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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 23 September 1930Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK
Date of Death 7 May 1987London, England, UK  (leukemia)
Birth NameColin George Blakely
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Colin Blakely was born on September 23, 1930 in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland as Colin George Blakely. He is known for his work on The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Evil Under the Sun (1982) and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). He was married to Margaret Whiting. He died on May 7, 1987 in London, England.

Spouse (1)

Margaret Whiting (June 1961 - 7 May 1987) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (12)

The names of his three sons are Drummond, Cameron and Hamish.
Starred in 2 movies about Agatha Christie's famous detective "Hercule Poirot", Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Evil Under the Sun (1982).
As a young man he started work at age 18 in a sporting goods store as a salesman and then management trainee; he later went on to work as a timber-loader on the railways.
Burly character actor whose acting career began in amateur repertoire theatre in Ireland. His first professional acting job was with the Group Theatre in Belfast and he also joined theatre groups in Wales before moving to London.
Worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Old Vic and the Royal Court among other prestigious companies before making a dent in film and TV.
He was married to British actress Margaret Whiting [not the American singer] and they had three sons (including a set of twins).
Played rugby and football for Northern Ireland.
Considered for the role of "Doctor Logan" in Space: 1999 (1975), episode "Journey To Where". Freddie Jones won the role. (source Chris Bentley Gerry Anderson Books).
Was on the possible list for Doctor Fendelman in Doctor Who: Image of The Fendahl (source Doctor Who Magazine).
Made his theatrical debut in 1959 at the Royal Court in "Cock-a-Doodle-Dandy" by Sean O'Casey.
Member of the National Theatre for five years from 1963.
Was considered for the cameo role of Doctor Armstrong in _Lifeforce_. Patrick Stewart was cast instead.

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