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John Stride

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British TV leading man John Stride became a major small screen star in the 1970’s thanks to his highly charismatic performance as David Main in ITV drama The Main Chance which he followed up with an equally winning performance in another ITV series Wilde Alliance.

Film roles tended to be more of a supporting nature, although he had an early lead in 1963 drama Bitter Harvest and scored a prominent in Polanski’s Macbeth.

Born 11 July 1936, he was for a time married to fellow actor Virginia Stride. He retired from acting in the early 1990’s.

TV

1959: Rendezvous: Blind Landing as Leader
1959: ITV Play of the Week: A Touch of the Sun as John Lester
1963: Armchair Theatre: Late Summer as David
1965: The Scarlet and the Black (Serial) as Julien Sorel
1966: Knock on Any Door: Sunday in Prospective as David Burton
1966: Love Story: Dead Set at Dream Boy as James Parker
1967: Thirty-Minute Theatre: Teeth as George Pollock
1967: A Flea in Her Ear as Romain Tournel (One off drama)
1968: Detective: The Golden Dart as James Belsin
1968: The Root of All Evil: The Bonus as David
1968: Jackanory: Elidor as Storyteller
1968: Jackanory: Christmas Stories – The Minstrel and the Mountain as Storyteller
1969: BBC Play of the Month: Relatively Speaking as Greg
1969: BBC Play of the Month: The Heiress as Morris Townsend
1969-1975: The Main Chance (Series) as David Main
1970: W. Somerset Maugham: The Force of Circumstance as Guy Wilkes
1970: ITV Sunday Night Theatre: Visit From A Stranger as Gordon Trappe
1970: Jackanory: The 1000th Jackanory – The King and the Park-Keeper’s Army as Storyteller
1970: Jackanory: Russian Folk Tales as Storyteller
1971: Jackanory: The Griffin and the Minor Canon as Storyteller
1971: Jackanory: Animal Stories – Alexander and the Bucephalus as Storyteller
1973: Once Upon A Time: Frankenstein as Robert Walton
1973: Heil Caesar! (Series) as Mark Antony
1977: Play For Today: A Photograph as Michael Otway
1978: Wilde Alliance (Series) as Rupert Wilde
1978: ITV Playhouse: Hess as Sir Ivone Patrick
1978: Ghost Story For Christmas: The Ice House as Paul
1979: Henry VIII (One off drama) as Henry VIII
1979: Love Among The Artists (Serial) as Owen Jack
1981: Diamonds (Series) as Frank Coleman
1983: Number 10: A Woman of Style as David Lloyd George
1983: Conversations With A Stranger (TV Movie) as Englishman
1985: Thirteen at Dinner (TV Movie) as Film Director
1986: Macho (TV Movie) as Jack Forest
1986: Lytton’s Diary (Series) as Wayne Munroe
1987: Imaginary Friends (Serial) as Professor Tom McCann
1987: Screenplay: The Trial of Klaus Barbie as Procureur General
1989: Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Incredible Theft as Tommy Mayfield
1989: Jumping The Queue (Serial) as Tom
1989: Chelworth (Series) as Ewan Chivers
1990: TECX: Needle in a Haystack as Pierre Belloue
1992: The Old Devils (Serial) as Alun Weaver
1992: Growing Rich (Series) as Sir Bernard Bellamy
1992: The Mixer: The Mixer and the Four Seasons as Maynard Winwood
1993: Alleyn Mysteries: The Nursing Home Murder as Sir Derek O’Callaghan

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1960: Sink The Bismark as Tom Shepherd (Stride was uncredited on screen)
1963: Bitter Harvest as Bob
1971: Macbeth as Ross
1972: Something to Hide as Sergeant Tom Winnington
1974: Juggernaut as Hughes
1975: Brannigan as Inspector Traven
1976: The Omen as The Psychiatrist
1977: A Bridge Too Far as Grenadier Guards Major
1980: Oh Heavenly Dog
1988: Hanna’s War

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Robert Horton

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Robert Horton became a TV star thanks to his role as scout Flint McCullough on the classic Western Wagon Train. Though the series made him a star, Horton chose to leave after his five year contract expired in order to pursue a singing career. He had only moderate success with this endeavor and returned to the Western genre with a starring role in A Man Called Shenandoah which aired for one season.

After that, Horton again concentrated on a singing career along with appearing in various stage productions. He returned to television, this time in daytime drama, with a role in the CBS soap As the World Turns from 1982-84.

Robert Horton Singing

Horton tries his hand at singing.

Key TV Roles
1982-1984: As The World Turns as Whit McColl
1965: A Man Called Shenandoah as Shenandoah
1957: Wagon Train as Flint McCullough (S01-S05)
1955: Kings Row as Drake McHugh

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Googie Withers

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The daughter of a British army captain and his Dutch wife, Googie Withers was sent to a convent school in London at the age of eight and then attended the Italia Conti dance and drama school. She had her first stage experience at the age of 13 and while appearing in cabaret two years later was spotted by a film producer and given a small part in The Girl in the Crowd (1934). There then began a string of stage appearances and. from the mid-Thirties, roles as darkly glamorous or seductively bitchy ladies in thrillers and comedies. At the height of her career she left Britain to live in Australia with her husband, the actor John McCallum. but returned to take the occasional film and television role. In the mid Seventies she was notably successful as the governor of a women’s prison in UK television series Within These Walls.

