Peter Hughes (actor)

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Peter Hughes
Born(1922-05-20)20 May 1922
Died5 February 2019(2019-02-05) (aged 96)
London, England, UK
OccupationActor and director
Years active1949–1999

Peter Hughes (20 May 1922 – 5 February 2019) was an English actor with a career spanning six decades. He was an actor, founder and director of theatre, but was best known for his film and television roles.

Early life and theatre[edit]

Hughes was born in Kensal Rise, London, an only child of a single mother and partly raised in foster institutions, he initially trained as a draughtsman designing car chassis, before moving to Coventry after his mother died in 1939 and took a post designing armoured cars. After helping establish the Talisman Theatre in 1942, he trained as a actor, making his professional debut in 1949, in a production of Noel Coward's Fallen Angels, his West End debut would occur 4 years later in 1953, after which he would establish a long association with both the Richmond Theatre and the Watford Palace Theatre

Film and television[edit]

In television he would play the recurring role of a Bank Manager in the BBC series Bergerac. Other notable roles include an English tourist in Love Is a Splendid Illusion (1970), he appeared in An Englishman's Castle in 1978, a serial of alternative history in which the Nazis have won the Second World War, as Maitre D' in The Great Muppet Caper (1981), the P&O manager in David Lean's A Passage to India (1984) and a policeman in the John Boorman film Hope and Glory (1987). TV miniseries included Jack the Ripper (1988) starring Michael Caine, he played General Franco in Alan Parker's film adaptation of Evita in 1996.

Personal life[edit]

Hughes was married to Erica Hughes; their daughter Bettany is a historian and their son Simon is a cricketer and journalist, he retired from the industry in 1999 and died in February 2019 at the age of 96.[1][2][3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1962 The Primitives Det. Inspector A.W. 'Bert' Wills
1970 Love Is a Splendid Illusion' Maurice Howard
1981 The Great Muppet Caper Maitre D'
1984 A Passage to India P & O manager
1987 Hope and Glory Policeman
1996 Evita Franco


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