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Gerald Theron Campion
23 April 1921
|Died||9 July 2002 (aged 81)|
|Spouse(s)||Jean Symond (1947-1972) (divorced) (3 children)|
Susan Mark (1972-2002) (his death)
|Children||Ann, Anthony, Angelica|
Gerald Theron Campion (23 April 1921 – 9 July 2002) was an English actor best remembered for his role as Billy Bunter in a 1950s television adaptation (Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School) of books by Frank Richards (Charles Hamilton).
Campion was born in Bloomsbury, London, and was the son of screenwriter Cyril Campion. He won a place at RADA at age 15, and appeared in numerous films and television programmes — mostly comedies. In 1937, he appeared in Tavs Neiiendam's radio play Inspiration to a Poet on the BBC Home Service.
His only major success was as Bunter, a juvenile role he played successfully despite being much older than his character (he was 40 when the series ended). Campion later reprised the role (now Lord Bunter of Hove, who had succeeded in betting shops and property) in the BBC Radio 7 series Whatever Happened to ...? in the episode that speculated on whether Bunter's form master at Greyfriars School, Horace Henry Samuel Quelch, became a secret agent.
After dropping out of acting, Campion ran clubs and restaurants in London's Soho, the best known of which is Gerry's, a long running private members' club attracting a mainly theatrical membership.
He was married twice: to Jean Symond in 1947 (divorced 1972) and to Susan Marks in 1972 until his death. He had three children with his first wife: Anthea (a singer who married composer Thomas Rajna), Anthony and Angelica. He lived in Wittersham, Kent for many years. His mother Blanche Louise Tunstall Bear was Charlie Chaplin's first cousin.
The Soho drinking bar in Dean Street, London, is named after him.
- The Drum (1938) - Soldier (uncredited)
- The Ghost of St. Michael's (1941) - Pupil at Rear of Class (uncredited)
- Take My Life (1947) - Newspaper Seller at Station (uncredited)
- Miranda (1948) - Lift Boy (uncredited)
- The Pickwick Papers (1952) - Joe, the Fat Boy
- Top of the Form (1953) - Pugley
- Knave of Hearts (1954) - Harry (uncredited)
- Up to His Neck (1954) - Skinny
- Fun at St. Fanny's (1956) - Fatty Gilbert
- Jumping for Joy (1956) - Man with Ice Cream (uncredited)
- Keep It Clean (1956) - Rasher
- Hergé's Adventures of Tintin (1957-58) (TV Show) - Tintin
- Carry On Sergeant (1958) - Andy Galloway
- Inn for Trouble (1960) - George
- School for Scoundrels (1960) - Proudfoot
- Double Bunk (1961) - Charlie
- Jigsaw (1962) - Glazier (uncredited)
- The Fast Lady (1962) - Actor in Scottish TV show
- A Home of Your Own (1964)
- The Comedy Man (1964) - Gerry
- Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (1965) - Fireman (uncredited)
- The Sandwich Man (1966) - Fred - Sandwich Man in Suit of Armour
- The Sorcerers (1967) - Customer in China Shop
- Half a Sixpence (1967) - Fat Boy
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) - Minister
- Atlantic Wall (1970) - Clergyman 2
- Little Dorrit (1987) - Mr. Tetterby
- Just Ask for Diamond (1988) - Uncle Holly
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