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Ian Hendry
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Hendry's press photograph for Live Now, Pay Later (1962)
Born
Ian Mackendrick Hendry

(1931-01-13)13 January 1931
Died24 December 1984(1984-12-24) (aged 53)
London, England
Resting place Golders Green Crematorium
Alma mater Central School of Speech and Drama
OccupationFilm, television, stage and radio actor
Years active19551984
Spouse(s)
Phyllis Joanna Bell née Chaddock
(m. 1955;div. 1962)

(m. 1963;div. 1971)
(2 Child)
Sandra Jones
(m. 1975;his death 1984)
Children3 daughters

Ian Mackendrick Hendry (13 January 1931 – 24 December 1984) was an English film, television and stage actor. He worked on several British TV series of the 1960s and 1970s, including the lead in the first series of The Avengers and The Lotus Eaters , and played roles in the films The Hill (1965), Repulsion (1965), Get Carter (1971), and Theatre of Blood (1973).

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Early years

Hendry was born in Ipswich, Suffolk on 13 January 1931. His father, James Hendry, was born in 1901 in Glasgow. James Hendry earned a degree in chemistry from Glasgow University before moving to Ipswich in 1924 to take up a graduate position with R & W Paul Ltd. (now BOCM Pauls Ltd). Ian's mother, Enid (née Rushton), was born in Durham in 1906. Her father, George Rushton, was an artist and Head of the Ipswich Art School from 1906-29. [1]

Ian's younger brother, Donald, was born on 15 August 1933. Both Ian and his brother were educated at the Ipswich School and Culford School, Suffolk. At Culford School, Ian Hendry had a keen interest in sports, particularly boxing, cricket, running and rugby. He was also involved in amateur dramatics at Culford, helping to produce and perform in several school plays.[ citation needed ]

Career

194753: career choices and national service

On leaving school in 1947, aged 16, Hendry initially embarked on a very different career, studying at the College of Estate Management in London. In 1948, he spent a year working for Bidwells at their Cambridge office. In 1949, Hendry began his National Service as part of the programme of conscription in the United Kingdom which was introduced after the end of World War II in 1945. He spent two years with the 32nd Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. During this time, Hendry paced for Christopher Chataway in athletics and ran his own motorcycle stunt team. On completion of his service he returned to work in Estate Management.[ citation needed ]

From 1951-53, Hendry returned to work for Bidwells, but this time he was based in their Edgware office in London. During this period, Hendry re-established his interest in acting, becoming involved in amateur theatre through a local amateur dramatics group in Edgware.[ citation needed ]

195355: Central School of Speech and Drama

By 1953, Hendry had decided that he wanted to change his career and follow his ambition of becoming an actor. In late 1952, he had applied for a place at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, where he was accepted and trained from 1953-55. Contemporaries at the school at that time included Judi Dench [2] and Vanessa Redgrave, who were both two years below him; Wanda Ventham, his future co-star in the series The Lotus Eaters , who was in the year below; and Jeremy Brett and Wendy Craig, who were in the year above him.[ citation needed ]

195559: theatre, television and film work

Hendry's professional acting career began in 1955, working in repertory at the Hornchurch Theatre in Station Lane. He was also seen in Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters at the Edinburgh Festival. In 1957, Hendry spent another season in repertory, performing in several plays at the Oxford Playhouse, Oxford. In December 1957, Dinner with the Family transferred to the West End, playing at the New Theatre, London. [3]

As his career developed, he gained parts in films including Up in the World (1956), The Secret Place (1957) and Room at the Top (1959).

196069: theatre, television and film work

In 1960, Hendry had a part in Sink the Bismarck! (1960), before landing the lead role of Dr Geoffrey Brent in the crime series Police Surgeon . [4] [5]

The series only ran for 12 episodes but Hendry was next cast in the very similar role of Dr David Keel in a new action-adventure series entitled The Avengers . Initially, Hendry was the star of this series, which co-starred Patrick Macnee as John Steed. However, production of the first season was curtailed by a strike and Hendry used the opportunity to depart the series and begin a film career. (The Avengers continued for the rest of the decade with Macnee as its star.) [6]

