Alex Hyde-White

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Alex Hyde-White
Born (1959-01-30) 30 January 1959 (age 61)
OccupationActor
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1986; div. 1992)

Shelly Bovert Hyde–White
(m. after 1997)
Children2
Parent(s)Wilfrid Hyde-White
Ethel Drew

Alex Hyde-White (born 30 January 1959), also credited as Alex Hyde White, is an English-born American film and television actor. In 1978, he signed with Universal Pictures as one of the last "contract players" in Hollywood, in a group that included Lindsay Wagner, Andrew Stevens, Gretchen Corbett and Sharon Gless.

Early life[edit]

Hyde-White was born in London, the son of Ethel M. (née Korenman), a stage manager who acted under the name Ethel Drew, and actor Wilfrid Hyde-White.[1][2] Known as Punch to friends, he grew up in Palm Springs, California, attending Palm Springs High School[citation needed] and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. for one year after which he left to pursue an acting career.

Career[edit]

Under contract to Universal Pictures at age 18, his first television job was one line – "leave my mother alone" – spoken to star Jack Klugman on the television series Quincy M.E. He recurred in several episodes, each time as a different character and also made numerous appearances in Battlestar Galactica and later Buck Rogers in the 25th Century which also featured his father Wilfrid. The only time both father and son appeared on screen together was on The Merv Griffin Show in 1980. A clip from that show is featured in his film Three Days of Hamlet.

In 1994 he played the Marvel Comics superhero Reed Richards, a.k.a. Mister Fantastic, in a motion picture adaptation of Marvel's flagship comics series The Fantastic Four. The film was low budget and made by certain parties in order to retain the film rights to the property; thus, it was never released. But bootleg copies of the film made the rounds, and the film has acquired its own following. Hyde-White is regarded by many comics fans as the best embodiment of the character, who has since been played by Ioan Gruffudd and Miles Teller.

Through his production company TMG, named after his mentor, Washington attorney Steven Martindale,[clarification needed] he produced the 2002 independent romantic drama Pursuit of Happiness, which starred Frank Whaley, Annabeth Gish, Adam Baldwin and featured comedian Jean Stapleton in a cameo as the advertising agency's owner. Stapleton's son John Putch was the director. Putch had directed Alex prior in Deep Water and since in Murder 101 starring comedian Dick Van Dyke for Hallmark. Alex has worked with Steven Spielberg three times, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as Young Henry Jones Senior and Catch Me If You Can as Dick Kesner, the divorce lawyer, and “Tintin”.

Projects[edit]

Hyde-White directed the TMG production Three Days, from Universal City-based Ytinifni Pictures, headed by David Suarez. Also starring Peter Woodward, Richard Chamberlain and Stefanie Powers, the experimental first-person doc weaves a hero's journey from the most unlikely of arenas as it follows a troupe of actors who gather for three days to rehearse and perform a staged reading of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The film won Best Documentary at three festivals, International Family Film Festival (Hollywood, Spring 2012), L-Dub (Lake Worth, FL, Fall 2012), and Eugene Int'l Film Festival (Oregon, Fall 2012).[3]

His production company, TMG, is developing a few projects for both the big and small screen. One is the existentialist crime novel King of Infinite Space with the book's author Tyler Dilts, as an independent film. Screenwriter Peter Woodward is adapting the novel. The film is called Signal Hill. It is the first in the Danny Beckett series from Long Beach State professor Dilts. Another is Printer of Udell's based on the early 20th century novel by William Bell Wright.

His audiobook production company is Punch Audio[4] and they are servicing the growing audiobook market through Audible with such titles as Paladins by Joel Rosenberg, Miracle At Merion: Ben Hogan's 1950 Comeback by David Barrett, I Am John Galt, These Precious Hours by Michael Corrigan, and Jesus: The Missing Years by Walter Parks. Other artists at Punch Audio include the British actor Ian Hart, and actresses Mary Jane Wells, Liane Curtis and Kate Huffman. They recently produced for Audible five novels by the late British author Alec Waugh including the novel Island in the Sun which was adapted into the 1957 hit film of the same name starring James Mason, Harry Belafonte and Joan Collins. Fellow actor friends Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield voiced Love In These Days and My Brother Evelyn and Other Stories.

Personal life[edit]

Hyde-White was married to actress Karen Dotrice, daughter of actor Roy Dotrice from 1986 until 1992. They have a son Garrick. He is married to Shelly Hyde-White and resides in Santa Monica, California. They have a son Jackson.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Battlestar Galactica Cadet Bow/Male Pilot 2 episodes
1979 Captain America II: Death Too Soon Young Man TV Movie
The Seekers Oliver Prouty Miniseries
1981 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Technician/Lieutenant Martin/Ensign Moore 4 episodes
Tales of the Unexpected Episode: The Best of Everything
1982 Voyagers! Charles Dickens Episode: The Day the Rebs Took Lincoln
The Toy Photographer
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Romeo
1984 The First Olympics: Athens 1896 Arthur Blake Miniseries
1986 Biggles Jim Ferguson
Matlock Vincent Hyland Episode: The Seduction
1987 Ishtar CIA Agent
1988 Supercarrier Lt Dave "Hat Trick" Rawley
1989 The Phantom of the Opera Richard Dutton
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Young Henry
1990 Pretty Woman David Morse
1991 Ironclads Catesby Jones TV Movie
1991-1992 Murder, She Wrote Ogden Schmesser/Doug Simmons 2 episodes
1994 Walker, Texas Ranger Grant Wallace Episode: The Committee
The Fantastic Four Dr. Reed Richards
1995 Legend George Armstrong Custer Episode: Custer's Next to Last Stand
Babylon 5 Pierce Macabee Episode In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum
The Alien Within Jedidiah Pickett TV Movie
1997 Diagnosis Murder Efrem Connors Episode: A Mime Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
2002 Catch Me If You Can Mr. Kesner
2003 Gods and Generals Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside
The West Wing Andy's Accoster Episode: The California 47th
2005 See Arnold Run George Gorton TV Movie
2006 Bones Mr. Hobbes Episode: The Titan on the Track
2010 NCIS Dr. Adam Tallridge Episode: Double Identity
2011 Night Club Preacher
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
The Mentalist Peter Upchurch Episode: Blood and Sand
Dexter Dr. Trent Casey Episode: Get Gellar
The Christmas Pageant Noah Humphrey TV Movie
2012 Game Change Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Three Days of Hamlet Ghost/Son Documentary
2015 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Lord Thornally Episode: Purpose in the Machine

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alex Hyde-White Biography (1959-)". www.filmreference.com.
  2. ^ "Wilfrid Hyde-White Biography (1903-1991)". www.filmreference.com.
  3. ^ "Three Days (of Hamlet) Sneak Preview and Tea Party". BritWeek. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Punch Audio - Audiobook Production, Audio Producers". Punch Audio.

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