Albert Patrick Jordan (20 October 1923 – early 2020) was a British stage, film and television actor.

Patrick Jordan
Born
Albert Patrick Jordon

(1923-10-20)20 October 1923
Harrow, Middlesex, England
Diedearly 2020 (aged 96)
Alpheton, Suffolk, England
OccupationActor
Years active1953–1995
Spouse(s)
Margery Gill
(m. 1946; died 2008)
Children2

He was born and raised in Harrow, Middlesex, the son of Margaret, a cook, and Albert Jordan, a regimental sergeant major. An accident while playing bows and arrows with his two brothers left him with a distinctive scar on his right cheek. He made his stage debut in a 1946 Old Vic production of Richard II at the New Theatre, which was directed by Ralph Richardson and featured Harry Andrews, Renée Asherson and Alec Guinness. The same ensemble went on to perform in other Shakespearean plays, including Coriolanus and The Taming of the Shrew, and Jordan remained friends with Asherson and Guinness.

Jordan's screen roles included several war films, including The Battle of the River Plate (1956), The Longest Day (1962), The Heroes of Telemark (1965), Play Dirty (1968), and Too Late the Hero (1970). He is perhaps best remembered for his uncredited speaking role as Imperial Officer Cass, an aide to Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing), in Star Wars (1977), a role secured for him by Guinness, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi. Jordan was offered the choice of either a guaranteed fee for his role, or a small share of the film's royalties. As he was dubious about the film's prospects, he opted for the former, a decision which he later regretted in light of the film's immense success. Jordan's television appearances included Minder, Angels, Terry and June, Shine on Harvey Moon, Poirot, Crossroads, and The Bill. He retired in 1995.[1][2]

Jordan was married to illustrator Margery Gill from 1946 until her death in 2008. They had two daughters, Tessa and Ros (died 1996). From 1969, he and his wife lived in Alpheton, Suffolk, where he died in early 2020 at the age of 96. He was survived by his elder daughter, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.[3]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Patrick Jordan – Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  2. ^ Born: 20 October 1923, Harrow, Middx. (1923-10-20). "Patrick Jordan | BFI". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-21.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Weaver, Matthew (10 February 2020). "Patrick Jordan obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 February 2020.

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