John Carlisle (actor)

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John Carlisle (born 6 September 1935 in London[1] as John Roxburgh Clark, died 7 December 2011 in London)[2][3] was an English television and stage actor.

Early life[edit]

In his early teens Carlisle decided that he wanted to become an actor. He started acting in amateur productions until he was called up for National Service. Upon his release he worked odd jobs determined to finance an acting course at RADA. Eventually, he was able to enter RADA to find out that all his hard work would not have been necessary as he had been entitled to a council grant all along.

On completion of his training at RADA, Carlisle joined Harrogate Repertory and subsequently appeared in repertory all over the country, i.e. in Ipswich, Birmingham and Liverpool.[1]

Television and Film[edit]

While appearing in repertory in Birmingham, Carlisle was spotted by an ATV casting director and asked to audition for the hospital drama series Emergency – Ward 10. Carlisle first assumed the role of the young doctor Lester Large in episode 533 in 1962. His character became a regular on the show and Carlisle made numerous appearances including in the final episode of the long-running show in 1967.

From 1972 to 1973 he starred alongside John Woodvine in the London Weekend Television crime series New Scotland Yard.[3] He played the opinionated and sometimes callous policeman Detective Inspector (later Sergeant) Alan Ward and referred to having played the role "in kind of a Gestapo way, beating up criminals and things like that." The portrayal lead to letters of complaint so that the character was toned down in subsequent series.[4] In 1979 Carlisle appeared in the BBC series The Omega Factor as the morally ambiguous psychiatrist Dr. Roy Martindale.[3]

He has also made one-off appearances in series such as The Avengers, Z-Cars, Strange Report, Dixon of Dock Green, Lovejoy, The Black Adder, Hustle, Holby City, Robin Hood, The Catherine Tate Show, Midsomer Murders, Between the Lines and Doctors.

On film Carlisle played the elderly Private Mirus in the 2001 horror film The Bunker. He also had small roles in Richard E. Grant's Wah-Wah (2005) and in Forget Me Not (2010).[3]

Later Work in Theatre[edit]

Carlisle joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1979; rather unusual for an actor who up to that point had predominantly worked in television.[4] He then performed extensively on stage (see 'Selected Stage Work'). He appeared on Broadway in the RSC productions Cyrano de Bergerac, Much Ado About Nothing (both 1985) and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1986) as well as A Doll's House (1997).[5] As an Associate Artist with the RSC he appeared in a great number of plays including The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, A Midsumer Night's Dream, The Seagull and Per Gynt.[6] In later years he worked prominently from the National Theatre.[7]

Selected Stage Work[edit]

  • 1970 - The Boys in the Band (as director and actor)[8]
  • 1978 - Every Good Boy Deserves Favour[8]
  • 1980 – Timon of Athens[9]
  • 1980/1981 - Richard III
  • 1981 - The Maid's Tragedy[8]
  • 1981 - The Fool[8]
  • 1981 - Troilus and Cressida[10]
  • 1982 - The Taming of the Shrew[11]
  • 1982-85 – Much Ado About Nothing[12][13]
  • 1983 - Molière[13]
  • 1984 - Softcops[13]
  • 1984 – Cyrano de Bergerac[14]
  • 1984 - Love's Labour's Lost[15]
  • 1984-1985 - Henry V[16]
  • 1984-1986 - Richard III
  • 1986 – The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
  • 1987 – Hyde Park[8]
  • 1987 - The New Inn[17]
  • 1987/1988 - The Jew of Malta[8]
  • 1987/1988 - The Merchant of Venice[18]
  • 1987-1988 - Twelfth Night[19][20]
  • 1988 – A Question of Geography[8]
  • 1989 – A Midsummer Night's Dream[21]
  • 1989 - Cymbeline[22]
  • 1990 - Two Shakespeare Actors[23]
  • 1990 - The Seagull[24]
  • 1990/1991 – Much Ado About Nothing[12]
  • 1991/1992 – A Woman of No Importance[8]
  • 1993 - Elgar's Rondo[25]
  • 1994 - Ghosts[26]
  • 1994/1995 - Alice's Adventures Underground[27]
  • 1995 - Cain[28]
  • 1996 – The Painter of Dishonour[29]
  • 1997 – A Doll's House[30]
  • 1997/1998 - The Invention of Love[31]
  • 1999 – King Lear[32]
  • 2000 – Semi Monde[33]
  • 2002 – The Coast of Utopia[34]
  • 2003/04 – His Dark Materials[35]
  • 2005 – Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2[36]
  • 2005 – As You Desire Me[37]

Voice Acting[edit]

John Carlisle has recorded an abridged reading of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Naxos AudioBooks (1994).[38] He also performed in several radio plays for the BBC (see 'Audio Work').

