Gordon Jackson


Actor
Gordon Jackson

About

Birth Place
United Kingdom
Born
December 19, 1923
Died
January 14, 1990

Biography

Gordon Jackson started off as a draughtsman for Rolls Royce, but the entertainment industry soon came calling. His immense body of work in film and television is a testament to his raw talent and his dedication to the craft. Some of his most memorable film outings involved grisly ends for his characters. He starred as one of the intrepid British POWs dedicated to busting out and disrupti...

Family & Companions

Rona Jackson
Wife

Biography

Gordon Jackson started off as a draughtsman for Rolls Royce, but the entertainment industry soon came calling. His immense body of work in film and television is a testament to his raw talent and his dedication to the craft. Some of his most memorable film outings involved grisly ends for his characters. He starred as one of the intrepid British POWs dedicated to busting out and disrupting the German forces in "The Great Escape." Unfortunately, his character was one of the unlucky escapees to be subsequently captured and executed by the SS, as an example to the others. He also starred as Jock Carswell in "The Ipcress File," a spy thriller centered on the brainwashing of scientists (IPCRESS stands for the ominous sounding "Induction of Psycho-neuroses by Conditioned Reflex under Stress"). Jackson's character discovers the plot, only to be murdered before he can reveal it to the film's protagonist, played by Michael Caine. Gordon Jackson's TV characters fared better. He was best known to the British viewing public as the loyal butler, Angus Hudson, in the TV series "Upstairs, Downstairs" (a reference to the socio-economic divide between servants living downstairs and the rich household living upstairs).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Lady And The Highwayman (1989)
Gunpowder (1987)
Sir Anthony Phelps
The Whistle Blower (1987)
Bruce
The Shooting Party (1984)
Tom Harker
The Last Giraffe (1979)
Fielding
The Medusa Touch (1978)
Dr Johnson
Golden Rendezvous (1977)
Spectre (1977)
Inspector Cabell
Russian Roulette (1975)
Detective Sergeant Brian Hardison
Madame Sin (1972)
Kidnapped (1971)
Charles Stewart
Scrooge (1970)
Nephew's friend
Hamlet (1969)
Horatio
Run Wild, Run Free (1969)
Mr. Ransome
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Gordon Lowther
Run Wild, Run Free (1969)
Danger Route (1968)
Brian Stern
The Night of the Generals (1967)
Captain Engel
The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966)
Captain Leeds
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)
James MacAfee
The Ipcress File (1965)
Carswell
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines; or How I Flew From London to Paris in 25 Hours and 11 Minutes (1965)
McDougal, a pilot
The Long Ships (1964)
Vahlin
The Great Escape (1963)
[Flt. Lt. Sandy "Mac"] MacDonald "Intelligence"
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Edward Birkett
Trouble in the Sky (1961)
Captain Bateson
Greyfriars Bobby (1961)
Farmer
Tunes of Glory (1960)
Capt. Jimmy Cairns
Yesterday's Enemy (1959)
Sgt. McKenzie
Chance Meeting (1959)
Police Sergeant
The Bridal Path (1959)
Constable Alec
Mad Little Island (1958)
George Campbell
Abandon Ship (1957)
John Merritt
Three Crooked Men (1957)
HELL DRIVERS (1957)
Scottie
The Creeping Unknown (1956)
BBC television producer
Blonde Bait (1956)
Percy
The Baby And The Battleship (1956)
Harry
Sailor Beware! (1956)
Carnoustie Bligh
Happy Go Lovely (1951)
Paul Tracy
The Captive Heart (1946)
Millions Like Us (1943)

Cast (Special)

The Winslow Boy (1990)
Look to the Lady (1989)
Sesame Street, Special (1988)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

James Clavell's Noble House (1988)
Shaka Zulu (1986)

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Tunes of Glory (1960) - The Colonel's Here! The new commanding officer of a Scottish regiment, Colonel Barrow (John Mills), arrives early, interrupting the farewell party for acting-Colonel Jock Sinclair (Alec Guinness) in director Ronald Neame's Tunes of Glory, 1960.
Greyfriars Bobby (1961) - His Monument Stands In Scotland's Capital Opening narration from Walt Disney Pictures, with luxurious shooting in the Lammermuir hills near Edinburgh, where the true underlying story took place, introducing Alex Mackenzie as Jock, Gordon Jackson and Jennifer Nevinson as a farmer and daughter, in Greyfriars Bobby, 1961, starring Donald Crisp.
Mutiny On The Bounty (1962) - You'd Best Join My War In a storm at sea, Captain Bligh (Trevor Howard) awakens and overrides the orders of Christian (Marlon Brando) causing the death of a sailor and a big spat, in the director Lewis Milestone's remake of Mutiny On The Bounty, 1962.
Mutiny On The Bounty (1962) - A Matter Of Supernatural Indifference As Tahiti comes into view, Captain Bligh (Trevor Howard) lectures Mr. Christian (Marlon Brando) and crew on the natives, followed by spectacle, in Mutiny On The Bounty, 1962.
Mutiny On The Bounty (1962) - Too Busy To Eat Marlon Brando (as Fletcher Christian) with a close eye on Maimiti (Tarita, who became Mrs. Brando) then chat among the sailors (Gordon Jackson, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith) during island festivities in Mutiny On The Bounty, 1962.
Great Escape, The (1963) - My More Personal Items James Garner as American Hendley, appointed as chief “scrounger” of supplies for the upcoming escape attempt, gets to know his new Brit roommate Blythe (Donald Pleasence), whose own role becomes clear, early in John Sturges’ The Great Escape, 1963.
Great Escape, The (1963) - Open Up Harry Fragile Ives (Angus Lennie) with MacDonald (Gordon Jackson) enjoying a 4th of July party when the Germans discover the tunnel named “Tom,” causing Hilts (Steve McQueen) to tell Bartlett (Richard Attenborough) he’ll undertake a daring recon mission, in The Great Escape, 1963.
Hamlet (1969) - There Are More Things In Heaven And Earth Minimal but freaky treatment by director Tony Richardson as the prince, Nicol Williamson (title role), encounters his father's ghost (Williamson's own voice, effected), Gordon Jackson and John Carney his cowering friends Horatio and Marcellus, in Shakespeare's Hamlet, 1969.
Yesterday's Enemy - Sitting Target Before the credits, introduction of Capt. Langford (Stanley Baker), Sgt. McKenzie (Gordon Jackson), et al, in a Burmese swamp, in the Columbia/Hammer Films co-production Yesterday's Enemy, 1959.

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Companions

Rona Jackson
Wife

Bibliography