Alexander Doré

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Alexander Doré
Alexander Dore First Spy.jpg
Alexander Doré as the First Spy in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Born (1923-08-28)28 August 1923
Hampstead, London, England
Died 16 April 2002(2002-04-16) (aged 78)
London, England
Occupation Actor/TV Director/Screenwriter
Years active 1946–88
Spouse(s) Edna Gorring (m. 1946–2002)
(his death)
Children 1

Alexander Joseph Doré (28 August 1923 – 16 April 2002) was a British actor, television director and screenwriter perhaps best known for his appearance as the First Spy in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.[1] He also starred in the 1968 TV series Virgin of the Secret Service (as Karl Von Brauner) as well as playing Bertram Bright in Bright's Boffins (1970-1972).

Doré's other screen appearances include At the Stroke of Nine (1957), Tales from Dickens (1958), ITV Television Playhouse (1958), Emergency-Ward 10 (1960), Dixon of Dock Green (1964), Casino Royale (1967), ITV Playhouse (1968), and A Very Peculiar Practice (1986).[1]

His credits as a screenwriter include Jungle Street (1961) and The Wind of Change (1961), while his directing credits include Hé... mag ik mijn echtgenote terug? (1975), Boem-Boem (nl) (1982) and Privé Voor Twee (1988) for Dutch television.[1]

He directed the plays See How They Run at London's Vaudeville Theatre, The Sunday Man at the Morosco Theatre on Broadway[2] in 1964, and the world premiere of We Who Are About To... (with Anton Rodgers) in 1968 at the Hampstead Theatre Club.[3] In 1988 he directed the Dutch-language version of the play Never Judge a Book by its Cover which undertook a successful fifty-city tour of Holland and Belgium.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married the actress Edna Doré (née Gorring) in 1946 in Pancras, London, and the two of them ran their own company for five years at the Little Theatre in Aberystwyth.[5] He died in London in 2002 aged 78. Their son, Michael, is currently the landlord of a public house in Hampshire.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Doré on the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ The Broadway League (1964-05-13). "Doré on the Internet Broadway Database". Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  3. ^ "Alan Ayckbourn's ''Countdown'' website". Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  4. ^ Doré on the Seymour Blicker website
  5. ^ a b Edna Doré obituary- The Guardian - 14 April 2014

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