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Alec McCowen

Alec McCowen, the English actor, was born on May 26, 1925 in Tunbridge Wells, England. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his professional debut in 1942. He established his reputation in classical stage roles, appearing in the ensemble of Laurence Olivier's famed duo-production of William Shakespeare's "Anthony & ... See full bio »
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Gangs of New York
Gangs of New York Reverend Raleigh
Frenzy Chief Inspector Oxford
The Age of Innocence
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Never Say Never Again


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 2002 Gangs of New York
Reverend Raleigh (as Alec Mccowen)
 2001 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Sir Christian Aubrey
- The Electric Vendetta (2001) ... Sir Christian Aubrey
 2000 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Mr. Jorkins
 2000 Longitude (TV Movie)
Sir Frank Dyson
 1999 Kavanagh QC (TV Series)
Mr. Justice Mansell
- Previous Convictions (1999) ... Mr. Justice Mansell
 1998 The American (TV Movie)
Henry James (voice)
 1996 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
- A Day on the Mountain (1996) ... Narrator (voice)
 1995 Cruel Train (TV Movie)
Supt. Fish
 1992-1994 Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (TV Mini-Series)
- King Richard III (1994) ... Narrator (voice)
- Macbeth (1992) ... Narrator (voice)
 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
Father Eugene McCarthy
- Maria's Child (1992) ... Father Eugene McCarthy
 1983-1989 Storyboard (TV Series)
Aeneas Sampson / Palfrey
- Hunted Down (1989) ... Aeneas Sampson
- The Traitor (1983) ... Palfrey
 1989 Bergerac (TV Series)
- Trenchard's Last Case (1989) ... Trenchard
 1987 Cry Freedom
Acting High Commissioner
 1987 Personal Services
Wing Commander Morten
 1985 The Assam Garden
Mr. Philpott
 1984 Squaring the Circle (TV Movie)
 1984 The World Walk (TV Movie)
Albert Speer
 1983 Forever Young
Father Vincent
 1982 All for Love (TV Series)
- A Dedicated Man (1982) ... Silcox
 1981 Plays for Pleasure (TV Series)
- The Reason of Things (1981) ... Ralph
 1980 Twelfth Night (TV Movie)
 1979 Henry V (TV Movie)
 1979 Hanover Street
Major Trumbo
 1978 Stevie
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
The Count
- When the Actors Come (1978) ... The Count
 1977 The Sunday Drama (TV Series)
- The Late Wife (1977) ... Lampard
 1976 Private Lives (TV Movie)
Elyot Chase
 1976 Centre Play (TV Series)
- Showcase: A Man of Morality (1976) ... Finn
 1974 The President's Last Tape (TV Movie)
Nicholas Hathaway, President of the United States
 1973 Great Mysteries (TV Series)
James Addishaw
- A Point of Law (1973) ... James Addishaw
 1973 Chronicle (TV Series documentary)
D.H. Lawrence
 1972 Travels with My Aunt
Henry Pulling
 1972 Play for Today (TV Series)
- Triple Exposure (1972) ... Percy
 1972 The Man Outside (TV Series)
- The Birdwatcher (1972) ... Whichelow
 1970 The Hawaiians
Micah Hale
 1970 Solo (TV Series)
Van Gogh
- Alec McCowen as Van Gogh (1970) ... Van Gogh
 1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
- The Family Reunion (1966) ... Harry
 1966 The Witches
Alan Bax
 1965-1966 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Alfred Poole / Private Secretary
- Ape and Essence (1966) ... Alfred Poole
- Sir Jocelyn, the Minister Would Like a Word... (1965) ... Private Secretary
 1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
- 'Twas on a Sunday (1966) ... Willie
 1965 The Agony and the Ecstasy (uncredited)
 1957-1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Rope (1957) ... Brandon
 1963 In the Cool of the Day
Dickie Bayliss
 1963 The Plane Makers (TV Series)
John Rodway
- A Good Night's Work (1963) ... John Rodway
 1962 Studio 4 (TV Series)
Tom O'Neill
- Call Me Back (1962) ... Tom O'Neill
 1959-1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Victor Leach
- The Mirror Maze (1960)
- Sunday Out of Season (1959) ... Victor Leach
 1959 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
 1952-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Edgar Perry / Alexander Wood / Johnny Pringle / ...
- The Picnic at Sakkara (1959) ... Edgar Perry
- Touch Wood (1958) ... Alexander Wood
- The Quiet Ones (1957) ... Johnny Pringle
- Twilight of a Warrior (1956) ... Ross Adam
- Idiot's Delight (1955) ... Quillary
 1958 Television Playwright (TV Series)
Sammy Noles
- Call Me a Liar (1958) ... Sammy Noles
 1958 The Little Beggars (TV Movie)
Mack Heath
 1958 The Silent Enemy
Able Seaman Morgan
 1957-1958 Angel Pavement (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1958) ... Turgis
- Episode #1.3 (1958) ... Turgis
- Episode #1.2 (1958) ... Turgis
- Episode #1.1 (1957) ... Turgis
 1957 The One That Got Away
Duty Officer, Hucknall
 1957 Time Without Pity
Alec Graham
 1957 Town on Trial
Peter Crowley (as Alec Mc Cowen)
 1956 The Third Key
House Surgeon (as Alec McOwen)
 1956 No Man's Land (TV Movie)
Major Richard Weston
 1956 Private's Progress
2nd Medical Orderly (uncredited)
 1955 The Deep Blue Sea
Ken Thompson
 1954 The Divided Heart
 1953 Escapade (TV Movie)
Daventry (as Alex McCowen)
 1953 The Cruel Sea
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Other Works:

He acted in Francoise Sagan's play, "Castle in Sweden," at the Piccadilly Theatre in London, England with Diane Cilento, Jack Gwillim, Jill Bennett, Gary Raymond, and Lally Bowers in the cast. Peter Coe was director. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 28 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Alec Mc Cowen | Alec McCowan | Alexander D. McCowen | Alex McCowen | Alec McOwen | Alec Mccowen

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He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1972 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama. See more »

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