|Born||Alexander Sheriff de Moro Clunes
17 May 1912
Brixton, London, UK
|Died||13 March 1970
|Cause of death||Lung cancer|
|Occupation||Actor and director|
|Spouse(s)||Stella Richman (divorced)
Daphne Acott (1956-1970; his death)
Alexander Sheriff de Moro "Alec" Clunes (17 May 1912 - 13 March 1970) was an English actor and theatrical manager
Among the plays he presented were Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not For Burning. He gave the actor and dramatist Peter Ustinov his first break with his production The House of Regrets. His film career was brief, but varied. He played Hastings in Laurence Olivier's Richard III (1955), and also appeared in wartime films such as One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942), although he was in fact a conscientious objector. He also appeared in The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955). Clunes's later stage work included succeeding Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins in the stage musical My Fair Lady in 1959. His final stage appearance was in 1968.
Born as Alexander Sheriff de Moro Clunes to a show business family, he was the son of Alexander Sydenham Sherriff Clunes (1881–1960) and Georgina Ada Sumner (1882–1969). He began his stage career with Ben Greet's company before playing at the Old Vic theatre in 1934. He played numerous Shakespearian roles, before taking over the management of the Arts Theatre, London in 1942, where he remained until 1950. He later ran a theatre bookshop in Cecil Court.
He was twice married: to actress Stella Richman, later a television producer, and Daphne Gyllian Acott (married 1956-13 March 1970) with whom he had one son.
Notable TV guest appearances
- Undermind playing "Police Sergeant" in episode: "Onset of Fear" (episode No. 1.1) 24 April 1968
- The Ronnie Barker Playhouse playing "Peregrine" in episode: "The Incredible Mister Tanner" (episode No. 1.4) 24 April 1968
Clunes played Governor Woodes Rogers, the lead in the first three episodes of The Buccaneers in 1956. He was also offered the lead part of Professor Bernard Quatermass in the famous BBC science-fiction serial Quatermass and the Pit in 1958, but declined the role (André Morell was cast instead).
- Sailors Three (1940)
- One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)
- Now Barabbas (1949)
- Melba (1953)
- The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955)
- Richard III (1955)
- Tiger in the Smoke (1956)
- Tomorrow at Ten (1962)