Paul Daneman

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Paul Frederick Daneman (29 October 1925 – 28 April 2001) was an English film, television and theatre actor. He was successful for more than 40 years[1] on stage, film and television.

Early life[edit]

Paul Daneman was born in Islington, London. He attended the Haberdashers' Aske's School and Sir William Borlase's Grammar School in Marlow, Buckinghamshire and studied stage design at Reading University where he joined the dramatic society. His passion for the stage ignited during World War II when entertaining troops in the RAF, in which he served with Bomber Command from 1943 until 1947. After the war he abandoned a career as a painter in order to go to RADA.[2]

Career[edit]

After training at RADA he joined Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Rep and the Old Vic for four years. At the British premiere, in August 1955 he created the role of Vladimir in Waiting For Godot, at the Arts Theatre in Westminster.[3]

His film credits included Time Without Pity (1957), Zulu (1964), How I Won the War (1967) and Oh! What a Lovely War (1969).

Daneman's TV credits include: The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Four Just Men, Persuasion, Danger Man, Out of the Unknown, The Saint, Spy Trap, Blake's 7, The Professionals and Rumpole of the Bailey. The BBC's 1960 landmark production An Age of Kings, a fifteen-part drama that combined Shakespeare's histories of the kings of England and presented them in chronological order, featured Daneman as Richard III. In the early 60s he toured West Africa and Australia.

Daneman played the husband of Wendy Craig in the original series of the popular BBC sitcom Not in Front of the Children before being replaced by Ronald Hines. He also played Bilbo Baggins in the 1968 BBC Radio dramatisation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Also in 1968 he appeared in the Sherlock Holmes detective series episode "The Sign of Four" as two brothers with Peter Cushing as Sherlock.

While recovering from a heart attack, he wrote the sitcom Affairs of the Heart. In 1995 Daneman published If I Only Had Wings, a novel inspired by his experiences in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

Personal life[edit]

Daneman was married twice. He married his first wife Susan Courtney in 1952, and they adopted a daughter, but divorced. With his second wife, Meredith, they had two daughters.[4] Meredith Daneman, a former student of the Royal Ballet School, was an author and biographer of Dame Margot Fonteyn.[5]

Death[edit]

Aged 75, Daneman died in 2001. His body was buried at East Sheen Cemetery in South-West London. He was survived by his wife Meredith and children.

Selected filmography[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Telegraph, Obituary April 2001
  2. ^ The Telegraph, Obituary April 2001
  3. ^ Beckett, p. 5
  4. ^ Obituary, The Guardian
  5. ^ Encore, Margot - the woman behind the legend By Meredith Daneman, the Daily Mail, 20 September 2009 [1]

References[edit]

  • Beckett, Samuel (1965). Waiting for Godot. London: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-05808-6. 

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