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Gordon Jackson (I) (1923–1990)

Gordon Cameron Jackson was born on December 19, 1923, in Glasgow, Scotland, the youngest of five children, whose father taught painting in the city. His interest in acting began during his school years, when he took part in many amateur productions. This led to him being spotted by the BBC, and that led to work in such radio shows such as "... See full bio »

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The Great Escape
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The Professionals
The Professionals George Cowley
The Ipcress File
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 1991 The Play on One (TV Series)
Jessop Brown
- Effie's Burning (1991) ... Jessop Brown
 1989 An Invitation to Remember (TV Series)
- Gordon Jackson (1989) ... Actor
 1989 Mystery!: Campion (TV Series)
Professor Gardner Cairey
- Look to the Lady: Part 2 (1989) ... Professor Gardner Cairey
- Look to the Lady: Part 1 (1989) ... Professor Gardner Cairey
 1989 The Lady and the Highwayman (TV Movie)
 1988 Noble House (TV Mini-Series)
Supt. Armstrong
- Part IV (1988) ... Supt. Armstrong
- Part III (1988) ... Supt. Armstrong
- Part II (1988) ... Supt. Armstrong
- Part I (1988) ... Supt. Armstrong
 1986 Gunpowder
Sir Anthony Phelps
 1986 The Whistle Blower
 1986 My Brother Tom (TV Mini-Series)
Lockie McGibbon
 1985 The Shooting Party
Tom Harker
 1985 The ZAZ
The Commander
 1984 Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (TV Movie)
Alec MacDonald
 1984 Father's Day (TV Series)
- Affairs in Order (1984) ... Doctor
 1983 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Sir William Belgrave
- Harts and Hounds (1983) ... Sir William Belgrave
 1981 A Town Like Alice (TV Mini-Series)
Noel Strachan
 1979 The Last Giraffe (TV Movie)
 1978 The Medusa Touch
Dr. Johnson
 1977 Golden Rendezvous
Dr. Marston
 1977 Supernatural (TV Mini-Series)
Howard Lawrence
- Night of the Marionettes (1977) ... Howard Lawrence
 1977 Spectre (TV Movie)
Inspector Cabell
 1976 Sonntagsgeschichten (TV Movie)
Mr. Dunner
 1976 Hadleigh (TV Series)
Alan Mannett
- Favours (1976) ... Alan Mannett
 1975 The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series)
The Butler
- 1975 Christmas Show (1975) ... The Butler
 1975 Russian Roulette
 1960-1973 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Major Browne / The Officer
- The Square of Three (1973) ... Major Browne
- Hold My Hand, Soldier (1960) ... The Officer
 1973 Centre Play (TV Series)
- Places Where They Sing (1973) ... Pops
 1972 Budgie (TV Series)
Soapy Simon
- And the Lord Taketh Away (1972) ... Soapy Simon
 1972 The Befrienders (TV Series)
Det. Insp. Calder
- Hunted (1972) ... Det. Insp. Calder
 1972 Madame Sin
Commander Cavendish
 1971 On the Run
Mr. Mallory
 1971 Lollipop Loves Mr Mole (TV Series)
Dr. McGregor
- Doctor Fruit Cake (1971) ... Dr. McGregor
 1970 Menace (TV Series)
- Trespasser (1970) ... Lander
 1970 Scrooge
Tom - Friend of Harry's
 1970 Confession (TV Series)
- Allergy (1970) ... Jim
 1970 The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens (TV Movie)
The Narrator (voice)
 1970 W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series)
Dr. MacPhail
- Rain (1970) ... Dr. MacPhail
 1969 Hamlet
 1969 Detective (TV Series)
Tommy Rankin
- The Singing Sands (1969) ... Tommy Rankin
 1969 Run Wild, Run Free
Mr. Ransome
 1968 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Father Joseph
- Wind Versus Polygamy (1968) ... Father Joseph
 1968 Mystery and Imagination (TV Series)
- Casting the Runes (1968) ... Gayton
 1967 Danger Route
Brian Stern
 1967 Escape (TV Series)
- Three to a Cell (1967) ... Frank
 1967 The Night of the Generals
Captain Engel
 1967 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
- Drama '67: Myopia (1967) ... Philip
 1966 Triple Cross
British Sergeant Questioning Chapman (uncredited)
 1966 The Fighting Prince of Donegal
Captain Leeds
 1966 Mogul (TV Series)
Alan Prescott
- Happy Landings (1966) ... Alan Prescott
 1966 This Man Craig (TV Series)
Kenneth Woodburn
- Old Flame (1966) ... Kenneth Woodburn
