Jack Hedley

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Jack Hedley
Born
Jack Hawkins

(1930-10-28) 28 October 1930 (age 88)
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Jean (divorced 1984); two sons

Jack Hedley (born 28 October 1930 as Jack Hawkins;[1] he changed his name to avoid confusion with his namesake) is an English actor, best known for his performances on television.

Early life[edit]

Hedley was born in London and educated at Emanuel School. His screen career began in 1950 with a 13-minute drama-documentary about polio called A Life to be Lived. In the 1950s he made a number of appearances in films and on television, such as Left Right and Centre, Fair Game and the Alun Owen-scripted No Trams to Lime Street with Billie Whitelaw.

Career[edit]

He became a TV star in the Francis Durbridge-scripted BBC series The World of Tim Frazer (transmitted from November 1960 to March 1961), the 18 instalments of which comprised three separate serials of six episodes each. He also played Corrigan Blake in Alun Owen's BBC play You Can't Win 'Em All (1962) the role being taken over by John Turner in the series Corrigan Blake that resulted the following year. He was also in Alun Owen's A Little Winter Love (1965), part of the Theatre 625 series.

He appeared in a number of British films of the 1960s, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Scarlet Blade (1963), Witchcraft (1964), Of Human Bondage (1964), The Secret of Blood Island (1964) and The Anniversary (1968). He also had a lead role as Lt. Colonel Preston in Colditz (1972–74).

Hedley later appeared in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981) as Sir Timothy Havelock, also voicing Havelock's parrot. Soon after this, in the autumn of 1981 he played the lead role (cynical investigative cop Fred Williams) in Lucio Fulci's The New York Ripper (Lo squartatore di New York, 1982), in which his voice was dubbed by American actor Edward Mannix. He also starred with Stanley Baker and Jean Seberg in the film of Irwin Shaw's In The French Style (1963).

His other TV appearances include: The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre- Never Back Losers (1961),The Saint (1965), Gideon's Way ("The Alibi Man", 1965), Softly, Softly (1967), Dixon of Dock Green (1969), The Buccaneers (1957), the ex-serviceman Alan Haldane in Who Pays the Ferryman? (1977), Return of the Saint (1979), One by One (1984), Remington Steele (also 1984), Only Fools and Horses ("A Royal Flush", 1986), 'Allo 'Allo (1992), Dalziel and Pascoe (1998) and the TV film version of Brief Encounter (1974).

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1958 Behind the Mask Dr. Galbraith
1959 Room at the Top Architect Uncredited
1959 Left Right and Centre Bill Hemmingway
1960 Cone of Silence Second Officer
1960 Make Mine Mink Jim Benham
1961 Never Back Losers Jim Matthews
1962 The Longest Day RAF Briefing Officer Uncredited
1962 Lawrence of Arabia Reporter at Lawrence's Funeral Uncredited
1962 Nine Hours to Rama Kilpatrick
1963 The Very Edge Inspector McInnes
1963 In the French Style Bill Norton
1963 The Scarlet Blade Edward Beverley, The Scarlet Blade
1964 Witchcraft Bill Lanier
1964 Of Human Bondage Griffiths
1964 The Secret of Blood Island Crewe
1967 How I Won the War Melancholy Musketeer
1968 The Anniversary Terry Taggart
1969 Goodbye, Mr. Chips William Baxter
1974 Brief Encounter Graham Jesson
1977 The Devil's Advocate Vatican Doctor
1981 For Your Eyes Only Sir Timothy Havelock
1982 New York Ripper Lt. Fred Williams
1987 Three Kinds of Heat Kirkland
1997 Karakter Mr. Forester

References[edit]

  1. ^ Room, Adrian (2012). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 224. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 24 October 2017.

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