Daughter Joanna McCallum is also an actress. Googie’s real name was Georgette Lizette and her stage name Googie dates back to the childhood nickname given to her by her nanny.

Born 12 March 1917 in Karachi, in British India and Died 15 July 2011 in Sydney, Australia.

Googie Withers Within These Walls

TV
1953: BBC Sunday Night Theatre: The Public Prosecutor as Theresia Cabarrus
1954: BBC Sunday Night Theatre: The Deep Blue Sea as Hester Collier
1955: Rheingold Theatre: The Dark Lake as Laura
1958: Television World Theatre: Amphitryon as Alkmena
1971: Seasons of the Year: Court Circular Spring 1877 as Lady Rudge
1972: Thirty-Minute Theatre: Knightsbridge as Muriel Stokes
1972: ITV Sunday Night Theatre: Last Year’s Confetti as Rosalind Shpeherd
1972: Boney: Boney and the Reaper as Jane Loftus
1973: Boney: Boney Hunts a Murderess as Diana Thompson
1974: The Cherry Orchard
1974-1975: Within These Walls (Series) as Faye Boswell
1986: Screen Two: Time After Time as Leda Klein
1986: Screen Two: Hotel du Lac as Mrs Pusey
1987: Screen Two: Northanger Abbey as Mrs Allen
1988: Great Performances: Melba as Lady Armstrong
1989: Ending Up as Marigold

FILM
1935: The Girl in the Crowd as Sally
1935: The Love Test as Minnie
1935: Windfall as Dodie
1935: Her Last Affaire as Effie
1935: Dark World as Annie
1936: All at Sea as Daphne Tomkins
1936: She Knew What She Wanted as Dora
1936: Crown v. Stevens as Ella Levine
1936: Crime Over London as Miss Dupres
1936: Accused as Ninette Duval
1937: Action For Slander as Mary
1937: Pearls Bring Tears as Doreen
1937: The Green Cockatoo (uncredited role)
1937: Gaiety Girls as Miki
1938: Paid in Error as Jean Mason
1938: If I Were Boss as Pat
1938: Strange Boarders as Elsie
1938: Convict 99 as Lottie
1938: Queen of Crime as Lady Moya
1938: The Lady Vanishes as Blanche
1938: You’re The Doctor as Helen Firmstone
1939: Murder in the Night as Lola Matthews
1939: Trouble Brewing as Mary Brown
1939: The Amazing Mr Forrest as Alice Forrest
1940: She Couldn’t Say No as Dora
1940: Haunted Honeymoon as Polly
1940: Bulldog Sees It Through as Toots
1941: Jeannie as Laundry Girl
1942: Back-Room Boy as Bobbie
1942: One of Our Aircraft Is Missing as Jo de Vries
1943: The Silver Fleet as Helene van Leyden
1944: On Approval as Helen Hale
1944: They Came To A City as Alice
1945: Dead of Night as Joan Cortland
1945: Pink String and Sealing Wax as Pearl Bond
1947: The Many Loves of Joanna Godden as Joanna Godden
1947: It Always Rains on Sunday as Rose Sandigate
1948: Miranda as Clare Martin
1949: Once Upon A Dream as Carol Gilbert
1950: Night and the City as Helen Nosseross
1950: Traveller’s Joy as Bumble Pemlham
1951: White Corridors as Dr Sophie Dean
1951: Bikini Baby as Susan Foster (Googie was uncredited, appearing as an actress in a clip within the movie)
1951: The Magic Box as Sitter in Bath Studio
1952: Derby Day as Betty Molly
1954: Devil on Horseback as Mrs Cadell
1956: Port of Escape ass Anne Stirling
1971: Nickel Queen as Meg Blake
1994: Country Life
1996: Shine

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Robert Shaw

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Robert Shaw

Raised in Scotland and Cornwall, Robert Shaw was drawn to acting from an early age. Shaw trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and in 1949 debuted onstage at the Shakespeare Memorial Theater at Stratford-on-Avon. From 1951 he appeared in (mostly) British films as a character actor, frequently playing heavies.

He attained international fame after appearing in From Russia with Love (1963), the second James Bond movie. His portrayal of a remorseless killer from S.P.E.C.T.R.E. gave Bond a true nemesis — and provided audiences with one of the most thrilling “train-fights” in film history. In 1967 Shaw received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons (1966), which went on to capture Best Picture. In the mid 70s he suddenly became a highly paid star after his appearances in several blockbuster movies, including 1973’s The Sting (where he again played the heavy — this time opposite Paul Newman and Robert Redford), 1975’s Jaws (as the shark-killer Quint) and 1977’s The Deep (opposite a scantily-clad Jacqueline Bisset).

He wrote several novels, including “The Man in the Glass Booth” (1967), which was later adapted into a play, and in 1975 made into a film. His novel “The Hiding Place” (1959) was the source material for the screen comedy Situation Hopeless — But Not Serious (1965).

Shaw was born in West Houghton, England, on August 29, 1927. He died of a heart attack at age 51 in Ireland.

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