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Cavan Spencer Kendall McCarthy (22 May 1942 – 29 October 1999) was a British actor.[1]

Cavan Kendall
Actor Cavan Kendall.jpg
Kendall in 1963
Cavan Spencer Kendall McCarthy

(1942-05-22)22 May 1942
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died29 October 1999(1999-10-29) (aged 57)
RelativesKay Kendall (paternal half-sister)
Marie Kendall (paternal grandmother)


Kendall was born in Edinburgh, Scotland the son of Terrence McCarthy (a.k.a. Terry Kendall) and Dora Spencer.[2][better source needed] His father was the son of music hall comedian and actress Marie Kendall.[3] Through his father, Kendall was also a half-brother of actress Kay Kendall.[4]

He died of cancer in Gloucestershire at the age of 57.[5]


Amongst his theatre work, Kendall appeared opposite Sarah Miles in the original West End production of Vivat! Vivat Regina! at the Piccadilly Theatre, and in Justice is a Woman at the Vaudeville (as well as its subsequent TV version opposite Margaret Lockwood).[6][3][7] He acted in many television series, including the BBC's 1957 version of The Railway Children, and the Doctor Who story The Myth Makers in the role of Achilles.[8][9] He also appeared in the films Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1968), Eureka (1983), The Clandestine Marriage (1999) and Sexy Beast (2000).[10]


  1. ^ "KENDALL, Cavan". Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Person Page - 52849". Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Cavan Kendall - photographer 1942-1999". Archived from the original on 2015-08-14. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  4. ^ Golden, Eve (5 December 2013). "The Brief, Madcap Life of Kay Kendall". University Press of Kentucky – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Anastasia, George; Macnow, Glen (27 September 2011). "The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies: Featuring the 100 Greatest Gangster Films of All Time". Running Press – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Production of Vivat! Vivat Regina! - Theatricalia". Archived from the original on 2017-11-07. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  7. ^ "Justice Is a Woman (1969)".
  8. ^ "Saviours of the Train (1957)".
  9. ^ "The Myth Makers ★★★★".
  10. ^ "Cavan Kendall - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie.

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