Jack Hawkins


Actor
Jack Hawkins

About

Also Known As
John Edward Hawkins
Birth Place
Wood Green, England, GB
Born
September 14, 1910
Died
July 18, 1973
Cause of Death
Hemorrhage Following Throat Opertion

Biography

Best remembered for his numerous portrayals of military men, from the indomitable Major Warden in "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957) to the officer-turned-criminal-mastermind in Basil Dearden's humorous "The League of Gentlemen" (1960). Although he lost his voice after an operation for cancer of the larynx in 1966, Hawkins continued to perform, with other actors dubbing his lines. He ...

Photos & Videos

Gideon's Day - Movie Posters
Gideon's Day - Color Scene Stills
Gideon's Day - Lobby Card Set

Family & Companions

Jessica Tandy
Wife
Actor. Married 1932; divorced 1942; mother of Susan Hawkins.
Doreen Lawrence
Wife
Actor. Married 1947.

Bibliography

"Anything For a Quiet Life"
Jack Hawkins (1973)

Biography

Best remembered for his numerous portrayals of military men, from the indomitable Major Warden in "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957) to the officer-turned-criminal-mastermind in Basil Dearden's humorous "The League of Gentlemen" (1960). Although he lost his voice after an operation for cancer of the larynx in 1966, Hawkins continued to perform, with other actors dubbing his lines. He was married to actress Jessica Tandy from 1932 to 1942.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Tales That Witness Madness (1973)
Nicholas ("Clinic")
The Last Lion (1973)
Theatre Of Blood (1973)
Solomon Psaltery
Young Winston (1972)
Mr. Welldon
Habricha el Hashemesh (1972)
Baburin
When Eight Bells Toll (1971)
[Sir Arthur] Skouras
Lola (1971)
Judge Millington-Draper
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
Count [Vladimir] Fredericks
Waterloo (1971)
General Picton
The Beloved (1971)
Kidnapped (1971)
Captain Hoseason
Jane Eyre (1971)
Mr Brocklehurst
The Adventures Of Gerard (1970)
Millefleurs
Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (1969)
Count Levinovitch
Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
Emperor Franz Josef
Shalako (1968)
Sir Charles Daggett
Great Catherine (1968)
Sir George Gorse
Judith (1966)
Major Lawton
Masquerade (1965)
Colonel Drexel
Lord Jim (1965)
Marlow
Guns at Batasi (1964)
Col. John Deal
The Third Secret (1964)
Sir Frederick Belline
Zulu (1964)
Otto Witt
Rampage (1963)
Otto Abbot
Lafayette (1963)
General Cornwallis
Five Finger Exercise (1962)
Stanley Harrington
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
General Allenby
The League of Gentlemen (1961)
Hyde
Two Loves (1961)
W. W. J. Abercrombie
Gideon of Scotland Yard (1959)
Inspector George Gideon
The Two-Headed Spy (1959)
Gen. Alex Schottland, also known as Alexander Scotland
Ben-Hur (1959)
Quintus Arrius
She Played with Fire (1958)
Oliver Branwell
Decision Against Time (1957)
John Mitchell
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Major Warden
The Prisoner (1956)
The interrogator
The Long Arm (1956)
Land of the Pharaohs (1955)
Khufu, the Pharaoh
The Intruder (1955)
Touch and Go (1955)
Fletcher
The Fighting Pimpernel (1954)
Prince of Wales
Front Page Story (1954)
Grant
Land Of Fury (1954)
Philip Wayne
The Malta Story (1953)
Twice Upon a Time (1953)
The Cruel Sea (1953)
Outpost in Malaya (1952)
Jim Frazer
Mandy (1952)
Angels One Five (1952)
Home at Seven (1952)
No Highway in the Sky (1951)
Dennis Scott
The Adventurers (1951)
The Black Rose (1950)
Tristram
State Secret (1950)
Hour of Glory (1949)
Hour of Glory (1949)
Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948)
The Fallen Idol (1948)
Next of Kin (1942)
The Flying Squad (1940)
Who Goes Next? (1938)
A Royal Divorce (1938)
Beauty And The Barge (1937)
Peg of Old Drury (1936)
Michael O'Taaffe
Death at Broadcasting House (1934)
Autumn Crocus (1934)
A Shot in the Dark (1933)
I Lived With You (1933)
The Jewel (1933)
The Phantom Fiend (1932)

Producer (Feature Film)

The Ruling Class (1972)
Producer
The Party's Over (1966)
Executive Producer

Cast (Special)

Caesar and Cleopatra (1956)
Rufio

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

QB VII (1974)
The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966)
General Bahar