 1966 Cast a Giant Shadow
James MacAfee
 1966 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
Davie Todd
- The Seniority Rule (1966) ... Davie Todd
 1965 The Avengers (TV Series)
- Castle De'ath (1965) ... Ian
 1965 Blackmail (TV Series)
Tony Barton
- The Lowest Bidder (1965) ... Tony Barton
 1965 Operation Crossbow
R.A.F. Pilot (scenes deleted)
 1965 The Ipcress File
Jock Carswell
 1965 Gideon C.I.D. (TV Series)
Sgt. McKinnon
- The Thin Red Line (1965) ... Sgt. McKinnon
 1964 Daylight Robbery
 1964 Benbow Was His Name (TV Movie)
 1964 The Long Ships
 1963 Ghost Squad (TV Series)
Mike Ferrers
- The Golden Silence (1963) ... Mike Ferrers
 1963 Hold My Hand, Soldier (TV Movie)
 1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Kenneth Scoones
- The Bergonzi Hand (1963) ... Kenneth Scoones
 1963 Suspense (TV Series)
Steven Grainger
- One Step from the Pavement (1963) ... Steven Grainger
 1960 Snowball
Bill Donovan
 1960 Tunes of Glory
Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C.
 1960 The Soldier's Tale (TV Movie)
The Narrator
 1960 Trouble in the Sky
Capt. Jock Bateson
 1959 The Price of Silence
Roger Fenton
 1959 Never Die (TV Movie)
Ian 'Jock' Bell
 1959 Devil's Bait
Sergeant Malcolm
 1959 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- Oggie (1959) ... Smith
 1959 The Vise (TV Series)
- The Penny Black (1959) ... Simms
 1959 Chance Meeting
 1959 The Bridal Path
PC Alec
 1955-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Neil McCulloch / John Shand
- Proud Passage (1959) ... Dr. Neil McCulloch
 1959 Meeting at Night (TV Movie)
Hector Maclachlan
 1959 Three Crooked Men
Don Wescot
 1959 Dial 999 (TV Series)
Ted Morgan
- Down to the Sea (1959) ... Ted Morgan
 1959 The Navy Lark
Leading Seaman Johnson
 1958 Blind Spot
'Chalky' White
 1958 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
- The Profiteer (1958) ... Andrew
 1957 The Film That Never Was (Short)
 1957 Black Ice
 1957/II Violent Stranger
Jimmy Norris
 1957 Hell Drivers
 1956 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
- Winning Sequence (1956) ... Angus
 1956 Pacific Destiny
District Officer
 1956 Blonde Bait
 1956 Women Without Men
 1955 Moby Dick Rehearsed (TV Movie)
A Young Actor / Ishmael
 1955 Windfall
 1955 The Quatermass Xperiment
BBC TV producer
 1955 Passage Home
Ted Burns
 1955 The Delavine Affair
 1954 The Love Lottery
 1953 Meet Mr. Lucifer
 1953 The Quatermass Experiment (TV Series)
Television Director
- Contact Has Been Established (1953) ... Television Director
 1953 Malta Story
British Soldier (uncredited)
 1953 Seagulls Over Sorrento (TV Movie)
Able-Seaman Haggis Mcintosh
 1953 Death Goes to School
Detective Inspector Campbell
 1952 Castle in the Air
 1951 The Lady with a Lamp
Dr. Anson
 1951 Happy Go Lovely
Paul Tracy
 1950 Bitter Springs
 1949 Stop Press Girl
Jock Melville
 1949 Floodtide
David Shields
 1948 Against the Wind
 1946 The Captive Heart
Lieut. Lennox
 1945 Pink String and Sealing Wax
David Sutton
 1943 San Demetrio London
Messboy John Jamieson
 1943 Millions Like Us
 1943 Nine Men
The Young 'un
 1943 Women Aren't Angels
Man in small orchestra
 1942 The Foreman Went to France
Alastair 'Jock' MacFarlan, 19th Fusillers
 1942 One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared as Banquo in William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" at the Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England, with Nicol Williamson, Helen Mirren, Patricia Hayes, Frank Thornton, Benedict Taylor, Malcolm Tierney, Matthew Guinness, Angela Phillips, Ian McDiarmid, Richard Griffiths, and Ron Pember ... See more »

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[12/8/81, interview in The London Times] I wish I had the nerve really to surprise myself or an audience, but I don't; I go on stage so totally pre-programmed that if a bomb fell I'd still say my next line. That's the only way I know how to do it.


Along with future Prime Minister James Callaghan, Jackson participated in a visit to Stalingrad organised by the Labour Party in December 1945. See more »

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