David Hemmings


Actor

About

Birth Place
Surrey, England, GB
Born
November 18, 1941
Died
December 03, 2003
Cause of Death
Died Of A Heart Attack

Biography

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 ...

Family & Companions

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

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Dark Horse (1992)
Director
Passport To Murder (1992)
Director
Race For the Yankee Zephyr (1981)
Director
The Survivor (1981)
Director
Just a Gigolo (1978)
Director
The 14 (1973)
Director
The Wild Little Bunch (1973)
Director
Running Scared (1972)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Romantik (2007)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Gangs of New York (2002)
Mr. Schermerhorn
Equilibrium (2002)
Mean Machine (2002)
Slap Shot II: Breaking the Ice (2002)
Last Orders (2001)
Lenny
Spy Game (2001)
Harry Duncan (Hong Kong)
Gladiator (2000)
Cassius
The Rainbow (1989)
Uncle Henry
Three on a Match (1987)
Harry's Hong Kong (1987)
Beverly Hills Cowgirl Blues (1985)
Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1984)
Inspector Bruce Hutton
Prisoners (1984)
Calamity Jane (1984)
Captain James O'Neill
Man, Woman and Child (1983)
Harlequin (1980)
Nick Rast
Sherlock Holmes and Saucy Jack (1979)
Thirst (1979)
Dr Fraser
Murder by Decree (1979)
Crossed Swords (1978)
Hugh Hendon
Power Play (1978)
Just a Gigolo (1978)
Les Liens de sang (1977)
Disappearance (1977)
The Squeeze (1977)
Keith
Islands In The Stream (1977)
Mr. Quilp (1975)
Richard Swiveller
Profondo Rosso (1975)
Marcus Daly
Terror On the Britannic (1974)
Juggernaut (1974)
Voices (1973)
Autobiography (1972)
Fragment of Fear (1971)
Tim Brett
Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971)
John Ebony
The Love Machine (1971)
Jerry Nelson
Umman, Wittering and Zigo (1971)
The Walking Stick (1970)
Leigh Hartley
The Best House in London (1969)
Walter Leybourne/Benjamin Oakes
Alfred the Great (1969)
Alfred
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
Captain Nolan
Only When I Larf (1968)
Bob
The Long Day's Dying (1968)
John
Barbarella (1968)
Dildano
Eye of the Devil (1967)
Christian de Caray
Camelot (1967)
Mordred
Blow-Up (1966)
Thomas
The Girl Getters (1966)
David
Be My Guest (1965)
Some People (1964)
Bert
Sing and Swing (1964)
Dave Martin
No Tree in the Street (1964)
Kenny
Murder Can Be Deadly (1963)
Roy
The Wind of Change (1961)
In the Wake of a Stranger (1959)
The Rainbow Jacket (1954)

Writer (Feature Film)

Running Scared (1972)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Turkey Shoot (1981)
Executive Producer
Strange Behavior (1981)
Executive Producer
Race For the Yankee Zephyr (1981)
Producer
Power Play (1978)
Coproducer
Disappearance (1977)
Producer
Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971)
Executive Producer
Melody (1971)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Just a Gigolo (1978)
Song

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Marlene (1984)
Other

Director (Special)

Down Delaware Road (1988)
Director

Cast (Special)

A Mind to Murder (1996)
Loved to Death (1991)
The Turn of the Screw (1989)
Doctor Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1981)

Cast (Short)

ALL EYES ON SHARON TATE (1966)
Himself

Director (TV Mini-Series)

A Christmas Reunion (1998)
Director

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Key to Rebecca (1985)

Life Events

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"

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"

Photo Collections

Blow-Up - Movie Posters
Here are a variety of movie posters from Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up (1966), including samples from France, America, and Japan.

Videos

Movie Clip

Walking Stick, The (1970) - Open, Underground Atmospheric and crowded, no dialogue but much action in London scenes with opening credits from The Walking Stick, 1970, from Winston Graham's novel, starring Samantha Eggar and David Hemmings.
Eye Of The Devil (1967) - Open, Bordeaux Brive Paris eyeofthedevil_openbordeauxbriveparis_FC_
Eye Of The Devil (1967) - My Sister Has Just Created A Dove Her kids (Robert Duncan, Suky Appleby) at play, visiting the family estate in Bordeaux where they encounter the entrancing local Odile (Sharon Tate), Deborah Kerr as Catherine attempts to intervene when the even scarier brother Christian (David Hemmings) appears, in Eye Of The Devil, 1967, from a novel by Philip Loraine.
Blow-Up (1966) - Give It To Me! Austin Powers' favorite scene, the entire encounter between London photographer Thomas (David Hemmings) and the internationally celebrated German-born 6'3" model Veruschka, known for her record number of Vogue magazine covers, from Michelangelo Antonioni's fashion-mystery Blow-Up, 1966.
Blow-Up (1966) - Open, Mimes Opening London milieu and Herbie Hancock music, photographer Thomas (David Hemmings) leaves the flophouse where he's doing research, and meets the rowdy mimes, shooting first at Economist Plaza, St. James Street, then at Consort Rd., South Kensington, from Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up, 1966.
Blow-Up (1966) - We've Only Just Met A portion of what turns out to be a critical encounter. shot at Maryon Park, Charlton, London, Thomas (David Hemmings) taking unsanctioned photos of Jane (Vanessa Redgrave) and her mysterious partner, in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up, 1966.
System, The (1964) - Most Holiday-Makers Are Grockles New man David (Hemmings) briefed by Oliver Reed (as Tinker) and mates, Andrew Ray, Jeremy Turnham, et al, about their beachfront schemes, shooting on location in Torquay, England, in the movie credited with popularizing the term “Grockle,” The System, a.k.a. The Girl Getters, 1964.
Walking Stick, The (1970) - Are You A Good Painter? Polio sufferer Deborah (Samantha Eggar) meets chatty artist Leigh (David Hemmings) at a London art party, early in director Eric Till's The Walking Stick, 1970, from a novel by Winston Graham.
Blow-Up (1966) - Something Fantastic's Happened! Thomas (David Hemmings) examining his pictures of Jane (Vanessa Redgrave) in the park, realizing he's captured something unusual, in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up, 1966.

Trailer

Promo

Family

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

Companions

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

Bibliography