinema and television and was noted for his richly textured voice, once described as "the sound of tears". Badel was born in Rusholme and educated at Burnage High School, he fought in Germany during the Second World War, serving as a paratrooper on D-Day. He lost his hearing when a shell exploded near him. In his early career, he played leading parts, including Romeo and Hamlet, with the Old Vic and Stratford companies. Badel's earliest film role was as John the Baptist in the Rita Hayworth version of Salome, a version in which the story was altered to make Salome a Christian convert who dances for Herod in order to save John rather than have him condemned to death, he portrayed Richard Wagner in a biopic about the composer. He played the role of Karl Denny, the impresario, in the film Bitter Harvest. Around the same time, he played opposite Vivien Merchant in a television version of Harold Pinter's play The Lover and as Edmond Dantès in a BBC television adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo.
Badel played the villainous sunglasses-wearing Najim Beshraavi in Arabesque with Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren. He played the French Interior Minister in The Day of the Jackal, a political thriller about the attempted assassination of President Charles de Gaulle. One of his last roles was that of Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg in the Paramount film Nijinsky. A television adaptation for the BBC of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, in which Badel played the role of Count Fosco, was shown posthumously. Badel married the actress Yvonne Owen in 1942 and they remained married until his death from a heart attack in Chichester, aged 58, their daughter Sarah Badel is an actress. The Stranger Left No Card - Stranger Salome - John the Baptist Will Any Gentleman...? - The Great Mendoza Three Cases of Murder - Owen / Mr. X / Harry Magic Fire - Richard Wagner This Sporting Life - Gerald Weaver Bitter Harvest - Karl Denny Children of the Damned - Dr. David Neville Arabesque - Beshraavi Otley - Sir Alex Hadrian Where's Jack?
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Peter Wilton Cushing, OBE was an English actor best known for his roles in the Hammer Productions horror films of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, as well as his performance as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars. Spanning over six decades, his acting career included appearances in more than 100 films, as well as many television and radio roles. Born in Kenley, Cushing made his stage debut in 1935 and spent three years at a repertory theatre before moving to Hollywood to pursue a film career. After making his motion picture debut in the 1939 film The Man in the Iron Mask, Cushing began to find modest success in American films before returning to England at the outbreak of the Second World War. Despite performing in a string of roles, including one as Osric in Laurence Olivier's film adaptation of Hamlet, Cushing struggled to find work during this period and began to consider himself a failure, his career was revitalized once he started to work in live television plays, he soon became one of the most recognizable faces in British television.
He earned particular acclaim for his lead performance in a 1954 adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. Cushing gained worldwide fame for his appearances in twenty-two horror films by the independent Hammer Productions for his role as Baron Frankenstein in six of their seven Frankenstein films, Doctor Van Helsing in five Dracula films. Cushing appeared alongside actor Christopher Lee, who became one of his closest friends, with the American horror star Vincent Price. Cushing appeared in several other Hammer films, including The Abominable Snowman, The Mummy and The Hound of the Baskervilles, the last of which marked the first of many times he portrayed the famous detective Sherlock Holmes throughout his career. Cushing continued to perform a variety of roles, although he was typecast as a horror film actor, he played Dr. Who in Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A. D. and gained the highest amount of visibility in his career in 1977, when he appeared as Grand Moff Tarkin in the first Star Wars film.
Cushing continued acting into his years, wrote two autobiographies. He was lovingly devoted to his wife of twenty-eight years, Helen Cushing, who died in 1971. Cushing died in 1994 of prostate cancer. Peter Wilton Cushing was born in Kenley, a district in the English county of Surrey, on 26 May 1913 to George Edward Cushing and Nellie Marie Cushing, his mother had so hoped for a daughter that for the first few years of his life, she would dress Peter in girls' frocks, let his hair grow in long curls and tie them in bows of pink ribbon, so others would mistake him for a girl. His father, a quantity surveyor from an upper-class family, was a reserved and uncommunicative man who Peter claimed he never got to know well, his mother considered of a lower class than her husband. Cushing's family consisted of several stage actors, including his paternal grandfather Henry William Cushing, his paternal aunt Maude Ashton and his step-uncle Wilton Herriot, after whom Peter Cushing received his middle name.
