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Patrick Wymark
Patrick Wymark
(11 July 1926 – 20 October 1970) was an English, stage, film and television actor.[2]


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Selected filmography 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Wymark was born Patrick Carl Cheeseman[citation needed] in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire
the son of Thomas William Cheeseman[3][not in citation given][better source needed] and Maria Agnes, daughter of[citation needed] Carl Olsen, a Finnish seaman.[4] He was brought up in neighbouring Grimsby
and frequently revisited the area at the height of his career. Career[edit] Wymark attended University College London
before training at the Old Vic Theatre School and making his first stage appearance in a walk-on part in Othello
in 1951. He toured South Africa
South Africa
the following year and then directed plays for the drama department at Stanford University, California. After moving to the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
in Stratford-upon-Avon, Wymark played a wide range of Shakespearean roles, including Dogberry
in Much Ado About Nothing, Stephano in The Tempest, Marullus in Julius Caesar and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other stage credits included the title role in Danton's Death and, with the Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Company
(RSC), Ephihodov in The Cherry Orchard. His theatre roles also included Bosola in a RSC production of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi
The Duchess of Malfi
in 1960. In television, Wymark was best known for his role as the machiavellian businessman John Wilder in the twin drama series The Plane Makers and The Power Game (which were broadcast from 1963 to 1969), which led to offers of real company directorships and the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor in 1965. However, Wymark was a gentle person in real life and was, by his own admission, ignorant of business matters. He considered the character of Wilder a "bastard" and was described by his wife Olwen as "the most inefficient, dreamy muddler in the world."[5] In the mid-1960s, Wymark was considered as the replacement for William Hartnell
William Hartnell
in the title role of Doctor Who.[6] Wymark's film appearances included: Children of the Damned
Children of the Damned
(1964), Operation Crossbow (1965), Repulsion (1965), Where Eagles Dare
Where Eagles Dare
(1968), Witchfinder General (1968), Battle of Britain (1969), Doppelgänger (1969), The Blood on Satan's Claw
The Blood on Satan's Claw
(1970) and Cromwell (1970) Personal life[edit] Wymark married Olwen Wymark, an American playwright, in 1953. He took his acting name from his grandfather-in-law, the writer William Wymark Jacobs. The couple lived in Parliament Hill, Hampstead, and had four children, including the future actress Jane Wymark. He had a brother, John Cheeseman.

Wymark's grave in Highgate Cemetery

Wymark died suddenly in Melbourne, Australia
on 20 October 1970, aged 44, of a heart attack in the hotel room in which he was staying. He had been due to star in the play Sleuth at the Comedy Theatre three days later. On the night of his death, he was to appear on the TV variety programme In Melbourne
Tonight.[7] He, guest Richard Deacon and host Stuart Wagstaff had just appeared together in a TV production of Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
stories,[8] and his non-appearance led to several jokes by Wagstaff and Deacon. Host Wagstaff was informed of Wymark's death mid-way through the programme and announced it at the end. He was buried at Highgate Cemetery
Highgate Cemetery
in London. Wymark View—located in his home town, Grimsby—is named after him. Selected filmography[edit]

The League of Gentlemen (1960) - Wylie The Criminal
The Criminal
(1960) - Sol West 11
West 11
(1963) - Father Hogan Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (1963) - Joesph Ransley Children of the Damned
Children of the Damned
(1964) - Commander The Secret of Blood Island
The Secret of Blood Island
(1964) - Major Jocomo Operation Crossbow (1965) - Prime Minister Winston Churchill Repulsion (1965) - Landlord The Skull
The Skull
(1965) - Marco The Psychopath (1966) - Inspector Holloway Woman Times Seven
Woman Times Seven
(1967) - Henri (segment "At The Opera") Tell Me Lies (1968) - Guest Witchfinder General (1968) - Cromwell Where Eagles Dare
Where Eagles Dare
(1968) - Colonel Wyatt Turner Doppelgänger (1969) (alternative title: Journey to the Far Side of the Sun) - Jason Webb Battle of Britain (1969) - Air Vice Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory Cromwell (1970) - The Earl of Strafford The Blood on Satan's Claw
The Blood on Satan's Claw
(1970) - The Judge Chelovek s drugoy storony (sv) (1972) - Christian Holm (final film role)


^ http://www.nndb.com/people/805/000278968/ ^ "Patrick Wymark". BFI. Retrieved 12 January 2015.  ^ "dobsons in lincolnshire:Information about Thomas William Cheeseman". Familytreemaker.genealogy.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015.  ^ "Person Details for Carl Olsen in household of Edward Andersen, "England and Wales Census, 1881" — FamilySearch.org". Familysearch.org. Retrieved 12 January 2015.  ^ [1][dead link] ^ "A Brief History Of Time (Travel): The Smugglers". Shannonsullivan.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015.  ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald - Google News Archive Search". News.google.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015.  ^ "Hans Christian Anderson (1970) (TV)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 

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