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Richard Coleman (20 January 1930 – 16 December 2008) was a British television and stage actor.[1]

Richard Coleman
Born
Ronald Coleman

(1930-01-20)20 January 1930
Peckham, London, England
Died16 December 2008(2008-12-16) (aged 78)
Spouse(s)Peggy Sinclair

Early lifeEdit

He was born Ronald Coleman in Peckham, London in 1930. Coleman was awarded the Leverhulme Scholarship to RADA in 1951, and graduated in 1953 with the Principal’s Medal. He adopted the stage name Richard Coleman, to avoid confusion with the film star Ronald Colman.[2]

CareerEdit

TheatreEdit

Coleman made his professional acting debut in 1954, alongside Peggy Mount in the stage adaptation of Sailor Beware!. He also appeared in The World of Suzie Wong, A Murder is Announced, The Mousetrap and the stage version of There's a Girl in My Soup. He succeeded Stuart Damon in the London hit musical, production of Charlie Girl at the Adelphi Theatre.[3]

TelevisionEdit

He played David Redway in the situation comedy ...And Mother Makes Three, and its sequel ...And Mother Makes Five, opposite Wendy Craig. Other television roles included Nick Allardyce in The Adventures of Ben Gunn (1958), Alan-a-Dale in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1958–60), and Jack Royston in the soap opera Weavers Green (1966). Coleman also made guest appearances in television series such as Dixon of Dock Green, The Avengers, Z-Cars, Thriller (A Coffin for the Bride), Robin's Nest, Surgical Spirit and Virtual Murder.

FilmEdit

Coleman appeared in a number films including Yangtse Incident (1957), Girls at Sea (1958), The Navy Lark (1959), Ben-Hur (1959), Rotten to the Core (1965) and Naked Evil (1966). He also had a cameo role in the film 10 Rillington Place (1971) as the police constable who arrests John Christie.

Personal lifeEdit

Coleman was married to the actress Peggy Sinclair, and spent the later years of his life living in France. He died from cancer in France on 16 December 2008, aged 78.

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1955 The Dam Busters RAF Officer Uncredited
1957 Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst Lt. Cmdr. Skinner
1958 Girls at Sea Capt. Robert 'Bobby' Randall
1959 The Navy Lark Lt. Bates R.N.
1959 Ben-Hur Metellus Uncredited
1963 80,000 Suspects Scott James Uncredited
1965 Rotten to the Core Inspector Hewlett Uncredited
1966 Naked Evil Inspector Hollis
1967 Countdown to Danger Captain Wright
1971 10 Rillington Place Police: Constable #4
1972 Hide and Seek Police sergeant
1981 The Comoedia Virgilio
1982 Who Dares Wins Mr. Martin

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Richard Coleman". bfi.org.uk. Retrieved on 20 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Richard Coleman: Actor who made his name in '... And Mother Makes". independent.co.uk. Retrieved on 20 September 2018.

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