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Peter Dyneley (13 April 1921 – 19 August 1977) was an Anglo-Canadian actor. Although he appeared in many smaller roles in both film and television, he is best remembered for supplying the voice of Jeff Tracy for the 1960s "Supermarionation" TV series Thunderbirds and its two film sequels, Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) and Thunderbird 6 (1968), all produced by Gerry Anderson. Uncredited, Dyneley also provided the voice of the countdown that introduces the Thunderbirds title sequence.[2]

Peter Dyneley
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Dyneley in 1975
Born(1921-04-13)13 April 1921
Died19 August 1977(1977-08-19) (aged 56)
London, UK
NationalityBritish and Canadian
EducationRadley College
Alma materGuildhall School of Music and Drama
OccupationActor
Years active1954–1977
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
TelevisionThunderbirds (1965–66)
Spouse(s)Christine May (divorced)
Jane Hylton (m. ?–1977; his death)
Children2[1]

Life and careerEdit

Born in Hastings, Sussex, England on 13 April 1921, Peter Dyneley spent his early years in Canada but was educated at Radley College in Oxfordshire, England. He possessed dual nationality (Canadian and British) and served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. After the war, he attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied opera and developed his bass voice. It was at this institution that he made the acquaintance of fellow student Christine May, whom he later married. They had two children, Richard and Amanda.

With his Canadian background, Dyneley frequently performed with a North American accent. He acted primarily in stage productions prior to 1954, when he turned his attention to film. On stage and in film, he regularly appeared opposite his second wife, the actress Jane Hylton, whom he met on the set of the horror film The Manster (1959). He also appeared as a guest star in many television series. He spoke fluent French, German and Spanish. Dyneley died of cancer on 19 August 1977, Hylton of a heart attack 18 months later, on 28 February 1979.

Thunderbirds voice-overEdit

English actor Brian Cobby claimed he had provided the voice-over for the opening sequence countdown of Thunderbirds in 1964.[3][4] This was refuted by Thunderbirds producer Gerry Anderson, who confirmed countdown was indeed recorded by Dyneley.[2]

Dyneley's countdown was reused in the first trailer for the series' 2015 reboot Thunderbirds Are Go!,[5] as well as its opening sequence, and also for the launch countdown for the various Thunderbirds in the episodes.

FilmographyEdit

Television appearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.ticipedia.info/voice-actor-archive/peter-dyneley/peter-dyneley-information/
  2. ^ a b Gerry Anderson: "Ask Anderson" in FAB News, Issue 58 (Vol. 12, No. 2), p. 11.
  3. ^ Waitrose Food Illustrated, October 2002 Archived 12 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine.)
  4. ^ "10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week" – BBC News, November 2005; profile published in Insight from 2001 to 2004 – Voice of the Speaking Clock.
  5. ^ "Thunderbirds Are Go!" trailer
  6. ^ Galbraith IV, Stuart (1996). The Japanese Filmography: 1900 through 1994. McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0032-3.

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