Peter Swanwick

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For the English cricketer, see Peter Swanwick (cricketer).
Peter Swanwick
Born 1912
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Died 14 November 1968 (aged 55–56)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1951-1969

Peter Swanwick (1912 – 14 November 1968) was a British actor best remembered as the "Supervisor" (sometimes called the Controller) in the 1967 TV series, The Prisoner. The image of the bald-headed actor intoning "Orange alert" is considered iconic of the series.[citation needed]

Swanwick's film career began in 1951 with bit parts in films such as The African Queen, and he became a recognisable face on British TV during the mid-1960s when he guest starred in a number of popular shows, including The Avengers and Danger Man where he first worked with later Prisoner star and co-creator, Patrick McGoohan.

According to several biographies [1] Swanwick endured major health problems in the 1960s that resulted in him undergoing undisclosed operations that left him with a short time to live.

Swanwick played the non-singing part of Herr Zeller in the original London stage production of The Sound Of Music.

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