Felix Aylmer, 1938
Felix Edward Aylmer Jones
21 February 1889
|Died||2 September 1979 90) (aged|
Cecily Byrne(m. 1915–1975)
Sir Felix Edward Aylmer Jones, OBE (21 February 1889 – 2 September 1979), known as Felix Aylmer, was an English stage actor who also appeared in the cinema and on television. Aylmer made appearances in films with comedians such as Will Hay and George Formby.
William Thomson Hay was an English comedian, actor, author, film director and amateur astronomer who came to notice for his theatrical sketch as a jocular schoolmaster, known as Dr. Muffin. The acts in which Hay performed the schoolmaster sketch became known as "The Fourth Form at St. Michael's". Hay toured with the act and appeared in the United States, Canada, Australia and South Africa. He famously performed the schoolmaster routine at the 1925 Royal Command Performance before King George V and Queen Mary. From 1934 to 1943, he was a prolific film star in Britain and was ranked the third highest grossing star at the British Box Office in 1938, behind George Formby and Gracie Fields. He is widely regarded as one of the most prolific and influential British comedians of all-time.
George Formby,, was an English actor, singer-songwriter and comedian who became known to a worldwide audience through his films of the 1930s and 1940s. On stage, screen and record he sang light, comical songs, usually playing the ukulele or banjolele, and became the UK's highest-paid entertainer.
Felix Aylmer was born in Corsham, Wiltshire, the son of Lilian (Cookworthy) and Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Edward Aylmer Jones.He was educated at King James's Grammar School, Almondbury, near Huddersfield, where he was a boarder from 1897 to 1900, Magdalen College School, and Exeter College, Oxford, where he was a member of Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS). He trained under the Victorian-era actress and director Rosina Filippi before securing his first professional engagement at the London Coliseum in 1911. He appeared in the world premiere of The Farmer's Wife by Eden Phillpotts at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1917.
Corsham is a historic market town and civil parish in west Wiltshire, England. It is at the south-western edge of the Cotswolds, just off the A4 national route, which was formerly the main turnpike road from London to Bristol, 28 miles (45 km) southwest of Swindon, 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Bristol, 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Bath and 4 miles (6 km) southwest of Chippenham. Corsham is close to the county borders with Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Wiltshire is a county in South West England with an area of 3,485 km2. It is landlocked and borders the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. The county town was originally Wilton, after which the county is named, but Wiltshire Council is now based in the county town of Trowbridge.
Huddersfield is a large market and university town in West Yorkshire, England. It is the 11th largest town in the United Kingdom, with a population of 162,949 at the 2011 census. It lies 14 miles (23 km) southwest of Leeds and 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Manchester.
He acted with Sir Laurence Olivier in Shakespearean films, appearing as Polonius in Hamlet (1948), and often played wise old men, such as Merlin in Knights of the Round Table (1953). He played the Archbishop of Canterbury in the film adaptation of Becket (1964), with Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole and gave elocution lessons to the young Audrey Hepburn.
Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. Late in his career, he had considerable success in television roles.
William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 39 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Hamlet is a 1948 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name, adapted and directed by and starring Sir Laurence Olivier. Hamlet was Olivier's second film as director, and also the second of the three Shakespeare films that he directed. Hamlet was the first British film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is also the first sound film of the play in English. A 1935 sound film adaptation, Khoon Ka Khoon, had been made in India and filmed in the Urdu language.
His memorable style of delivery—dignified and learned—was frequently mimicked by comedians such as Peter Sellers and Kenneth Williams. Indeed, as dramatist and barrister John Mortimer noted, the mannerisms Aylmer brought to bear in his roles came to be imitated in real life by judges on the bench. Williams observed that an impersonation of Aylmer was a speciality of a colleague during his days with ENSA, the Armed Forces Entertainment Association, but he was certain that none of the troops knew who was being impersonated.
Peter Sellers, CBE was an English film actor, comedian and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, featured on a number of hit comic songs and became known to a worldwide audience through his many film characterisations, among them Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series of films.
Kenneth Charles Williams was an English actor, best known for his comedy roles and in later life as a raconteur and diarist. He was one of the main ensemble in 26 of the 31 Carry On films, and appeared in many British television programmes and radio comedies, including series with Tony Hancock and Kenneth Horne.
Sir John Clifford Mortimer was an English barrister, dramatist, screenwriter, and author.
Aylmer was President of Equity from 1950 to 1969. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empirein the 1950 King's Birthday Honours and knighted in the 1965 Queen's Birthday Honours.
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V and comprises five classes across both civil and military divisions, the most senior two of which make the recipient either a knight if male or dame if female. There is also the related British Empire Medal, whose recipients are affiliated with, but not members of, the order.
The King's Birthday Honours 1950 were appointments in many of the Commonwealth realms of King George VI to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries. The appointments were made to celebrate the official birthday of the King, and were published in supplements to the London Gazette of 2 June 1950 for the British Empire, Australia, Ceylon and New Zealand.
