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Denham, Maurice Biography




biography of Denham, Maurice

William Maurice Denham
23 December 1909, Beckenham, Kent, England, UK
24 July 2002, Northwood, London, England, UK (natural causes)
Born in Beckenham, Kent, English character actor Maurice Denham first came to public notice in the 1940s on radio, appearing on many of the most popular comedy series of the day in a variety of characters. His debut in films came in 1947 with _The Man Within (1947)_ (qv). His talents came to the forefront in the animated feature _Animal Farm (1954)_ (qv), in which he voiced all of the animal characters. A prolific actor, his familiar sharp features and bald head appeared in dozens of films over the following years, often as charming but slightly "balmy" characters and well-bred cads, although he was more than capable of playing straight drama, as he did in the war picture _Sink the Bismarck! (1960)_ (qv) as a naval officer helping to hunt down and sink the German battleship. He began appearing regularly in television in the 1970s and also worked steadily on the stage. He died of natural causes at age 92 in London, England.
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-   'Margaret Dunn' (1936 - 1971) (her death); 3 children


-   He was awarded an O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1992 Queen's Honours List for his services to drama.

-   Stage career dates back to 1934.

-   Stage-struck as a boy, he nevertheless signed on for a four-year apprenticeship with Waygood-Otis in order to please his parents. He helped install the lifts at BBC Broadcasting House, and also maintained those of 'Jessie Matthews (I)' (qv) and of the future royal family. The latter led to an interesting talking-point at a royal broadcast of the radio show in which he made his name.

-   Famous for being the voice of the story teller in "The Oldest Member", a popular BBC Radio 4 comedy about a golf club reminiscing about his and his friends' golfing exploits.

-   Kept notebooks of every acting job he did.

-   A service to celebrate the life and work of Maurice Denham was held at St Paul's, Covent Garden, London on May 16th 2003.


-   (1940s) Radio: Appeared in "Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh" series.

-   (1936) Stage: Appeared in 'Dorothy L. Sayers' (qv) and 'Muriel St. Clare' (qv)'s play, "Busman's Honeymoon," at the Comedy Theatre in London, England, with 'Dennis Arundell (I)' (qv), Veronica Turleigh and 'Barry Livesey' (qv) in the cast. Beatrice Wilson was director.

-   (11/38) Stage: Appeared in 'James Laver' (qv)'s "The Heart was Not Burned" at the Gate Studio Theatre in London, England, with 'James Mason (I)' (qv) (as "Byron"), Pamela Brown (as "Mrs. Keats"), Douglas Storm, Christine Lindsay, Harold Scott, Peter Scott and Peter Coke in the cast. Edward Wolfe was designer.

-   (1951) Stage: Appeared in 'Arnold Bennett (II)' (qv)'s play, "The Great Adventure," at the Arts Theatre Club in London, England, with 'Alan MacNaughton' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1937) Stage: Appeared in 'Dorothy L. Sayers' (qv) and 'Muriel St. Clare' (qv)'s play, "Busman's Holiday," at the Comedy Theatre in London, England, with 'Dennis Arundell (I)' (qv), Veronica Turleigh and 'Barry Livesey' (qv) in the cast. Beatrice Wilson was director.

-   (1958) Stage: Appeared in 'John Mortimer (I)' (qv)'s plays, "The Dock Brief," and "What Shall We Tell Caroline?," at the Garrick Theatre in London, England, with 'Michael Hordern' (qv) and Brenda Bruce in the cast. 'Stuart Burge' (qv) was director.

-   (1961) Stage: Appeared in 'Saul Levitt' (qv)'s play, "The Andersonville Trial," at the Mermaid Theatre in London, England, with 'William Sylvester' (qv), William Squire, John Woodvine, 'Edward de Souza' (qv) and Stephen Thorne in the cast.

-   (1961-62) Stage: Appeared in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Paul Daneman, 'Robert Eddison' (qv), 'Maxine Audley' (qv), Robert Atkins, Eileen Atkins, Maurice Good, 'John Gregson (I)' (qv), Barbara Jefford, 'Alastair Sim' (qv), Catherine Lacey, Michael Goodliffe, Derek Smith and Paul Eddington in the cast. 'Michael Benthall' (qv) was director.

