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Date of Birth 13 January 1923Chingford, Essex, England, UK
Date of Death 22 May 2001Chelmsford, Essex, England, UK  (cancer)
Birth NameJack Stanley Watling

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Jack Watling was born on January 13, 1923 in Chingford, Essex, England as Jack Stanley Watling. He was an actor, known for The Power Game (1965), The Plane Makers (1963) and Sink the Bismarck! (1960). He was married to Patricia Hicks. He died on May 22, 2001 in Chelmsford, Essex.

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Patricia Hicks (1947 - 22 May 2001) (his death) (4 children)

Trivia (6)

Originally cast in the character role of "Prof. Travers" in Doctor Who (1963): "The Invasion". However, the part was thought to be too small for an actor of Watling's stature, so the character was renamed "Prof. Watkins" and given to Edward Burnham.
Chairman of the Royal Theatrical Fund from 1985.
Youthful-looking actor in post-war British films, often as smooth or shifty small-time crooks, later in leading roles.
Studied acting at the Italia Conti Stage School and made his theatrical debut in the 1939 musical 'Where the Rainbow Ends'. Wartime service with the RAF. On Broadway from 1950, then mostly screen work. From the 1960's, active on the West End stage, frequently in plays by Terence Rattigan, John Osborne or George Bernard Shaw.
Son of a travelling scrap metal dealer.

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