Robert Beatty

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Robert Beatty
Born Robert Rutherford Beatty
(1909-10-19)19 October 1909
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Died 3 March 1992(1992-03-03) (aged 82)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1939–1989

Robert Rutherford Beatty (19 October 1909 – 3 March 1992) was a Canadian actor who worked in film, television, and radio for most of his career and was especially known in the UK.[1]

Early years[edit]

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Beatty was the son of Charles Thompson Beatty and Blanch Sarah Rutherford. He attended Delta Collegiate School and earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto.[2]

He began his acting career in Britain in 1939.

Stage[edit]

Beatty joined the Hamilton (Ontario) Players' Guild after graduation from the University of Toronto. He went to London, England, in 1936 and joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. It was with the RADA that he made his English stage debut.[3]

Film[edit]

Beatty's film credits include: San Demetrio London (1943), Another Shore (1948), Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951), The Square Ring (1953), The Amorous Prawn (1962), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Where Eagles Dare (1968), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Superman III (1983), Minder on the Orient Express (1985) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).

Beatty appeared in two "critically acclaimed war propaganda films" in 1942 -- 49th Parallel and One of Our Aircraft Is Missing.[3]

Television[edit]

He appeared in British television shows such as Dial 999 (a co-production between Britain's ABC and the US company Ziv), Doctor Who ("The Tenth Planet" as General Cutler), Blake's 7 ("The Way Back" as Bran Foster), The Gathering Storm, The New Avengers, and Minder. He was in Franco Zeffirelli's TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth and the American series of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. He portrayed Ronald Reagan in Breakthrough at Reykjavik (Granada Television UK 1987).

Radio[edit]

Beatty reported descriptions of the Blitz from London to North America via the BBC during World War II.[4] He played Philip Odell], a fictional Irish detective created by Lester Powell, between 1947 and 1961. The series debuted on BBC radio with the story "Lady in a Fog" in October 1947. The series was made available to overseas broadcasters by the BBC Transcription Services. His other radio credits included Shadow of Sumuru on the BBC Home Programme in 1945-46, Shadow Man on Radio Luxembourg in 1955, Destination - Fire! on BBC (early 1960s), General Sternwood in a BBC version of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep (1977), Pay Any Price (BBC 1982), The Mystery of the Blue Train (BBC 1985/1986), and as Henry Hickslaughter in Elizabeth Troop's Sony Award winning adaptation of Graham Greene's short story Cheap In August (1993).

Death[edit]

Beatty died March 3, 1992, in London[4] and was cremated at Putney Vale Crematorium.

Partial filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert Beatty | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  2. ^ Aaker, Everett (2006). Encyclopedia of Early Television Crime Fighters. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6409-8. Pp. 35-38.
  3. ^ a b "Robert Beatty". Historica Canada. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Robert Beatty". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. March 7, 1992. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Release date for The Magic Box, in IMDb.

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