The dignity of Knight Bachelor is the basic and lowest rank of a man who has been knighted by the monarch but not as a member of one of the organised orders of chivalry; it is a part of the British honours system. Knights Bachelor are the most ancient sort of British knight, but Knights Bachelor rank below knights of chivalric orders.
At the age of 80 Felix Aylmer played a villain in an episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) entitled "It's Supposed to be Thicker than Water". His last major screen role was as the Abbot in the sitcom Oh, Brother! , opposite Derek Nimmo (1968–70). He appeared as a doctor in an episode of the TV series Jason King called "If It's Got To Go, It's Got To Go" in 1972, at the age of 83. Aylmer died in a nursing home, aged 90, in Pyrford, Surrey in 1979.
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) is a British private detective television series, starring Mike Pratt and Kenneth Cope respectively as the private detectives Jeffrey Randall and Martin Hopkirk. The series was created by Dennis Spooner and produced by Monty Berman, and was first broadcast in 1969 and 1970. In the United States, it was given the title My Partner the Ghost. In Spain it was entitled El Detective Fantasma.
"It's Supposed to be Thicker than Water" is the twenty-second episode of the popular 1969 ITC British television series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) starring Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre. The episode was first broadcast on 13 February 1970 on the ITV. Directed by Leslie Norman.
Oh, Brother! is a British situation comedy show on BBC television starring Derek Nimmo, which was broadcast between 1968 and 1970.
He married Cecily Minnie Jane Byrne during the First World War, and they had two children.
|The Temporary Widow||Public Prosecutor|
|1932||The World, the Flesh, the Devil||Sir Henderson Trent|
|1933||The Shadow||Sir Richard Bryant|
|The Wandering Jew||Ferera|
|The Ghost Camera||Coroner|
|Home Sweet Home||Robert Wilding KC|
|1934||The Path of Glory||President of Thalia|
|The Night Club Queen||Prosecution|
|Whispering Tongues||Supt. Fulton|
|Doctor's Orders||Sir Daniel Summerfield||released as The Doctor's Secret in USA|
|My Old Dutch||Judge|
|The Iron Duke||Lord Uxbridge|
|The Divine Spark||Butler|
|Old Roses||Lord Sandelbury|
|The Ace of Spades||Lord Yardleigh|
|The Price of a Song||Graham|
|Her Last Affaire||Lord Carnforth|
|She Shall Have Music||Donald Black|
|1936||The Improper Duchess||Count Seidel|
|Rhodes of Africa||Johannesburg Diplomat||Uncredited, released as Rhodes in USA|
|Tudor Rose||Edward Seymour||released as Nine Days a Queen in USA|
|In the Soup||Counsel||Uncredited|
|Seven Sinners||Sir Charles Webber|
|As You Like It||Duke Frederick|
|Dusty Ermine||Police commissioner|
|The Man in the Mirror||The Earl of Wigan|
|Jack of All Trades||Managing director|
|The Mill on the Floss||Mr Wakem|
|1937||Action for Slander||Sir Eustace Cunninghame|
|Dreaming Lips||Sir Robert Blaker|
|The Frog||John Bennett|
|The Vicar of Bray||Earl of Brendon|
|Victoria the Great||Lord Palmerston|
|The Rat||Prosecuting Counsel|
|The Live Wire||Wilton|
|1938||South Riding||Chairman of counsel|
|Just like a Woman||Sir Robert Hummel|
|Break the News||Sir George Bickory|
|Kate Plus Ten||Bishop|
|I've Got a Horse||Lovatt|
|Sixty Glorious Years||Lord Palmerston||released as Queen of Destiny in USA|
|The Citadel||Mr Boon|
|1939||Young Man's Fancy||Sir Caleb Crowther|
|Spies of the Air||Colonel Cairns|
|Girl in the News||Prosecuting counsel|
|Night Train to Munich||Dr John Fredericks|
|Charley's (Big-Hearted) Aunt||The Proctor|
|The Briggs Family||Mr Sand|
|The Case of the Frightened Lady||Dr Amersham||released as The Frightened Lady in USA|
|1941||The Ghost of St. Michael's||Dr. Winter|
|The Saint's Vacation||Leighton|
|Spellbound||Mr Morton||released as The Spell of Amy Nugent in USA|
|Once a Crook||King's counsel|
|Atlantic Ferry||bank president|
|I Thank You||Henry Potter|
|South American George||Mr Appleby|
|Hi Gang!||Lord Amersham|
|1942||The Seventh Survivor||Sir Elmer Norton|
|The Black Sheep of Whitehall||Crabtree|
|Uncensored||Colonel von Hohenstein|
|Sabotage at Sea||John Dighton|
|The Young Mr Pitt||Lord North|
|1943||The Peterville Diamond||President|
|Thursday's Child||Mr Keith|
|The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp||The Bishop|
|Escape to Danger||Sir Alfred Horton|
|The Demi-Paradise||Mr Runalow|
|1944||Time Flies||The Professor|
|English Without Tears||Mr. Spaggot|
|Mr. Emmanuel||Mr Emmanuel|
|Henry V||Archbishop of Canterbury|
|1945||The Way to the Stars||Reverend Charles Moss|
|The Wicked Lady||Hogarth|
|Caesar and Cleopatra||First nobleman|
|1946||The Years Between||Sir Enrst Forster|
|The Magic Bow||Signor Fazzini|
|The Laughing Lady||Sir Felix Mountroyal|
|1947||The Man Within||Priest|
|Green Fingers||Daniel Booth|
|The October Man||Dr Martin|
|A Man About the House||Richard Sanctuary|
|The Ghosts of Berkeley Square||Col. H. "Bulldog" Kelsoe|
|1948||Hamlet||The Royal Court Of Denmark - Polonius,Lord Chamberlain|
|The Calendar||Lord Forlingham|
|Quartet||Martin||(segment "The Colonel's Lady")|
