George Sewell

George Sewell(31 August 1924 – 2 April 2007) was an English actor.

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 George Sewell's Early life and career

Sewell left school at the age of 14 and worked briefly in the printing trade before switching to building work, specifically the repair of bomb-damaged houses. He then trained as a Royal Air Force pilot, though too late to see action during the Second World War .

and RMS Queen Elizabethfor their Atlantic crossings to New York . He worked as a street photographer, assisted a French roller-skating team, and was drummer and assistant road manager of a rumba band.He also travelled Europe as a motor coach courier for a holiday company.

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 George Sewell's Acting career

Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be. Sewell did so, and made his acting debut as a policeman in the show both at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East and in the West End .He went on to star in two other Littlewood productions,Sparrers Can't Sing(1962) and as Field Marshal Haig inOh! What a Lovely War(1963), which later opened in Paris and on Broadway .The experience garnered from stage acting led to a long career in both film and television.

For many years, Sewell was the gritty face of crime and law enforcement in a huge array of television series. Amongst his early roles, he was the tallyman in the television playUp The Junction(1965), a criminal who runs off with a teenage girl inSoftly, Softly(1966), a hard-nosed building engineer inThe Power Game(1965–66), a cowardly informer inMan in a Suitcase(1967), and a seedy private eye inSpindoe(1968). In 1969 he played an escaped convict called Jansen in theRandall and Hopkirk (Deceased)episode called "Vendetta for a dead man". In 1970, he played Colonel Alec Freeman in Gerry Anderson 's live-action science-fiction dramaUFO. Also in 1970 he played resistance leader Pierre Allard in episodes 14, [One Way Home] 17,{The Ugly Side of War] and 22,{Intent to Steal} of the hit (ITV series) Manhunt which was filmed in 1969 and aired on ITV in January 1970.

In 1973, Euston Films re-invigorated the TV seriesSpecial Branch, formerly a videotaped series starring Derren Nesbitt . Sewell was brought in to play the lead character of DCI Alan Craven. The show ran for two seasons with Sewell, and served as a stylistic forerunner of crime dramaThe Sweeney(in which Sewell also appeared, this time as a villain). Sewell was to parody this role as Supt Frank Cottam in the Jasper Carrott / Robert Powell comedy,The Detectives.

Later television appearances includeTinker Tailor Soldier Spy(1979), in which he played Mendel, and theDoctor WhostoryRemembrance of the Daleks(1988), in which he played builder's merchant and fascist leader Ratcliffe. He also appeared frequently in films, notablyThis Sporting Life(1963),Poor Cow(1967) andGet Carter(1971).

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 George Sewell's Personal life and death

His brother, Danny Sewell, a former boxer, also became an actor.

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 George Sewell's Filmography

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Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1998 Let's Stick Together Carter
1981 If You Go Down in the Woods Today Knocker
1979 Winterspelt Colonel
1979 Running Blind Slade
1975 Barry Lyndon Barry's Second
1975 Operation Daybreak Heinz Panwitz, Chief Investigator
1974 Diamonds on Wheels Henry Stewart
1971 Con McCarty
1969 Doppelgänger Mark Neuman
1969 The Haunted House of Horror Bob Kellett
1968 The Vengeance of She Harry
1967 Poor Cow Customer in Pub (scenes deleted)
1967 Robbery Ben
1967 Deadlier Than the Male Car Park Assassin (uncredited)
1966 Kaleidoscope Billy
1963 The Informers Fred Hill
1963 Sparrows Can't Sing Bert
1963 This Sporting Life Jeff

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 George Sewell's References

  1. Obituary at www.thestage.co.uk
  2. Purser, Philip (11 April 2007). "Guardian, 11 April 2007". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  3. "The Times, 14 April 2007". London. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  4. Obituary of George Sewell at the guardian.com
  5. Sewell obit in The Telegraph

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