Philip Stainton (9 April 1908 – 1 August 1961) was an English actor.[1] Stainton appeared in several Ealing comedies and major international movies.[2] He specialized in playing friendly or exasperated uniformed policemen, but also appeared in other comic and straight roles in British and Australian productions.

Philip Stainton
Publicity still for The Ladykillers (1955)
Born(1908-04-09)9 April 1908
Died1 August 1961(1961-08-01) (aged 53)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Years active1947–1961

After beginning in repertory, in the postwar years he worked steadily in bit and featured parts in theatrical films; twice being directed by John Ford and once by John Huston when they shot on European or overseas locations. He first visited Australia as part of a touring company presenting Agatha Christie’s play Witness for the Prosecution.

Mogambo (dir: John Ford 1953) cast with (L-R) Donald Sinden, Grace Kelly, Clark Gable, Denis O'Dea, Ava Gardner and Stainton

Stainton and his actress wife immigrated to Australia in the late 1950s to appear in a series of live television plays as the medium was beginning in that country. From 1957 to 1959 he had the distinction to headline the first Australian sitcom Take That which was broadcast in Melbourne by HSV-7.

He also adapted and produced a version of the gaslight melodrama East Lynne which became a hit around the circuit of surviving music hall venues in the early 1960s and was subsequently revived. During a centenary performance at impresario George Miller's Bowl Music Hall (basement of The Capitol, Melbourne), he succumbed to a heart attack on 1 August 1961.[3]




  1. ^ "Philip Stainton". Archived from the original on 15 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Philip Stainton - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  3. ^ Philip Stainton, and “East Lynne” entries in AusStage online database