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Donald Francis Henderson (10 November 1931 – 22 June 1997) was an English actor of stage, television and screen. Henderson was known for playing both "tough guy" roles and authority figures, and is remembered for his portrayal of detective George Bulman between 1976 and 1987 in the popular Granada Television police drama series The XYY Man, Strangers, and Bulman, as priest Frank Kane in BBC drama The Paradise Club (1989–90), and as General Tagge in the first Star Wars film (1977). This last role also brought him attention from science fiction fans, and he later appeared in cult science fiction television series Red Dwarf and Doctor Who.
Donald Francis Henderson
10 November 1931
|Died||22 June 1997 (aged 65)|
Hilary Henderson (her death 1977)
(m. 1979; his death 1997)
He lived in his adopted home town of Stratford-upon-Avon for many years, where he was a familiar face to locals. He also had several minor roles at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the town. Prior to becoming an actor, Henderson was a dental technician in the Army, a detective sergeant with the Essex Constabulary, and an insurance salesman.
Henderson is best remembered for his role as the fictional detective George Bulman. This character featured in three TV series The XYY Man in the mid-1970s; the later Strangers that saw Bulman rise from Detective Sergeant to Detective Chief Inspector and, in 1985, the series Bulman saw George retired from the police and pursuing a career as a horologist. He also starred in the popular TV drama series Warship.
Henderson made little money from his role in Star Wars—£300 for one day of filming. He also missed out on $2000 for his copy of the Star Wars script:
"I have only once been recognised as having been in Star Wars, and that was when I was making a film in Los Angeles. Somebody in the hotel I was staying at offered me $2000 for my copy of the Star Wars script. As I growled at him in amazement, he took that as a refusal, or that he had offered too little and eventually went up to an offer of $5000! Sadly, as with all my used scripts, I had given it to my kids to scribble and draw on."
|1968||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Attendant|||
|1976||Voyage of the Damned||Engineering Officer|
|1977||Star Wars||General Cassio Tagge|||
|Crossed Swords||Burly Ruffian|
|1978||The Big Sleep||Lou|
|1985||Brazil||First Black Maria Guard|||
|Murder Elite||Sergeant Jessop|
|1987||Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire||The Wednesday Man|
|Out of Order||Car Driver|
|1988||Blanc de Chine||Malcolm|
|The Adventures of Baron Munchausen||Commander|||
|The BFG||Bloodbottler / Fleshlumpeater / Sergeant||Voice|
|1991||How's Business||Mr. Bailey|
|1992||Carry On Columbus||The Bosun|||
|As You Like It||The Dukes|||
|1993||The Baby of Macon||Father Confessor|
|1994||White Angel||Inspector Taylor|
|1996||The Wind in the Willows||The Sentry|||
|1997||Preaching to the Perverted||Commander Cope|
|FairyTale: A True Story||Sydney Chalker||(final film role)|
|1973–1975||Warship||Master-at-Arms Heron||18 episodes|||
|1975||Poldark||Tom Carne||3 episodes|||
|1976–1977||The XYY Man||DS George Bulman||13 episodes|||
|1978||Crossroads||Mr Black||6 episodes|
|Danton's Death||Mercier||BBC Play of the Month|
|1978–1982||Strangers||George Bulman||30 episodes|||
|1984||Annika||Mr. Daniels||2 episodes|
|1985–1987||Bulman||George Bulman||20 episodes|||
|1986||Dead Head||Det. Inspector Malcolm||Episode: Why Me?|||
|1987||Knights of God||Colley||6 episodes|||
|Doctor Who: Delta and the Bannermen||Gavrok||3 episodes|||
|1988||Last of the Summer Wine||Charlie|||
|Maigret||Barge Captain||TV movie|
|1989–1990||The Paradise Club||Frank Kane||20 episodes|||
|1991||Boon||Don||Episode: Two Men in a Vault|
|1992||2Point4 Children||Frank (Ben’s Dad)||Series 2 Episode3 One Night In Bangcock|
|1996||Casualty||Jerry Hunter||Episode: Night Moves|||
|1997||Red Dwarf||Rogue Simulant||Episode: Beyond a Joke|||
- The Archers (1983) (Radio) ... Ben Warner
- Ancestry/Find My Past (his birth was registered in the December 1931 quarter)
- "Embra, again.: An Interview with Don Henderson". Embraagain.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- Anthony Hayward (24 June 1997). "OBITUARY: Don Henderson". The Independent. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
- "Doctor Dwarf". reddwarf.co.uk. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2016.