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Rupert Davies

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Rupert Davies (22 May 1916 – 22 November 1976) was a British actor. He remains best known for playing the title role in the BBC's 1960s television adaptation of Maigret, based on the Maigret novels written by Georges Simenon. Davies was born in Liverpool. After a service in the British Merchant Navy, during the Second World War he was a Sub-Lieutenant Observer with the Fleet Air Arm. In 1940 the Swordfish aircraft in which he was flying ditched in the sea off the Dutch Coast. Davies was captured and interned in the famous Stalag Luft III POW camp. He made three attempts to escape. All failed. It was during his captivity that he began to take part in theatre performances, entertaining his fellow prisoners. On his release, Davies resumed his career in acting almost immediately, starring in an ex Prisoner Of War show, 'Back Home', which was hosted at the Stoll Theatre, London. After the war Davies became a staple of British television appearing in numerous plays and series, including Quatermass II, Ivanhoe, Emergency - Ward 10, Danger Man, The Champions, Doctor at Large (1971), Arthur of the Britons and War and Peace (1972). He also provided the voice of "Professor Ian McClaine" in the Gerry Anderson series Joe 90. In 1964 he became the first person to be awarded Pipe Smoker of the Year. Davies also played supporting roles in many films, appearing briefly as George Smiley in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965). He also appeared in several horror films in the late 1960s, including Witchfinder General (1968) and Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), as well as such international blockbusters as Waterloo (1970) and Zeppelin (1971). He died of cancer in London in 1976, leaving a wife, Jessica, and two sons, Timothy and Hogan, and is buried at Pistyll Cemetery, near Nefyn in North Wales. Description above from the Wikipedia article Rupert Davies, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
May 22, 1916 In Liverpool, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
36
First Appeared:
In the series Ivanhoe 1958-01-05
Latest Project:
Movie Mike Leigh: Making Plays 1982-09-04
Known For
Poster of The Night Visitor
Poster of Ready Steady Go!
Poster of Danger Tomorrow
Filmography
Movie Mike Leigh: Making Plays (Archive Material) 1982-09-04
Movie Frightmare Edmund Yates 1974-11-05
Series Father Brown Unknown 1974-09-26
Series Orson Welles' Great Mysteries Unknown 1973-09-01
Series Arthur of the Britons Unknown 1972-12-06
Series War and Peace 1972-09-29
Movie Zeppelin Captain Whitney 1971-10-06
Movie The Night Visitor Mr. Clemens 1971-02-10
Movie Waterloo Gordon 1970-10-26
Movie Submarine X-1 Vice Admiral Redmayne (uncredited) 1969-06-23
Movie The Oblong Box Joshua Kemp 1969-06-11
Movie Curse of the Crimson Altar The Vicar 1968-12-01
Movie Dracula Has Risen from the Grave Monsignor Ernst Mueller 1968-11-07
Series Joe 90 1968-09-29
Series The Champions Unknown 1968-09-25
Movie Witchfinder General John Lowes 1968-05-01
Series Man in a Suitcase Unknown 1967-09-27
Movie Five Golden Dragons Comm. Sanders 1967-08-03
Movie The Brides of Fu Manchu Jules Merlin 1966-12-16
Movie Target for Killing Kommissar Saadi 1966-09-29
Movie The Uncle David Morton 1965-04-23
Movie The Spy Who Came in from the Cold George Smiley 1965-12-16
Series Ready Steady Go! Unknown 1963-08-09
Series Inspector Maigret Chief Inspector Maigret 1960-10-31
Movie The Criminal Edwards 1960-09-13
Movie Danger Tomorrow 1960-03-31
Movie Breakout Morgan 1959-03-01
Movie Violent Moment Bert Glennon 1959-03-01
Movie Sapphire Ferris 1959-11-02
Movie Life In Emergency Ward 10 1959-04-01
Series The Third Man 1959-10-02
Movie Devil's Bait Landlord 1959-12-01
Series The Invisible Man Dushkin 1958-09-14
Movie Sea Fury Bosun 1958-08-26
Movie The Key Baker 1958-05-28
Series Ivanhoe Unknown 1958-01-05