Michael Wilding (I) (1912–1979)

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Born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England on July 23, 1912, Wilding became a commercial artist after leaving school. He gained employment in the art department of a film studio in London in 1933, and he was soon approached by producers to become a movie star-in-training due to his dashing good looks. After debuting at age 21 in Bitter Sweet (1933), ... See full bio »


(age 66) in London, England, UK

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Stage Fright Ordinary Smith
Under Capricorn Hon. Charles Adare
The Scarlet Coat Maj. John Andre
An Ideal Husband Viscount Arthur Goring


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 1973 Frankenstein: The True Story (TV Movie)
Sir Richard Fanshawe
 1972 Lady Caroline Lamb
Lord Holland
 1970/I Waterloo
 1970 The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens (TV Movie)
 1968 Mannix (TV Series)
Phillip Montford
- A View of Nowhere (1968) ... Phillip Montford
 1968 The Sweet Ride
Bill Cartwright
 1968 Code Name, Red Roses
English General
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Major Tucker
- The Fatal Mistake (1966) ... Major Tucker
 1966 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Franz Joseph
- The Lethal Eagle Affair (1966) ... Franz Joseph
 1963 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Dr. Alan Steiner
- Who Killed Sweet Betsy ? (1963) ... Dr. Alan Steiner
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
David Saunders
- Last Seen Wearing Blue Jeans (1963) ... David Saunders
 1962 A Girl Named Tamiko
Nigel Costairs
 1962 Saints and Sinners (TV Series)
Sir Robert
- A Night of Horns and Bells (1962) ... Sir Robert
 1961 The Best of Enemies
Lt. Burke
 1961 The Naked Edge
Morris Brooke
 1960 The World of Suzie Wong
Ben Marlowe
 1958-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Chris Hughes / Sir John Alexander
- Dark as the Night (1959) ... Chris Hughes
- Verdict of Three (1958) ... Sir John Alexander
 1959 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
Stephen MacIllroy
- The Case of the Two Sisters (1959) ... Stephen MacIllroy
 1959 Breakout
Major Charles Marquand
 1958 Target (TV Series)
- The Clean Kill (1958)
 1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Lieutenant MacKenzie Barton
- The Volcano Seat (1958) ... Lieutenant MacKenzie Barton (uncredited)
 1957 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
Colonel Blood
- The Trial of Colonel Blood (1957) ... Colonel Blood
 1956 Zarak
Maj. Michael Ingram
 1955-1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Captain Robert Wilton / Robert Marryot
- Stranger in the Night (1956) ... Captain Robert Wilton
- Cavalcade (1955) ... Robert Marryot
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
David Scott
- The Carroll Formula (1956) ... David Scott
 1955 The Scarlet Coat
Maj. John Andre
 1955 The Glass Slipper
Prince Charles
 1954 The Egyptian
 1953 Torch Song
Tye Graham
 1952 Trent's Last Case
Philip Trent
 1952 Derby Day
David Scott
 1951 The Lady with a Lamp
Sidney Herbert (Lord Herbert of Lea)
 1951 The Law and the Lady
Nigel Duxbury
 1950 Man in the Dinghy
Nicholas Foster
 1950 Stage Fright
Ordinary Smith
 1949 Maytime in Mayfair
Michael Gore-Brown
 1949 Under Capricorn
Hon. Charles Adare
 1948 Spring in Park Lane
 1947 An Ideal Husband
Viscount Arthur Goring
 1947 Katy's Love Affair
Sir Edward Courtney
 1946 Carnival
Maurice Avery
 1946 Piccadilly Incident
Capt. Alan Pearson
 1944 Her Man Gilbey
Tom Gilbey
 1943 Dear Octopus
Nicholas Randolph
 1943 Underground Guerrillas
 1942 Secret Mission
Nobby Clark
 1942 In Which We Serve
 1942 The Big Blockade
Captain (uncredited)
 1941 Mr. Proudfoot Shows a Light (Short)
RAF Officer
 1941 Ships with Wings
Lieut. Grant
 1941 Bombsight Stolen
Alan Trently
 1941 The Remarkable Mr. Kipps
Ronnie Walshingham
 1941 The Farmer's Wife
Richard Coaker
 1941 Three Wise Brides
Tony Fox-Collier
 1940 Sailors Don't Care
 1940 Three Cockeyed Sailors
 1940 Tilly of Bloomsbury
Percy Welwyn
 1940 Convoy
 1939 There Ain't No Justice
Len Charteris
 1939 False Rapture
 1939 The Outsider
Reporter (uncredited)
 1936 Wrath of Jealousy
Dr. Hutherford
 1936 When Knights Were Bold
Soldier (uncredited)
 1935 Late Extra
Newspaper Telephone Operator (uncredited)
 1934 The Man Who Knew Too Much
Man at Clay Pigeon Shoot (uncredited)
 1934 The Rise of Catherine the Great
Regiment Soldier (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1933 Channel Crossing
Passenger Boarding Ferry (uncredited)
 1933 The Charming Deceiver
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1933 Bitter Sweet
Extra (uncredited)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (11 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (11 credits)

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Stage Play: Mary, Mary. Comedy. Written by Jean Kerr. Directed by Joseph Anthony. Helen Hayes Theatre (moved to The Morosco Theatre from 30 Nov 1964- close): 8 Mar 1961- 12 Dec 1964 (1572 performances + 2 previews that began on 6 Mar 1961). Cast: Barbara Bel Geddes (as "Mary McKellaway"), Barry Nelson (as "Bob McKellaway"), Michael Rennie ... See more »

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You can pick out actors by the glazed look that comes into their eyes when the conversation wanders away from themselves. See more »


He gave up acting (a job he often claimed he hated) for a time, and became an agent working for the agency established by another ex-actor, his friend Hugh French. His clients included Richard Burton, then the husband of Wilding's ex-wife Elizabeth Taylor. However, Wilding proved a failure as an agent ("I didn't know how to make deals", he said) and went back to acting. See more »

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