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Ronald Adam (1896–1979)

Ronald Adam was a man who combined an acting career with an extra-ordinary military career that encompassed being a victim of the Red Baron in World War One to taking his revenge as an RAF fighter controller in the Battle of Britain. Born Ronald George Hinings Adams on the last day of 1896, he was educated at University College, London. When still... See full bio »

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The Haunting
The Haunting Eldridge Harper
Holiday Week
Holiday Week Mr. Jeffcote
The Crime of the Century
The Crime of the Century Asst. Commissioner Relf
Reach for the Sky
Reach for the Sky Air Vice-Marshal Leigh-Mallory


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 1978 L'amour en question
Le juge anglais
 1978 Premiere (TV Mini-Series)
Old man
- Something's Wrong (1978) ... Old man
 1978 Castaways (TV Series)
Daniel Defoe
- The Real Robinson Crusoe (1978) ... Daniel Defoe
 1976 Victorian Scandals (TV Series)
Mr. Chichelle Plowden
- The Portland Millions (1976) ... Mr. Chichelle Plowden
 1975 The Man from Nowhere
George Harvey
 1974 Justice (TV Series)
Sir William
- The Very Fine Line of Duty (1974) ... Sir William
 1974 The Nine Tailors (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1974) ... Dowson
 1973 Casanova '73 (TV Series)
Dr. Spratforth
- Episode #1.2 (1973) ... Dr. Spratforth
 1973 The Zoo Robbery
 1972 Columbo (TV Series)
George, Steward at Supt. Durk's Club
- Dagger of the Mind (1972) ... George, Steward at Supt. Durk's Club (uncredited)
 1972 The Main Chance (TV Series)
Sir Charles Braithwaite
- Copper Bottomed Cert (1972) ... Sir Charles Braithwaite
 1972 The Ruling Class
 1968-1971 Freewheelers (TV Series)
Professor Lowrie / Professor Gotts
- Cypher (1971) ... Professor Gotts
- The Big Freeze Part 4: Gotterdammerung (1968) ... Professor Lowrie
- The Big Freeze: Part 3: Anvil (1968) ... Professor Lowrie
- The Big Freeze: Part 2: Valkyrie (1968) ... Professor Lowrie
- The Big Freeze: Part 1: Icarus (1968) ... Professor Lowrie
 1971 Casanova (TV Mini-Series)
Senior Inquisitor
- Steed in the Stable (1971) ... Senior Inquisitor
 1971 Shirley's World (TV Series)
- The Islanders (1971)
