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Mark Dignam Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Ealing, London, England, UK
Died in London, England, UK
Birth NameCuthbert Mark Dignam
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mark Dignam was born on March 20, 1909 in Ealing, London, England as Cuthbert Mark Dignam. He was an actor, known for The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Sword of Lancelot (1963) and Heidi (1959). He was married to Pearl Virginia Smith aka Virginia Kirby, Helen Christie and Georgia MacKinnon. He died on September 29, 1989 in London.

Spouse (3)

Pearl Virginia Smith aka Virginia Kirby (1954 - 1989) (his death)
Helen Christie (1948 - ?) (divorced)
Georgia MacKinnon (1939 - ?) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Figures of authority and (in later life), reverend and distinguished old gentlemen.

Trivia (9)

Younger brother of Basil Dignam. Together they were credited with over three hundred film and television parts. This was in addition to their extensive stage careers.
Along with Philip Guard, appeared on the fade-out of The Beatles' I Am The Walrus in his role as the "Earl of Gloucester" taken from a BBC radio production of King Lear.
Brother-in-law of Mona Washbourne.
A noted actor on the Shakespearean stage, on stage from 1930, films from 1938. A former journalist, he began his career in the company of impresario Sir Philip Barling "Ben" Greet. Often played authority figures.
He saw active service with the Britsh Army during World War Two, before being "invalided out" in 1944 as a result of wounds sustained at the Battle of Anzio. At the time he was serving with the 67th. Field Regimment, Royal Artillery. He subsequently joined the "Arts Theatre Group" making his first appearance as "Pra" in Shaw's "The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles".
Became one of the first members of the actor's union "Equity" following its establishment in 1931.
He was educated at a Jesuit College where he appeared in numerous Shakespearean plays.
Had planned on becoming a journalist, but instead began acting professionally with Phillip "Ben" Greet's Shakespeare touring company in 1929.
Was the son of a salesman in the steel industry in Sheffield.

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