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William Hartnell

(1908–75)

British actor (d. 67) | Private’s Progress (1956), Odd Man Out (1947), Brighton Rock (1948)

Thin-lipped British character actor who rose briefly to star status in the 40s after playing many small-time crooks and tough sergeants; became popular on TV in the 60s as the first Doctor Who

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Midnight at Madame Tussaud’s (1936)
Stubbs
Suspected Person (1942)
Detective Saunders
Sabotage at Sea (1942)
Jacob Digby
The Peterville Diamond (1943)
Joseph
The Bells Go Down (1943)
Brookes
Headline (1943)
Dell
The Way Ahead (1944)
Sgt Ned Fletcher
Appointment with Crime (1946)
Leo Martin
Odd Man Out (1947)
Fencie
Brighton Rock (1948)
Dallow
Escape (1948)
Inspector Harris
Double Confession (1950)
Charlie Durham
The Dark Man (1951)
Superintendent of Police
The Pickwick Papers (1952)
Irate Cabman
The Holly and the Ivy (1952)
Company Sergeant Major
Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
Herbert Moresby
Josephine and Men (1955)
Detective Sgt Parsons
Doublecross (1956)
Whiteway
Private’s Progress (1956)
Sgt. Sutton
Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (1957)
Leading Seaman Frank
Hell Drivers (1957)
Cartley
The Hypnotist (1957)
Detective Inspector Ross
Carry On Sergeant (1958)
Sergeant Grimshawe
The Night We Dropped a Clanger (1959)
W / O Bright
Piccadilly Third Stop (1960)
Colonel
Heavens Above! (1963)
Major Fowler
Tomorrow at Ten (1963)
Freddie Maddox
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