Griffith Jones (actor)

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Griffith Jones
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Born Harold Jones
(1909-11-19)19 November 1909
London, England, UK
Died 30 January 2007(2007-01-30) (aged 97)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor

Griffith Jones (born Harold Jones; 19 November 1909 – 30 January 2007) was an English film, stage and television actor.

Early life[edit]

Born in London, on 19 November 1909, Jones was the son of a Welsh-speaking dairy owner. In 1930 Jones was studying law at University College London when Kenneth Barnes, the Principal of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, noticed him in a student performance and offered him a career as an actor. His first professional engagement was in Carpet Slippers at the Embassy Theatre, Swiss Cottage, in 1930, while still at RADA. He won the annual RADA Gold Medal in 1932.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

His first West End production was Vile Bodies at the Vaudeville and Richard of Bordeaux in which he appeared with John Gielgud) at the Noël Coward Theatre. The following year he appeared with Laurence Olivier in The Rats of Norway. In 1932 he made his film debut, in The Faithful Heart, and he continued to appear in British films throughout the 1930s. He made a success as "Caryl Sanger" with Elizabeth Bergner in the 1935 Escape Me Never.[citation needed]

In 1940 he joined the British Army, but spent most of World War II in a touring concert party, returning to the West End in 1945 to star in Lady Windermere's Fan.[citation needed]

Royal Shakespeare Company[edit]

He was a stalwart of the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in 50 productions with the company between 1975 and 1999.[1]

His first season was in director Buzz Goodbody's noted opening year at The Other Place theatre, playing the Ghost to Ben Kingsley's Hamlet and Sir William Stanley in Perkin Warbeck. His later roles included Duncan, opposite Ian McKellen, in Macbeth, Antigonus in The Winter's Tale, Aegeon in A Comedy of Errors, Gower in Pericles, Prince of Tyre, The Comedy of Errors, Chebutiken and Ferrapont in separate productions of Chekhov's Three Sisters and Tim Linkinwater and Fluggers in Nicholas Nickleby.

His last role, at the age of 90, was Tubal in The Merchant of Venice.

Personal life[edit]

In 1932, he married Robin Isaac, and they had two children: the actors Gemma Jones and Nicholas Jones. Robin died in 1985.

Death[edit]

Jones died in London, England, UK on 30 January 2007.

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trowbridge, Simon (2008). "Griffith Jones". Stratfordians, a dictionary of the RSC. Oxford, England: Editions Albert Creed. pp. 291–292. ISBN 978-0-9559830-1-6. 

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