The Cushing family lived in Dulwich during the First World War, but moved to Purley after the war ended in 1918. Although raised during wartime, Cushing was too young to understand or become affected by it, was shielded from the horrors of war by his mother, who encouraged him to play games under the kitchen table whenever the threat of possible bombings arose. In his infancy, Cushing twice developed pneumonia and once what was known as "double pneumonia." Although he survived, the latter was fatal during that period. During one Christmas in his youth, Cushing saw a stage production of Peter Pan, which served as an early source of inspiration and interest in acting. Cushing loved dressing up and playing pretend from an early age, claimed he always wanted to be an actor, "perhaps without knowing at first." A fan of comics and toy collectibles in his youth, Cushing earned money by staging puppet shows for family members with his glove-puppets and toys. He began his early education in Dulwich, an affluent area of South London, before attending the Shoreham Grammar School in Shoreham-by-Sea, on the Sussex coast between Brighton and Worthing.
Prone to homesickness, he was miserable at the boarding school and spent only one term there before returning home. He attended the Purley County Secondary School, where he played cricket and rugby. With the exception of art, Cushing was a self-proclaimed poor student in most subjects and had little attention span for that which did not interest him, he got fair grades only through the help of his brother, a strong student who did his homework for him. Cushing harboured aspirations for the arts all throughout his youth acting, his childhood inspiration was an American film actor and star of many Western films. D. J. Davies, the Purley County Secondary School physics teacher who produced all the school's plays, recognized some acting potential in him and encouraged him to participate in the theatre allowing Cushing to skip class to paint sets, he played the lead in nearly every school production during his teenage years, including the role of Sir Anthony Absolute in a 1929 staging of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy of manners play, The Rivals.
Cushing wanted to enter the acting profession after school, but his father opposed the idea, despite the theatrical background of several of his family members. Instead, seizing upon Cushing's interest in art and drawing, he got his son a job as a surveyor's assistant in the
Patrick Wymark was an English stage and television actor. Wymark was born Patrick Carl Cheeseman in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire the son of Thomas William Cheeseman and Maria Agnes, daughter of Carl Olsen, a Finnish seaman, he was brought up in neighbouring Grimsby and revisited the area at the height of his career. He was educated at St Mary's Catholic School and Wintringham Boys' Grammar School in Grimsby, before joining the Royal Navy and serving as a midshipman in the Mediterranean. On leaving the navy, he received a government grant to study at University College London, where he read English and performed in the university's dramatic society. Wymark trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and making his first stage appearance in a walk-on part in Othello in 1951, he toured South Africa the following year and directed plays for the drama department at Stanford University, California. After moving to the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Wymark played a wide range of Shakespearean roles, including Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Stephano in The Tempest, Marullus in Julius Caesar and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Other stage credits included the title role in Danton's Death and, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Ephihodov in The Cherry Orchard. His theatre roles included Bosola in a RSC production of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi in 1960. In television, Wymark was best known for his role as the machiavellian businessman John Wilder in the twin drama series The Plane Makers and The Power Game, which led to offers of real company directorships and the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor in 1965. However, Wymark was a gentle person in real life and was, by his own admission, ignorant of business matters, he considered the character of Wilder a "bastard" and was described by his wife Olwen as "the most inefficient, dreamy muddler in the world." In the mid-1960s, Wymark was considered as the replacement for William Hartnell in the title role of Doctor Who. Wymark's film appearances included: Children of the Damned, Operation Crossbow, Where Eagles Dare, Witchfinder General, Battle of Britain, Doppelgänger, The Blood on Satan's Claw and Cromwell Wymark married American playwright Olwen Buck in 1953.
He took his acting name from the writer William Wymark Jacobs. The couple lived in Parliament Hill and had four children, including the future actress Jane Wymark, he had John Cheeseman. Wymark died in Melbourne, Australia on 20 October 1970, aged 44, of a heart attack in the hotel room in which he was staying, he had been due to star in the play Sleuth at the Comedy Theatre three days later. On the night of his death, he was to appear on the TV variety programme In Melbourne Tonight. He, guest Richard Deacon and host Stuart Wagstaff had just appeared together in a TV production of Hans Christian Andersen stories, his non-appearance led to several jokes by Wagstaff and Deacon. Host Wagstaff was informed of Wymark's death mid-way through the programme and announced it at the end, he was buried at Highgate Cemetery in London. Wymark View—located in his home town, Grimsby—is named after him; the League of Gentlemen - Wylie The Criminal - Sol West 11 - Father Hogan Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow - Joesph Ransley Children of the Damned - Commander The Secret of Blood Island - Major Jocomo Operation Crossbow - Prime Minister Winston Churchill Repulsion - Landlord The Skull - Marco The Psychopath - Inspector Holloway Woman Times Seven - Henri Tell Me Lies - Guest Witchfinder General - Cromwell Where Eagles Dare - Colonel Wyatt Turner Doppelgänger - Jason Webb Battle of Britain - Air Vice Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory Cromwell - The Earl of Strafford The Blood on Satan's Claw - The Judge Chelovek s drugoy storony - Christian Holm Patrick Wymark on IMDb Patrick Wymark at Find a Grave
Patrick Melrose (TV series)
Patrick Melrose is a 2018 five-part drama miniseries starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Melrose. The show is based on semi-autobiographical novels about Britain's upper class by Edward St Aubyn. In the 1980s, wealthy Englishman Patrick Melrose attempts to overcome his addictions and demons rooted in abuse by his cruel father and negligent mother. Benedict Cumberbatch as Patrick Melrose Jennifer Jason Leigh as Eleanor Melrose Hugo Weaving as David Melrose Sebastian Maltz as Young Patrick Melrose Jessica Raine as Julia Pip Torrens as Nicholas Pratt Prasanna Puwanarajah as Johnny Hall Holliday Grainger as Bridget Watson Scott Indira Varma as Anne Moore Anna Madeley as Mary Melrose Blythe Danner as Nancy Celia Imrie as Kettle Harriet Walter as Princess Margaret Allison Williams as Marianne Morfydd Clark as Debbie Hickman It was announced in February 2017 that Benedict Cumberbatch would star in and produce a television adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose book series that would air on Showtime in the United States and Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom.
