Norman Jones (actor)

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Norman Jones
Actor Norman Jones.jpg
Publicity still for Coronation Street
Born(1932-06-16)16 June 1932
Died23 April 2013(2013-04-23) (aged 80)
Resting placeTelford Crematorium
OccupationActor

Norman Jones (16 June 1932[1] – 23 April 2013) was an English actor, primarily on television. He appeared in three Doctor Who serials — The Abominable Snowmen (1967, as Khrisong), Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, as Major Baker) and The Masque of Mandragora (1976, as Hieronymous).[2]

A native of Shropshire, Norman Jones was born at Donnington, son of coal miner Clar (sic) and his wife Florrie Jones. He was educated at Adams' Grammar School, Newport, Shropshire.[1] After taking part in local amateur dramatics in Donnington, employment as a cost clerk at the Lilleshall Company and Sankey's in the area, and work at Birmingham Repertory Theatre,[1] he began his screen career in 1962, the year of his 30th birthday.[3]

Over the following twenty-six years he appeared in numerous episodes of British TV series such as Crossroads as milkman Ralph Palmer, The Professionals, The Sweeney, where he was cast as Detective Inspector Perrault in the 1976 episode "Bad Apple".[3]

He also had roles in films, including You Only Live Twice (1967), Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), The Mind of Mr. Soames (1970) and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971).[4]

Another notable role for Norman Jones was his performance as Nicholas Higgins in the 1975 TV serial North and South.[5] He also played Ernest Defarge in the 1980 TV adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities.[6]

He also appeared in the title role of The Crooked Man in the Granada Television series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.[7] His last appearance was in the 1988 shot-on-video British independent production, The Assassinator (released on DVD as Hitman).[8]

He lived and worked in the United States for a time, as well as in Manchester, Birmingham and London, before settling in Newport, Shropshire. He died, after a heart attack, at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford on 23 April 2013, aged 80. He was cremated at Telford Crematorium.[1][9]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1967 You Only Live Twice American Astronaut (Chris)
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War Scottish Soldier
1970 The Mind of Mr. Soames Davis
1971 The Abominable Dr. Phibes Sgt. Tom Schenley
1972 All Coppers Are... Sgt. Wallis
1977 The Stick Up Second Policeman
1980 A Tale of Two Cities Monsieur Ernest Defarge
1992 The Assassinator Arthur (final film role)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "County miner's son had 15 roles in Doctor Who - The final curtain for acting star Norman". Shropshire Star. 18 May 2013. p. 4.Report by Toby Neal.
  2. ^ "Norman Jones". The Times. 15 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Norman Jones". www.aveleyman.com.
  4. ^ "Norman Jones". BFI.
  5. ^ "North and South Part 4 (1975)". BFI.
  6. ^ "A Tale of Two Cities (1980)". BFI.
  7. ^ "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Crooked Man (1985) - Alan Grint - Cast and Crew". AllMovie.
  8. ^ "The Michael Klinger Papers : Images : The Assassinator (1988)". michaelklingerpapers.uwe.ac.uk.
  9. ^ [1] Obituary - ATV

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