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John Phillips Actor

John Phillips
John Phillips (1914 - 1995) playing Jack Frazer in the episode "Not Wanted on Voyage" in the series "The Onedin Line".png
John Phillips playing Jack Frazer in the episode "Not Wanted on Voyage " in the series "The Onedin Line"
Born
William John Phillips

(1914-07-20)20 July 1914
Died11 May 1995(1995-05-11) (aged 80)
NationalityBritish
OccupationActor
Years active1935-1984
Pauline Jones (m. 1940⁠–⁠1995)
Children2 sons

William John Phillips MC (20 July 1914 - 11 May 1995) was an English actor. He is known for the role of Chief Superintendent Robins in the television series Z-Cars and for his work as a Shakespearean stage actor.[1]

Early life

Phillips was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire in 1914, and began his acting career at Birmingham Rep in the 1930s.[2][3] During the Second World War, Phillips served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and was awarded the Military Cross.[1]

Career

Stage

His early theatre roles included the Ghost in the 1955 Peter Brook - Paul Scofield production of Hamlet at the Phoenix Theatre; the American Ambassador in Peter Ustinov's 1957 production of Romanoff and Juliet; and Prospero in the 1959 production of John Dryden and William Davenant's version of The Tempest, at the Old Vic.[4][1] Phillips continued to work as a stage actor until his retirement in the 1980s.[5]

Television

Phillips appeared in a number of television roles, which included: Danger Man (1962), Lieutenant Colonel John Whitley in Frontier (1968), Jack Frazer in The Onedin Line (1972-76), Grand Duke Nicholas in Fall of Eagles (1974), Josiah Wedgewood in Days of Hope (1975), Naso in Jesus of Nazareth (1977) and Dr Charles Langley-Beard in The Old Men at the Zoo (1983).[2][6] His role as Chief Superintendent Robins (1962-78) in Z-Cars and Softly, Softly was perhaps his most memorable.[7]

Death

Phillips died at Oswestry, Shropshire on 11 May 1995.[1]

