Elisha Cook Jnr

“Independent” obituary by Tom Vallance from 1995: One of the finest and most familiar of screen character actors, the short and shifty-eyed Elisha Cook Jnr was the eternal loser.He could play anything, from farce (riddled with bullets in Hellzappoppin’, he drinks a glass of water which spurts through a dozen holes) to tragedy (as the […]

Paul Robeson

TCM Overview: The son of a runaway slave turned minister and a schoolteacher, Paul Robeson proved to be an unique figure in American history. A tall, handsome man with a commanding stage presence and mellifluous, booming baritone, he was not only a distinguished actor and singer but also a scholar, athlete and lawyer. Born and […]

Virginia Christine

“Independent” obituary from 1995: In 1975, the TV Times described Virginia Christine as “one of the small but select band of character actresses who are indispensable to any casting director”. At the time Christine had appeared in more than 50 films, hundreds of television shows, and was currently starring in one of the longest-running commercials […]

Chester Morris

Wikipedia entry: Chester Morris (February 16, 1901 – September 11, 1970) was an American stage, film, television and radio actor. He had some prestigious film roles early in his career, and was nominated for an Oscar. But he is best remembered today for portraying Boston Blackie, a criminal-turned-detective, in the modestly budgeted Boston Blackie film […]

Gwen Watford

“Independent” obituary from 1994. IF EVER the portents looked right for a would-be actress of Gwen Watford’s endearing young charm – which was to endure on stage and television for the next half-century – it was while she was a schoolgirl in Sussex. Her dream of being a concert pianist had been shattered by her […]

Ricky Valence

Wikipedia entry: Born David Spencer in Ynysddu, Monmouthshire, near Wattsville, South Wales, he is the eldest of seven children.[1] He joined the RAF at the age of 17.[1] He started his musical career after leaving the military.[1] He performed in local clubs for a couple of years before he was discovered by an A&R representative […]

James Earl Jones

TCM Overview: One of the preeminent stage and screen performers of his generation, award-winning actor James Earl Jones primarily functioned as a high-quality supporting player after a brief run in the 1970s as a leading man. But more famous than any onscreen role was his deep, resonant voice that first gave authority and menace to […]

Stephanie Lawrence

“Guardian” obituary from 2000. Glamorous leading lady of the British stage musical Michael Billington Stephanie Lawrence, who has died suddenly at the age of 50, was a musical actress of rare glamour, which made her natural casting for a show about Marilyn Monroe. But, although she was a pillar of British musical theatre over the […]

Karin Dor

Karin Dor was born on February 22, 1938 in Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany as Kätherose Derr. She is an actress, known for You Only Live Twice (1967), Topaz (1969) and Winnetou: The Red Gentleman (1964). IMDB Entry: Karin Dor obituary in “The Guardian” in 2017. No matter what roles she played in films, on stage or on […]

Bernard Lee

TCM Overview: An English actor whose screen career spanned more than 100 roles on film and television over nearly five decades, Bernard Lee was best remembered for his recurring appearances as ‘M,” the no-nonsense head of the British Secret Service in the first 11 James Bond films. The son of a music hall performer, Lee […]