Life Events

1923

Stage acting debut in "Where the Rainbow Ends"

1930

Film acting debut in "The Perfect Alibi"

Photo Collections

Gideon's Day - Movie Posters
Gideon's Day - Movie Posters
Gideon's Day - Color Scene Stills
Gideon's Day - Color Scene Stills
Gideon's Day - Lobby Card Set
Gideon's Day - Lobby Card Set
Gideon's Day - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Gideon's Day - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Videos

Movie Clip

League Of Gentlemen, The (1960) - The Liquor IS Genuine Assembling in London's famous Cafe Royal after getting mysterious invitations promising profits, Bryan Forbes (who wrote the screenplay), Terence Alexander, Richard Attenborough, Roger Livesey, Kieron Moore and Norman Bird begin appraising each other, before Jack Hawkins begins to explain, Nigel Patrick arriving late, in the celebrated heist yarn The League Of Gentlemen, 1960.
League Of Gentlemen, The (1960) - You've Had Callers During director Basil Dearden’s introductions of his troupe of complicated heroes, we meet Roger Livesey as, it seems, a London minister, receiving one of the packages from the ringleader (Jack Hawkins) and dealing with Marie Burke. his landlady, early in The League Of Gentlemen, 1960.
League Of Gentlemen, The (1960) - You're All Crooks Upon assembly of the band, mastermind Hyde (Jack Hawkins) reveals the military and criminal backgrounds of Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes (also the screenwriter), Nigel Patrick, Kieron Moore and Terence Alexander, in The League Of Gentlemen, 1960, directed by Basil Dearden.
Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) - Did You Know Him Well? Joining director David Lean’s opening after credits, Peter O’Toole (title character) meets his end, then shooting a soundstage interior but real exterior of St. Paul’s, London, Anthony Quayle, Jack Hawkins and Arthur Kennedy among the mourners, from Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962.
Theatre Of Blood (1973) - His Head Cut Off? Diana Rigg (as "Edwina") is only posing as a tart, luring the critic enemies of her vengeful and ostensibly dead actor father, but Jack Hawkins (as critic "Psaltery") is playing against type, a lecherous cad, lustful despite the murder of another colleague, in Theatre Of Blood, 1973, starring Vincent Price.
Nicholas And Alexandra (1971) - Little Yellow Buddhists Selfish and racist notions from the Queen Mother (Irene Worth) before the Czar (Michael Jayston), Czarina (Janet Suzman) and Grand Duke (Harry Andrews) meet the new monk Rasputin (Tom Baker) in Nicholas and Alexandra, 1971.
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) - God Meant Me To Rule Laurence Olivier (in his barely-recognizable period, as "Count Witte"), with the Grand Duke (Harry Andrews), reasons with the Czar (Michael Jayston) about Korea, in Nicholas and Alexandra, 1971.
Ruling Class, The (1972) - Talking To Myself Still robed, raving Jack (Peter O'Toole) explains to his aunt Lady Claire (Coral Browne) how he came to consider himself God, or Jesus, before the liberated butler Tucker (Arthur Lowe) and (uncle) Sir Charles (William Mervyn) appear, in Peter Medak's The Ruling Class, 1972.
Ben-Hur (1959) - Your Eyes Are Full Of Hate, Forty-One We've just met Commander Quintus Arrius (Jack Hawkins) inspecting his fleet and taking note of spirited galley-slave "forty-one," (a.k.a. Judah, Charlton Heston) in Ben-Hur, 1959.
Ben-Hur (1959) - Anno Domini Narration by Finlay Currie is followed by the arrival of Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem, the rising of a star, the approach of three kings, all this before the opening credits in William Wyler's Ben-Hur, 1959.
Lord Jim (1965) - Gunpowder Peter O'Toole (title character) shows signs of overcoming his demons, dealing with a small crisis in the harbor, merchant Stein (Paul Lukas) showing interest ashore, in Richard Brooks' Lord Jim, 1965, from the Joseph Conrad novel.
Prisoner, The (1955) - The Completed Confession The first encounter between Alec Guinness, the nameless cardinal and principal character, and his communist antagonist, Jack Hawkins, known only as "the interrogator," briefly recalling their shared experience in World War Two, in The Prisoner, 1955.

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Family

Susan Tettemer
Daughter
Born c. 1934; mother Jessica Tandy; survived him.

Companions

Jessica Tandy
Wife
Actor. Married 1932; divorced 1942; mother of Susan Hawkins.
Doreen Lawrence
Wife
Actor. Married 1947.

Bibliography

"Anything For a Quiet Life"
Jack Hawkins (1973)