Michael Medwin

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Michael Medwin
Born (1923-07-18) 18 July 1923 (age 91)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1940–2008
Spouse(s) Sunny Sheila Back 1960-1971, Divorced.

Michael Hugh Medwin OBE (born London, 18 July 1923) is an English actor and film producer.

Life and career[edit]

Medwin was educated at Canford School, Dorset, and the Institute Fischer, Montreux, Switzerland. He first appeared on stage in 1940.

Medwin's West End theatre credits include Man and Superman, The Rivals, Love for Love, Duckers and Lovers, Alfie, St Joan of the Stockyards, and What the Butler Saw.[1] At the National Theatre he played a season which included Weapons of Happiness (Ralph Makepeace), Volpone (Corvino) and The Madras House. He appeared in Black Ball Game at the Lyric Hammersmith.[1] He also played Lloyd Dallas in one of the casts of the long-running production of Noises Off in the early 1980s.[1]

He is probably best known for his role as radio boss Don Satchley in the BBC television detective series Shoestring and for his role in The Army Game, a British television comedy series of the late 1950s and early 1960s. With Bernard Bresslaw, Leslie Fyson and Alfie Bass, he took the theme tune from The Army Game into the UK Singles Chart in 1958, where it peaked at number 5.[2]

As well as his role in Shoestring, he played Colin's boss Mr Langley (of the Langley Book Of Horror) in the Mel Smith comedy series Colin's Sandwich.

He made many film appearances, including Carry On Nurse (1959) and The Longest Day (1962), before turning to producing films. Among the films he produced for Memorial Enterprises, a company he established with actor Albert Finney, are Charlie Bubbles (1967), directed by Finney, and Lindsay Anderson's If.... (1968), which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He worked again with Anderson on O Lucky Man! (1973), continuing the story of the Mick Travis character from their earlier film. Mr. Medwin has been quoted many time as saying "I knew at a young age I was going to be an Actor, Acting has always been in My Bones". That Charles Laughton & Edward G. Robinson were the 2 biggest influences in His life of acting. And being awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the British Empire), in "05" Queens Birthday Honour's List for His Services to Drama, is the single Greatest thing that has ever happened to Himself.

As a play producer his work included Spring and Port Wine, Alpha Beta, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Forget Me Not Lane and Another Country.[1]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Biographical note for Michael Medwin, from programme for Noises Off, Savoy Theatre, December 1984.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 359. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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