John McIntosh Beattie (some sources give Beattle) (4 January 1905 – 10 January 1972), known professionally as John Warwick, was an Australian actor and television dramatist. who was also active in the United Kingdom.[1][2]

John Warwick, 1950s

He was born at Bellingen, New South Wales, Australia.[3] He took the name Warwick from his secondary school.

Acting career


Warwick had an extensive career over 40 years, he worked in theatre from the late 1920s and beginning his career in Australian cinema in the early 1930s (he is attributed with introducing Errol Flynn, a personal acquaintance in Sydney, to acting by bringing him along to a casting session when In the Wake of the Bounty was being filmed).[4][self-published source]

After relocating to England he was trained as an actor at Harrogate theatre with the repertory company "The White Rose Players",[5] afterwards moving into British cinema in the late 1930s–1940s, and television from the 1950s. In the 1960s he returned to Australia and ended his career in television drama and cinema there.[6]

Personal life and death


He was married twice, first to Dorothy Georgina Beattie (filed for divorce in 1927 and decree absolute granted in 1929),[7] and secondly to New Zealand-born actress Molly Raynor (1903–1976).

Warwick died on 10 January 1972, aged 67 in Sydney[8]

Partial filmography


Writing credits



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  2. ^ "JOHN WARWICK HOME". Warwick Daily News. No. 8742. Queensland, Australia. 11 August 1947. p. 2. Retrieved 8 April 2024 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ IMDb entry for 'John Warwick'
  4. ^ Moore, John Hammond 'Young Errol Flynn Before Hollywood (2nd Edition, 2011, Pub. Trafford Publishing).
  5. ^ 'John Warwick Makes Good', 'The Sun' (Published Sydney), 14 November 1937, P.5
  6. ^ 'John Warwick's filmography on IMDb
  7. ^ "In Divorce". Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954). 12 October 1929. p. 11.
  8. ^ "John McIntosh Beattie (or Warwick) - Date of Death 10/01/1972, Granted on 20/11/1972". Archived from the original on 3 April 2019.
  9. ^ Cobwebs in Concrete at Ausstage