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Jeremy Kemp (3 February 1935 - 19 July 2019) was an English actor. He was known for his significant roles in the miniseries The Winds of War, the film The Blue Max and the TV series Z-Cars.

Jeremy Kemp
Edmund Jeremy James Walker

(1935-02-03)3 February 1935
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK
Died19 July 2019 (age 84)
London, England, UK
Years active1958–1998


Early lifeEdit

Kemp was born Edmund Jeremy James Walker[1] in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, the son of Elsa May (daughter of Dr James Kemp, of Sheffield) and Edmund Reginald Walker, an engineer, of a Yorkshire landed gentry family that had owned at various times Aldwick Hall at Rotherham, Silton Hall at Northallerton, Ravensthorpe Manor, and Mount St John, at Thirsk.[2][3] He studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[citation needed]


In 1958, Kemp joined the Radio Drama Company by winning the Carlton Hobbs Bursary[4] His television credits include: Colditz, Space: 1999 and a number of other series such as: Hart to Hart, The Greatest American Hero, The Fall Guy, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Conan the Adventurer, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance and Murder, She Wrote. He played King Leontes in the BBC Television production of The Winter's Tale (1981). He also appeared as Cornwall in the 1984 TV movie version of King Lear opposite Laurence Olivier as Lear.

From the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, Kemp had a prominent film career, usually appearing as second male leads or top supporting roles. His films include Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, Operation Crossbow, The Blue Max, Darling Lili, A Bridge Too Far, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Top Secret! and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Sir Bernard Burke (1969). Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry. 2. Burke's Peerage. p. 627.
  2. ^ Burke's Landed Gentry 1952, p. 2614, "Walker of Mount St John' pedigree"
  3. ^ "Jeremy Kemp Biography (1935–)". Film Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  4. ^ Carlton Hobbs Bursary winners at, accessed 23 January 2018

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