Jeremy Wilkin

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Jeremy Wilkin
Born
David Jeremy Wilkin

6 June 1930
Byfleet, Surrey, England, UK
Died19 December 2017 (aged 87)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor
Years active1950 – 2002
TelevisionThunderbirds
UFO

Jeremy Wilkin (6 June 1930 – 19 December 2017) was an English-born Canadian actor, best known for his contributions to the television productions of Gerry Anderson.

Born in Byfleet, Surrey, Wilkin emigrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada after completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He had previously trained as a doctor.[1]

Returning to Britain in the mid-1960s,[1] Wilkin provided the voice of Virgil Tracy for the second series of Thunderbirds following the departure of the character's original voice actor, David Holliday, in 1965.[2] In 1968 he provided the voice of Captain Ochre, the original Captain Black and many supporting characters for Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. He was also a recurring cast member for the live-action series UFO. Other Gerry Anderson credits include Joe 90 and The Secret Service.[3]

Wilkin had a live action lead role in 1965 in the fantasy TV series Undermind as Drew Heriot, a personnel manager inadvertently drawn into a sinister plot to control human minds and sow discord in society.[4][5]

Later, Wilkin made a brief uncredited cameo as Captain Forsyth in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.

Fans of Doctor Who will remember his performance as Kellman in the 1975 serial Revenge of the Cybermen and also his appearance as the Federation agent Dev Tarrant in the first episode of Blake's 7, "The Way Back".[6][7] Wilkin's other TV credits include Dixon of Dock Green, Man in a Suitcase, New Scotland Yard, Softly, Softly: Taskforce, The New Avengers, and Reilly, Ace of Spies.[8][9] Wilkin died in December 2017 at the age of 87.[10][11][12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1965 Curse of the Fly Inspector Ronet (credited as Jeremy Wilkins)
1966 Thunderbirds Are Go Virgil Tracy / Space Exploration Center President Voice
1967 The Dirty Dozen Sergeant at Command Post Uncredited
1968 The Strange Affair P.C. Wills
1968 Thunderbird 6 Virgil Tracy / Hogarth Voice
1969 Doppelgänger Trajectory Analyst Uncredited
1970 The Revolutionary
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me Captain Forsyth Uncredited
1979 Meetings with Remarkable Men Artillery Officer
1986 The Climb Albert Bitterling
1986 Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star Hyper Sapien Leader
1994 Beg! Dr. Melplash

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bentley, Chris (2001). The Complete Book of Captain Scarlet. London: Carlton Books. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-84222-405-2.
  2. ^ http://tvcentury21.com/index.php/faqs-mainmenu-129/122-faqs/108-why-was-david-holliday-replaced-with-jeremy-wilkin-as-the-voice-of-virgil-tracy
  3. ^ http://fanderson.org.uk/gerryandersonnews/2015/09/jeremy-wilkin-joins-the-guest-list/
  4. ^ http://television.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/1018/undermind.html
  5. ^ http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b77fcc226
  6. ^ http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b70d29d00
  7. ^ http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b7bf57630
  8. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/artist/jeremy-wilkin-p198314
  9. ^ http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2ba2bb4ef8
  10. ^ Jeremy Wilkin has died
  11. ^ http://www.digitalspy.com/showbiz/news/a848775/thunderbirds-virgil-tracy-actor-jeremy-wilkin-dies-aged-87/
  12. ^ http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2018/01/jeremy-wilkin-1930-2017.html

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