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Date of Birth 18 February 1899Pembroke, Wales, UK
Date of Death 6 September 1992Norwood, England, UK

Mini Bio (1)

Mervyn Johns was born on February 18, 1899 in Pembroke, Wales. He was an actor, known for Dead of Night (1945), A Christmas Carol (1951) and Moby Dick (1956). He was married to Diana Churchill and Alyce Steele. He died on September 6, 1992 in Norwood, England.

Spouse (2)

Diana Churchill (1976 - 6 September 1992) (his death)
Alyce Steele (c. 1920 - 1971) (her death)

Trivia (8)

Father of actress Glynis Johns, who appeared with him in The Halfway House (1944) and The Sundowners (1960).
Stocky, benevolent-looking Welsh character who became an unexpected star of British movies during WWII, then moved quickly into post-war supports, with one of his fondly-remembered parts being that of the cowering "Bob Cratchit" to Alastair Sim's cold-hearted "Ebenezer Scrooge" in the definitive film version of A Christmas Carol (1951).
First wife, Alyce Steele (c. 1920 - 1971), was an Australian concert pianist. Another source gives the spelling of her name as Alys Maude Steel-Payne.
Ex-father-in-law of Anthony Forwood.
Grandfather of Gareth Forwood.
Had a knack for playing slightly ethereal or frightened little men, at his best in one of the chapters of Dead of Night (1945).
Gold medal graduate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Acted for eight years in repertory theatre in Bristol.
Prior to his acting career was a medical student at London Hospital. Served with the Royal Flying Corps during World War I.

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