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Frederick Treves obituary

3 February 2012 11:15 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A familiar face on stage and screen, he often played authority figures

In an acting career that lasted for well over half a century, Frederick Treves, who has died aged 86, specialised in playing men in positions of authority – senior police officers, peers, admirals, colonels and scientists. He was a tall man with a heavily jowled, amiable face, a hawk-like profile and a patrician bearing. A regular National Theatre player, he supported many television dramas, including The Regiment (1973), a BBC series set in India; Destiny, David Edgar's 1978 Play for Today; The Jewel in the Crown (1984); The Invisible Man (1984); Poirot (1991); Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1997); and The Rector's Wife (1994). In all of these disparate productions, he played a colonel.

Treves was the great-nephew of Sir Frederick Treves, the surgeon who rescued Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man" (he also had a role as an alderman in David Lynch's 1980 film about the case). He was born in Margate, »

- Gavin Gaughan

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