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Also Known As: Died: December 3, 2003
Born: November 18, 1941 Cause of Death: died of a heart attack
Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB Profession: actor, director, producer, novelist, singer, artist

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Hemmings was a professional singer by the age of 9 and an exhibited painter at 15. He entered films in 1950 and is best known for his first starring role, as the photographer in Michelangelo Antonioni's classic portrait of "swinging London," "Blow-Up" (1966). Wide-eyed and interesting-looking rather than conventionally handsome, Hemmings was a fashionably offbeat leading man for a while thereafter in "Camelot" (1967), "Barbarella" (1968) and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1968), but many of his 1970s and early 80s credits were in little-seen if sometimes interesting fare. In 1967 Hemmings co-founded the Hemdale Corporation with his business manager John Daly but he left the company in 1970.Hemmings has also directed several films, including "Just a Gigolo" (1979), and in the 80s he launched a second career as a TV director for series including "Magnum P.I.", "Airwolf", "The New Mike Hammer", "Hawaiian Heat", "The Last Precinct", "Raven" and "In the Heat of the Night". Although he never completely gave up acting, most of Hemmings' histrionic activity was limited to the small screen as well; in 1989, though, he returned to feature films after a six-year absence to play Uncle Henry in Ken Russell's...

Hemmings was a professional singer by the age of 9 and an exhibited painter at 15. He entered films in 1950 and is best known for his first starring role, as the photographer in Michelangelo Antonioni's classic portrait of "swinging London," "Blow-Up" (1966). Wide-eyed and interesting-looking rather than conventionally handsome, Hemmings was a fashionably offbeat leading man for a while thereafter in "Camelot" (1967), "Barbarella" (1968) and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1968), but many of his 1970s and early 80s credits were in little-seen if sometimes interesting fare. In 1967 Hemmings co-founded the Hemdale Corporation with his business manager John Daly but he left the company in 1970.

Hemmings has also directed several films, including "Just a Gigolo" (1979), and in the 80s he launched a second career as a TV director for series including "Magnum P.I.", "Airwolf", "The New Mike Hammer", "Hawaiian Heat", "The Last Precinct", "Raven" and "In the Heat of the Night". Although he never completely gave up acting, most of Hemmings' histrionic activity was limited to the small screen as well; in 1989, though, he returned to feature films after a six-year absence to play Uncle Henry in Ken Russell's "The Rainbow". He is divorced from actress Gayle Hunnicutt.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Passport To Murder (1992) Director
2.
  Dark Horse (1992) Director
3.
  Race For the Yankee Zephyr (1981) Director; 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
4.
  Survivor, The (1981) Director
5.
  Just a Gigolo (1978) Director
6.
  14, The (1973) Director
8.
  Running Scared (1972) Director
9.
  Down Delaware Road (1988) Director
10.
  Christmas Reunion, A (1998) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Romantik (2007)
3.
 Mean Machine (2002) Prison Governor
5.
 Equilibrium (2002) Proctor
6.
 Gangs of New York (2002) Mr. Schermerhorn
7.
 Spy Game (2001) Harry Duncan (Hong Kong)
8.
 Last Orders (2001) Lenny
9.
 Gladiator (2000) Cassius
10.
 Rainbow, The (1989) Uncle Henry
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1950:
Screen debut in "Night and the City"
1951:
Stage debut as soprano with English Opera Group in Britten's "The Turn of the Screw"
:
Exhibited his paintings in one-man London show age 15
:
Worked as nightclub singer
1966:
First leading film role in "Blow-Up"
1967:
Co-founded Hemdale (with John Daly)
1972:
Directed first feature film, "Running Scared"
1981:
Played both the title roles in a PBS-TV adaptation of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
1987:
Directed the premiere episodes of the TV series, "Werewolf" and "In the Heat of the Night"
1989:
Co-executive produced the NBC drama series, "Hardball"; also directed pilot episode
2000:
Returned to feature films after close to 20 years with a supporting role in the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Gladiator"
2001:
Appeared briefly in "Spy Game"
2001:
Was part of the ensemble of "Last Orders"
2002:
Co-starred in "Gangs of New York"
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Education

Epsom School of Art: -

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wife:
Gayle Hunnicutt. Actor. Divorced; born on February 6, 1943.

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son:
Nolan Hemmings. Actor. Played his father's character as a young man in the film "Last Orders".

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