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Willoughby Gray

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Willoughby Gray (5 November 1916 – 13 February 1993) was an English actor of stage and screen born in London. (Though several sources suggest he was born in Aberdeen, Scotland). He was the stepson of Henry Pownall, as his father, Captain John Gray, was killed in Iraq close to the time of his birth. John Willoughby Gray served with distinction during the Second World War with GHQ Liaison Regiment (Phantom). For most of the campaign in Europe he commanded a patrol with 11th Armoured Division. For his gallant and distinguished services in the North West Europe campaign, he was appointed MBE. His recommendation reads: "Captain Gray has commanded a divisional patrol with outstanding success throughout the campaign. The resource and initiative shown by him at all times has resulted in a great deal of vital information reaching Army and Corps HQ much more quickly than would otherwise have been the case, In addition, he has shown great enterprise and complete disregard for his own personal safety on many occasions, notably whilst carrying out reconnaissances in the Antwerp area during the advance through Belgium. The bearing of this officer under arduous conditions and his cheerfulness and willingness to do any work delegated to him unhesitatingly have been an example to those with whom he came in contact." He achieved popularity in the mid-1950s after making 38 appearances on the television series The Adventures of Robin Hood. He appeared as 'Pete' in Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party on its very first run in 1958, this being just one of countless stage performances he made. Though over-shadowed by his stage career, Gray made a handful of incredibly popular films, notably as a priest in Laurence Olivier's film Richard III (1955), The Mummy (1959), Absolution (1978), The Hit(1984), the James Bond film A View to a Kill (1985) as retired Nazi doctor and Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) henchman Karl Mortner/Hans Glaub,[1] and as the elderly and kind king in The Princess Bride (1987). In the late 1980s, he appeared in the BBC drama Howards' Way as banker Sir John Stevens. In Sergei Bondarchuk's 1970 film Waterloo, he is credited as both an actor (playing Captain Ramsey) and a military consultant.[2] Gray died aged 76 in February 1993. His wife, who wrote as Felicity Gray,(Nee Margaret Andraea) was a choreographer, speaker and writer on ballet, who notably taught Gene Tierney for her role in Never Let Me Go. Description above from the Wikipedia article Willoughby Gray, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Nov 6, 1916 In London - England - UK
Movie/TV Credits:
13
First Appeared:
In the movie Guilt Is My Shadow 1950-03-22
Latest Project:
Movie The Princess Bride 1987-09-25
Known For
Poster of Waugh on Crime
Poster of Dr. Finlay's Casebook
Poster of The Adventures of Robin Hood
Poster of Stranger from Venus
Filmography
Movie The Princess Bride The King 1987-09-25
Movie A View to a Kill Dr. Carl Mortner 1985-05-24
Movie The Hit Judge 1984-09-12
Movie The Gamekeeper The Duke 1980-01-01
Movie Absolution Brigadier Walsh 1978-06-05
Movie Dead Cert Coroner 1974-05-01
Movie Waterloo Ramsey 1970-10-26
Series Waugh on Crime Unknown 1970-12-04
Movie The Dirty Dozen German Officer (uncredited) 1967-06-15
Series Dr. Finlay's Casebook Unknown 1962-08-16
Series The Adventures of Robin Hood Unknown 1955-09-26
Movie Stranger from Venus Tom Harding 1954-08-23
Movie Guilt Is My Shadow Detective 1950-03-22