David Nicholls wrote the five episodes of the series, with Edward Berger directing. In July, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving joined as Patrick’s mother and father, Anna Madeley was cast as Patrick’s wife. Allison Williams and Blythe Danner joined in August 2017, with filming having begun by October in Glasgow; the first trailer debuted in April 2018, with the series set to premiere on May 12 on Showtime. The series consecutively stream new episodes on CraveTV in Canada. It's showing on Sky Atlantic in the UK. Sky Vision handles international sales of the series; the series has received critical acclaim, with particular praise directed towards Cumberbatch's performance. It has an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a score of 80/100 on Metacritic. Official website Patrick Melrose on IMDb Patrick Melrose at Metacritic Patrick Melrose at Rotten Tomatoes
Paul Rogers (actor)
Paul Rogers was an English actor of film and television. He was the first winner of the BAFTA TV Award Best Actor in 1955 and won a Tony Award Best Actor winner for The Homecoming in 1967. Paul Rogers was born in Plympton and attended Newton Abbot Grammar School, he trained at the Michael Chekhov Theatre Studio at Dartington Hall. From 1940 to 1946 he served in the Royal Navy during World War II, before returning to acting at the Bristol Old Vic, he went on to appear in many West End and Broadway productions, won the Tony for Best Actor for his role in Harold Pinter's play The Homecoming in 1967. He played the role of Sir in the first Broadway production of Ronald Harwood's play The Dresser. Rogers was a long-serving member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, his most notable performances with the Company included Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sir John Falstaff in Henry IV parts 1 and 2. His film appearances include Beau Brummel, Our Man in Havana, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, Billy Budd, The Third Secret, The Shoes of the Fisherman, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Looking Glass War, Three Into Two Won't Go, The Homecoming and Oscar and Lucinda.
He appeared on television, in productions such as Romeo and Juliet on Producers' Showcase. Paul Rogers was married to Muriel Jocelyn Maire Wynne, his second marriage was to Rosalind Boxall, by whom he had two children. He and Rosalind remained married until her death in 2004, he died in London in 2013, aged 96. Murder in the Cathedral The Beachcomber - Rev. Owen Jones Beau Brummel - William Pitt Svengali - Taffy Our Man in Havana - Hubert Carter The Trials of Oscar Wilde - Frank Harris A Circle of Deception - Maj. William Spence No Love for Johnnie - Sydney Johnson The Mark - Roy Milne The Pot Carriers - Governor Life for Ruth - Counsel Hart Jacobs The Wild and the Willing - Prof. George Chown Billy Budd - Philip Seymour - First Lieutenant Stolen Hours - Dr. Eric McKenzie The Third Secret - Dr. Milton Gillen He Who Rides a Tiger - Supt. Taylor Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher - Chief Warder The Shoes of the Fisherman - Augustinian A Midsummer Night's Dream - Bottom Three Into Two Won't Go - Jack Roberts The Looking Glass War - Haldane The Reckoning - John Hazlitt I Want What I Want - Mr. Waites The Homecoming - Max Lost in the Stars - James Jarvis The Abdication - Altieri Mister Quilp - Single Gent / Henry Trent Nothing Lasts Forever - Hugo Oscar and Lucinda - Gambling Steward Paul Rogers on IMDb Notice of Paul Rogers' death Obituary - Telegraph Obituary - New York Times
The Forsyte Saga
The Forsyte Saga, first published under that title in 1922, is a series of three novels and two interludes published between 1906 and 1921 by Nobel Prize–winning English author John Galsworthy. They chronicle the vicissitudes of the leading members of a large commercial upper-middle-class English family, similar to Galsworthy's own. Only a few generations removed from their farmer ancestors, the family members are keenly aware of their status as "new money"; the main character, Soames Forsyte, sees himself as a "man of property" by virtue of his ability to accumulate material possessions – but this does not succeed in bringing him pleasure. Separate sections of the saga, as well as the lengthy story in its entirety, have been adapted for cinema and television; the first book, The Man of Property, was adapted in 1949 by Hollywood as That Forsyte Woman, starring Errol Flynn, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Young. The BBC produced a popular 26-part serial in 1967, that dramatised a subsequent trilogy concerning the Forsytes, A Modern Comedy.
