|Born||John Peter Gilmore
25 August 1931
|Died||3 February 2013
London, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Una Stubbs (1958–1969; divorced); 1 child
Jan Waters (1970–1976; divorced)
Anne Stallybrass (1987–2013; his death)
John Peter Gilmore (25 August 1931 – 3 February 2013), known as Peter Gilmore, was a British actor, best known for his portrayal of Captain James Onedin in 91 episodes of the BBC television period drama The Onedin Line (1971–80).
Born in Leipzig, Germany, and brought up in Nunthorpe, North Riding of Yorkshire, Gilmore left school at the age of 14. He had roles in eleven Carry on films, and his other movie roles included Doctor in Clover, I've Gotta Horse, The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery, The Jokers, Oh! What a Lovely War, My Lover My Son, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Freelance, and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne. During his early career, he appeared in several stage musicals, including Lock Up Your Daughters, and released a single in 1960. After achieving fame in the role of James Onedin, Gilmore felt he had become typecast as the rugged sea captain.
He did play the heroic lead in the adventure film Warlords of Atlantis (1978), and appeared in a Doctor Who serial Frontios (1984) in which he played a character called Brazen. Gilmore also appeared in a Heartbeat episode, called "The Frighteners", during the Nick Berry era; his third wife, actress Anne Stallybrass was a regular in the series.
He married three times: to actress Una Stubbs (1958–1969), with whom he adopted a child; to Jan Waters (1970–1976); and to actress, and former Onedin Line colleague, Anne Stallybrass (1987–2013), who survived him.
Gilmore quit school at the age of 14 and started pursuing his dream of becoming an actor. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for a short time before being expelled. When he joined the army he discovered that he had a talent for singing and after his discharge from the army he joined a singing group called the George Mitchell singers. They appeared in a couple of stage plays but they didn't have the success they wanted. Gilmore soon gave up singing and continued his acting.
- Stuart Jeffries (6 February 2013) Peter Gilmore obituary, The Guardian
- "Onedin Line star Peter Gilmore dies aged 81", The Telegraph, 7 February 2013. Accessed 9 February 2013
- Obituary in The Times, 8 February 2013; accessed 9 February 2013