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Rupert Davies
Rupert Davies
(22 May 1916 – 22 November 1976) was a British actor best remembered for playing the title role in the BBC's 1960s television adaptation of Maigret, based on Georges Simenon's Maigret novels.


1 Life and career

1.1 Military service 1.2 Acting

2 Selected filmography 3 References 4 External links

Life and career[edit] Military service[edit] Davies was born in Liverpool, Lancashire. After service in the British Merchant Navy he was a Sub-Lieutenant Observer with the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War. In 1940, the Swordfish aircraft in which he was flying ditched in the sea off the Dutch coast, following which Davies was captured and interned in the Stalag Luft III
Stalag Luft III
prisoner of war camp. He made three attempts to escape, all of which failed. During his captivity he began to take part in theatre performances, entertaining his fellow prisoners. Acting[edit] On his release Davies resumed his career in acting almost immediately, starring in an ex-prisoner of war show, Back Home, which was hosted at the Stoll Theatre, London. In 1959, he played the role of the Colonel in Alun Owen's The Rough and Ready Lot when it received its stage debut on 1 June 1959 in a production by the 59 Theatre Company at the Lyric Opera House, Hammersmith, as well as in the television adaptation which was broadcast that September.[1][2] He became a staple of British television, appearing in numerous plays and series, including Quatermass II, Ivanhoe, Emergency - Ward 10, Danger Man, Man in a Suitcase, The Champions, Doctor at Large (1971), Arthur of the Britons
Arthur of the Britons
and War and Peace
War and Peace
(1972). He also provided the voice of Professor Ian "Mac" McClaine in the Gerry Anderson
Gerry Anderson
series Joe 90. A pipe smoker, like Jules Maigret, in 1964, having released a 45rpm single "Smoking My Pipe" late the previous year[3][4] that capitalised on the iconic Maigret opening sequence,[5] he became the first person to win the Pipe Smoker of the Year award. He was the subject of This Is Your Life in October 1962 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in central London. Davies also played supporting roles in many films, appearing briefly as George Smiley
George Smiley
in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965). He also appeared in several horror films in the late 1960s, including Witchfinder General (1968) and Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), as well as such international films as Waterloo (1970) and Zeppelin (1971). He died of cancer in London
in 1976, leaving a wife, Jessica, and two sons, Timothy and Hogan. Davies is buried at Pistyll
Cemetery, near Nefyn, Gwynedd, Wales. Selected filmography[edit]

Private Angelo (1949) - (uncredited) Seven Days to Noon
Seven Days to Noon
(1950) - Bit Part (uncredited) The Dark Avenger
The Dark Avenger
(1955) - Sir John The Traitor (1957) - Clinton The Key (1958) - Baker Next to No Time
Next to No Time
(1958) - Auction Organiser (uncredited) Sea Fury (1958) - Bosun Violent Moment (1959) - Bert Glennon Breakout (1959) - Morgan Idol on Parade
Idol on Parade
(1959) - Sergeant (uncredited) Life in Emergency Ward 10 (1959) - R.S.O. Tim Hunter Sapphire (1959) - Jack Ferris John Paul Jones (1959) - British Captain Bobbikins (1959) - Jock Fleming Devil's Bait (1959) - Landlord Danger Tomorrow
Danger Tomorrow
(1960) - Dr. Robert Campbell The Criminal
The Criminal
(1960) - Edwards The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) - George Smiley The Uncle (1965) - David Morton The Brides of Fu Manchu
The Brides of Fu Manchu
(1966) - Jules Merlin Target for Killing
Target for Killing
(1966) - Kommissar Saadi Five Golden Dragons
Five Golden Dragons
(1967) - Comm. Sanders Submarine X-1
Submarine X-1
(1968) - Vice-Adm. Redmayne (uncredited) Witchfinder General (1968) - John Lowes Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
(1968) - Monsignor Curse of the Crimson Altar
Curse of the Crimson Altar
(1968) - The Vicar The Oblong Box (1969) - Kemp Waterloo (1970) - Gordon The Firechasers
The Firechasers
(1971) - Prentice The Night Visitor
The Night Visitor
(1971) - Mr. Clemens Zeppelin (1971) - Captain Whitney Danger Point (1971) - Man Frightmare (1974) - Edmund Yates King Arthur, the Young Warlord
King Arthur, the Young Warlord
(1975) - Cerdig, Chief of the Saxons


^ Owen, Alun (1960). The Rough and Ready Lot: A play in Three Acts. Cover design by Elisabeth Frink
Elisabeth Frink
(First ed.). London: Encore Publishing Co. Ltd. p. 4.  ^ "The Rough and Ready Lot", Radio Times, London
(1871), p. 19, 18 September 1959, retrieved 6 April 2016  ^ " Rupert Davies
Rupert Davies
Discography - UK". 45cat. Retrieved 2012-12-20.  ^ "RUPERT DAVIES (TV's Maigret) - "Smoking My Pipe" - 1963 45rpm". YouTube. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2012-12-20.  ^ "Maigret (main theme) [HQ stereo]". YouTube. 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 

External links[edit]

Rupert Davies
Rupert Davies
on IMDb Rupert Davies
Rupert Davies
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Rupert Davies's appearance on This Is Your Life

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BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor

Paul Rogers (1955) Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing
(1956) Michael Gough (1957) Michael Hordern
Michael Hordern
(1958) Donald Pleasence
Donald Pleasence
(1959) Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan
(1960) Lee Montague (1961) Rupert Davies
Rupert Davies
(1962) Harry H. Corbett
Harry H. Corbett
(1963) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1964) Patrick Wymark
Patrick Wymark
(1965) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1966) Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitchell
(1967) Eric Porter (1968) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(1969) Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward
(1970) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1971) John Le Mesurier
John Le Mesurier
(1972) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1973) Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
(1974) Peter Barkworth (1975) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1976) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1977) Peter Barkworth (1978) Edward Fox (1979) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1980) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1981) Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andrews
(1982) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1983) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1984) Tim Pigott-Smith
Tim Pigott-Smith
(1985) Bob Peck (1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) David Jason (1988) Ray McAnally (1989) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1990) Ian Richardson
Ian Richardson
(1991) Robert Lindsay (1992) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1993) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1994) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1995) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1996) Nigel Hawthorne (1997) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(1998) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1999) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2000) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2001) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2002) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2003) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2004) Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans
(2005) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2006) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2007) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2008) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2009) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2010) Daniel Rigby (2011) Dominic West
Dominic West
(2012) Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
(2013) Sean Harris (2014) Jason Watkins (2015) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2016) Adeel Akhtar (2017)

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