 1971 Zeppelin
Prime Minister
 1970 Song of Norway
 1970 Mystery and Imagination (TV Series)
Sir Montague Malthus
- The Suicide Club (1970) ... Sir Montague Malthus
 1970 The Six Wives of Henry VIII (TV Mini-Series)
Cardinal Campeggio
- Catherine of Aragon (1970) ... Cardinal Campeggio
 1969 Nearest and Dearest (TV Series)
- Breach of the Peace (1969) ... Magistrate
 1968 Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Mycroft Holmes
- The Greek Interpreter (1968) ... Mycroft Holmes
 1968 Scene (TV Series documentary)
- The Sentence of the Court (1968) ... Judge
 1968 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
- Boatman Do Not Tarry (1968) ... Armitage
 1968 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Sir Godfrey McKellar
- The Fall of Kelvin Walker (1968) ... Sir Godfrey McKellar
 1968 Beggar My Neighbour (TV Series)
Mr. Crombie
- What About the Workers? (1968) ... Mr. Crombie
 1967 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
- Random Sample (1967) ... Chairman
 1967 Mr. Rose (TV Series)
Chief Constable
- The Unquiet Ghost (1967) ... Chief Constable
 1967 This Man Craig (TV Series)
John Leggat
- There's Got to Be a Fire Somewhere (1967) ... John Leggat
 1966 Who Killed the Cat?
 1966 Arizona Colt
 1966 Public Eye (TV Series)
Leonard Minster
- It Had to Be a Mouse (1966) ... Leonard Minster
 1966 Sunday Night (TV Series documentary)
- The Death of Socrates (1966) ... Crito
 1966 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
 1965-1966 The Newcomers (TV Series)
Gascoigne / Mr. Gascoigne
- Episode #1.42 (1966) ... Mr. Gascoigne
- Episode #1.26 (1965) ... Gascoigne
- Episode #1.25 (1965) ... Gascoigne
 1964-1966 Gideon C.I.D. (TV Series)
Sir Robert Copthorne / Mr. Baker
- Morna (1966) ... Sir Robert Copthorne (as Ronald Adams)
- The Lady-Killer (1964) ... Mr. Baker
 1964 The Tomb of Ligeia
Minister at Graveside
 1964 The Massingham Affair (TV Series)
Mr. Paget
- The Lawless Element (1964) ... Mr. Paget
 1964 Story Parade (TV Series)
George Norville
- The Flaw in the Crystal (1964) ... George Norville
 1964 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
Pastor Hoffmeyer
- Sunday Mystery Theatre: Weekend at Willaburra (1964) ... Pastor Hoffmeyer
 1964 The Valiant Varneys (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1964)
 1964 Sykes and A... (TV Series)
- Sykes and a Box (1964)
 1964 Espionage (TV Series)
Roger Upton
- Do You Remember Leo Winters? (1964) ... Roger Upton
 1964 Sergeant Cork (TV Series)
Lord Justice Palmer
- The Case of the Hangmans Noose (1964) ... Lord Justice Palmer
 1963 The Avengers (TV Series)
Dr. Spender
- Second Sight (1963) ... Dr. Spender
 1963 Thirty Minute Theatre (TV Series)
- The Simple Truth (1963) ... Judge
 1963 The Haunting
Eldridge Harper
 1963 Heavens Above!
Cabinet Minister #1 (uncredited)
 1963 It Happened Like This (TV Series)
Sir Morton
- The Hill of Lions (1963) ... Sir Morton
 1962 Postman's Knock
Mr. Fordyce
 1962 Satan Never Sleeps
Father Lemay (uncredited)
 1961 Boyd Q.C. (TV Series)
Mr. Noel
- The Headmistress (1961) ... Mr. Noel
 1961 Golden Girl (TV Series)
Sir Robin Courtney
- Held in Trust (1961) ... Sir Robin Courtney
 1961 Three on a Spree
 1961 The Attorney-General (TV Movie)
Robert MacDonald
 1961 The Citadel (TV Mini-Series)
Sir Jenner Halliday
- Episode #1.9 (1961) ... Sir Jenner Halliday
 1961 Death and the Sky Above
Sir John Fawcett
 1961 The Devil Inside
J. B. Wykenham
 1960 Snowball
Mr. King
 1960 Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
 1960 On Trial (TV Series)
Sir James Hannen
- The Dilke Case (1960) ... Sir James Hannen
 1960 Saturday Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Carew
- Marriage Settlement (1960) ... Mr. Carew
 1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
 1960 Carry on, Constable
Motorist (uncredited)
 1960 And the Same to You
Trout (as Ronald Adams)
 1960 Shoot to Kill
 1959 Please Turn Over
Mr. Appleton
 1956-1959 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Lord Cleghorn / Richard Blatchley, Governor
- The Manor of Northstead (1959) ... Lord Cleghorn
- Boys in Brown (1956) ... Richard Blatchley, Governor
 1959 Redgauntlet (TV Series)
Tom Trumbull
- Episode #1.3 (1959) ... Tom Trumbull
 1950-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
George Brander / Sir Cuthbert Graham / Professor Wilding / ...