|1949||Edward, My Son||Mr Hanray|
|Alice in Wonderland||Dr Liddell / The Cheshire Cat||Voice|
|Christopher Columbus||Father Perez|
|Prince of Foxes||Count Marc Antonio Verano|
|1950||Your Witness||British judge||released as Eye Witness in USA|
|So Long at the Fair||British consul|
|Trio||Bank manager||(segment "The Verger")|
|She Shall Have Murder||Mr Playfair|
|1951||No Highway||Sir Philip||Uncredited|
|The Lady with a Lamp||Lord Palmerston|
|The House in the Square||Sir William, the Physician||Uncredited, released as I'll Never forget You in USA|
|The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By||Mr. Merkemans||released as The Paris Express in USA|
|1953||The Master of Ballantrae||Lord Durrisdeer|
|Knights of the Round Table||Merlin|
|The Triangle||Brisetout||(segment "A Lodging for the Night")|
|1954||The Love Lottery||Winant|
|The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp||Joshua Webman|
|1956||Loser Takes All||The Other|
|1958||I Accuse!||Edgar Demange|
|The Two-Headed Spy||Cornaz|
|The Doctor's Dilemma||Sir Patrick Cullen|
|Separate Tables||Mr. Fowler|
|1959||The Mummy||Stephen Banning|
|1960||Never Take Sweets from a Stranger||Clarence Olderberry Sr.|
|From the Terrace||James Duncan MacHardie|
|The Hands of Orlac||Dr Francis Cochrane|
|1962||The Road to Hong Kong||Grand Lama|
|The Running Man||Parson|
|1964||Becket||Archbishop of Canterbury|
|The Thief and the Cobbler|
|The Chalk Garden||Judge McWhirrey|
|1968||Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher||Judge|
|Hostile Witness||Justice Osborne|
|1993||The Thief and the Cobbler||Narrator||Original version|
Audrey Hepburn was a British actress, model, dancer, and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood, and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.
Sir Patrick Stewart is an English actor whose work has included roles on stage, television, and film in a career spanning almost six decades. He has been nominated for Olivier, Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, and Saturn Awards throughout his career.
Henry V is a 1944 British Technicolor film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name. The on-screen title is The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France. It stars Laurence Olivier, who also directed. The play was adapted for the screen by Olivier, Dallas Bower, and Alan Dent. The score is by William Walton.
Sir Derek George Jacobi is an English actor and stage director.
Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch was an English-Australian actor. He is best remembered for his role as crazed television anchorman Howard Beale in the film Network, which earned him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor, his fifth Best Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and a Best Actor award from the Golden Globes. He was the first of two persons to win a posthumous Academy Award in an acting category, both of whom were coincidentally Australian, the other being Heath Ledger.
Jean Merilyn Simmons, OBE was a British-American actress and singer. One of J. Arthur Rank's "well-spoken young starlets", she appeared predominantly in films, beginning with those made in Great Britain during and after the Second World War, followed mainly by Hollywood films from 1950 onwards.
Joan Ann Olivier, Baroness Olivier, DBE, commonly known as Dame Joan Plowright, is a retired English actress whose career has spanned over six decades. She has won two Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award and has been nominated for an Academy Award, an Emmy and two BAFTA Awards. She is also one of only four actresses to have won two Golden Globes in the same year.
Edward Charles Morice Fox, is an English stage, film and television actor.
Julian Wyatt Glover is an English classical actor, with many stage, television and film roles since commencing his career in the 1950s. He is a recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award.
Shaun Terence Young was a British film director and screenwriter best known for directing three James Bond films, including the first two films in the series, Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963), as well as Thunderball (1965). All three films starred Sean Connery as Bond.
As You Like It is a 1936 British film, directed by Paul Czinner and starring Laurence Olivier as Orlando and Elisabeth Bergner as Rosalind. It is based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. It was Olivier's first performance of Shakespeare on screen.
Almondbury is a village 2 miles (3.2 km) south-east of Huddersfield town centre in West Yorkshire, England. The population of Almondbury in 2001 was 7,368 increasing to 18,346 at the 2011 Census.
Alan Webb was an English stage and film actor.
King James's School is a coeducational secondary school located in Almondbury in the English county of West Yorkshire.
Eliza Doolittle is a fictional character from London who appears in the play Pygmalion and the musical version of that play, My Fair Lady.
her mentor and lifelong friend Sir Felix Aylmer.
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