-   (12/19/61) Stage: Appeared in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Macbeth," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with 'Maxine Audley' (qv) and 'Robert Eddison' (qv) in the cast. Oliver Neville was director.

-   (9/19/61) Stage: Appeared in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "King John," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Robert Atkins, Paul Daneman, 'Robert Eddison' (qv) and 'Maxine Audley' (qv) in the cast. Potter was director.

-   (1971) Stage: Appeared in 'Marguerite Duras''' play, "The Lovers of Viorne," at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England, with 'Peggy Ashcroft' (qv) and 'Gordon Jackson (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Jonathan Hales (I)' (qv) was director.

-   (1970) Stage: Appeared in 'George Bernard Shaw' (qv)'s play, "The Apple Cart," at the Mermaid Theatre in London, England, with Carmen Munroe, 'John Neville (I)' (qv) Ken Parry, Ian Lavender and Gillian Raine in the cast.

-   (1940s) Radio: Appeared in the "ITMA" (It's That Man Again) series.

-   (February 18- March 24, 1988) He played the professor in a BBC Radio 4 presentation of C.S. Lewis's "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe".


-   "The Guardian" (UK), 27 July 2002, by: Dennis Barker, "Maurice Denham"

-   "The Daily Telegraph" (UK), 26 July 2002, by: Anonymous, "Maurice Denham"

-   "The Independent" (UK), 26 July 2002, by: Denis Gifford, "Maurice Denham: Actor of many characters and voices"

-   "Autocar" (UK), 20 May 1987, "Me And My Car: Maurice Denham"

