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English character player John Wentworth was best known for his long running role as Henry Castleton on ITV drama The Main Chance. He was a TV regular throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s. He’s a classic example of an unsung TV actor. Lots of small roles in well known series without ever taking the lead, usually as someone in a position of authority or business.

Wentworth was born 7 June 1909 in Reading, England and he died in 1989 in Dorset, England.

TV

1949: Two Dozen Red Roses (Play) as Alberto Verani
1949: Mountain Air (Play) as Dr Johann Hubermann
1957: Theatre Night: The Happiest Millionaire as John Lawless
1958: Duty Bound: The Girl Who Took The Wrong Turning as Doctor Cannon
1958: Love From A Stranger (Play) as Dr Gribble
1958: ITV Television Playhouse: The Heat of the Evening as Prosecuting Council
1959: World Theatre: Volpone as Sir Politick Would-be
1959: World Theatre: Julius Caesar as Meellus Cimber
1959: No Hiding Place: No Wreath for Clive as Inspector
1960: Deadline Midnight Season 1 Episode 3 as Sir William Roe
1960: Probation Officer Season 1 Episode 37 as Colonel Stamp
1960: On Trial: The Tichborne Case as Colonel Norbury
1960: Boyd QC: The Time of Day as Dr Spiller
1960: ITV Play of the Week: The Upstart as Sir Jasper Mottram
1960: No Hiding Place: Victim of the Dark as Dr Harvey
1960: No Hiding Place: A Very Respectable Man as Ex-Chief Supt Parsons
1961: Boyd QC: The Runabout as Mr Ewen
1961: Probation Officer: Season 3 Episode 10 as Mr Thorpe
1961: The Dickie Henderson Show: The Camp
1961: ITV Play of the Week: The Poisoned Earth
1961: ITV Play of the Week: The Whisperers as Doctor
1961: No Hiding Place: Payment in Kind as Forester
1962: Top Secret: The Man From Carataz as Don Enrique Broca
1962: The Odd Man: The Circular Escape as Preece Sr
1962: ITV Play of the Week: A Matter of Principle as Pollock
1962: BBC Sunday Night Play: Six Men of Dorset as Mr Robert Owen
1962: Wednesday’s Child (Play) as Cynthia’s Husband
1963: Suspense: The Honest Man as Solicitor
1963: Ghost Squad: The Thirteenth Girl as Mr Whitehead
1963: ITV Television Playhouse: Mr Pickwick as Mr Wardle
1963: The Plane Makers: Loved He Not Honours More as Mr Telliter
1963: Dixon of Dock Green: A Woman Named Julie as Colonel Milson
1963: Emergency Ward 10 Episode 596 as Dr Dee
1963: The Avengers: Six Hands Across A Table as Sir Charles Reniston
1964: The Saint: Sophia as Professor Hamish Grant
1964: Story Parade: The Caves of Steel as Dr Fastolfe
1964: Our Man at St Marks: Smoke Without Fire as The Bishop
1964: Love Story: In Loving Memory as Harry
1964: Sergeant Cork: The Case of the Wounded Warder as Major Manning
1964: No Hiding Place: Hanging by a Thread as Rawlins
1964: The Massingham Affair (Series) as Colonel Deverel
1964: The Plane Makers: Empires Have to Start Somewhere as Bill Ryan
1964: Count of Monte Cristo (Series) as The Abbe Faria
1964: East Lynne (Play) as Lord Mount Servern
1964: Crossroads (Series) as Roland Hislop
1964: The Human Jungle: Skeleton in the Cupboard as Sir Humphrey
1964: Mike: What A Motley Lot as Robin Smyth Hampton
1965: Front Page Story: The Public Interest as Foster
1965: BBC Play of the Month: Passage to India as Major Callandar
1965: Drama 65: The Vanishing Trick as Captain Brownlow
1965: Contract to Kill (Series) as Herr Kitzner
1965: Undermind: Song of Death as Dr Spring
1965: Heiress of Garth (Series) as Sir Charles Woosenham
1965: Dixon of Dock Green: Unlawful Possession as Mr Adams
1965: The Avengers: The Master Minds as Sir Jeremy
1965: Hereward the Wake (Series) as Abbot Brand
1966: The Spies: The Trouble With Aristotle as General Pikrou
1966: Emergency Ward 10 Episode 907 as Sir Malcolm Broadley
1966: Ransom for a Pretty Girl (Series) as Jacques
1966: The Newcomers Episode 122 as Curtis
1966: The Wednesday Play: The Connoisseur as Peter Benson
1966: Out of the Unknown: The Eye as Stevens
1967: BBC Play of the Month: The Cabinet Papers as Prime Minister
1967: The Newcomers Episode 152 as Broderick
1967: Mogul: Long Knives Cut Deep as Sir Richard Costello
1967: Boy Meets Girl: Fight of the Kingfisher as Mr Musgrove
1967: Angel Pavement (Series) as Mr Pearson
1968: The Prisoner: Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling as Sir Charles
1968: Softly Softly: Complaint as Mr Jenkins
1968: Point Counter Point (Series) as Sidney Quarles
1968: Detective: A Man and his Mother-in-Law as Chief Inspector Karslake
1968: The First Lady: Print and Be Damned as Sir William Froude
1969: Callan (Series) as Sir Michael Harvey then Sir John Harvey
1969-1975: The Main Chance (Series) as Henry Castleton
1970: Menace: Man With A Mission as Minister of State
1970: Germinal (Series) as Monsieur Gregoire
1970: The Wednesday Play: Sovereign’s Company as General Decamps
1971: The Last of the Mohicans (Series) as Tamenund
1971: Bel Ami (Series) as Comte de Vaudrec
1971: Out of the Unknown: The Shattered Eye as Barton
1971: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: The Missing Witness Sensation as Thaxted
1971: The Search for the Nile: The Great Debate
1972: The Dick Emery Show Season 11 Episode 6
1973: The Edwardians: Lloyd George as Prime Minister
1973: Menace: Valentine as Gourtay
1973: The Best of Dick Emery
1974: Barlow: Corruption as Sir Norman Duggan
1974: Z Cars: Rota as Dr Roche
1974: Marked Personal Episodes 61 and 62 as Dr Moffatt
1974: The Onedin Line: Port Out, Starboard Home as Mr Wallace
1976: Ripping Yarns: Tomkinson’s Schooldays as Chaplain
1976: Shades of Greene: A Chance for Mr Lever as Besterman
1976: The Glittering Prizes: An Early Life as Henry Davidson
1976: Killers: The Blazing Car Murder as Colonel Cuthbert Buckle
1979: Jackanory Playhouse: The Portrait as Priest
1978: Kidnapped: Uncle Ebenezer as Captain
1979: BBC2 Playhouse: Speed King as Lord Wakefield
1979-1980: The Onedin Line (Series) as Dawkins
1980: The Dick Emery Show Season 18 Episode 3
1983: Number 10: The Asquiths as Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
1983: A Married Man (Series) as Sir Christopher Gerrard
1983: The Blue Dress (Play) as Clergyman
1984: Amy (Play) as Lord Wakefield

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1963: The Scales of Justice: The Invisible Asset as Registrar
1969: The Last Shot You Hear as Chambers
1969: The Oblong Box as Parson

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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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