John Ruddock was born on May 20, 1897 in Lima, Peru as John Reynolds Ruddock. He was the first of seven children of his British father and American mother. After the family returned to England he was sent to school at Saint Lawrence College, Ramsgate, Kent from 1910 to 1914.
He worked briefly for an insurance company in Liverpool before volunteering to fight in the First World War. He was commissioned into the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers and saw action on the Somme and at Passchendaele. He was wounded several times and on one occasion was buried for fifteen hours as a result of an artillery bombardment.
In the 1940s and '50s he had some notable character roles in MGM period movies. He also performed numerous roles for the BBC both on radio and television. These included appearances in "A Christmas Carol", "Dixon of Dock Green", "The Avengers" and finally in 1977 in the post-apocalyptic fiction series "Survivors".
In his latter years he was a drama coach at The Guildford School of Acting.
- Escape to Danger (1943)
- The Way Ahead (1944)
- Waltz Time (1945)
- Pink String and Sealing Wax (1945)
- Lisbon Story (1946)
- Night Boat to Dublin (1946)
- The Fallen Idol (1948)
- Under Capricorn (1949)
- Quo Vadis (1951)
- The Secret People (1952)
- Martin Luther (1953)
- Lust for Life (1956)
- "Stars of Screen and Stage" Andrew Brown (Archivist) Old Lawrentian News 2011/12 Page 25 (PDF). pdf Download. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 30 Dec 2014.
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- Stratford-upon Avon Scene magazine Page 150. Google Books. 1946. Retrieved 30 Dec 2014.
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