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Maurice Colbourne (II) (1939–1989)

Tall, lean, dark and well-spoken, Maurice Colbourne had a strong line in tough guys and villains before achieving his greatest fame as the sympathetic Tom Howard in the BBC's expensive and hugely popular soap opera Howards' Way (1985). Born Roger Middleton in Sheffield, he trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama and spent time... See full bio »

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(age 49) in Brittany, France

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Howards' Way
Howards' Way Tom Howard
(1985-1989)
The Onedin Line
The Onedin Line Charles Marston
(1979)
Doctor Who
Doctor Who Commander Lytton / Lytton
(1984-1985)

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 1985-1989 Howards' Way (TV Series)
Tom Howard
- Episode #5.9 (1989) ... Tom Howard
- Episode #5.8 (1989) ... Tom Howard
- Episode #5.7 (1989) ... Tom Howard
- Episode #5.6 (1989) ... Tom Howard
- Episode #5.5 (1989) ... Tom Howard
 1985 Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil (TV Movie)
SS officer
 1984-1985 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Lytton / Commander Lytton
- Attack of the Cybermen: Part Two (1985) ... Lytton
- Attack of the Cybermen: Part One (1985) ... Lytton
- Resurrection of the Daleks: Part Two (1984) ... Commander Lytton
- Resurrection of the Daleks: Part One (1984) ... Commander Lytton
 1983 Johnny Jarvis (TV Series)
Jake
- 1982-1983 (1983) ... Jake
- 1981-1982 (1983) ... Jake
- 1980-1981 (1983) ... Jake
- 1979-1980 (1983) ... Jake
- 1978-1979 (1983) ... Jake
 1982 Rating Notman (Short)
 1982 Take Three Women (TV Series)
Kit
- Kate, Avril and Victoria (1982) ... Kit
- Victoria (1982) ... Kit
 1981 Venom
Sampson
 1981 The Day of the Triffids (TV Mini-Series)
Coker
- Episode #1.6 (1981) ... Coker
- Episode #1.5 (1981) ... Coker
- Episode #1.4 (1981) ... Coker
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Coker
 1980 Shoestring (TV Series)
Priest
- The Dangerous Game (1980) ... Priest
 1980 Strangers (TV Series)
John Rutter
- A Racing Certainty (1980) ... John Rutter
- Armed and Dangerous (1980) ... John Rutter
 1980 Hawk the Slayer
Axe Man 1
 1980 Armchair Thriller (TV Series)
Lt-Cmdr. Kobahl
- Dead Man's Kit: Part 2 (1980) ... Lt-Cmdr. Kobahl
- Dead Man's Kit: Part 1 (1980) ... Lt-Cmdr. Kobahl
 1979 The Onedin Line (TV Series)
Charles Marston
- Homeward Bound (1979) ... Charles Marston
- Outward Bound (1979) ... Charles Marston
- Storm Clouds (1979) ... Charles Marston
- The Suitor (1979) ... Charles Marston
- Running Free (1979) ... Charles Marston
 1979 Bloodline
Jon Swinton
 1978 Return of the Saint (TV Series)
Jed Blacket
- Duel in Venice (1978) ... Jed Blacket
 1976-1978 Gangsters (TV Series)
John Kline
- East of the Equator (1978) ... John Kline
- Enter the White Devil (1978) ... John Kline
- Double Peril (1978) ... John Kline
- While Beauty Sleeps (1978) ... John Kline
- The Red Executioner (1978) ... John Kline
 1977 Van der Valk (TV Series)
Nick Scholtz
- Everybody Does It (1977) ... Nick Scholtz
 1977 The Duellists
Second
 1976 Killers (TV Series)
Patrick Mahon
- The Crumbles Murder (1976) ... Patrick Mahon
 1976 The Littlest Horse Thieves
Luke Armstrong
 1975 Churchill's People (TV Series)
Dr. Gedge
- A Bill of Mortality (1975) ... Dr. Gedge
 1975 Play for Today (TV Series)
John Kline
- Gangsters (1975) ... John Kline
 1975 Suzi's Plan (TV Movie)
Steve
 1970 Times For
 1970 Cry of the Banshee
Villager
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He was interviewed for the book "Howards' Way (1985): The Story of the BBC TV Series".

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Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)
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[on his time in repertory theatre] There was a great repertoire in those days. We were doing Shakespeare (William Shakespeare) one week and Brecht (Bertolt Brecht) the next, but we wanted to do more experimental stuff too. See more »

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He spent three years at the Central School of Speech and Drama before beginning the nomadic life of a repertory actor in Leicester and Birmingham repertory theatres. See more »

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