Selected filmography

  • 1938: The Wooing of Anne Hathaway (TV Movie)
  • 1952: Angels One Five .... Engineer Officer
  • 1954: The Monkey's Paw (TV Short) .... Sergeant-Major Morris
  • 1955: Noah Gives Thanks (TV Movie) .... Mr. Pebble, Vicar of Crockitt
  • 1955: The Dark Avenger .... Second French Knight
  • 1955: Richard III .... Norfolk
  • 1955: The Vise (TV Series) .... Philip Twyford (uncredited)
  • 1955-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) .... Jacob Dillon / Colonel Davies / Escales / Chorus
  • 1956: Women Without Men .... Male Guard at Gate (uncredited)
  • 1956: Passport to Treason .... Police Driver (uncredited)
  • 1956: The Count of Monte Cristo (TV Series) .... Major Du Valle
  • 1956: The Black Tulip (TV Series) .... John de Witte
  • 1956: Theatre Royal (TV Series)
  • 1957: The Adventures of Peter Simple (TV Series) .... Captain Savage, RN
  • 1957: Theatre Night (TV Series) .... Hooper Moulsworth
  • 1957: Fortune Is a Woman .... Willis Croft
  • 1957: The Shiralee .... Doctor
  • 1957-1965: ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) .... John Anthony / Prime Minister / Mr. Smith / John Graham Whitfield / Cromwell / Professor Robert Linden / Judge Gaunt / General von Sauberzweig / Anthony Folland / David Crampton / Mr. Friday
  • 1958: Television World Theatre (TV Series) .... The Mayor / Count Peter Zichy
  • 1958: I Accuse! .... Prosecutor - Esterhazy Trial
  • 1958: Doomsday for Dyson (TV Movie) .... General Schalz
  • 1958: Dunkirk .... Boat Owner Spokesman (uncredited)
  • 1958: Floods of Fear .... Dr. Matthews
  • 1959: Bleak House (TV Mini-Series) .... Mr. Tulkinghorn
  • 1960: Saturday Playhouse (TV Series) .... Jeffrey Bellenger
  • 1960: Somerset Maugham Hour (TV Series) .... Jeffrey Bellenger
  • 1960: Village of the Damned .... General Leighton
  • 1960: Follow That Horse! .... American Delegate (uncredited)
  • 1960: Man in the Moon .... Professor Stephens
  • 1960-1961: Danger Man (TV Series) .... Coyannis / Paul
  • 1961: Romanoff and Juliet .... Hooper Moulsworth
  • 1961: One Step Beyond (TV Series) .... Frank
  • 1961: Offbeat
  • 1961: The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone .... Tom Stone
  • 1961-1962: BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series) .... Trifonov / Prince Galitzin
  • 1962: Under Western Eyes (TV Movie) .... Ivanovich
  • 1962: Suspense (TV Series) .... Luther Ross
  • 1962: The Hatchet Man (TV Movie) .... George Curnic, head of studio
  • 1962: Saki (TV Series) .... Duncan Dullamy
  • 1962: Man of the World (TV Series) .... General Montreaux
  • 1962: A Prize of Arms .... Col. Fowler
  • 1962: We Joined the Navy .... Rear Admiral
  • 1962: Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
  • 1962-1978: Z Cars (TV Series) .... Asst. Chief Constable Robins
  • 1963: The Mouse on the Moon .... Bracewell - U.S. Delegate
  • 1963: First Night (TV Series) .... Gideon Cobb
  • 1963: The Sentimental Agent (TV Series) .... Henry Peabody Sr.
  • 1964: Becket .... Bishop of Winchester
  • 1964: Armchair Theatre (TV Series) .... George
  • 1964: Rupert of Hentzau (TV Series) .... Colonel Zapt
  • 1964: Smuggler's Bay (TV Series) .... Elzevir Block
  • 1964-1966: Sergeant Cork (TV Series) .... Col. Haverlock / Big Ben Lewis
  • 1965: Alexander Graham Bell (TV Series) .... Professor Bell
  • 1965: Legend of Death (TV Series) .... Edward Gargan
  • 1965: Knock on Any Door (TV Series) .... Robert Prettyman
  • 1965: Danger Man (TV Series) .... Dr. Brajanska
  • 1965: Joey Boy .... Insp. Morgan
  • 1965-1968: Theatre 625 (TV Series) .... Clifford Dyke / Alfred Truelove
  • 1965-1968: The Wednesday Play (TV Series) .... Councillor Percival / Sir Gilbert Hardacre / Cardinal Runan / Forbes-Wainwright
  • 1966: BBC Play of the Month (TV Series) .... Major General Atkins
  • 1966: Mystery and Imagination (TV Series) .... Colonel Gaillarde
  • 1966-1967: Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series) .... Magistrate / Mr. Parry
  • 1967: The Avengers (TV Series) .... Nesbitt
  • 1967: The Mummy's Shroud .... Stanley Preston
  • 1967: Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series) .... Mr. Tredgold
  • 1967: The Forsyte Saga (TV Series) .... Sir Alexander MacGown
  • 1967: This Way for Murder (TV Mini-Series) .... Barnton
  • 1967: Out of Town Theatre (TV Mini-Series) .... Sir Howard Price
  • 1967: Torture Garden .... Eddie Storm (segment 2 "Terror Over Hollywood")
  • 1968: Softly, Softly (TV Series) .... Det. Chief Supt. Robins
  • 1968: Frontier (TV Series) .... Lt. Col. Whitley
  • 1968: The Caesars (TV Mini-Series) .... Piso
  • 1969: W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series) .... Commandant
  • 1969: Christ Recrucified (TV Mini-Series) .... Pope Grigoris
  • 1969: Who-Dun-It (TV Series) .... Det. Insp. Hollis
  • 1970: Manhunt (TV Series) .... Klintzch
  • 1970: Doctor in the House (TV Series) .... Sir Hartley Maynard
  • 1970: Confession (TV Series) .... Headmaster
  • 1970: The Black Tulip (TV Mini-Series) .... Cornelius de Witt
  • 1970: The Main Chance (TV Series) .... Arnold Bingley
  • 1970: Horizon (TV Series documentary) .... Mr. Bidder
  • 1970-1972: Crime of Passion (TV Series) .... Maître Lacan
  • 1970-1980: Play for Today (TV Series) .... Examining judge / Rev. Howard Whithead - Anglican Vicar
  • 1971: The Persuaders (TV Series) .... Lanning Koestler
  • 1972: Man of Straw (TV Mini-Series) .... Dr. Heuteufel
  • 1972-1976: The Onedin Line (TV Series) .... Jack Frazer
  • 1973: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series) .... Professor Dyne
  • 1973: Jane Eyre (TV Mini-Series) .... Mr. Brocklehurst
  • 1973: Wipers Three (TV Movie) .... Admiral Sir John Jellicoe
  • 1974: John Halifax, Gentleman (TV Mini-Series) .... Abel Fletcher
  • 1974: Fall of Eagles (TV Mini-Series) .... Grand Duke Nicholas
  • 1974: The Pallisers (TV Mini-Series) .... Sir Gregory Grogram
  • 1974: Father Brown (TV Series) .... Brander Merton
  • 1975: Days of Hope (TV Mini-Series) .... Josiah Wedgwood
  • 1975 Quiller (TV Series) .... Henry Tulliver
  • 1976: The Flight of the Heron (TV Series) .... Cameron of Lochiel
  • 1977: Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series) .... Naso
  • 1977: Mr. Big (TV Series) .... Leopold Ruchworth
  • 1977: Ripping Yarns (TV Series) .... Colonel Harcourt Badger Owen
  • 1977: 1990 (TV Series) .... Attorney General Graham
  • 1977: Three Dangerous Ladies .... Urcombe (segment "Mrs. Amworth")
  • 1978 Hazell (TV Series) .... Det. Supt. Bull
  • 1978: Mrs. Amworth (Short) .... Francis Urcombe
  • 1978: Lillie (TV Mini-Series) .... W. E. Gladstone
  • 1979: Quadrophenia .... Magistrate
  • 1983: Ascendancy .... Wintour
  • 1983: The Old Men at the Zoo (TV Series) .... Dr. Charles Langley-Beard
  • 1984: Strangers and Brothers (TV Series) .... Reggie Collingwood
  • 1985: TV Eye (TV Series) .... Committee Member
  • 1987: One by One (TV Series) .... Ben Friedhofer
  • 1991: Merlin of the Crystal Cave (TV Series)
  • 1992: Leon the Pig Farmer .... Trevor (final film role)

References

  1. ^ a b c d "OBITUARIES JOHN PHILLIPS". The Independent. 18 May 1995.
  2. ^ a b "John Phillips". BFI.
  3. ^ "John Phillips - Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  4. ^ "John Phillips - Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  5. ^ "John Phillips - Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  6. ^ "John Phillips". www.aveleyman.com.
  7. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Z Cars (1962-78) Credits". www.screenonline.org.uk.

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