Guy Doleman

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Guy Doleman
Guy Doleman in trailer for The IPCRESS File (1965)
Born (1923-11-22)22 November 1923
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Died 30 January 1996(1996-01-30) (aged 72)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death lung cancer
Years active 1948–1992

Guy Doleman (22 November 1923 – 30 January 1996) was a New Zealand-born actor.

Early life[edit]

Doleman was born in Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand, later moving to Australia.


During the 1940s and '50s, Doleman was one of the busiest actors in Australia, appearing in the majority of films made there at the time, and being busy on radio, particularly in the drama Hagen's Circus. In 1952 he won a £300 Actor's Choice Award for his performance in the radio drama 'The Coward'.[1] He used this money to go to Hollywood for a film, where he did a bit of television work, then returned to Australia. He was cast in Long John Silver (1954) but passed on the role because it meant he had to wear contact lenses – Rod Taylor took the part instead.[2] He had moved to London by the early 1960s. Later he returned to Australia.

He is perhaps best known for his role as "Count Lippe" in the James Bond film Thunderball (1965) and as "Colonel Ross" in the three film adaptations of Len Deighton's Harry Palmer novels, starring Michael Caine, released between 1965 and 1967. He also played Number Two in the TV series The Prisoner (1967). Doleman's was the first of a pair of Number Twos who appeared in the first episode, "Arrival"; the second being played by George Baker.


Guy Doleman died of lung cancer in Los Angeles on 30 January 1996 aged 72.




  1. ^ "TODAY'S RADIO PROGRAMMES Sydneyman wins £300in 'Actors Choice'". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 14 August 1952. p. 4. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "LIMELIGHT". The Sun-Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1953 – 1954). Sydney: National Library of Australia. 2 May 1954. p. 71. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 

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