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in The Avengers: False Witness (1968)
19 December 1913
Cleland, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
|Died||8 August 1980
London, England, UK
Simon Lack (19 December 1913 – 8 August 1980) was a Scottish actor, working mostly in England.
He was born Alexander MacAlpine, in Cleland, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Known locally as Alec, he was the youngest child and only son of his father, Alexander McAlpine (known as Sandy) and his mother Euphemia Ritchie. His sisters were Charlotte (Lottie), Mary, Euphemia (Euphie), Agnes (Nan) and Jenny. Another sister, Jessie, died in childhood. Sandy McAlpine was a stonemason, but worked down the mines when there was no masonry work available, making Simon Lack's later role in Proud Valley particularly poignant to those who knew him from his youth. Euphemia Ritchie's family were somewhat wealthier, but she was disowned on account of her choice of husband, and the family lived for many years in a one-room flat (known in Scottish working class language as a 'single end'), although it seems eventually one of her uncles relented and came to their aid. Alec's earliest ventures into acting were in local theatres.
He seems to have chosen the pseudonym Simon Lack when he embarked upon the London stage.
He lost five years during the Second World War (as did so many British actors). He served in the European theatre, and was present at Monte Cassino.
After the war he returned to acting, getting back into stage work.
He was also a member of the BBC Radio company during the late 1950s/early 1960s, and notably guest-starred in all but two of the Paul Temple serials (mysteries) that starred Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury.
His television roles included two Doctor Who serials; The Mind of Evil (1971) and The Androids of Tara (1978). He also guest-starred in episodes of The Saint, Jason King, and Doomwatch. He had co-starring roles in Telford's Change, Enemy at the Door and The Borgias.
- They Drive by Night (1938) - Roy Allen - brother of man to be executed
- Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) - Wainwright (uncredited)
- Sons of the Sea (1939) - Philip Hyde
- The Proud Valley (1940) - Emlyn Parry
- Just William (1940) - Robert Brown
- Silver Darlings (1947) - Don
- Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948) - Young Alan of Moidart
- Port of Escape (1956) - Reporter (uncredited)
- Clue of the Twisted Candle (1960) - Jock
- Cone of Silence (1960) - Navigator
- On the Fiddle (1961) - Fl / Lt Baldwin
- The Court Martial of Major Keller (1961) - Wilson
- The Durant Affair (1962) - Roland Farley
- The Longest Day (1962) - Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory (uncredited)
- Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (1963) - Dragoon Corporal
- Night After Night After Night (1969) - Endell's Q.C.
- The Bushbaby (1969) - First Officer
- Trog (1970) - Colonel Vickers
- All at Sea (1971) - Mr. Parker
- "Simon Lack". BFI.
- "National Portrait Gallery - Portrait - NPG x76211; Simon Lack (Alexander MacAlpine)". npg.org.uk.
- McMurtrie, M (Great niece, from personal knowledge of 'Uncle Alec' and immediate family information)
- "The Simon Lack Affair - Biography". volcanoseven.com.
- Caroline Miniscule. "The Face and the Voice: Simon Lack - an Obit". thefaceadthevoice.blogspot.co.uk.
- "Paul Temple And The Spencer Affair". radiolistings.co.uk.
- "Simon Lack". TV.com. CBS Interactive.
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