In the 1970s, John Wyman played "The Mighty Ajax" in a series of UK television commercials for Ajax cleaning products. The character would appear in a dirty kitchen and with a powerful slash of his arm, he cleaned it to a sparkle. He has also appeared in television series such as The Onedin Line, Star Maidens, Blake's 7, The Fourth Arm and Tales of the Unexpected.
In 1977, his film career started with Richard Burton and Joan Plowright, in Sidney Lumet's Equus. The following year he starred in Revenge of the Pink Panther and Adventures of a Plumber's Mate, and appeared in the fantasy film Arabian Adventure in 1979. His big break came in 1981 when he appeared in For Your Eyes Only as Erich Kriegler, a villainous KGB henchman of Aristotle Kristatos (Julian Glover), whose character was killed near the end of the film in a fight with Bond (Roger Moore) in Greece.
He played Cliff (based very loosely on nightclub bouncer Cliff Twemlow in the 1982 film Tuxedo Warrior, and in 1991 he appeared as Donnor, the captain of the spaceship Firestar, in the film 'Firestar - First Contact' for Ice International Films directed by David Kent-Watson.
- Equus (1977) - Horseman
- Adventures of a Plumber's Mate (1978) - Maisie's Husband
- Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) - Telly Toledo
- Arabian Adventure (1979) - Bahloul
- For Your Eyes Only (1981) - Erich Kriegler
- Tuxedo Warrior (1982) - Cliff
- Firestar: First Contact (1991) - Captain Donnor
- Jade (1995) - Cop
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