Hendry had a lead role in films such as Live Now, Pay Later (1962), Girl in the Headlines (1963), The Hill (1965) opposite Sean Connery, and Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965). He starred in Gerry Anderson's film, Doppelgänger (1969), also known as Journey to the Far Side of the Sun. During the 1960s he appeared in TV series such as Armchair Theatre , Danger Man , The Saint and The Gold Robbers. He played the lead role as disbarred Queen's Counsel Alex Lambert in the TV series The Informer (1966–67). [7]

197079: theatre, television and film work

In the early 1970s, Hendry took lead roles in several TV series such as The Adventures of Don Quick (1970) and The Lotus Eaters (1972–73). He guest starred, alongside Brian Blessed, in the first episode of The Sweeney , titled "Ringer", made in 1974 and broadcast early in 1975. He appeared regularly as a guest star in TV series such as The Persuaders! , Dial M For Murder , Churchill's People , Thriller , Van Der Valk , Supernatural , Crown Court , The Enigma Files , Bergerac and The Chinese Detective . Hendry was reunited with Patrick Macnee as a guest star on The New Avengers , although he did not reprise the role of David Keel. His previous role in the series was acknowledged, however, by Steed's parting words: "It may be seventeen years late, but welcome back Gunner." (season 1, ep. 7 "To catch a rat").

He appeared in a number of films, including the Hammer entry Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974). Among the more widely seen films he appeared in during this time were Get Carter (1971), for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Theatre of Blood (1973) opposite Vincent Price, The Passenger (1975) and Damien: Omen II (1978).[ citation needed ]

198084: television and film work

Hendry starred opposite Nyree Dawn Porter in the TV series For Maddie with Love (1980). In 1980 Hendry appeared in the film McVicar based on the life of the bank robber John McVicar (played by Roger Daltrey of rock band The Who). Towards the end of his life he had a role in the crime series Jemima Shore Investigates as the eponymous heroine's literary agent. His final TV role was in the Channel Four soap opera Brookside (1984). [8]

Personal life

Hendry's first marriage was to Phyllis Joanna Bell, née Chaddock, in September 1955. [9] Phyllis preferred to be known as 'Jo' - an abbreviation of her middle-name - and worked as a make-up artist for Leichner. The marriage ended in 1962. Hendry married actress Janet Munro on 16 February 1963. They had two daughters, Sally and Corrie, but their turbulent life together ended in divorce in 1971. Munro died a year later in London from the heart condition myocarditis. This was a contributory factor in Hendry's increasing dependence on alcohol. Hendry later married Sandra (Sandy) Jones on 27 May 1975, with whom he had another daughter, Emma. [8]

Later years

Hendry was declared bankrupt in the late 1970s. [10] He suffered from several health problems in his latter years, largely due to his long-term problems with alcohol which affected his professional and personal life. [11] [12]

His last part in a film was a substantial, though uncredited, role as a corrupt policeman in McVicar . His last public appearance was as a guest on This Is Your Life which profiled his former Avengers co-star Patrick Macnee, who had been a special guest when This Is Your Life featured Hendry in March 1978.[ citation needed ]

Death

On Christmas Eve 1984, Hendry died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage in London, aged 53. He was cremated and his ashes interred in the Lily Pond beds at the Golders Green Crematorium.[ citation needed ]

Filmography

19551959

YearTitleRoleNotes
1955 Simon and Laura [13] (uncredited)Directed by Muriel Box
1956 Up in the World Commando Sergeant (uncredited)Directed by John Paddy Carstairs
1957 The Secret Place Charles Maitland [14] (uncredited)Directed by Clive Donner
1959 Room at the Top CyrilDirected by Jack Clayton
1959 Bobbikins BBC Radio announcer (uncredited)Directed by Robert Day

19601969

YearTitleRoleNotes
1960 Sink the Bismarck! Officer on 'King George V' (uncredited)Directed by Lewis Gilbert
1960 In the Nick Ted RossDirected by Ken Hughes
1962 Live Now, Pay Later Albert ArgyleDirected by Jay Lewis

