Tom Kempinski

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Tom Kempinski
Born (1938-03-24) 24 March 1938 (age 84)
Hendon, England
(m. 1967;div. 1972)

Frances de la Tour (divorced)

Thomas Michael John Kempinski (born 24 March 1938) is an English playwright and actor [1] best known for his 1980 play Duet for One , which was a major success in London and New York City, and much revived since. Kempinski also wrote the screenplay for the movie version of Duet for One. [2] In addition, he made minor appearances on numerous British television shows including Dixon of Dock Green and Z-Cars .


Early life and education

Kempinski was born in Hendon and educated at Abingdon School from 1951 to 1956. [3] [4] In 1957 he gained a major scholarship in Modern Languages to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, but suffered a breakdown and left after only ten weeks. [5] [6]

Personal life

He was married to the actress Frances de la Tour who starred in the original London production for Duet for One , [7] to the actress Margaret Nolan from 1967 to 1972, [8] and to solicitor Sarah Tingay from 1991. [9]


In 1967 he played the title role in Charles Wood's Dingo at the Royal Court Theatre. [4]

Selected filmography

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  2. "Duet for One". BFI. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012.
  3. "Valete et Salvete" (PDF). The Abingdonian.
  4. 1 2 "OA Notes" (PDF). The Abingdonian.
  5. "School Notes" (PDF). The Abingdonian.
  6. Maxwell, Dominic. "Tom Kempinski: 'You fear you will go berserk and murder everyone'".
  7. "Duet For One". Vienna's English Theatre.
  8. "Exorcising the demons within". The Independent. 23 October 2011.
  9. Maxwell, Dominic. "Tom Kempinski: 'You fear you will go berserk and murder everyone'".