14 January 1940 |
Croydon, Surrey, England, UK
John Castle (born 14 January 1940) is an English actor. Castle has acted in theatre, film and television. He is known for his role as Postumus in the BBC television adaptation of I, Claudius (1976) and for playing Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany, in the film, The Lion in Winter (1968). He also played Dr. Carrasco as well as the prisoner called "The Duke" in the film Man of La Mancha (1972), and the villainous Paul McDagget in RoboCop 3 (1993).
Castle's first appearance was as Westmoreland onstage in Henry V on 5 June 1964, at the Open Air, Regent's Park. His first Broadway theatre appearance was in February 1970, as Jos in the short-lived musical Georgy.
In 1967 he made his screen debut as the plotting Prince Geoffrey in the big-screen adaptation of The Lion in Winter. The role garnered him much praise and set him on his way as an in-demand supporting actor in London and Hollywood. The film also launched the film careers of Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Dalton and Nigel Terry.
He appeared as Carruthers, the more honourable of a trio of schemers in an episode of Granada Television's Sherlock Holmes television series ("The Solitary Cyclist", 1984) starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes. His association with Sherlock Holmes continued with his role as Nigel St. Clair in the film version of The Crucifer of Blood (1991). He played Inspector Craddock in an adaptation of the Agatha Christie story "A Murder is Announced" (1985), a role he re-created in the Marple mystery "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side" (1992). He also played the title role in the 2000 made-for-TV version of Christie's Lord Edgware Dies.
In 1990 Castle starred as Superintendent George Thorne in the BBC's full cast radio adaptations of John Penn's novels.
Among his stage performances, one of his finest was for the RSC revival of Ibsen's "Ghosts" in 1967, wherein as Oswald he held his own admirably against Dame Peggy Ashcroft in full cry as his mother, Mrs Alving.
Castle is married to the writer Maggie Wadey. In a biographical essay for Who's Who in the Theatre in 1981, he listed his favourite parts as Luther, Hamlet and O'Riordan.
- Blowup (1966)
- The Lion in Winter (1968) as Geoffrey
- The Promise (1969)
- Made (1972)
- Man of La Mancha (1972)
- Antony and Cleopatra (1972)
- The Incredible Sarah (1976)
- Eliza Fraser (1976)
- Eagle's Wing (1979)
- King David (1985)
- Never Never Land (1988)
- Dealers (1989)
- RoboCop 3 (1993)
- Merisairas (1996)
- Gods and Generals (2003)
- The Prisoner (1967) as Number Twelve in "The General" episode
- The Shadow of the Tower (1972) as Thomas Flamank
- Softly, Softly (1973)
- Warship (1975) as Lieutenant-Commander Peter Tremayne, officer commanding the RN submarine HMS Ovid in the episode "Under the Surface"
- I, Claudius (1976) as Postumus
- The New Avengers (1976)
- 1990 (1977)
- The Three Hostages (1977) as Dominick Medina
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (TV series) (1978) as Teddy Lloyd
- Lillie (1978)
- The Professionals
- Pie in the Sky (TV series)
- Reilly, Ace of Spies
- The Crucifer of Blood as Neville St. Clair
- Tales of the Unexpected
- Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 8 Episode 2: Lord Edgware Dies (2000) as Lord Edgware
- Miss Marple Series 1 Episode 1: A Murder Is Announced (1985) as Detective Inspector Craddock
- Lost Empires (with Laurence Olivier and Colin Firth)
- Inspector Morse Series 5 Episode 3: Who Killed Harry Field? (1991) as Tony Doyle
- The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1997) as Mark in the episode "A Dark Blue Perfume"
- Nova (2001, Public Broadcasting Service) as David Irving
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
- The Princes in The Tower (2005, Channel 4 production) as Dr. John Argentine
- Midsomer Murders Series 10 Episode 3: King's Crystal (2007) as Charles King
- The Tractate Middoth (2013, BBC) as John Eldred
- "A Murder is Announced". IMDB.
- Who's Who in the Theatre, 17th ed, 1981