Based on the novel by Jack Trevor Story

1963 Girl in the Headlines Inspector BirkettDirected by Michael Truman
1964 Children of the Damned Colonel Tom LlewellynDirected by Anton M. Leader [15]
1964 This Is My Street Harry KingDirected by Sidney Hayers
1964 The Beauty Jungle (US title: Contest Girl)Don MackenzieDirected by Val Guest
1965 Repulsion MichaelDirected by Roman Polanski
1965 The Hill Staff Sergeant WilliamsDirected by Sidney Lumet
1966 The Sandwich Man Motorcycle PolicemanDirected by Robert Hartford-Davis
1967 Casino Royale (uncredited)Directed by Ken Hughes
1967 Traitors of San Angel (Original title: Los traidores de San Ángel)Nick ThomasDirected by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson
1969 Cry Wolf HobsonDirected by John Davis [16]
1969Vendetta for the SaintDestamioDirected by Jim O'Connolly
1969 The Southern Star KarlDirected by Sidney Hayers
1969 Doppelgänger (US title: Journey to the Far Side of the Sun)John KaneDirected by Robert Parrish

19701979

YearTitleRoleNotes
1970 The McKenzie Break Major PerryDirected by Lamont Johnson
1971 Get Carter Eric PaiceDirected by Mike Hodges
1972 The Jerusalem File General MayerDirected by John Flynn
1972 Tales from The Crypt Carl MaitlandDirected by Freddie Francis
(Segment 2: Reflection of Death)
1972 All Coppers Are... Sonny WadeDirected by Sidney Hayers
1973 Theatre of Blood Peregrine DevlinDirected by Douglas Hickox
1973 Assassin The AssassinDirected by Peter Crane
1974 Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter KerroDirected by Brian Clemens
1974 The Internecine Project Alex HellmanDirected by Ken Hughes
1975 The Passenger Martin KnightDirected by Michelangelo Antonioni
1976 Intimate Games Uncle RodneyDirected by Tudor Gates
1978 Damien: Omen II Michael Morgan (uncredited)Directed by Don Taylor
1979 The Bitch Thrush FeatherDirected by Gerry O'Hara

19801984

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980 McVicar Hitchens (uncredited)Directed by Tom Clegg

British drama made by The Who Films Ltd., starring Roger Daltrey of The Who

Television

19551959

YearTitleRoleNotes
1956Calling All BoysMr. XTV series (all or some episodes)
1958 Emergency-Ward 10 Mr. ClarkeTV series (8 episodes)
1957-58Murder BagNot knownTV series (Episodes: Lockhart Bags a Brooch (7/7/58); Lockhart Pulls The Trigger (19/11/58); Lockhart Visits A Hospital (5/2/59)
1959 The Invisible Man Lt. DanielsTV series (Episode: Shadow Bomb)
1959Crime SheetNot knownTV series (Episode: Lockhart Has It in Store (12/8/59)

19601969

YearTitleRoleNotes
1960Inside StoryPeterTV series (1 episode)
1960 The Probation Officer Christopher StampTV series (1 episode)
1960 Police Surgeon Dr. Geoffrey BrentTV series (all 13 episodes)
1961 The Avengers Dr. David KeelTV series (Season 1: all episodes)
1962The Ginger ManSebastian Balfe DangerfieldTV film
1962 BBC Sunday-Night Play Morgan DeltTV plays (Play: A Suitable Case for Treatment)
1962-1963 Armchair Theatre David Simpson
Richard Bligh
Afternoon of a Nymph
A Cold Peace
1963 Drama 61-67 Harry BarnesTV series (Drama 63: 54 Minute Affair)
1965 Danger Man (US title: Secret Agent)Wallace/HagenTV series (Episode: Say it with Flowers)
1965-1966BlackmailTV series (2 episodes)
1966Preview TonightAngusTV series (1 episode)
1966-1967 The Informer Alex LambertTV series (all 21 episodes)
1967 ITV Play of the Week Paul Du PreTV plays (Play: The Crossfire)
1968 Jackanory NarratorTV series (5 episodes)
1969 The Saint Alessandro DestamioTV series (2-part episode)
1969The Gold RobbersTom GoodwinTV mini-series (1 episode)

