Leonard Sachs

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Leonard Sachs
Actor Leonard Sachs.jpg
Born Leonard Meyer Sachs
(1909-09-26)26 September 1909
Roodepoort, Transvaal, South Africa
Died 15 June 1990(1990-06-15) (aged 80)
London, England
Occupation actor
Years active 1936-1983
Spouse(s) Eleanor Summerfield (1947–1990; his death)
Children Robin Sachs
Toby Sachs

Leonard Meyer Sachs (26 September 1909 – 15 June 1990) was a South African-British actor.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Sachs was born in South Africa in the town of Roodepoort, Transvaal (now Gauteng).[2] He had many television and film roles from the 1930s to the 1980s, including Mowbray in the 1950 version of Richard II, John Wesley in the 1954 film of the same name and Lord Mount Severn in East Lynne from 1976.[3][4][5]

He founded an Old Time Music Hall, named the Players' Theatre, in Villiers Street, Charing Cross, London. He appeared as the Chairman of the Leeds City Varieties in the long-running television series The Good Old Days, which ran from 1953 to 1983, and became well known for his elaborate introductions of the performers.[6] Sachs was honoured in a 1977 episode of This is Your Life.[7]

Sachs appeared in Danger Man with Patrick McGoohan.[8] He had two appearances in the science fiction series Doctor Who: as Admiral Gaspard de Coligny in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve in 1966 and as Lord President Borusa in Arc of Infinity in 1983.[9] He also appeared in the 1985 Royal Variety Performance in a tribute to The Good Old Days.

Personal life[edit]

He married the actress Eleanor Summerfield in 1947. They had two sons, the actor Robin Sachs and Toby Sachs.[10] He was fined £75 in 1984 for importuning men for an "immoral purpose".[11]

Sachs died in London in 1990 at the age of 80.[12]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Leonard Sachs". BFI. 
  2. ^ "Leonard Sachs". TV.com. CBS Interactive. 
  3. ^ "The Tragedy of King Richard II (1950)". BFI. 
  4. ^ "Leonard Sachs - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
  5. ^ "East Lynne (1976)". BFI. 
  6. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Good Old Days, The (1953-83)". screenonline.org.uk. 
  7. ^ "Big Red Book article". bigredbook.info. 
  8. ^ "Danger Man: The Coyannis Story". TV.com. CBS Interactive. 
  9. ^ "Leonard Sachs". TV.com. CBS Interactive. 
  10. ^ Eric Shorter. "Obituary: Eleanor Summerfield". the Guardian. 
  11. ^ "Sachs fined". The Times. Jan 17, 1984. p. 3. Leonard Sachs, aged 74, compere of the BBC's Good Old Days television show, was fined £75... for importuning men for in immoral purpose in Notting Hill Gate Station public lavatories. 
  12. ^ "Leonard Sachs (1909 - 1990) - Find A Grave Memorial". findagrave.com. 

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