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William Lucas (actor)

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William Thomas Clucas 14 April 1925 – 8 July 2016, better known as William Lucas, was an English film, theatre, radio and television actor

Contents

  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Stage
  • 3 Film
  • 4 Television
  • 5 Personal life
  • 6 Death
  • 7 TV shows
  • 8 Feature films
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

Early years

William Lucas was born in Manchester, England Before he became an actor, he was a commercial traveller, laundry hand, cook, farm labourer, and long-distance lorry driver, and served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War

Stage

Lucas earned a scholarship to the Northern Theatre School, and trained there He then became an assistant stage manager at the Chesterfield Civic Theatre in the late 1940s Lucas had begun his stage career by the summer of 1950 in Chesterfield and was still active in the theatre in late 1990 in Run for Your Wife

Film

His first film acting role was in the film Portrait of Alison 1955, and he later appeared in many Hammer Film Productions such as The Shadow of the Cat

Television

Lucas is probably best known for his role in The Adventures of Black Beauty 1972–74 as Dr James Gordon, and in the BBC series Sherlock Holmes as Inspector Lestrade in the episode "A Study in Scarlet" 1968 He also appeared in The Bill, Doctor Who, Last of the Summer Wine, and long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street

Personal life

In 1954, Lucas married Doreen Moorehouse whose stage name was Rowena Ingram, and they had two children After they divorced, he married Camilla Idris-Jones

Death

Lucas died in England on 8 July 2016

TV shows

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood - "The Betrothal" series 1: 1955 & "Knight Errant" series 3: 1958
  • Coronation Street as Judge Parrish
  • Eldorado as Stanley Webb
  • On the Up as Sir Douglas Hoyle
  • Doctor Who - Frontios as Mr Range 1984
  • The Adventures of Black Beauty as Dr James Gordon, a role he later reprised in The New Adventures of Black Beauty
  • The Spoils of War as George Hayward
  • Dixon of Dock Green as Philip Chapman
  • The Avengers
  • Sherlock Holmes 1968 as Inspector Lestrade "A Study in Scarlet"
  • Doctor at Large 1971 as QC Mortimer Turnbull
  • Danger Man
  • The Prisoner
  • The Adventures of William Tell as Kramer
  • Z-Cars as Det Insp Carter
  • The Infamous John Friend BBC as John Friend
  • Sir Francis Drake as Count Julio
  • Last of the Summer Wine 2003

Feature films

  • Portrait of Alison 1955
  • X the Unknown 1956
  • Up in the World 1956
  • High Flight 1957
  • Breakout 1959
  • The Professionals 1960
  • Crack in the Mirror 1960
  • Sons and Lovers 1960
  • Touch of Death 1961
  • Payroll 1961
  • The Devil's Daffodil 1961
  • The Shadow of the Cat 1961
  • The Very Edge 1963
  • Calculated Risk 1963
  • Bitter Harvest 1963
  • The Marked One 1963
  • Dateline Diamonds 1966
  • Night of the Big Heat 1967
  • Tower of Evil 1972
  • Man at the Top 1973
  • Operation Daybreak 1975
  • The Plague Dogs voice only 1982

References

  1. ^ Hayward, Anthony 17 July 2016 "William Lucas obituary" The Guardian Retrieved 17 July 2016 
  2. ^ a b c d Lentz, Harris III September 2016 "William Lucas, 91" Classic Images 495: 58 
  3. ^ "TeleBriefs", The Stage, page 12, 24 November 1955
  4. ^ The Stage, page 13, 3 August 1950
  5. ^ "Production news", The Stage and Television Today, page 15, 29 November 1990
  6. ^ Television roles
  7. ^ Born: 14 April 1925, Manchester 1925-04-14 "William Lucas | BFI | BFI" Explorebfiorguk Retrieved 2014-03-25 

External links

  • William Lucas on IMDb
  • William Lucas Obituary in The Guardian

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