19701979

YearTitleRoleNotes
1970 The Adventures of Don Quick Capt. Don QuickTV series (all 6 episodes)
1970-1972 ITV Playhouse See notesTV plays (Plays: Thursday’s Child (1970) as Peter Ware; The High Game (1970) as Paul Venniker; A Splinter of Ice (1972) as Tony)
1970-1972ITV Saturday Night TheatreSee notesTV plays (Plays: Dangerous Corner (1970) as Charles Staunton; Love Doesn’t Grow on Trees (1971) as Eric Shiffner; A Summer Story (1972) as Nico)
1971 The Persuaders! Lord CroxleyTV series (Episode: The Time and the Place)
1972SuspicionFreddo WattsTV series (Episode: Old Man’s Hat)
1972JoyBenTV film
1972 The Protectors Inspector WilsonTV series (Episode: Thinkback)
1972The FrightenersAnthony AshworthTV series (Episode: Bed and Breakfast)
1972-1973 The Lotus Eaters Erik ShepherdTV series (all 15 episodes)
1973 Late Night Theatre DaveTV series (Episode: We’re Strangers Here)
1974Dial M for MurderMarvin StoneTV series (Episode: Contract)
1975 Thriller Bob/Terry SpellingTV series (Episode: Killer with Two Faces)
1975 The Sweeney Dave BrookerTV series (Episode: Ringer)
1975 Churchill's People William DavenantTV series (Episode: March On, Boys!)
1975 Village Hall WallyTV series (Episode: Battleground)
1975CooperOfficer BryceTV series (2 episodes)
1976 Shades of Greene The ManTV series (Episode: Dream of a Strange Land)
1976KillersMr. J.D. Cassels, KCTV series (Episodes: Murder at the Metropole; The Crumbles Murder)
1976The Dick Emery ShowRussian agentTV series (1 episode)
1976 The New Avengers Irwin GunnerTV series (Episode: To Catch a Rat)
1976ITV Sunday Night DramaAlex FlemmingTV series (Episode: The Goldfinch)
1977 Supernatural Zoltan VinzenzTV series (Episodes: The Werewolf Reunion; Countess Ilona)
1977 Van Der Valk BoersmaTV series (Episode: Gold Plated Delinquents)
1978PremiereNiftyTV series (Episode: Crest of a Wave)
1978Return of the SaintRoy GatesTV series (Episode: Yesterday’s Hero)
1979 Crown Court Frank EdwardsTV series (Episodes: Cowboy, parts 1 to 3)

198084

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980 The Enigma Files Joe MackieTV series (Episode: Investigation of a Copper)
1980 For Maddie with Love Malcolm LaurieTV series
1981 The Chinese Detective Eddie DwyerTV series (Episode: Ice and Dust)
1981SmugglerAgateTV mini-series (Episode: An Eye for an Eye)
1981 Bergerac Major FurneauxTV series (Episode: Campaign for Silence)
1983 Jemima Shore Investigates CyTV series (Episodes: The Damask Collection; High Style; Dr. Ziegler’s Casebook)
1984 Brookside Davey JonesTV series (Episodes: Etiquette; King Rat; Transport)

Theatre

195059

YearTitleRole(s)TheatreNotes
1951 Ring Round The Moon Hugo/FredericEdgware Amateur Dramatics ProductionPlay by Jean Anouilh
August 1955 Reluctant Heroes ToneQueen's Theatre, Hornchurch [17] Play by Colin Morris
August 1955 Witness for the Prosecution Leonard VoleQueen's Theatre, Hornchurch [18] Play by Agatha Christie
August - September 1955 This Happy Breed RegQueen's Theatre, Hornchurch [19] Play by Noël Coward
October 1955 Our Town Prof. WillardQueen's Theatre, Hornchurch [20] Play by Thornton Wilder
October - November 1955 The Recruiting Officer ConstableQueen's Theatre, Hornchurch [21] Play by George Farquhar
December 1956The Adventures of Davy CrockettNot knownQueen's Theatre, HornchurchPlay based on works by Davy Crockett
January 1957 Paradise Street Not knownMahatma Gandhi Hall, Studio Theatre ClubPlay by Antony Brown
February 1957 Frost at Midnight DodgerOxford Playhouse, OxfordPlay by André Obey
March 1957 Lysistrata StrymodorosOxford Playhouse, OxfordPlay by Aristophanes
April 1957Figure of FunFreddieOxford Playhouse, OxfordPlay by Andre Roussin
April 1957The Critic and the HeartPat RyeOxford Playhouse, OxfordPlay by Robert Bolt
May 1957 The Beaux Stratagem Francis ArcherOxford Playhouse, OxfordPlay by George Farquhar
May 1957Change in the WindCharles AugusteOxford Playhouse, OxfordPlay by Georges Neveux
June 1957 The Man Who Came To Dinner Prof. MetzOxford Playhouse, OxfordPlay by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
July 1957 Arlecchino Not knownEdinburgh Festival, EdinburghAn adaptation of the play The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni
October 1957Dinner with the FamilyJacquesOxford Playhouse, OxfordPlay by Jean Anouilh
October 1957Dinner with the FamilyJacquesCambridge Arts Theatre, CambridgePlay by Jean Anouilh
October 1957Dinner with the FamilyJacquesKing's Theatre, GlasgowPlay by Jean Anouilh
October 1957Dinner with the FamilyJacquesTheatre Royal, BrightonPlay by Jean Anouilh
December 1957Dinner with the FamilyJacquesRoyal Lyceum, EdinburghPlay by Jean Anouilh
December 1957Dinner with the FamilyJacquesNew Theatre, LondonPlay by Jean Anouilh
June 1959Murder on ArrivalSteve TaylorWestminster Theatre, LondonPlay by George Batson

