Michael Craig (actor)

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Michael Craig
Craig in trailer for "Mysterious Island" (1961)
Craig in the trailer for "Mysterious Island" (1961)
Born Michael Francis Gregson
(1928-01-27) 27 January 1928 (age 86)
Poona, British India (now Maharashtra, India)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1949–present
For the Louisiana judge, see Michael Craig.

Michael Craig (born 27 January 1928) is an Indian-born British actor and scriptwriter, known for his work in theatre, film and television.

Biography[edit]

Craig was born Michael Francis Gregson[1] in Poona, British India, the son of Donald Gregson, a captain in the 3rd Indian Cavalry.[1] He came to England with his family when aged three, and went to Canada when he was ten. At sixteen he joined the British Merchant Navy.

Theatre career[edit]

Michael Craig began his career in the theatre — his first job was as an assistant stage manager at the Castle Theatre, Farnham in 1950.[2]

His many stage credits include A Whistle in the Dark (Apollo Theatre, 1961), Wars of the Roses (Season at Stratford 1963–64), Funny Girl (with Barbra Streisand at the Prince of Wales Theatre 1964), the Homecoming (Music Box Theatre New Year 1966–67) and the lead role in Trying at the Finborough Theatre in 2008.[2]

Film career[edit]

Michael Craig's film career started in 1950 as an extra. He gained his first speaking part in 1953 in Malta Story. He appeared in a number of films, including Campbell's Kingdom (1957), Sea of Sand (1958), The Silent Enemy (1958), Sapphire (1959), Doctor in Love (1960), The Iron Maiden (1962), Modesty Blaise (1966), Turkey Shoot (1982), Ride a Wild Pony (1975) and Appointment with Death (1988).

Television career[edit]

His television credits include appearing in: Arthur of the Britons (1973), The Emigrants (1976), Rush (1976), The Professionals (1980), Shoestring (1980), The Timeless Land (1980), Triangle (1981–83), Tales of the Unexpected (1982), Robin of Sherwood (1986), Doctor Who (in the serial Terror of the Vervoids 1986), the Australian series G.P. (1989–95), Brides of Christ (1991), Grass Roots (2000) and Always Greener (2003).

Scriptwriting credits[edit]

Craig's scriptwriting credits include the highly acclaimed ABC-TV trilogy The Fourth Wish, which starred John Meillon in his award winning performance as the father of a dying boy. He also wrote the screenplay for the feature film of The Fourth Wish, which was produced following the success of the television series.[2] Alongside his brother, Richard Gregson and co-writer Bryan Forbes, Craig was Academy Award nominated for his screenplay of The Angry Silence.

Personal life[edit]

He is the father of Michael, Stephen and Jessica Gregson; his brother is film producer Richard Gregson, and from Richard's marriage to Natalie Wood, he is the uncle of actress Natasha Gregson Wagner.[3]

In 2005 he released his autobiography The Smallest Giant: An Actor's Tale.

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stated in Craig's autobiography, The Smallest Giant: An Actor's Life
  2. ^ a b c "The Timeless Land" from the ABC television series, Australian Broadcasting Commission, Sydney, 1980. ISBN 0-642-97469-1
  3. ^ Internet Movie Database

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