The late great Ian Hendry would have been 83 today. Sadly he died in 1984 aged just 53. Born 13 January 1931 in Ipswich, Ian Hendry’s career began rather inauspiciously–playing the fall guy for a circus clown. After attending London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, things started progressing nicely when he starred as “Dr. Geoffrey Brent” in Police Surgeon (1960). This led directly to The Avengers (1961) but, after only one season, he left to pursue film. He added depth and gravitas to so many classics such as Get Carter, The Hill, Repulsion, Children of the Damned, The Sandwich Man, Theatre of Blood, The Passenger among them. His career was cut short on 24 December 1984, as he died from a internal hemorrhage at age 53.

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The Hill (1965) is a very powerful film rarely seen on TV and difficult to find on DVD. Great cast, Sean Connery, Ian Bannen, Roy Kinnear, Ossie Davis, Harry Andrews, Norman Bird and Michael Redgrave.

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He featured in The Sandwich Man, The Avengers and The Sweeney and many one off ITV Play House presentations (we should still make these, a great way for actors and directors to hone their craft).

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A great British actor, much missed.

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