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Jack Hawkins (1910 - 1973)

Jack Hawkins was born in Wood Green, London - the youngest of four children. His father was a builder but Jack was more interested in acting than in the family business. He was on the London stage before he was in his teens. He was never a child star, but he worked steadily and was in the original production of Saint Joan as a page.

He spent his twenties working his way up the bill. He met his first wife Jessica Tandy in a production of Autumn Crocus. Like many actors of his generation he slummed in films while concentrating on his stage career.

The war interrupted his career and his private life. He enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, while Jessica Tandy went to America for a role and to get their daughter out of the Blitz. He spent a large part of the war organising ENSA in India, and it was in a production of Private Lives that he met his second wife Doreen Lawrence.

With the war out of the way, Jack resumed his career. Now the stage had to take second place to film. His rise was steady and by 1953 he was Britain's most popular star. He was perfect officer material as far as the rash of 50s war films were concerned and audiences responded to his gruff-but-caring persona.

In 1966 he was diagnosed with throat cancer and had to have his larynx removed. This should have finished his career completely but he continued to film with his voice dubbed by Charles Gray or Robert Rietti. He died from complications following an operation to install an artificial voice box.  

Still of Jack Hawkins in The FrogStill of Jack Hawkins in The Planter's WifeStill of Jack Hawkins in Front Page StoryJack HawkinsJack Hawkins on the set of The Long ArmPoster for The Long ArmStill of Jack Hawkins in Fortune is a WomanStill of Jack Hawkins in Gideon's Day


1930 Birds of Prey
1932 The Lodger
1932 The Good Companions
1933 The Lost Chord
1933 I Lived With You
1933 The Jewel
1933 A Shot in the Dark
1934 Autumn Crocus
1934 Death at Broadcasting House
1935 Peg of Old Drury
1937 Beauty and the Barge
1937 The Frog
1938 Who Goes Next?
1938 A Royal Divorce
1939 Murder Will Out
1940 The Flying Squad
1942 Next of Kin
1948 The Fallen Idol
1948 Bonnie Prince Charlie
1948 The Small Back Room
1950 State Secret
1950 The Black Rose
1950 The Elusive Pimpernel
1951 The Adventurers
1951 No Highway
1951 Home at Seven
1952 Angels One Five
1952 The Planter's Wife
1952 Mandy
1953 The Cruel Sea
1953 Twice Upon a Time
1953 The Malta Story
1953 The Intruder
1954 Front Page Story
1954 The Seekers
1955 The Prisoner
1955 Touch and Go
1955 Land of the Pharaohs (U.S.)
1956 The Long Arm
1956 The Man in the Sky
1957 Fortune is a Woman
1957 Bridge on the River Kwai
1958 Gideon's Day
1958 The Two-Headed Spy
1959 Ben Hur (U.S.)
1960 The League of Gentlemen
1961 Two Loves (U.S.)
1962 Five Finger Exercise (U.S.)
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1963 Lafayette
1963 Rampage (U.S.)
1963 Zulu
1964 The Third Secret
1964 Guns at Batasi
1965 Masquerade
1965 Lord Jim
1965 Judith
1967 Great Catherine
1968 Shalako
1968 The Poppy is Also a Flower
1968 Stalked
1969 Oh What a Lovely War
1969 Monte Carlo or Bust
1969 Twinky
1970 Waterloo
1970 Jane Eyre
1970 The Beloved
1970 The Adventures of Gerard
1971 Nicholas and Alexandra
1971 When Eight Bells Toll
1972 Kidnapped
1972 Escape to the Sun
1972 Young Winston
1973 Theatre of Blood
1973 Tales that Witness Madness

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