In 2002, Granada Television produced two series for the ITV network called The Forsyte Saga and The Forsyte Saga: To Let, the two Granada series made their runs in the US as part of Masterpiece Theatre. In 2003, The Forsyte Saga was listed as #123 on the BBC's The Big Read poll of the UK's "best-loved novel". Following The Forsyte Saga, Galsworthy would go on to write two more trilogies and several more interludes based around the titular family. In this first novel of the Forsyte Saga, after introducing us to the impressive array of Forsytes headed by the formidable Aunt Ann, Galsworthy moves into the main action of the saga by detailing Soames Forsyte's desire to own things, including his beautiful wife, Irene Forsyte, he wants her to be his alone. He concocts a plan to move her to the country, to Robin Hill and a house he is having built, away from everyone she knows and cares about, she resists his grasping intentions, falls in love with the architect Philip Bosinney, engaged by Soames to build the house and has an affair with him.
However, Bosinney is the fiancé of her friend June Forsyte, the daughter of Soames's cousin'Young' Jolyon. There is no happy ending: Irene leaves Soames after he asserts what he perceives to be his ultimate right on his property – he rapes Irene and Bosinney dies under the wheels of an omnibus after being driven frantic by the news of Irene's rape by Soames. In a short interlude after The Man of Property, Galsworthy delves into the newfound friendship between Irene and Old Jolyon Forsyte; this attachment exhausts his strength. He leaves Irene money in his will with his son, as trustee. In the end Old Jolyon dies under an ancient oak tree in the garden of the Robin Hill house; the marital discord of both Soames and his sister Winifred is the subject of the second novel. They take steps to divorce their spouses and Montague Dartie respectively. However, while Soames tells his sister to brave the consequences of going to court, he is unwilling to go through a divorce himself. Instead, he stalks and hounds Irene, follows her abroad, asks her to have his child, his father's wish.
Irene inherits £15,000 after Old Jolyon's death. His son, Young Jolyon Forsyte Soames's cousin, manages Irene's finances; when she first leaves Soames, Young Jolyon offers his support. By the time his son Jolly dies in the South African War, Irene has developed a strong friendship with Jolyon. Soames confronts young Jolyon and Irene at Robin Hill, falsely accusing them of having an affair. Young Jolyon and Irene assert already; that gives Soames the evidence. That confrontation sparks an actual affair between young Jolyon and Irene, leading to their marriage and the birth of a son Jolyon'Jon' Forsyte. Soames marries the young daughter of a French Soho restaurant owner. With his new wife, he has Fleur Forsyte; the subject of the second interlude is the naive and exuberant lifestyle of eight-year-old Jon Forsyte. He is loved by his parents, he has his every desire indulged. This novel concludes the Forsyte Saga. Second cousins Fleur and Jon Forsyte meet and fall in love, ignorant of their parents' past troubles and misdeeds.
Once Soames and Irene discover their romance, they forbid their children to see each other again. Irene and Jolyon fear that Fleur is too much like her father and once she has Jon in her grasp, will want to possess him entirely. Despite her feelings for Jon, Fleur has a suitable suitor, Michael Mont, heir to a baronetcy, who has fallen in love with her. Should they marry, Fleur would elevate the status of her family from "nouveau riche" to the aristocratic upper class; the title derives from Soames' reflections as he breaks up the house in which his Uncle Timothy deceased in 1920 at age 101 and the last of the older generation of Forsytes, had lived a recluse, hoarding his life like property. Knowing he is soon to die from a weak heart, Jolyon writes a letter to Jon, detailing the events of Irene's marriage to Soames, including her love affair with Philip Bosinney and Soames's rape of her and warns him that Irene would be alone if he were to marry Fleur, but while Jon reads the letter, Jolyon dies of a heart attack and Jon is left torn between the past and his present love for Fleur.
