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Nigel Davenport Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 23 May 1928Shelford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Date of Death 25 October 2013England, UK
Birth NameArthur Nigel Davenport

Mini Bio (1)

Nigel Davenport was born on May 23, 1928 in Shelford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England as Arthur Nigel Davenport. He was an actor and assistant director, known for Chariots of Fire (1981), A Man for All Seasons (1966) and Phase IV (1974). He was married to Maria Aitken and Helena Margaret White. He died on October 25, 2013 in England.

Spouse (2)

Maria Aitken (1 May 1972 - 17 November 1980) (divorced) (1 child)
Helena Margaret White (1951 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Deep smooth voice
Gleaming blue eyes
Large moustache
Towering, imposing build

Trivia (19)

Father of Hugo Davenport and actress Laura Davenport with his first wife, Helena Margaret White, and actor Jack Davenport with his second, Maria Aitken.
His father was a bursar of Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, England.
Was educated at St. Peter's School, Seaford; Cheltenham College and read English at Trinity College, Oxford, where he received his Master of Arts degree.
He grew up in Cambridge but went to Trinity College, Oxford.
At Oxford University, his talent was for Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
He switched to studying English after his moral tutor told him his future was as an actor, which he claims he hadn't realised for himself at the time.
It was during his time at Oxford University that he met his first wife, Helena Margaret White, with whom he had two children.
During production of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Davenport read the lines of HAL 9000 off-camera during the computer's dialogs with actors Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. Canadian actor Douglas Rain, who was ultimately chosen for the role of HAL's voice, quickly recorded his lines for the final film in post-production.
Retired from acting in the early 21st Century because he could no longer remember dialogue.
If not in the role of a rake or scowling villain, he was often typecast as aristocrats or high-ranking military officers.
Was president of the British Actors' Equity Association, from 1986-1992.
Was one of the first members of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court.
Worked as a British Army disc jockey in Hamburg, Germany while doing military service.
What Davenport referred to as his "dodgy eyes" was the consequence of a botched childhood operation to correct a squint. The vision in his right eye remained blurred for the rest of his life.
Had appeared with Susannah York in four films: Sands of the Kalahari (1965), A Man for All Seasons (1966), Sebastian (1968) and A Christmas Carol (1984).
Was among the actors in the running for Dr. Hans Fallada in the science fiction horror film Lifeforce (1985). Frank Finlay was cast instead.
Had a lifelong passion for horse racing.
He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: A Man for All Seasons (1966) and Chariots of Fire (1981).
He has two roles in common with Peter Cushing, Frank Finlay and David Warner: (1) Cushing played Professor Van Helsing in Horror of Dracula (1958), The Brides of Dracula (1960), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), Davenport played him in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1974), Finlay played him in Count Dracula (1977) and Warner played him in Penny Dreadful (2014) and (2) Davenport played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Edwardians: Conan Doyle (1972), Cushing played him in The Great Houdini (1976), Finlay played him in The Other Side (1992) and Warner played him in Houdini (1998).

Personal Quotes (1)

[In his 2010 Shock Cinema interview with journalist Anthony Petkovich about working with Jack Palance on the Dan Curtis production of Bram Stoker's Dracula (1974)] I was pretty frightened of that gentleman, because he was so bloody tall! He was six-foot-four and, as he wanted to look like Dracula, he had three-inch lifts in his shoes, so he was like six-foot-seven - and he was a big guy.

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