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Ray Austin (director)

Ray Austin (born 5 December 1932) is an English television and film director, television writer, novelist and former stunt performer and actor who has worked in both the United Kingdom and the United States. He served as director on episodes of some 50 programmes between 1968 and 1998.

Ray Austin
Born (1932-12-05) 5 December 1932 (age 86)
Merton, London, England
OccupationTV and film director, stunt performer; TV writer; actor; crime novelist and lecturer
Years active1959–2006
Wendy DeVere Knight-Bisley (m. 1984)


Life and careerEdit

Austin started his career as a stunt performer on such films as North by Northwest (1959) and Spartacus (1960). From 1965 to 1967 he served as stunt coordinator on 50 episodes of The Avengers. For The Champions he initially became involved as a second unit director, subsequently rising to the position of full director. Perhaps on account of his background as a stunt performer, his style of direction was often highly visual and physical.

His work as a TV director includes episodes of The Avengers (1968), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969–70), Space: 1999 (1975–76), The New Avengers (1976–77), and V (1984). He directed 50 of the 88 episodes of the series Zorro, which was filmed in Madrid between 1989 and 1992 for the American ABC Family Channel. He has also directed some made-for-TV films, including The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1983), and some feature films such as Virgin Witch (1972) and House of the Living Dead (1974).

The Guinness world record site states that "In 1965, Dame Diana Rigg (UK) became the first western actress to perform kung fu on Television when the combat choreographers Ray Austin (UK) and Chee Soo (UK/China) worked elements of the martial art into her fight scenes on The Avengers. Certificate presentation was done on The New Paul O'Grady Show."[1]












Personal lifeEdit

Austin is married to Wendy DeVere Knight-Bisley; Now: Wendy DeVere-Austin Baroness of Delvin.[2][3]


  1. ^ "First western actress to perform kung fu on television".
  2. ^ "Baron Charged with Stealing Greene Antiques". The Daily Progress. 31 October 2009. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Baron Convicted of Stealing from Antique Mall". The Daily Progress. 4 February 2010. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2011.

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