Basil Henson

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Basil Henson (31 July 1918 – 19 December 1990) was an English actor.[1]

Henson had a lengthy career on stage and television. His stage performances included a number of parts in Shakespeare productions, including once opposite Dustin Hoffman. He appeared a number of times at the Royal National Theatre, including a part in the world premiere of Amadeus by Peter Shaffer.

He also appeared in many British films over the years. Among them Dr. Crippen (1962), Darling (1965), The Frozen Dead (1966), Arthur? Arthur! (1969), The Walking Stick (1970), Cromwell (1970), The Final Programme (1973) and Galileo (1974).

Possibly his best-known TV role was as Sir Horatio Manners in When the Boat Comes In. Henson's other television appearances included Emergency Ward 10, Edgar Wallace Mysteries, The Power Game, Sexton Blake, The Champions, Follyfoot, War and Peace, Fall of Eagles and Crown Court. He also appeared as Dr. Abbott in the Fawlty Towers episode "The Psychiatrist".


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