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Gary Watson (born Garrowby Watson on 13 June 1930 in Shropshire, England) is a retired British television actor who started out as a stage actor most notably acting in Friedrich Hebbel's 1962 play Judith at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, England with Sean Connery. He was however best known for his appearances in British ITC productions of the 1960s including The Avengers, The Saint and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) in 1969 in the last episode The Smile Behind the Veil. In 1966 he played in all 10 episodes of The Three Musketeers as Aramis starring alongside Brian Blessed and Jeremy Young. He also appeared in the 1967 Doctor Who serial The Evil of the Daleks. He appeared alongside Anthony Hopkins in the 1972 Television series War and Peace. He played the semi-regular character of Det. Insp. Fred Connor in the long running BBC police drama Z-Cars between 1972 and 1974. In 1974 he played George Vavsor for 5 episodes in The Pallisers which also featured Jeremy Irons. In 1977, he played the role of Ross in the BBC series Murder Most English and also appeared in the 1970 Thames Television adaptation of Macbeth playing MacDuff. He was also much employed as a reader and narrator, featuring in dozens of commercials throughout the 1970s and 1980s, particularly noted for his work in British Transport Films, Lloyds Bank and Nescafé adverts.
He made over 40 appearances on British TV between 1956 and 1988 and many more on radio and advertisements.
He graduated from Cambridge University and in the late 1950s taught English at Westminster City School, located off Victoria Street, London. He was very popular with the pupils and directed some memorable school plays such as Treasure Island starring a young Ken Phillips as Doctor Trelawny.
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