Clifford Evans (actor)

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Evans in 1958
Clifford George Evans

(1912-02-17)17 February 1912
Died9 June 1985(1985-06-09) (aged 73)
Years active1935–1978
(m. 1943;died 1983)

Clifford George Evans (17 February 1912 – 9 June 1985) was a Welsh actor.


During the summer of 1934 Evans appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre in London. [1] He played many parts in British films of the 1930s, then during the Second World War was a conscientious objector, serving in the Non-Combatant Corps. [2] He continued to act during the war and starred in the films The Foreman Went to France (1942) [3] and The Flemish Farm (1943). [4]

After the war, Evans's best known film roles were for Hammer Studios: he played Don Alfredo Carledo in The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) and Professor Zimmer, an inebriated vampire-hunter, in The Kiss of the Vampire (1963). [5] His last screen role was in Granada TV's A Land of Ice Cream in 1985. [6]

On television, Evans appeared with George Woodbridge and Tim Turner in the 15-episode series Stryker of the Yard (1957). [7] Between 1965 and 1969, he played a major role in the TV boardroom drama The Power Game , playing building tycoon Caswell Bligh. [8] He is also among several British actors to play the character of Number Two in The Prisoner ("Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling", 1967). [9] He also appeared in three episodes of The Avengers , in The Champions , The Saint , and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) ("When did You Start to Stop Seeing Things?", 1969). [10] [11] The following year, he played Sir Iain Dalzell, a leading character in the BBC TV series Codename (1970). [12]

He married Hermione Hannen, who was an actress. [13]

Partial filmography

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