He rejects Fleur, breaking his own heart as well as hers and lea
Patrick Joseph McGoohan was an Irish actor and director. He began his career in the United Kingdom in the 1950s, relocating to the United States in the 1970s, his career-defining roles were in the British television series Danger Man and the surreal psychological drama The Prisoner, which he co-created. He was a BAFTA and twice Primetime Emmy Award winner. McGoohan was born in Astoria, New York City, the son of Rose and Thomas McGoohan, who were living in the United States after emigrating from Ireland to seek work, he was brought up as a Catholic. Shortly after he was born, McGoohan's parents moved back to Mullaghmore, County Leitrim and seven years they emigrated to Sheffield, England. McGoohan attended De La Salle College in Sheffield. During World War II, he was evacuated to Leicestershire. There he attended Ratcliffe College, where he excelled in boxing. McGoohan left school at the age of 16 and returned to Sheffield, where he worked as a chicken farmer, a bank clerk, a lorry driver before getting a job as a stage manager at Sheffield Repertory Theatre.
When one of the actors became ill, McGoohan was substituted for him. In 1955, McGoohan starred in a West End production of a play called Serious Charge in the role of a priest accused of being homosexual. Orson Welles was so impressed by McGoohan's stage presence that he cast him as Starbuck in his York theatre production of Moby Dick—Rehearsed. Welles said in 1969 that he believed McGoohan "would now be, I think, one of the big actors of our generation if TV hadn't grabbed him, he can still make it. He was tremendous as Starbuck." and "with all the required attributes, intensity, unquestionable acting ability and a twinkle in his eye."McGoohan's first television appearance was playing Charles Stewart Parnell in "The Fall of Parnell" for You Are There. He had an uncredited role in The Dam Busters, he delivered the line – "Sorry, old boy, it's secret – you can't go in. Now, c'mon, hop it!", cut from some prints of the movie. He had small roles in Passage Home, The Dark Avenger and I Am a Camera.
He could be seen in Zarak for Warwick Films. On TV he was in "Margin for Error" in Terminus, guest starred on The Adventures of Sir Lancelot and Assignment Foreign Legion, The Vise and The Adventures of Aggie, played the lead in "The Makepeace Story" for BBC Sunday Night Theatre, he appeared in Welles' film of Moby Dick Rehearsed. He did Ring for Catty on stage in 1956. While working as a stand-in during screen tests, McGoohan was signed to a contract with the Rank Organisation. Rank put him in villainous parts: High Tide at Noon, directed by Philip Leacock, he had good roles on TV in anthology series such as Television Playwright, Armchair Theatre, ITV Play of the Week and ITV Television Playhouse. McGoohan was given a leading role in Nor the Moon by Night, shot in South Africa. After some clashes with the management, the contract was dissolved. Free of the contract, he did some TV work, winning a BAFTA in 1960, his favourite part for the stage was the lead in Ibsen's Brand. It appeared in a BBC television production in August 1959.
Michael Meyer thought that McGoohan's performance in Meyer's translation of Brand in 1959 was the best and most powerful performance he'd seen. It was McGoohan's last appearance on stage for 28 years. Soon, production executive Lew Grade approached McGoohan about a television series in which he would play a spy named John Drake. Having learned from his experience at the Rank Organisation, he insisted on several conditions in the contract before agreeing to appear in the programme: all the fistfights should be different, the character would always use his brain before using a gun, much to the horror of the executives, no kissing; the series debuted in 1960 as a half-hour programme geared toward an American audience. It did well, but not as well as hoped. Production lasted 39 episodes. After this first series was over, one interviewer asked McGoohan if he would have liked the series to continue, to which he replied, "Perhaps, but let me tell you this: I would rather do twenty TV series than go through what I went through under that Rank contract I signed a few years ago and for which I blame no one but myself."
McGoohan appeared in One Dead, shot in Sweden. He starred in two films directed by Basil Dearden: All Night Long, an updating of Othello, Life for Ruth, he starred in an adaptation of The Quare Fellow by Brendan Behan. McGoohan was one of several actors considered for the role of James Bond in Dr. No. While McGoohan, a Catholic, turned down the role on moral grounds, the success of the Bond films is cited as the reason for Danger Man being revived. McGoohan spent some time working for Disney on The Three Lives of Thomasina and The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. After he had turned down the role of Simon Templar in The Saint, Lew Grade asked him if he would like to give John Drake another try; this time, McGoohan had more say about the series. Danger Man was resurrected in 1964 as a one-hour programme; the scripts now allowed McGoohan more range in his acting. The popularity of the series led to McGoo