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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 22 September 1925Kensington, London, England, UK
Date of Death 31 October 2006London, England, UK  (prostate cancer)
Birth NameWilliam Leo Beare
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Debonair British actor at home on stage (since the age of 15), screen and TV. Initially, his roles tended to be dramatic but, by his 40s, he was increasingly playing tongue-in-cheek comedy parts. His smooth lounge-lizard voice has frequently been used for voice-overs on television advertisements (most famously a long-running campaign for Schweppes drinks) and TV trailers.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Allen Dace

Spouse (2)

Susanna Carroll (1966 - 31 October 2006) (his death) (2 children)
Margo Johns (1952 - 1962) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (6)

Father of Sabina Franklyn.
Son of actor Leo Franklyn.
Father of Melissa Franklyn.
Father of Francesca Franklyn.
Served as a infantryman with the British Parachute Regiment in Palestine 1946.
Replaced the late Peter Jones as the voice of The Book for the new "Tertiary Phase" episodes of "The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy" BBC4 radio series, adapted from the late Douglas Adams' books 3-5 of the "trilogy". At the beginning of the first new episode, Jones' voice begins, then is replaced by Franklyn as Arthur's copy of the Book undergoes an "upgrade". Phase 4 ("Quandary") is slated for 2005, with phase 5 ("Quintessential") to follow. [September 2004]

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