Peter Bennett (actor)

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Peter Bennett (17 September 1917 – 23 December 1989) was a British stage and television actor. He had served on both the National Council for Drama Training and the British Actors' Equity Association.

Biography[edit]

Peter Bennett was born in London, England, on 17 September 1917. His father was a Major in the British Army and a recipient of the Military Cross. Bennett attended Malvern College and trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Peter Bennett married Sheila Bramwell-Jones.[1] He died on 23 December 1989.

Career[edit]

Peter Bennett made his first stage appearance on 27 January 1936 as Ma Ta in a stage adaptation of Lady Precious Stream at the Pleasure Gardens Theatre in Folkestone, England. His first appearance in London theatre was on 9 May 1936 as Possum and Ed Sweet in a production of Little Ol' Boy at the Arts Theatre.[1] Bennett made his first and only Broadway theatre performance as Corporal Cramp in the short-lived January 1947 production of Love Goes to Press at the Biltmore Theatre.[1][2] Other major venues at which Bennett performed include the Westminster Theatre, the Ambassadors Theatre, Embassy Theatre, and the Richmond Theatre.[1]

From 1970 through 1980, Peter Bennett was a council member and Vice President of the British Actors' Equity Association, known as Equity.[3] In 1975, he served as the director for the Festival of British Theatre. In 1979, he was appointed to the National Council for Drama Training.

Film and television[edit]

Bennett appeared in more than 200 films and television productions,[1] including The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Six Wives of Henry VIII.[3] In addition to these, he also appeared in the following TV series in the 1960s - Probation Officer, Unwelcome Stranger, Magnolia Buildings, Z Cars, Maigret, Compact, Misleading Cases and The Troubleshooters.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Ian Herbert, ed. (1981). "BENNETT, Peter". Who's Who in the Theatre 1. Gale Research Company. pp. 59–60. ISSN 0083-9833. 
  2. ^ Peter Bennett (actor) at the Internet Broadway Database
  3. ^ a b Peter Bennett at the Internet Movie Database