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Edward Judd (4 October 1932 – 24 February 2009) was a British actor.[1]

Edward Judd
Born(1932-10-04)4 October 1932
Shanghai, China
Died24 February 2009(2009-02-24) (aged 76)
Years active1948–1992
Spouse(s)Gene Anderson (?–1965) (her death)
Norma Ronald (1966–1993) (her death)
Children2

BiographyEdit

Born in Shanghai, he and his English father and Russian mother fled when the Japanese attacked China five years later.

His career was at its peak in the 1960s, with a series of leading roles in British science fiction films, including The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961 - a disaster film in which he played an alcoholic reporter during a time when two large nuclear explosions altered the Earth's axis, propelling the Earth towards the sun), First Men in the Moon (1964), and Island of Terror (1966). As well as starring in these films, he worked as a soap opera actor and performed other character parts on television. His roles in these classic science fiction films were highly praised by audiences and critics alike. Judd was also famous for the 1975 "Think Once, Think Twice, Think Bike" campaign to make motorists aware of the risks faced on the road by motorcyclists.[2]

Judd's success in The Day the Earth Caught Fire saw Columbia Pictures sign him to a long term contract. According to Val Guest though "he was such a pain in the ass to everybody. He had an enormous opinion of himself and he was his own worst enemy. Columbia just loaned him out here and there and then let him go."[3]

Judd appeared regularly on TV.[4] In particular he played the tyrannical uncle, William Russell, in the 1979 TV mini-series Flambards. He also appeared in The Sweeney and The Onedin Line in supporting roles.

Very little is known of his life after the 1970s. He was heard in an episode of the BBC Radio comedy Drop Me Here, Darling, starring Leslie Phillips, in 1983, as well as playing Barrymore in a televised version of The Hound of the Baskervilles the same year, and the BBC Radio play Philadelphia Moonshine in 1985. He appeared in the 1988 TV film Jack the Ripper as Thomas Arnold.

In the early 1970s, he lived in Cottenham Park Road, Wimbledon. During the 1970s and 1980s, Judd (known as Eddie to some friends, as evidenced in Michael Caine's 2011 autobiography) was a highly respected voice-over artist, used on many mainstream commercials recorded in the recording studios in London's Soho.[citation needed]

As of 1990, he lived in the Phoenix Hotel in Wimbledon and was a credit officer for a Canadian investment bank. He lived at a retirement home in Mitcham in his last years.

Personal lifeEdit

He was married twice; his first wife, who had also appeared in The Day the Earth Caught Fire, was actress Gene Anderson, who died in 1965.[4] His second wife was actress Norma Ronald, with whom he had two daughters.[5]

Selected filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Edward Judd".
  2. ^ Judd, Edward (1975). "Think Bike". YouTube. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  3. ^ Tom Weaver, "Val Guest", Double Feature Creature Attack: A Monster Merger of Two More Volumes of Classic Interviews McFarland, 2003 p 116-117
  4. ^ a b Bergan, Ronald (21 May 2009). "Edward Judd" – via The Guardian.
  5. ^ Obituary "Edward Judd: actor in sci-fi films, the West End and TV series", The Times, 9 March 2009.

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