Ian Ogilvy


Biography

A frequent guest star and supporting player in series and films, British actor Ian Ogilvy has occasionally been the leading man, perhaps most notably as an incarnation of the heroic thief Simon Templar in the popular series "Return of the Saint." Son of an actress and an advertising executive (and nephew of "the father of advertising," David Ogilvy), he studied at Eton and the Royal Acad...

Biography

A frequent guest star and supporting player in series and films, British actor Ian Ogilvy has occasionally been the leading man, perhaps most notably as an incarnation of the heroic thief Simon Templar in the popular series "Return of the Saint." Son of an actress and an advertising executive (and nephew of "the father of advertising," David Ogilvy), he studied at Eton and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts before performing for both stage and screen, including TV guest spots and early major film roles in the horror pictures of Michael Reeves opposite such genre legends as Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. In higher profile appearances, he joined an all-star cast including Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, and Orson Welles in the historical epic "Waterloo" and had a recurring part on the renowned dramatic series about domestic servants and their wealthy employers, "Upstairs, Downstairs," the latter earning him the attention of the producer of "The Saint" and the chance to fill the role made famous by Roger Moore in that show's two-season revival. A subsequent series, "Tom, Dick and Harriet" failed despite positive reviews and Ogilvy shifted back into supporting roles. Moving to the United States in the late '80s, he found parts in movies such as the comedy "Death Becomes Her," guest spots in popular series such as "Murder, She Wrote" and "Diagnosis Murder," and a regular slot in the short-lived nighttime soap, "Malibu Shores." Ogilvy has also written two novels and a successful series of children's books.

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From Beyond The Grave (1973) - What Do You Think Was Behind It? Early in the fourth segment, The Door, the “Proprietor” Peter Cushing meets Ian Ogilvy as Seaton, who buys an ornate door while arousing some suspicion, then brings it home to his prepossessing wife Margaret (Lesley-Anne Down), in the horror anthology From Beyond The Grave, 1973.
Sorcerers, The (1967) - I'm Too Young To Die Having agreed with his wife (Catherine Lacey) to recruit a willing volunteer to test their new mind-control technique, hypnotist Monserrat (Boris Karloff) settles on Ian Ogilvy (as disaffected Lononder Mike), a regular collaborator of the young director Michael Reeves, early in The Sorcerers, 1967.
Sorcerers, The (1967) - My Will Is Stronger Mean behavior by Mike (Ian Ogilvy) leads to blows with mechanic pal Alan (Victor Henry) over Nicole (Elizabeth Ercy), neither of whom know he's being mind-controlled by Monserrat (Boris Karloff) and his suddenly evil wife (Catherine Lacey), in director Michael Reeves' The Sorcerers, 1967.
Conqueror Worm, The (1968) - Hopkins Preys Upon Them Part of the opening vignette, then credits, then narration on the English civil war, and introducing royalist soldiers Richard (Ian Ogilvy) and Swanson (Nicky Henson), still not quite meeting star Vincent Price, in The Conqueror Worm, a.k.a Witchfinder General. 1968.
Conqueror Worm, The (1968) - The Lord's Work We meet Hopkins (Vincent Price) and Stearnes (Robert Russell), both historical figures, en route to a lucrative witch-killing gig, as soldier Richard (Ian Ogilvy) parts with betrothed Sara (Hilary Dwyer) and her priest uncle Lowes (Rupert Davies), in The Conqueror Worm, a.k.a Witchfinder General. 1968.
Conqueror Worm, The (1968) - I Thought They'd Have Pity Soldier Richard (Ian Ogilvy) in the Suffolk home town of his betrothed Sara (Hilary Dwyer) after her uncle, an Anglican priest, has been murdered by witch-hunters, leading to a do-it-yourself marriage, in The Conqueror Worm, a.k.a Witchfinder General, 1968, directed by Michael Reeves, starring Vincent Price.

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