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10 April 1926|
York, England, UK
|Died||9 January 2004
London, England, UK
Lyndon Brook (10 April 1926 – 9 January 2004) was a British actor, on film and television.
Born in York, Brook came from an established acting family. His father, Clive Brook, had been a star of the silent movies and had moved to Hollywood to play quintessential Englishmen in a host of films. Brook’s parents sent their son back to England to be educated at Stowe and then he gained stage experience at Cambridge. His elder sister, Faith, was also an actress.
In 1951, Brook was asked by Laurence Olivier to join his company at the St James’s Theatre in Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra and George Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra. The double production was set up to celebrate the Festival of Britain. It was whilst appearing in these productions that he met his future wife, the actress Elizabeth Kentish.
In 1954 Brook played an impressionable navigator opposite Gregory Peck in The Purple Plain. The film was set during the Burma campaign and involved a lengthy trek through the jungle. It enjoyed a huge success at the box office. Two years later, Brook co-starred with Kenneth More in one of the most popular of all Second World War dramas, Reach for the Sky.
Thereafter, Brook became a regular in many popular television dramas. He made three appearances in The Avengers and The New Avengers, and landed roles in The Hireling, Plenty and Defence of the Realm in the 1970s. He also played George VI alongside Timothy West’s Winston Churchill in the BBC’s Churchill and the Generals (1979).
Brook was a much published author and scripted the 1957 television series Love Her to Death with Peter Wyngarde in the leading role.
He died in London in 2004, aged 77.