- The Fifty Mark (II) (1959) ... George Brander
- The Laughing Woman (1958) ... Sir Cuthbert Graham
- The End of the Equation (1958) ... Professor Wilding
- Another Man's Life (1957) ... Magistrate
- Edward, My Son (1957) ... Mr. Waxman
 1958-1959 The Common Room (TV Series)
Mr. Watts / Mr. Green, the new Headmaster
- Love Your Neighbour (1959) ... Mr. Watts
- The Ace of Spades (1958) ... Mr. Green, the new Headmaster
 1959 Foreign Field (TV Movie)
Mr. Priestman
 1959 The Man Who Could Cheat Death
Second Doctor (uncredited)
 1959 Man in a Cocked Hat
Sir John Farthing
 1958 African Patrol (TV Series)
John Haley / Ray
- The Sickness (1958) ... John Haley
- The Duel (1958) ... Ray
 1958 Dial 999 (TV Series)
Assistant Commissioner
- The Killing Job (1958) ... Assistant Commissioner
 1958 Dick and the Duchess (TV Series)
The Magistrate
- The Courtroom (1958) ... The Magistrate
 1958 The Inbetween Age
Mr. Dryden
 1957 Woman and the Hunter
Insp. McGregor
 1957 Your Past Is Showing
Chemist (uncredited)
 1957 The Surgeon's Knife
Maj. Tilling
 1957 Inside Information (Short)
Inspector Hammond
 1957 The Ship Was Loaded
First Sea Lord
 1957 Kill Me Tomorrow
Mr. Brook
 1957 Sea Wife
Army Padre
 1957 The Adventures of Peter Simple (TV Series)
- The Snake's Head (1957) ... Admiral
 1956-1957 The Crime of the Century (TV Series)
Asst. Commissioner Relf
- The Century Closes (1957) ... Asst. Commissioner Relf
- The Century Opens (1956) ... Asst. Commissioner Relf
- Major Trump (1956) ... Asst. Commissioner Relf
- Taffy (1956) ... Asst. Commissioner Relf
- Abbie (1956) ... Asst. Commissioner Relf
 1957 Adventures of a Jungle Boy (TV Series)
Dr. Lawrence
- Doctor's Dilemma (1957) ... Dr. Lawrence
- The Doctor Man (1957) ... Dr. Lawrence
- Kidnapped (1957) ... Dr. Lawrence
- A Child by the River (1957) ... Dr. Lawrence
 1956 Around the World in 80 Days
Club Steward
 1956 Million Dollar Manhunt
 1956 Lust for Life
Commissioner De Smet
 1956 The Count of Monte Cristo (TV Series)
General Le Claire
- A Matter of Justice (1956) ... General Le Claire
 1956 Reach for the Sky
Air Vice-Marshal Leigh-Mallory
 1956 Marriage Settlement (TV Movie)
Mr. Carew
 1956 Bhowani Junction
General Ackerby (uncredited)
 1956 Our Lady's Tumbler (TV Short)
Brother Bernard
 1956 The Man Who Never Was
Adams (uncredited)
 1956 Private's Progress
Doctor at Medical
 1956 Tons of Trouble
 1955 The Vise (TV Series)
Tam Lyn
- The Homing Chinaman (1955) ... Tam Lyn
 1954 Thought to Kill
 1954 Cash on Delivery
 1954 The Black Knight
The Abbot
 1954 The Beachcomber
Sir Henry Johnstone (uncredited)
 1954 Crest of the Wave
Member of Admiralty Board (uncredited)
 1954 The Manor of Northstead (TV Movie)
Lord Cleghorn
 1954 Forbidden Cargo
Mr. Bennett (uncredited)
 1954 Johnny on the Spot
Insp. Beveridge
 1954 Front Page Story
 1954 Man with a Million
Samuel Clements (uncredited)
 1953 Escape by Night
 1953 Flannelfoot
Inspector Duggan
 1953 Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School (TV Series)
Mr. Quelch
- Episode #1.7 (1953) ... Mr. Quelch
 1953 Malta Story
British Officer (uncredited)
 1953 Martin Luther
 1953 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
- The Parlour Trick (1953) ... Gooch
 1953 Raiders in the Sky
Instructor (uncredited)
 1952 Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow
Barworth Controller
 1952 Evidence for Hire
Sir William Hanson QC
 1952 My Wife's Lodger
 1952 Angels One Five
Group Controller
 1952 Holiday Week
Mr. Jeffcote
 1951 Mr. Denning Drives North
 1951 For the Children (TV Series)
- The Fate of the City (1951) ... Zeus
 1951 I'll Never Forget You
Ronson (uncredited)
 1951 The Lavender Hill Mob
 1951 Hell Is Sold Out
 1951 Laughter in Paradise
Mr. Wagstaffe - Bank Manager (as Ronald Adams)
 1951 Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.
