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Alec Clunes (1912–1970)

In the 1940s and 50s, there were few greater classical actors in Britain than Alec Clunes. Born into a show business family, he began his career with Ben Greet's company and, later, he worked at the Old Vic Theatre. He played numerous Shakespearian roles and, in 1942, took over the Arts Theatre in London where he remained until 1950. Among the ... See full bio »


(age 57) in London, England, UK

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 1968 The Ronnie Barker Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Incredible Mister Tanner (1968) ... Peregrine
 1965 Tomorrow at Ten
Anthony Chester
 1965 Undermind (TV Series)
Police Sergeant
- Onset of Fear (1965) ... Police Sergeant
 1964 Hamlet at Elsinore (TV Movie)
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
- Lysistrata (1964) ... Magistrate
 1958-1963 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Robert Manders / Robert Blair
- The Living Image (1963) ... Robert Manders
- Dangerous World (1958)
- The Franchise Affair (1958) ... Robert Blair
 1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
David Preston
- Home at Seven (1961) ... David Preston
 1956-1959 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Captain Alvarado / Claudius
- The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1959) ... Captain Alvarado
- Hamlet (1956) ... Claudius
 1950-1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Sloper / Ham Carve / Thomas Mendip
- The Heiress (1958) ... Dr. Sloper
- The Great Adventure (1958) ... Ham Carve
 1958 Television World Theatre (TV Series)
- Amphitryon 38 (1958) ... Jupiter
 1957 The England of Elizabeth (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1956 Tiger in the Smoke
Asst. Commissioner Oates
 1955 Quentin Durward
Charles, Duke of Burgundy
 1954 The Facts of Life (TV Movie)
Allan Peters
 1953 Melba
Cesar Carlton
 1949 Now Barabbas
 1942 One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
The Organist
 1940 Three Cockeyed Sailors
British Pilot
 1940 Saloon Bar
Eddie Graves
 1940 To Hell with Hitler
Officer (uncredited)
 1940 Convoy
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1940 Dangerous Comment (Short)
Minor Role
 1940 Now You're Talking (Short)
Harry - a Scientist
 1939 O Mistress Mine (TV Movie)
 1938 A Farewell Supper (TV Short)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Self (6 credits)

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Other Works:

He played Claudius in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, England with Paul Scofield, Diana Wynyard, Mary Ure, Ernest Thesiger, Richard Johnson, Richard Pasco, and Harry H. Corbett in the cast. Peter Brook was director. See more »

Alternate Names:

T. Atkinson

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Son of stage players Alexander Sheriff Sydney Clunes and Georgina Sumner Clunes. See more »

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