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Also Known As: Died: January 14, 1977
Born: September 28, 1916 Cause of Death: massive heart attack
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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1926:
After parents divorce lived with grandmother in Paris and India until age 10 then moved to Australia
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Worked as a waiter and apprentice on a sheep farm
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Joined a variety act as a stooge to the comedian; toured Australia and performed in tent shows
1935:
Stage acting debut touring New South Wales in "While Parents Sleep"
1935:
First Australian film as actor, "Magic Shoes" (unreleased)
1938:
First released Australian film as actor, "Dad and Dave Come to Town"
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Served with Australian First Army in anti-aircraft battalion in Middle East during WWII
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Formed own traveling theater company, the Mercury (after Orson Welles's company) which performed the classics in little theaters and factories at lunch time; Laurence Olivier visited company while touring Australia with the Old Vic in 1947
1948:
First film credit as assistant director and casting director, "Eureka Stockade"
1949:
British film acting debut, "Train of Events" ("The Actor" episode)
1949:
Joined Old Vic in London; under contract to Laurence Olivier (date approximate)
1949:
London stage debut opposite Edith Evans in "Daphne Laureola"
1960:
Debut as film director, writer and producer of short, "Antonito"
1977:
Collapsed in the Beverly Hills Hotel lobby while waiting to appear on "Good Morning America" to promote "Network"

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