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Gary James Bond (7 February 1940 – 12 October 1995) was an English actor and singer. He is known for his roles in several high profile West End plays and musicals, as well as his portrayal of protagonist John Grant in the 1971 cult Australian film Wake in Fright.

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Gary James Bond

(1940-02-07)7 February 1940
Died12 October 1995(1995-10-12) (aged 55)
Ealing, England, UK
Cause of deathAIDS
Alma materCentral School of Speech & Drama
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1963–1994



Bond was born in Liss, Hampshire,[1] England.

The son of a soldier, he trained at London's Central School of Speech & Drama, and his first acting job was with the Connaught Theatre, Worthing.[1]

An early leading role was as Pip in the Royal Court's production of Arnold Wesker's Chips with Everything in 1962, and in its Broadway transfer the following year.[2][3] There were seasons with Prospect Theatre Company and the RSC;[4] and he most famously played Joseph in the 1972 London production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.[5] Later, he succeeded David Essex as Che Guevara in the London production of Rice and Lloyd Webber's Evita, initially opposite Elaine Paige and, subsequently, Marti Webb.[6]

Although probably best known as a theatrical actor in his native England, he also played a number of roles in feature films and on television. Having appeared in Zulu in 1964, he went on to star in Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) and the classic Australian film Wake in Fright, filmed in 1970 and released the following year.[7] His television roles include Pip in the 1967 television production of Great Expectations and Antonio in BBC Television's 1972 production of The Duchess of Malfi.[8] Bond also had cameos in Z-Cars, The Avengers, The Main Chance, Hart to Hart and Bergerac.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Bond was the partner of actor Jeremy Brett[10][11] from 1969 to 1976.[12][not in citation given] From 1979 he lived with American artist and illustrator E.J. Taylor,[13] first in Barnes and then in Ealing, London, following their initial meeting in Fire Island, New York, USA.[citation needed] Bond died of AIDS on 12 October 1995 at the age of 55, exactly one month after Jeremy Brett's death.[14]


Year Title Role Notes
1964 Zulu Private Cole
1969 Anne of the Thousand Days Mark Smeaton
1971 Wake in Fright John Grant


  1. ^ a b Granger, Derek (17 October 1995). "Obituary: Gary Bond". The Independent. London.
  2. ^ "Chips With Everything [scenes] · British Universities Film & Video Council".
  3. ^ League, The Broadway. "Chips With Everything – Broadway Play – Original - IBDB".
  4. ^ "Gary Bond - Theatricalia".
  5. ^ "Gary Bond - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  6. ^ "Production of Evita - Theatricalia".
  7. ^ "Gary Bond - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  8. ^ "Gary Bond".
  9. ^ "Gary Bond".
  10. ^ Manners, Terry (1997). The Man Who Became Sherlock Holmes: The Tortured Mind of Jeremy Brett. Virgin Books. ISBN 978-1852276164.
  11. ^ Mann, William J. (2005). Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger. Random House. p. 92. ISBN 978-0099451884. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Facts and FAQs". The Wonderful World of Gary Bond. 12 October 1995. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  13. ^ Strachan, Alan (30 October 1995). "Gary Bond: Finer Aspects of Musicals". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  14. ^ Garner, Clare (26 November 1995). "Arts suffer most as Aids rages on – Home News, UK". The Independent. UK. Retrieved 27 August 2011.

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