Gerald Campion

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Gerald Campion
Born Gerald Theron Campion
(1921-04-23)23 April 1921
London, England
Died 9 July 2002(2002-07-09) (aged 81)
Agen, France
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Jean Symond
Susan Mark
Children Ann, Anthony, Angelica
Parents Cyril Campion

Gerald Theron Campion (born 23 April 1921 in Bloomsbury, London; died 9 July 2002 in Agen, Aquitaine, France) was an English actor best known for his role as Billy Bunter in a 1950s television adaptation of books by Frank Richards (Charles Hamilton).[1]

The son of a screen writer, Cyril Campion, Gerald Campion appeared in numerous films and television programmes — mostly comedies. In 1937 he appeared in Tavs Neiiendam's radio play Inspiration to a Poet on the BBC Home Service.[2]

His only major success was as Bunter, a juvenile role he played successfully despite being much older than his character (he was 40 when the series ended). In 1979 he recorded an appearance in Shada, a Doctor Who story which was recorded in part but never broadcast.

After dropping out of acting, he ran clubs and restaurants in London's Soho, the most famous - and enduring - of which is Gerry's, a private member's club attracting a mainly theatrical membership.

Campion later reprised the role of Bunter (now Lord Bunter of Hove, who had succeeded in betting shops and property) in the BBC Radio 7 series Whatever Happened to...? in the episode that speculated on whether his form master at Greyfriars School, Horace Henry Samuel Quelch, became a secret agent.

Personal life[edit]

He was married twice: to Jean Simmons in 1947 (divorced 1972) and to Susan Marks in 1972 until his death. He had three children with his first wife: Anthea (a singer who married composer Thomas Rajna), Anthony and Angelica. He lived in Wittersham, Kent for many years. His mother Blanche Louise Tunstall Bear was Charlie Chaplin's first cousin.[3]

Gerry's Bar[edit]

The Soho drinking bar in Dean Street, London, is named after him.

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile of Gerald Campion: ComicsUK.co.uk website. Retrieved on 4 October 2007.
  2. ^ The Times, "Broadcasting: A Danish Play", 11 March 1937
  3. ^ David Robinson, Chaplin His Life And Art

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