Audio Work[edit]

  • 1994 – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • 1994 - Fast Coach To Gneixendorf (BBC)
  • 1995 – A Midsummer Night's Dream (BBC)
  • 1996 – Framely Parsonage (BBC)
  • 1997 – A House By The Sea (BBC)
  • 1998 - The Birds Fall Down (BBC R4)
  • 1999 – The Invention of Love (BBC R3)
  • 2001 – King Lear (BBC R3)[39]
  • 2002 – His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife (BBC R4)
  • 2002 – Wife To Mr. Milton (BBC R4)
  • 2003 – Our Kath (BBC R4)
  • 2003 – Strangers and Brothers (BBC R4)
  • 2004 – Miracle Postponed (BBC R4)
  • 2005 – Fragments (BBC R4)
  • 2006 – Street And Lane (BBC R4)[40]
  • 2007 – Felix Holt, The Radical (BBC)
  • ??? - Byron (Ballet by Paul Reid) (BBC)


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Grand Theatre Wolverhampton: Relatively Speaking, Programme April 1968. http://www.grandmemories.co.uk/Memory.aspx?MemoryId=238&FileId=2666#Images
  2. ^ "In memoriam" in Equity Magazine, Autumn 2014. http://www.equity.org.uk/documents/equity-magazine-autumn-2014/
  3. ^ a b c d http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0137629/
  4. ^ a b "British TV soap actor switches to Shakespeare" in Record Journal, 30 November 1984, p. 17.
  5. ^ http://www.playbillvault.com/Person/Detail/112197/John-Carlisle
  6. ^ http://www.playbillvault.com/Show/Detail/Whos_who/10766/4735/A-Dolls-House
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0137629/bio#trivia
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0137629/otherworks
  9. ^ "Return of Timon" in The Times, 5 August 1980, p. 11.
  10. ^ "The Tragedy of Troilus and Cressida: RSC Staging History 1960-2007" http://www.rscshakespeare.co.uk/troilusAndCressida.html
  11. ^ Wells, Stanley. 1980 "Lout into gentleman" in The Times Literary Supplement, 22 October 1982, p. 1160.
  12. ^ a b "Much Ado About Nothing: RSC Staging History 1960-2007" http://www.rscshakespeare.co.uk/MuchAdo.html
  13. ^ a b c http://www.playbillvault.com/Show/Detail/11047/Much-Ado-About-Nothing
  14. ^ http://www.playbillvault.com/Show/Detail/Cast/11046/Cyrano-de-Bergerac-at-George-Gershwin-Theatre
  15. ^ "Love's Labour's Lost: RSC Staging History 1960-2007" http://www.rscshakespeare.co.uk/lovesLaboursLost.html
  16. ^ "The Life of Henry the Fifth: RSC Staging History 1960-2007" http://www.rscshakespeare.co.uk/henryV.html
  17. ^ Holdsworth, R.V. 1987. "Seeking the true Laetita". In The Times Literary Supplement, 27 Nov 1987, p. 1317.
  18. ^ "The Merchant of Venice: RSC Staging History 1960-2007" http://www.rscshakespeare.co.uk/merchantofVenice.html
  19. ^ Wardle, Irvine. 1988. "Surprisingly lively night". In The Times, 11 April 1988, p. 14.
  20. ^ "Twelfth Night, or What You Will: RSC Staging History 1960-2007" http://www.rscshakespeare.co.uk/twelfthNight.html
  21. ^ Goy-Blanquet, Dominique. 1989. "Unruly elements". In The Times Literary Supplement, 21 April 1989, p. 424.
  22. ^ Mackinnon, Lachlan. 1989. "Diminishing the vision". In The Times Literary Supplement, 21 July 1989, p. 800.
  23. ^ Sutherland, John. 1990. "Partisans and professionals". In The Times Literary Supplement, 14 Sep 1990, p. 975.
  24. ^ Kelly, John. 1990. "With the required ruthlessness". In The Times Literary Supplement, 16 Nov 1990, p. 1237.
  25. ^ Meikle, Robert. 1993. "Circling with Windflower and Nimrod". In The Times Literary Supplement, 5 Nov 1993, p. 18.
  26. ^ Anderson, Chris. 1994. "Today's Choice". In The Times, 31 March 1994, p.38.
  27. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090907062920/http://www.therichardstonepartnership.co.uk/artist-details/john_carlisle/#h61
  28. ^ Kingston, Jeremy. 1995. "Theatre Guide". In The Times, 20 December 1995, p. 34.
  29. ^ Maxey, Gillian. 1996. "Today's Choice". In The Times, 15 May 1996, p. 38.
  30. ^ http://www.playbillvault.com/Show/Detail/Whos_who/10766/4736/A-Dolls-House
  31. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090907062920/http://www.therichardstonepartnership.co.uk/artist-details/john_carlisle/#h61
  32. ^ http://www.whatsonstage.com/west-end-theatre/news/09-1999/hawthorne-takes-on-ninagawas-lear_29446.html
  33. ^ http://www.whatsonstage.com/west-end-theatre/news/12-2000/london-premiere-for-1926-noel-coward-play-semi-mon_29118.html
  34. ^ http://www.whatsonstage.com/west-end-theatre/news/04-2002/dillane-stars-in-stoppard-utopia-trilogy-at-nt-3-a_27752.html
  35. ^ http://www.whatsonstage.com/west-end-theatre/news/12-2002/talking-cure-nabs-carlisle-for-third-and-final-fre_26912.html
  36. ^ http://www.whatsonstage.com/west-end-theatre/news/04-2005/nt-casting-playing-president-aristocrats-and-more_23949.html
  37. ^ http://www.whatsonstage.com/west-end-theatre/news/10-2005/opening-christies-and-then-pirandello-and-dillane_23273.html
  38. ^ http://www.naxosaudiobooks.com/201412.htm
  39. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/dramaon3/pip/ekgg8/
  40. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/streetandlane/pip/avmz3/

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