Alan MacNaughtan

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Alan MacNaughtan
Actor Alan MacNaughtan.jpg
in The Avengers episode, Who Was That Man I Saw You With? (1969)
Born(1920-03-04)4 March 1920
Died29 August 2002(2002-08-29) (aged 82)
Years active1954-1999

Alan MacNaughtan (4 March 1920 – 29 August 2002) was a Scottish actor, born in Bearsden, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, UK.[1] He was educated at the Glasgow Academy, trained at RADA, and graduated in 1940 with the Bancroft Gold Medal.[2] An experienced Old Vic, West End and Broadway actor, he became active in television and certain films between 1954 and 1999.[3]

Television career[edit]

MacNaughtan played many guest roles in ITC productions of the 1960s and 1970s including The Avengers, The Baron, "The Maze" (ATV/ITC, 1966), Department S, Who Plays the Dummy? (ATV/ITC, 1969), The Saint, The Professionals, A Stirring of Dust (LWT/Avengers Mark 1, 1978). He also played Major Brenan, a deceptive MI5 agent in The Ghost Talks (Randall and Hopkirk Deceased) in 1969. MacNaughtan's sharp blue eyes and features meant that he often played a villain in such ITC series.[1][4]

He appeared at Laurence Olivier's National Theatre in roles which brought "considerable acclaim"; including in 1972, as Walter Burns in a revival of The Front Page.[5][3]

MacNaughtan played Sir Geoffrey Wellingham in Yorkshire Television's The Sandbaggers, Dr. Crawley in Thames Television's Mr Palfrey of Westminster, and portrayed the acerbic teacher Howarth in the 1981 BBC serial To Serve Them All My Days. He played the role of Sir Percy Browne, head of MI5, in A Very British Coup in 1988.[1]

His last role was an appearance in Kavanagh QC in 1999.[6]


He made a few appearances in films including starring alongside Dirk Bogarde as his disapproving brother-in-law in the then controversial Victim (1961). He also had roles in Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), Patton (1970), Family Life (1971), Shadowlands (1985), The Last Days of Patton (1986), Blue Ice (1992), and The Commissioner (1998).[7]

He was a friend of actor Alec McCowen.[4]

MacNaughtan died of cancer on 29 August 2002, aged 82.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1956 Bond of Fear Det. Sgt. Daley
1957 The Secret Place Police Inspector Uncredited
1961 Victim Scott Hankin
1964 Children of the Damned British Officer Uncredited
1967 Frankenstein Created Woman Kleve
1970 Patton British briefing Officer
1971 Family Life Mr. Caswell
1985 Shadowlands Christopher Riley
1986 The Last Days of Patton Brigadier Hugh Cairns
1992 Blue Ice Lewis Mandorf
1998 The Commissioner Karl Ritter


  1. ^ a b c "Alan MacNaughtan". BFI.
  2. ^ a b "Alan MacNaughtan, actor".
  3. ^ a b "Alan MacNaughtan". 31 August 2002.
  4. ^ a b "The Avengers Forever: Alan MacNaughtan".
  5. ^ "ROB WILTON THEATRICALIA - National Theatre 1970s".
  6. ^ "The More Loving One (1999)". BFI.
  7. ^ "Alan MacNaughton - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie.

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