Gerald Campion

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Gerald Campion
Born Gerald Theron Campion
(1921-04-23)23 April 1921
Bloomsbury, London, England
Died 9 July 2002(2002-07-09) (aged 81)
Agen, France
Occupation Actor
Years active 1938-1992
Spouse(s) Jean Symond (1947-1972) (divorced) (3 children)
Susan Mark (1972-2002) (his death)
Children Ann, Anthony, Angelica
Parent(s) Cyril Campion

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).[1]


Campion was born in Bloomsbury, London. The son of screenwriter Cyril Campion, Gerald Campion 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.[2]

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). In 1979, he recorded an appearance in Shada, a Doctor Who story which was not completed in its intended form.

After dropping out of acting, he ran clubs and restaurants in London's Soho, the best known of which is Gerry's, a private members' club attracting a mainly theatrical membership.

Campion later reprised the role of Bunter (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 his form master at Greyfriars School, Horace Henry Samuel Quelch, became a secret agent.

He died in Agen, Aquitaine, France.

Personal life[edit]

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.[3]

Gerry's Bar[edit]

The Soho drinking bar in Dean Street, London, is named after him.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Profile of Gerald Campion Archived 4 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.: website. Retrieved on 4 October 2007.
  2. ^ The Times, "Broadcasting: A Danish Play", 11 March 1937.
  3. ^ David Robinson, Chaplin His Life And Art

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