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Harry Andrews (1911–1989)

British character actor Harry Andrews had the sort of massive granite face and square jaw that would stamp that career, but he set himself apart with brilliant stage and screen work. He had graduated from Wrekin College in Shropshire and then moved on to the stage, appearing with Liverpool Repertory in 1933 and focusing on Shakespearean roles. He ... See full bio »

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 1989 The Play on One (TV Series)
- Clowns (1989) ... Arthur
 1987 Cause célèbre (TV Movie)
Francis Rattenbury
 1987 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Movie)
 1986 All Passion Spent (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Fitzgeorge
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Fitzgeorge
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Fitzgeorge
 1986 Inside Story (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Glenross
 1985 Mesmerized
Old Thompson
 1985 Screen Two (TV Series)
- Lent (1985) ... Matey
 1982 A.J. Wentworth, BA (TV Series)
The Headmaster / Rev. R. Gregory Saunders
- The Outsider (1982) ... The Headmaster
- Founder's Day (1982) ... The Headmaster
- IIIA Goes to War (1982) ... The Headmaster
 1981 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
- The Sound Machine (1981) ... Klausner
 1981 Seven Dials Mystery (TV Movie)
Superintendent Battle
 1980 Hawk the Slayer
High Abbot
 1980 Closing Ranks (TV Movie)
Sir James Croft
 1978 Superman
2nd Elder
 1978 The Medusa Touch
Assistant Commissioner
 1978 The Four Feathers (TV Movie)
Gen. Faversham
 1977 Equus
Harry Dalton
 1976 The Blue Bird
 1976 Sky Riders
 1975 Valley Forge (TV Movie)
Gen. William Howe
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
- Two Gentle People (1975) ... Greeves
 1973 Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Gen. Sanderson
- An Affair of Honour (1973) ... Gen. Sanderson
 1973 The MacKintosh Man
 1973 Theatre of Blood
Trevor Dickman
 1973 Man at the Top
Lord Clive Ackerman
 1972 What the Peeper Saw
 1972 I Want What I Want
Roy's Father
 1970 Brotherly Love
Brig. Crieff
 1969 A Nice Girl Like Me
Savage, Caretaker
 1969 Destiny of a Spy (TV Movie)
Gen. Kirk
 1969 Battle of Britain
Senior Civil Servant
 1969 The Southern Star
 1969 Play Dirty
Brig. Blore
 1968 The Night They Raided Minsky's
Jacob Schpitendavel
 1968 A Dandy in Aspic
 1967 I'll Never Forget What's'isname
Gerald Sater
 1967 Danger Route
 1967 The Long Duel
 1967 The Jokers
Insp. Marryatt
 1967 The Night of the Generals
Gen. Stulpnagel (uncredited)
 1965 Sands of the Kalahari
 1965 The Truth About Spring
'Sellers' / Sellers
 1965 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
Sam Ryan
- The Paper Man (1965) ... Sam Ryan
 1964 The Girl-Getters
 1964 633 Squadron
Air Vice Marshal Davis
 1960-1964 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Ernie / Blanco White
- St Ernie: Leather Bound (1964) ... Ernie
- Some Talk of Alexander (1960) ... Blanco White
 1964 Nothing But the Best
Mr. Horton
 1964 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
- Studio '64: The Crunch (1964) ... Goddard
 1963 Underworld Informers
Supt. Alec Bestwick
 1963 55 Days at Peking
Father de Bearn
 1963 Nine Hours to Rama
Gen. Singh
 1962 Lisa
 1962 Reach for Glory
Capt. Curlew
 1961 Barabbas
 1961 The Best of Enemies
Capt. Rootes
 1960 Circle of Deception
Capt. Thomas Rawson
 1960 In the Nick
Chief Officer Williams
 1959 A Touch of Larceny
Capt. Graham
 1959 Solomon and Sheba
 1958 Ice Cold in Alex
M.S.M. Pugh
 1956 Hell in Korea
Sgt. Payne
 1956 Moby Dick
 1955 The Man Who Loved Redheads
 1954 The Black Knight
Earl Of Yeonil
 1953 Paratrooper
 1952 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Lt. Geza von Mattachich
- Her Royal Highness (1952) ... Lt. Geza von Mattachich
 1952 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Medea Cup (1952) ... Juba
- Crown of Shadows (1952)
 1939 X = o (TV Movie)
 1939 Telecrime (TV Series)
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He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Coriolanus," at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with Laurence Olivier, Edith Evans, Mary Ure, Vanessa Redgrave, Albert Finney, Ian Holm, Paul Hardwick, Peter Woodthorpe, Robert Hardy, Julian Glover, and Diana Rigg in the cast. Peter Hall was director. See more »

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1 Interview | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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Was badly injured when riding a horse when making a film in 1972. It caused him various health problems for the rest of his life. See more »


Often played sergeant-majors and other no-nonsense characters

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