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Valentine Dyall (1908–1985)


He could have been described as the "British Vincent Price". This distinguished actor was probably best known for his voice work. His low, resonant and mellifluous tones were employed to chill and excite for at least half a century. His most famous radio role was as "The Man In Black", back in the late 1940s, but he was making radio appearances as... See full bio »

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Known For

The Haunting
The Haunting Mr. Dudley
(1963)
The City of the Dead
The City of the Dead Jethrow Keane
(1960)
Bizarre
Bizarre The Mummy
(1970)
Treasure Island
Treasure Island Dr. Livesey
(1957)

Filmography

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 1986 Masterpiece Mystery (TV Series)
Lorrimer
 1985 Love's Labour's Lost (TV Movie)
Marcade
 1984 Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (TV Mini-Series)
Lorrimer
- Part 3 (1984) ... Lorrimer
- Part 2 (1984) ... Lorrimer
- Part 1 (1984) ... Lorrimer
 1984 The Tragedy of Coriolanus (TV Movie)
Adrian
 1984 Horizon (TV Series documentary)
Professor Fisher
- The Intelligence Man (1984) ... Professor Fisher
 1983 Martin Luther, Heretic (TV Movie)
Chancellor
 1983 The Black Adder (TV Series)
Angus, A Lord
- Witchsmeller Pursuivant (1983) ... Angus, A Lord
 1979-1983 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Black Guardian / The Guardian
- Enlightenment: Part Four (1983) ... Black Guardian
- Enlightenment: Part Three (1983) ... Black Guardian
- Enlightenment: Part Two (1983) ... Black Guardian
- Enlightenment: Part One (1983) ... Black Guardian
- Terminus: Part Four (1983) ... Black Guardian
 1982-1983 Nanny (TV Series)
Bloss
- A Sense of Duty (1983) ... Bloss
- Crossing the Line (1982) ... Bloss
 1982 Britannia Hospital
Mr. Rochester
 1981 Sapphire & Steel (TV Series)
Radio Broadcast Voice
- Assignment Five: Part 1 (1981) ... Radio Broadcast Voice (voice)
 1981 Peter and Paul (TV Movie)
Seneca
 1981 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (TV Series)
Deep Thought
- Episode #1.4 (1981) ... Deep Thought (voice)
 1981 All's Well That Ends Well (TV Movie)
The Astringer
 1980 Q5 (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #5.3 (1980) ... Various Characters
- Episode #5.2 (1980) ... Various Characters
 1980 Blake's 7 (TV Series)
Norl
- City at the Edge of the World (1980) ... Norl
 1977-1979 Secret Army (TV Series)
Dr. Pascal Keldermans
- The Execution (1979) ... Dr. Pascal Keldermans
- Days of Judgement (1979) ... Dr. Pascal Keldermans
- Collaborator (1979) ... Dr. Pascal Keldermans
- Just Light the Blue Touch-Paper (1979) ... Dr. Pascal Keldermans
- Ambush (1979) ... Dr. Pascal Keldermans
 1979 Arabian Adventure
Jinnee (voice)
 1979 The Old Crowd (TV Movie)
Oscar
 1978 The Losers (TV Series)
Adrian
- The Naming of Parts (1978) ... Adrian
 1978 A Child's Voice (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1978 In the Looking Glass (TV Series)
Stodge's Boss
- The Centre of the Earth (1978) ... Stodge's Boss
 1977 Come Play with Me
Minister of Finance
 1976 Hogg's Back (TV Series)
Tramp
- Episode #2.3 (1976) ... Tramp
 1975 Shadows (TV Series)
Radio Voice
- Dutch Schlitz's Shoes (1975) ... Radio Voice (voice)
 1975 Not on Your Nellie (TV Series)
Voice On Horror Film
- A-Haunting We Will Go (1975) ... Voice On Horror Film
 1975 The Great McGonagall
Army Sergeant / Lord Tennyson / Doctor / ...
 1974 The Beast Must Die
Narrator of the Werewolf Break (voice, uncredited)
 1971-1972 Bright's Boffins (TV Series)
Chandler / Estate agent
- Buried Treasure (1972) ... Chandler
- House Hunting (1971) ... Estate agent
 1971-1972 The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.14 (1972) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.12 (1971) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.11 (1971) ... Various Characters