Adm. McCartney
 1951 Fortune in Diamonds
Van Thaal Snr.
 1951 The Obsessed
 1950 Seven Days to Noon
The Prime Minister
 1950 Shadow of the Past
 1950 Operation X
Col. Fogarty
 1950 Mr. Gillie (TV Movie)
Rev. Mr. Gibb
 1949 Boys in Brown
Judge (uncredited)
 1949 Diamond City
Robert Southey
 1949 Under Capricorn
Mr. Riggs
 1949 Black Magic
Court President
 1949 The Hidden Room
 1949 Helter Skelter
Director General of the BBC (uncredited)
 1949 Christopher Columbus
 1949 The Bad Lord Byron
 1949 If This Be Sin
 1949 All Over the Town
Sam Vane
 1949 The Case of Charles Peace
Counsel for Defence
 1948 Reunion (TV Movie)
Sir Robert Wisdom
 1948 Bonnie Prince Charlie
 1948 Frieda (TV Movie)
The Rev. Francis Munroe
 1948 Counterblast
Col Ingram, Gillington POW Camp Commandant
 1948 As You Are (TV Movie)
Edward Dawson
 1948 Morning Departure (TV Movie)
Lt. McFee
 1947 An Ideal Husband
Member Of Parliament (uncredited)
 1947 Busman's Honeymoon (TV Movie)
 1947 Fame Is the Spur
Radshaws' Doctor (uncredited)
 1947 The Phantom Shot
Caleb Horder
 1947 Henry IV (TV Movie)
Dr. Dionysius Genoni
 1947 Take My Life
Det Sgt Hawkins. (Deaf Man.) (uncredited)
 1947 Richard of Bordeaux (TV Movie)
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster
 1947 Green for Danger
Dr. White
 1946 Morning Departure (TV Movie)
Lt. McFee
 1946 The Queen of Spades (TV Movie)
Prince Tomsky
 1945 Pink String and Sealing Wax
Clerk of the Court
 1945 Journey Together
Commanding Officer at Falcon Field
 1943 Escape to Danger
George Merrick
 1942 The Foreman Went to France
Sir Charles Fawcett Managing Director (uncredited)
 1942 The Avengers
Daily Express Reporter in Phone Booth (uncredited)
 1942 The Big Blockade
German businessman (uncredited)
 1940 House of Mystery
Mons. Besnard
 1940 Maxwell Archer, Detective
 1939 Dangerous Cargo
Capt. Dukes
 1939 The Lion Has Wings
German Bomber Chief
 1939 The Missing People
 1939 Too Dangerous to Live
Murbridge / Wills
 1939 Inspector Hornleigh
Wittens, Pheasant Inn Manager
 1939 Clouds Over Europe
Pollack - Aviation Engineer (uncredited)
 1938 North Sea Patrol
Enemy Ship's Captain (uncredited)
 1938 Queen of Crime
Police Chief
 1938 Strange Boarders
 1938 Drums
Major Gregoff
Show Show Writer (4 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Self (2 credits)

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He acted in Rudolph Besier's play, "The Barretts of Wimpole Street", at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in Birmingham, West Midlands, England with Elizabeth Bell in the cast. Philip Dudley was the director.

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In 1931 he saved the Embassy Theatre from being converted into a cinema and then produced over a hundred plays there. He then let the Embassy Theatre to visiting companies in order to concentrate on the Phoenix Theatre with the aim of establishing a stock company, thereby allowing a cheaper admission price which would appeal to a wider audience of playgoers. (The Times, December 11, 1937). See more »

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