Lyndon Brook

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Lyndon Brook
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Born(1926-04-10)10 April 1926
Los Angeles, California, USA
Died9 January 2004(2004-01-09) (aged 77)
London, England, UK
Occupationactor, screenwriter
Years active1942–1987
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Kentish (?-2004) (his death)
Children2
Parent(s) Clive Brook
Mildred Evelyn
Relatives Faith Brook (sister)

Lyndon Brook (10 April 1926 – 9 January 2004) was a British actor, on film and television.

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Early Life and career

Brook came from an established acting family. His father, Clive Brook, had been a star of the silent movies and had moved to Hollywood to play quintessential Englishmen in a host of films. Brook's parents sent their son back to England to be educated at Stowe School and then he gained stage experience at Cambridge University. [1] His elder sister, Faith, was also an actress. [2]

In 1949, he got a minor part in the film Train of Events , which starred Valerie Hobson (the future Mrs John Profumo) and John Clements. [3] [4]

In 1951, Brook was asked by Laurence Olivier to join his company at the St James's Theatre in Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra and George Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra . The double production was set up to celebrate the Festival of Britain. It was whilst appearing in these productions that he met his future wife, the actress Elizabeth Kentish. [5]

In 1954 Brook played an impressionable navigator opposite Gregory Peck in The Purple Plain . The film was set during the Burma campaign and involved a lengthy trek through the jungle. It enjoyed a huge success at the box office. [6] Two years later, Brook co-starred with Kenneth More in one of the most popular of all Second World War dramas, Reach for the Sky . [7]

He appeared with Michael Hordern and Dirk Bogarde in The Spanish Gardener (1956), and as Richard Wagner opposite Bogarde’s Franz Liszt in Song Without End (1960). [8]

Thereafter, Brook became a regular in many popular television dramas. He appeared in I, Claudius , and made three appearances in The Avengers and The New Avengers . He also played George VI alongside Timothy West’s Winston Churchill in the BBC’s Churchill and the Generals (1979). His later film roles included The Hireling , Plenty and Defence of the Realm in the 70s and 80s. [4]

Brook was a much published author and scripted the 1957 television series Love Her to Death with Peter Wyngarde in the leading role.

Selected filmography

Death

He died in London in 2004. [1]

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