 1971 Six Dates with Barker (TV Series)
Lord Kitchener
- 1915: Lola (1971) ... Lord Kitchener
 1971 Lust for a Vampire
Count Karnstein (voice, uncredited)
 1970 Oh in Colour (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.6 (1970) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.1 (1970) ... Various Characters
 1970 Freewheelers (TV Series)
O'Toole
- Agincourt (1970) ... O'Toole
- Merely Players (1970) ... O'Toole
- Spartika (1970) ... O'Toole
- Package Deal (1970) ... O'Toole
- A Thing Like Death (1970) ... O'Toole
 1970 Bizarre
The Mummy (voice)
 1969 Slim John (TV Series)
Dr. Brain
 1968 The Avengers (TV Series)
Butler
- You'll Catch Your Death (1968) ... Butler
 1968 The Devil in the Fog (TV Series)
The Stranger
- ... This Fell Serjeant, Death ... (1968) ... The Stranger
- Some Are Born of Greatness... (1968) ... The Stranger
 1968 Oedipus the King
Chorus leader (voice)
 1967 Bedazzled
God (voice, uncredited)
 1967 The Dream World of Harrison Marks
Narrator (voice)
 1967 Casino Royale
Vesper Lynd's Assistant / Dr. Noah's Voice (uncredited)
 1967 The Night of the Generals
German Radio Announcer (voice, uncredited)
 1966 Mogul (TV Series)
Arab Chauffeur
- Baptism of Fire (1966) ... Arab Chauffeur
 1966 The Wrong Box
Oliver Pike Harmsworth
 1965 One Man Band
Sir Lance Corporal
 1964 Sykes and A... (TV Series)
 1964 The Horror of It All
Reginald Marley
 1964 First Men in the Moon
Narrator (uncredited)
 1964 Room at the Bottom (TV Series)
BBC doctor
- A Job with the Other Lot (1964) ... BBC doctor
 1963 The Haunting
Mr. Dudley
 1960-1962 The Cheaters (TV Series)
Inspector Kellogg
- Single or Double Indemnity (1962) ... Inspector Kellogg
- Killian's Cut (1962) ... Inspector Kellogg
- Libel (1961) ... Inspector Kellogg
- The Legacy (1961) ... Inspector Kellogg
- Intent to Defraud (1960) ... Inspector Kellogg
 1961 Fate Takes a Hand
Wilson
 1961 Top Secret (TV Series)
President
- The Inca Dove (1961) ... President
 1961 Court of Mystery (TV Series)
President of the Court
- The Flying Saucer (1961) ... President of the Court
- The Ship That Vanished (1961) ... President of the Court
- The Man Who Made Insects (1961) ... President of the Court
- The Case of the Mary Celeste (1961) ... President of the Court
- The Case of the Eilean Mòr Light (1961) ... President of the Court
 1961 Fury at Smugglers' Bay
Narrator (uncredited)
 1960 The City of the Dead
Jethrow Keane
 1960 Identity Unknown
Ambrose
 1960 Night Train for Inverness
Inspector Kent (uncredited)
 1958 Drake's Progress (TV Series)
- Episode #2.6 (1958)
- Episode #2.5 (1958)
- Episode #2.4 (1958)
- Episode #2.3 (1958)
- Episode #2.2 (1958)
 1957 Treasure Island (TV Series)
Dr. Livesey
- The Treasure Hunt (1957) ... Dr. Livesey
- The Stockade (1957) ... Dr. Livesey
- The Island (1957) ... Dr. Livesey
- The Plot to Mutiny (1957) ... Dr. Livesey
- Long John Silver (1957) ... Dr. Livesey
 1957 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Jonathan Brewster
- Arsenic and Old Lace (1957) ... Jonathan Brewster
 1957 Suspended Alibi
Inspector Kayes
 1956 Son of Fred (TV Series)
Various / Various Characters
- Episode #1.5 (1956) ... Various
- Episode #1.1 (1956) ... Various Characters
 1956 Hancock's Half Hour (TV Series)
Art Connoisseur
- The Artist (1956) ... Art Connoisseur
 1956 The Tony Hancock Show (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.6 (1956) ... Various Characters
 1956 A Show Called Fred (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.5 (1956) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.4 (1956) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.3 (1956) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.2 (1956) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.1 (1956) ... Various Characters
