Alan Wheatley

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Alan Wheatley
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Born (1907-04-19)19 April 1907
Tolworth, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Died 30 August 1991(1991-08-30) (aged 84)
Westminster, London
Cause of death
Heart attack
Occupation Actor and radio announcer
Years active 1936 - 1970

Alan Wheatley (19 April 1907 – 30 August 1991) was an English actor and former radio announcer.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Tolworth, Surrey, the son of a bank clerk, William Henry Wheatley and his wife Rose, née Towers, Alan Wheatley worked as a radio announcer before turning to stage and screen acting in the 1930s, as a player during the black-and-white era of film and television. He had originally been an industrial psychologist. Wheatley made his film debut in Conquest of the Air (1936), which remained un-released for four years. During the Second World War, he worked for BBC Radio, as both an actor and an announcer.

He is perhaps best known for his role in the 1950s TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood, in which he played the malevolent Sheriff of Nottingham opposite Richard Greene's Robin Hood. Wheatley appeared regularly as the Sheriff in the first three series; in the fourth and final series, his role was mostly usurped by that of the Deputy Sheriff (John Arnatt). Wheatley starred as Sherlock Holmes in the 1951 BBC TV series. He also had roles in Danger Man and The Avengers. Wheatley played the first character to be killed on-screen by a Dalek in Doctor Who, when he appeared as Thal leader Temmosus in the 1963–64 serial The Daleks.

His film credits include: Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), The Rake's Progress (1945), Brighton Rock (1947), Calling Paul Temple (1948), The Pickwick Papers (1952), Spaceways (1953), Simon and Laura (1955), A Jolly Bad Fellow (1964), and Tomorrow at Ten (1964), among others. He also appeared in Inn for Trouble (1960), a film spin-off of the TV comedy The Larkins.

Wheatley was also a prolific stage actor. His theatre credits included Clifford Bax's The House of Borgia (1935), the lead in This Way to the Tomb, and the tormented soul, Harry, in The Family Reunion. He appeared in two versions of the thriller play Rope, in 1950 and 1953, and starred as Abanazar in the Cole Porter musical pantomime Aladdin' at the London Coliseum in 1960. He also played the Abbé in a BBC radio adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo, with the young Andrew Sachs (as Dantes), and the High Lama in the 1981 BBC Radio 4 "Classic Serial" version of Lost Horizon, with Derek Jacobi as Hugh Conway.

Wheatley died in Westminster, London in 1991[1] of a heart attack, aged 84.



Year Title Role Notes
1936 The Conquest of Air Borelli
1937 William Tindale William Tindale
1945 The Rake's Progress Edwards
Caesar and Cleopatra Persian
1946 Appointment with Crime Noel Penn
Spring Song Menelli
1947 Jassy Sir Edward Walker
The End of the River Irygoyen
Brighton Rock Fred Hale
1948 Corridors of Mirrors Edgar Orsen
Counterblast M.W. Kennedy
Calling Paul Temple Edward Lathom
Sleeping Car to Trieste Karl / Charles Pool
1949 It's Not Cricket Felix
For Them That Trespass Librarian uncredited
1951 Home to Danger Hughes
1952 Whispering Smith Hits London Reith
The Pickwick Papers Fogg
1953 Spaceways Dr Smith
The Limping Man Inspector Braddock
Small Town Story Nick Hammond
1954 The Javenese Dagger Victor short film
The Diamond Thompson Blake
The House Across the Lake Inspector MacLennan
Delayed Action Mark Cruden
1955 Simon and Laura Adrian Lee
1958 The Duke Wore Jeans King of Ritallia
1960 Inn for Trouble Harold Gaskin
1961 The Shadow of the Cat Inspector Rowles
Frederic Choppin unkown short film
1962 Tomorrow at Ten Assistant Commisoner Bewley
1963 Master Spy Paul Skelton
1964 Clash By Night Ronald Grey-Simmons
A Jolly Bad Fellow Epicene


  1. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: SEP 1991 15 1514 WESTMINSTER - Alan Wheatley, DoB = 19 Apr 1907 aged 84

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