Jameson Clark

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Jameson Clark
Born 1907
Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland
Died 4 January 1984 (aged 76)
Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1949-1980

Jameson Clark (1907, Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland – 4 January 1984, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland[1]) was a Scottish character actor who appeared in 22 films and made many appearances on television.

Career[edit]

His first appearance in a major film was the British production Whisky Galore! in 1949, playing Constable Macrae, a role he would reprise in the 1957 follow-up, Rockets Galore![2] His early roles were all to a Scottish typecast, and he made 13 films (including The Maggie in 1954 and X the Unknown in 1956) portraying Scottish characters, before he was given the part of an English tugboat captain in 1958's The Key.[3]

He appeared as McDougal in Ralph Thomas's 1959 re-make of John Buchan's The 39 Steps, which also starred Kenneth More as Richard Hannay.[4] The last of his four films in that year was Charles Crichton's The Battle of the Sexes, playing Andrew Darling, with Peter Sellers and Robert Morley heading the cast.[5]

After playing Sir Alan in the 1960 film Tunes of Glory,[6] he portrayed the Constable in Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog, a 1961 film based on the novel by Eleanor Atkinson, which recounts the tale of the Skye Terrier who would not leave his master's grave.[7]

Clark briefly appeared on television, playing Jamie Lang in "Whistle and I'll Come", a 1961 episode of the British police series No Hiding Place.[8] After playing George Lockwood in the 1962 film A Pair of Briefs,[9] Clark returned to TV in 1963 as a Foreman in "Diversion to Danger", an episode of the Suspense anthology-style series.[10] He would remain on the small screen for the next six years, in such productions as The Troubleshooters and Dr. Finlay's Casebook, also re-surfacing in No Hiding Place, this time as Harry Armstrong in the 1963 episode "All Dead and Buried".[3]

In 1969, Clark made his final film, Ring of Bright Water, playing the Storekeeper in the film about otters which starred real-life couple Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna.[11] From then until his retirement in 1980, he concentrated once more on contributions to various television projects, amongst which were Sutherland's Law, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Play for Today and Enemy of the People.[12]

Clark died in 1984 aged 76.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Year of birth and date of death: BFI.org.uk website. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  2. ^ Whisky Galore! (1949), as Constable Macrae: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Filmography details: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  4. ^ The 39 Steps (1959), as McDougal: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  5. ^ The Battle of the Sexes (1959), as Andrew Darling: BFI.org.uk website. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  6. ^ Tunes of Glory (1960), as Sir Alan: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  7. ^ Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961), as the Constable: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  8. ^ "Whistle and I'll Come", No Hiding Place, 1961: BFI.org.uk website. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  9. ^ A Pair of Briefs, as George Lockwood: BFI.org.uk website. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  10. ^ "Diversion to Danger", Suspense, 1963: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  11. ^ Ring of Bright Water (1969), as the Storekeeper: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
  12. ^ Filmography: BFI.org.uk website. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.

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