Alan Webb (actor)
in Lease of Life (1954)
Alan Norton Fletcher Webb|
2 July 1906
York, England, UK
22 June 1982 (aged 75)|
Chichester, Sussex, England, UK
Biography and career
Webb's early days were spent performing with the Lena Ashwell Players (1924–26), J.B. Fagan's Oxford Players (1926–28), the Croydon Repertory Company (1932–33) and the Old Vic-Sadler's Wells Company (1934–35). In 1936 he starred in Noël Coward's Tonight at 8:30 and directed Coward's Peace In Our Time in 1947. In 1960 he appeared in the role of "Dudard" in Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros, directed by Orson Welles and co-starring Laurence Olivier, at the Royal Court Theatre.
He appeared in many plays on Broadway, starting with the aforementioned Tonight at 8:30 in 1936 through his final production, I Never Sang for My Father in 1968, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.
He made his film debut in Challenge to Lassie (1949), and went on to appear in such films as The Pumpkin Eater (1964), King Rat (1965); Chimes at Midnight (1965), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Women in Love (1969), Entertaining Mr. Sloane (1970), The Canterbury Tales (1972) and The Duellists (1977).
He appeared several times on the BBC Play of the Month, Hallmark Hall of Fame and Play for Today, as well as popular television series Z-Cars, The Protectors, and Public Eye. In 1963, he was offered the role of the First Doctor in the BBC's new science fiction series Doctor Who but declined. Webb was also cast as Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars Return of the Jedi but bowed out due to illness.
- Challenge to Lassie (1949) - James Brown
- The Astonished Heart (1950) - Sir Reginald
- The Cruel Sea (1953) - Admiral Murray-Forbes (uncredited)
- West of Zanzibar (1954) - Alan, Bob's Boss (uncredited)
- Lease of Life (1954) - Dr. Pembury
- The Night My Number Came Up (1955) - Governor (uncredited)
- The Silent Enemy (1958) - British Consul
- The Scapegoat (1959) - Inspector
- The Third Secret (1964) - Alden Hoving
- The Pumpkin Eater (1964) - Mr. Armitage - Jake's father
- King Rat (1965) - Brant
- Chimes at Midnight (1965) - Shallow
- The Taming of the Shrew (1967) - Gremio
- Interlude (1968) - Andrew
- Women in Love (1969) - Thomas Crich
- Entertaining Mr Sloane (1970) - Kemp ('Dadda')
- King Lear (1971) - Gloucester
- The Horsemen (1971) - Gardi Gay (uncredited)
- Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) - Yurovsky
- The Canterbury Tales (1972) - Old Man
- The Duellists (1977) - Chevalier
- The First Great Train Robbery (1979) - Trent
- Rough Cut (1980) - Sir Samuel Sacks
- Deadly Game (1982) - Joseph Pillet (final film role)
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