John Standing Poster


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Overview (2)

Born in London, England, UK
Birth NameJohn Ronald Leon

Mini Bio (1)

Sir John Standing is one of England's most respected stage, film and television actors. From a distinguished acting dynasty which includes his great-grandfather Herbert Standing (1846-1923) and his grandfather Sir Guy Standing (1873-1937) and his mother, the actress Kay Hammond. He succeeded his father Sir Ronald Leon, as the 4th baronet in 1964. Sir John has worked productively on both the London and New York stages over the decades with leading parts in "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Ring Around the Moon," "A Sense of Detachment" by John Osborne, and, most notably, in Noël Coward's "Private Lives," with Maggie Smith. Lesser known for his film work, he has nevertheless supported and enhanced such cinematic offerings as Young and Willing (1962), his debut film, King Rat (1965), The Psychopath (1966), Walk Don't Run (1966), The Eagle Has Landed (1976), The Elephant Man (1980), Nightflyers (1987), Mrs Dalloway (1997), and A Good Woman (2004). His prestigious television roles have included the classic mini-series The First Churchills (1969), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), and The Choir (1995), and King Solomon's Mines (2004). In the U.S., he has graced numerous weekly programmes including L.A. Law (1986), Civil Wars (1991), and Murder, She Wrote (1984) and co-starred briefly with Robert Wagner and the late Samantha Smith in the action series Lime Street (1985), which ended abruptly with the young girl's death in a plane crash. The 13-year-old Smith became an instant celebrity after writing a touching and concerned letter to the then Soviet President Yuri Andropov about the relations between the two dominant powers and being invited to Russia. His second wife is the actress Sarah Forbes, who is the daughter of the director Bryan Forbes and actress Nanette Newman.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (2)

Sarah Forbes (7 April 1984 - present) (3 children)
Jill Melford (1961 - 1972) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (13)

Stepson of Sir John Clements.
Son of Kay Hammond and Sir Ronald Leon, third baronet.
Grandson of Sir Guy Standing and actress Dorothy Hammond
Son-in-law of Bryan Forbes and Nanette Newman.
Makes spoken contribution to tracks "Elements" and "Ramblin' Man" on album "Lost Horizons" by Lemon Jelly (XL Recordings/Impotent Fury, 2002).
Succeeded his father as the fourth baronet in 1964.
Grandnephew of Wyndham Standing and Jack Standing.
Nephew of Guy Standing Jr. and 'Michael Standing.
Great-grandson of Herbert Standing.
Half brother of Anne Leon.
Former brother-in-law of Michael Gough, who was married to his half sister Anne Leon.
His parents used to own Bletchley Park, which was subsequently used by the British Government as its codebreaking centre in World War II.
Although he played Peter O'Toole's son in Gulliver's Travels (1996), he is only two years younger than him in real life.

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