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20 January 1930
Peckham, London, England
|Died||16 December 2008
Richard Coleman (20 January 1930 – 16 December 2008) was a British television and stage actor.
He was born Ronald Coleman in Peckham, London in 1930. Coleman was awarded the Leverhulme Scholarship to RADA in 1951, and graduated in 1953 with the Principal’s Medal. He adopted the stage name Richard Coleman, to avoid confusion with the film star Ronald Colman.
Coleman made his professional acting debut in 1954, alongside Peggy Mount in the stage adaptation of Sailor Beware!. He also appeared in The World of Suzie Wong, A Murder is Announced, The Mousetrap and the stage version of There's a Girl in My Soup. He succeeded Stuart Damon in the London hit musical, production of Charlie Girl at the Adelphi Theatre.
He played David Redway in the situation comedy ...And Mother Makes Three, and its sequel ...And Mother Makes Five, opposite Wendy Craig. Other television roles included Nick Allardyce in The Adventures of Ben Gunn (1958), Alan-a-Dale in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1958–60), and Jack Royston in the soap opera Weavers Green (1966). Coleman also made guest appearances in television series such as Dixon of Dock Green, The Avengers, Z-Cars, Thriller (A Coffin for the Bride), Robin's Nest, Surgical Spirit and Virtual Murder.
Coleman appeared in a number films including Yangtse Incident (1957), Girls at Sea (1958), The Navy Lark (1959), Ben-Hur (1959), Rotten to the Core (1965) and Naked Evil (1966). He also had a cameo role in the film 10 Rillington Place (1971) as the police constable who arrests John Christie.
Coleman was married to the actress Peggy Sinclair, and spent the later years of his life living in France. He died from cancer in France 16 December 2008 aged 78.
- The Dam Busters (1955) - RAF Officer (uncredited)
- Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (1957) - Lt. Cmdr. Skinner
- Girls at Sea (1958) - Capt. Robert 'Bobby' Randall
- The Navy Lark (1959) - Lt. Bates R.N.
- Ben-Hur (1959) - Metellus (uncredited)
- 80,000 Suspects (1963) - Scott James (uncredited)
- Rotten to the Core (1965) - Inspector Hewlett (uncredited)
- Naked Evil (1966) - Inspector Hollis
- Countdown to Danger (1967) - Captain Wright
- 10 Rillington Place (1971) - Police: Constable
- Hide and Seek (1972) - Police sergeant
- The Comoedia (1981) - Virgilio
- Who Dares Wins (1982) - Mr. Martin