 1956 The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.6 (1956) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.1 (1956) ... Various Characters
 1954 The Devil's Jest
Intelligence Director
 1954 Johnny on the Spot
Walter Tyley
 1953 Strange Stories
Storyteller / Narrator
 1953 Knights of the Round Table
Narrator (uncredited)
 1953 The Final Test
Man in Black (voice, uncredited)
 1951-1952 Whirligig (TV Series)
Gorgol / Gorgot / The Shadow
- Episode #3.6 (1952) ... Gorgol
- Episode #3.5 (1952) ... Gorgol
- Episode #3.4 (1952) ... Gorgot
- Episode #3.3 (1952) ... Gorgot
- Episode #1.18 (1951) ... The Shadow
 1952 Bombay Waterfront
Bradley
 1952 Kaleidoscope (TV Series)
Actor in Explain This! segment
- Episode #6.18 (1952) ... Actor in Explain This! segment
- Episode #6.17 (1952) ... Actor in Explain This! segment
- Episode #6.16 (1952) ... Actor in Explain This! segment
- Episode #6.15 (1952) ... Actor in Explain This! segment
- Episode #6.14 (1952) ... Actor in Explain This! segment
 1952 Ivanhoe
Norman Guard
 1952 Hammer the Toff
Inspector Grice
 1952 Brighthaven Express
Inspector Grice
 1951 A Story of Achievement (Documentary)
Commentator (voice)
 1951 Stranger from Space (TV Series)
Gorgol (2nd series only)
 1951 For the Children (TV Series)
Mesrour
- The Man Who Was Caliph for a Day (1951) ... Mesrour
 1951 Treasure Island (TV Series)
Dr. Livesey
- The Treasure Hunt (1951) ... Dr. Livesey
- Captain Jim (1951) ... Dr. Livesey
- The Stockade (1951) ... Dr. Livesey
- Going Ashore (1951) ... Dr. Livesey
- The Plot to Mutiny (1951) ... Dr. Livesey
 1950 Stranger at My Door
Paul Wheeler
 1950 Room to Let
Dr. Fell
 1950 The Body Said No!
John Sutherland
 1950 Golden Salamander
Ben Ahrim (uncredited)
 1949 The Man in Black
The Man in Black - Story-Teller
 1949 Miss Pilgrim's Progress
Superintendant
 1949 Diamond City
Opening narration (uncredited)
 1949 Vengeance Is Mine
Charles Heywood
 1949 Helter Skelter
Man Telling Story at BBC (uncredited)
 1949 Christopher Columbus
Narrator (voice)
 1949 Man on the Run
Army Judge Advocate
 1949 For Them That Trespass
Toastmaster at Drew Party
 1949 The Case of Charles Peace
Storyteller
 1949 The Queen of Spades
St. Germain's messenger
 1949 The Glass Mountain
Opera Narrator (uncredited)
 1948 The Story of Shirley Yorke
Edward Holt
 1948 Woman Hater
Spencer
 1948 My Brother's Keeper
Inspector
 1948 The Dover Road (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1948 The Ghost of Rashmon Hall
Dr. George Clinton
 1948 Corridor of Mirrors
Counsel for Defence (uncredited)
 1947 Sweeney Todd (TV Movie)
Sweeney Todd
 1947 Bad Sister
Storton
 1946 Pool of Contentment (Short)
Mr. Perfect
 1946 Night Boat to Dublin
Sir George Bell
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
1st. Guardsman
 1945 Pink String and Sealing Wax
Police Inspector
 1945 Brief Encounter
Stephen Lynn - Alec's 'Friend' (uncredited)
 1945 'I Know Where I'm Going!'
Mr. Robinson
 1945 Frenzy
Prefecture of Police
 1944 Henry V
Duke of Burgundy
 1944 Hotel Reserve
Warren Skelton
 1943 Yellow Canary
German Commander
 1943 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
von Schönborn
 1943 The Silver Fleet
Markgraf
 1942 Much Too Shy
Defence Councel (uncredited)
 1942 The Avengers
German Guard at Cell Door Hatchway (uncredited)
 1942 The Missing Million
Supporting Role (uncredited)
Show Show Self (22 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (9 credits)

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Stage: Appeared in Joe Orton's play "What the Butler Saw" at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England, with Betty Marsden and Michael Medwin in the cast. Lindsay Anderson was director. See more »
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Son of Franklin Dyall See more »

Nickname:

The Man in Black

Star Sign:

Taurus

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