Peter Madden (actor)

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Peter Madden
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Born(1904-08-09)9 August 1904
Died24 February 1976(1976-02-24) (aged 71)

Peter Madden (9 August 1904 – 24 February 1976) was a British actor who was born in Ipoh in the Federated Malay States (now Malaysia).[1]


The son of Frederick Charles Linnet Butler-Madden and Margaret Teresa (née McCabe), Peter Madden's name at birth was Dudley Frederick Peter Butler-Madden.[citation needed]


Madden was a character actor who made several appearances in Hammer films and was a familiar face in British film and television during the 1950s and 1960s.[2]

He appeared as the innkeeper Bruno in The Kiss of the Vampire (1963) and as the stern Police Chief in Frankenstein Created Woman (1967).[1] His last Hammer role was brief, as a coach driver in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973).

In the cult television series The Prisoner (1967), Madden, uncredited, plays the sinister undertaker in the opening sequence.[3]

On television he was seen in Danger Man, Z-Cars, The Avengers, The Saint and The Champions, Out of the Unknown, Orson Welles Great Mysteries ("The Ingenious Reporter" episode), and Steptoe and Son ( episode "Live Now P.A.Y.E. Later"). He played Inspector Lestrade opposite Douglas Wilmer’s Sherlock Holmes in the 1965 BBC series.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1940, he married actress Mary Jordan (1913–1973).[5] They subsequently divorced. In 1955, he married Marion Snelling, a singer with The Mike Sammes Singers. They had a daughter, Martine (born 1956).[citation needed]


Madden died from a ruptured aortic aneurysm at his home in Felpham in 1977.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b "Peter Madden". BFI. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Peter Madden | Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos". AllMovie.
  3. ^ "The Prisoner - Patrick McGoohan (1967)". Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  4. ^ "Peter Madden profile".
  5. ^ Maxford, Howard (25 October 2018). Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company. McFarland. ISBN 9781476670072 – via Google Books.

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