196069

YearTitleRoleTheatreNotes
February 1960 Hedda Gabler George TesmanOxford Playhouse, OxfordPlay by Henrik Ibsen

197079

YearTitleRoleTheatreNotes
March 1970 In Camera Joseph GarcinOxford Playhouse, OxfordPlay by Jean-Paul Sartre

Other titles: No Exit ; No Way Out; Vicious Circle; Behind Closed Doors; Dead End

March 1970 The Bear Grigoriy SmirnovOxford Playhouse, OxfordPlay by Anton Chekhov
March 1970 In Camera Joseph GarcinAshcroft Theatre, CroydonPlay by Jean-Paul Sartre
March 1970 The Bear Grigoriy SmirnovAshcroft Theatre, CroydonPlay by Anton Chekhov
February 1976MotiveWallace BarrowsYvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, SurreyPlay by Larry Cohen
March 1976MotiveWallace BarrowsTheatre Royal, BrightonPlay by Larry Cohen
March 1976MotiveWallace BarrowsTheatre Royal, NorwichPlay by Larry Cohen
June 1977The Owl and the PussycatFelixKings Theatre, SouthseaPlay by Bill Manhoff
June - July 1977The Owl and the PussycatFelixCambridge Arts Theatre, CambridgePlay by Bill Manhoff
August 1977The Owl and the PussycatFelixWolverhampton Grand TheatrePlay by Bill Manhoff
June 1978 Otherwise Engaged SimonGrand Theatre, LeedsPlay by Simon Gray
August 1978 Otherwise Engaged SimonTheatre Royal, NottinghamPlay by Simon Gray
August 1978 Otherwise Engaged SimonWolverhampton Grand TheatrePlay by Simon Gray
September - October 1978 Lady Windermere's Fan Lord WindermereYvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, SurreyPlay by Oscar Wilde
October 1978 Lady Windermere's Fan Lord WindermereTheatre Royal, NorwichPlay by Oscar Wilde

Radio work

YearTitleRoleNotes
27 September 1969 Unscheduled Stop Robin FiskeAn adaptation of Derek Bond's Unscheduled Stop [22]

BBC Radio 4 [23]

13 November 1971 The Third Man Harry LimeAn adaptation of Graham Greene's The Third Man

BBC Radio [24]

October 1973 Desert Island Discs Himself (guest)Roy Plomley's castaway was actor Ian Hendry

BBC Radio [25]

January 1976 Five Roundabouts to Heaven Not knownAn adaptation of John Bingham's Five Roundabouts to Heaven for BBC Radio World Service [26]
5 February 1978A Moon for the MisbegottenTyroneBBC Radio 3 [27]
8 May 1978 (Repeating on 14 May 1978) A Little Bit of Heaven Gerry MahoodBBC Radio 4 [28]
24 April - 19 June 1983The Price of SilenceMaxonBBC Radio [29]

Awards and nominations

Film

YearNominee / workAwardResult
1962 Live Now Pay Later BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Nominated
1971 Get Carter BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated

Television

YearNominee / workAwardResult
1966 The Informer Rediffusion Golden Star Award for Best Actor Won

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Further reading - Ian Hendry Biography

Hershman, Gabriel. Send in the Clowns The Yo Yo Life of Ian Hendry, Lulu.com, 2013; ISBN   9781291270976