Some Joe You Don't Know: An American Biographical Guide to 100 British Television Personalities

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MORAY WATSON

Moray Watson is one of that small group of stalwart British actors who, with their performances, have brightened the London theater scene, illuminated the television screens, and, to a lesser extent, held our attention on film. He is the typical English gentleman, but not the pompous and arrogant type, blustering with self-importance, but rather the quiet-spoken representative of the upper middle class or minor gentry who gets things done, who is always on the side of right, and who constantly upholds the good name of England without suggestion of ridicule or rancor. An audience immediately knows that as a human being he is to be trusted explicitly, just, as one supposes, a casting director knows that with Moray Watson in the part, there will be no problems with either his performance or with his relationship with his fellow actors.

Born in Sunninsdale on June 25, 1928, Moray Watson studied at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, a London-based school of which he is currently a director. He made his London stage debut at the St. Martin's Theatre in Small Hotel in 1955, starring Marjorie Fielding and Gordon Harker (who had made a name for himself starring in Edgar Wallace thrillers). Moray's wife, Pam, the daughter of silent screen star Percy Marmont, was also in the cast. Moray Watson's Broadway debut was in Peter Schaeffer The Public Eye at the Morosco Theatre in 1963. In the West End, the actor followed Small Hotel with Plaintiff in a Pretty Hat ( 1957), The Doctor's Dilemma ( 1963), You Never Can Tell ( 1966), and The Rivals ( 1967).

One of his most successful West End appearances was in The Grass Is Greener ( 1958) with Dame Celia Johnson; he subsequently played the same role in Stanley Donen's film version with Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, and Jean Simmons. His other screen work includes Find theLady

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • A 1
  • B 13
  • C 39
  • D 55
  • E 59
  • F 67
  • G 75
  • H 85
  • Bibliography 117
  • I 121
  • J 123
  • K 141
  • L 147
  • M 161
  • Bibliography 181
  • O 191
  • P 193
  • R 203
  • Bibliography 232
  • T 235
  • W 243
  • General Bibliography 257
  • Index 259
  • About the Author 273
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