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  1. The Beggar Bride (1997) (TV)
  2. "Casualty" (1986) {Perfect Blue (#11.24)}
  3. El último viaje de Robert Rylands (1996)
  4. "Pie in the Sky" (1994) {Doggett's Coat and Badge (#3.4)}
  5. "Everyman" (1977) {Prisoners in Time}
  6. "Performance" (1992) {Bed (#5.4)}
  7. "Peak Practice" (1993) {Act of Remembrance (#2.4)}
  8. "Peak Practice" (1993) {Listening Skills (#1.7)}
  9. "Peak Practice" (1993) {Outsiders (#1.2)}
  10. "The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes" (1991) {The Last Vampyre (#3.1)}
  11. "Lovejoy" (1986) {Benin Bronze (#3.5)}
  12. "Screen Two" (1985) {Memento Mori (#8.14)}
  13. "Inspector Morse" (1987) {Fat Chance (#5.2)}
  14. "Performance" (1992) {Nona (#1.2)}
  15. The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship (1990) (TV)
  16. The Dog It Was That Died (1989) (TV)
  17. "Behaving Badly" (1989) {Home Fires (#1.2)}
  18. "Behaving Badly" (1989) {Seize the Day (#1.3)}
  19. "Behaving Badly" (1989) {The Horse May Talk (#1.4)}
  20. "Screenplay" (1986) {Seeing in the Dark (#4.11)}
  21. Tears in the Rain (1988) (TV)
  22. "Rumpole of the Bailey" (1978) {Rumpole and the Quality of Life (#5.6)}
  23. 4.50 from Paddington (1987) (TV)
  24. 84 Charing Cross Road (1987)
  25. "Rumpole of the Bailey" (1978) {Rumpole and the Old, Old Story (#4.1)}
  26. "Screenplay" (1986) {The Trial of Klaus Barbie (#2.1)}
  27. "Wogan" (1982) {Wogan's Radio Fun Special 1}
  28. All Passion Spent (1986) (TV)
  29. "Boon" (1986) {For Whom the Chimes Toll (#1.9)}
  30. Love Song (1985) (TV)
  31. Mr. Love (1985)
  32. "Great Performances" (1970) {Monsignor Quixote (#15.1)}
  33. "Minder" (1979) {Minder on the Orient Express (#6.7)}
  34. "Mr. Palfrey of Westminster" (1984) {Official Secret (#2.4)}
  35. "The Black Tower" (1985) {(#1.1)}
  36. "The Black Tower" (1985) {(#1.2)}
  37. "This Is Your Life" (1969) {Maurice Denham (#17.6)}
  38. The Chain (1984)
  39. "Doctor Who" (1963) {The Twin Dilemma: Part Four (#21.24)}
  40. "Doctor Who" (1963) {The Twin Dilemma: Part One (#21.21)}
  41. "Doctor Who" (1963) {The Twin Dilemma: Part Three (#21.23)}
  42. "Doctor Who" (1963) {The Twin Dilemma: Part Two (#21.22)}
  43. Martin Luther, Heretic (1983) (TV)
  44. "The Home Front" (1983) {At the Grammar (#1.2)}
  45. "The Old Men at the Zoo" (1983) {A Tall Story (#1.1)}
  46. "The Old Men at the Zoo" (1983) {Exodus (#1.3)}
  47. "The Old Men at the Zoo" (1983) {Godmanchester's Plan (#1.2)}
  48. "Minder" (1979) {The Birdman of Wormwood Scrubs (#3.7)}
  49. "The Agatha Christie Hour" (1982) {The Case of the Discontented Soldier (#1.5)}
  50. "The Agatha Christie Hour" (1982) {The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife (#1.1)}
  51. "The Chinese Detective" (1981) {Trials (#2.1)}
  52. From a Far Country (1981)
  53. Recluse (1981)
  54. "ITV Playhouse" (1967) {The Gate of Eden: Part 1 - Mr. Falconer (#12.4)}
  55. "ITV Playhouse" (1967) {The Gate of Eden: Part 2 - Sue (#12.5)}
  56. "ITV Playhouse" (1967) {The Gate of Eden: Part 3 - Peter (#12.6)}
  57. Schalcken the Painter (1979) (TV)
  58. "Jackanory Playhouse" (1972) {The Wizard of Crumm and the Giant Tomato (#7.1)}
  59. "Jackanory" (1965) {The Hobbit}
  60. "My Son, My Son" (1979) {(#1.2)}
  61. "My Son, My Son" (1979) {(#1.3)}
  62. "My Son, My Son" (1979) {(#1.5)}
  63. "My Son, My Son" (1979) {(#1.8)}
  64. "Edward & Mrs. Simpson" (1978) {The Divorce (#1.4)}
  65. "Edward & Mrs. Simpson" (1978) {Venus at the Prow (#1.2)}
  66. "Return of the Saint" (1978) {The Village That Sold Its Soul (#1.5)}
  67. "The Professionals" (1977) {Not a Very Civil Civil Servant (#2.7)}
  68. "This Is Your Life" (1969) {Ian Hendry (#9.17)}
  69. Julia (1977)
  70. "Here I Stand..." (1977) {Hieronymus Bosch (#1.6)}
  71. "ITV Sunday Night Drama" (1959) {A Chink in the Wall (#2.9)}
  72. "ITV Sunday Night Drama" (1959) {The Portrait (#2.10)}
  73. "Marie Curie" (1977) {(#1.2)}
  74. "Marie Curie" (1977) {(#1.3)}
  75. "Marie Curie" (1977) {(#1.4)}
  76. "Porridge" (1974) {Poetic Justice (#3.2)}
  77. "Porridge" (1974) {Rough Justice (#3.3)}
  78. "Secret Army" (1977) {Good Friday (#1.14)}
  79. "The Upchat Line" (1977) {Casualty Ward (#1.3)}
  80. Huggy Bear (1976) (TV)
  81. Shout at the Devil (1976)
  82. "Angels" (1975) {Walkabout (#2.13)}
  83. "Jackanory Playhouse" (1972) {The Magic Gorilla}
  84. "Killers" (1976) {The Crumbles Murder (#1.3)}
  85. "Looks Familiar" (1970) {(1976-12-07)}
  86. Go as You Please in Britain (1975)
  87. "2nd House" (1973) {The Sound of Laughter}
  88. "An Unofficial Rose" (1974) {(#1.2)}
  89. "An Unofficial Rose" (1974) {(#1.3)}
  90. "An Unofficial Rose" (1974) {(#1.4)}
  91. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {Love's Labour's Lost (#11.3)}
  92. Luther (1974)
  93. Wires Over the Border (1974)
  94. "An Unofficial Rose" (1974) {(#1.1)}
  95. "Fall of Eagles" (1974) {The English Princess (#1.2)}
  96. "Fall of Eagles" (1974) {The Honest Broker (#1.3)}
  97. "The Carnforth Practice" (1974) {The Last Roman (#1.2)}
  98. The Day of the Jackal (1973)
  99. "Jackanory Playhouse" (1972) {The Magician's Heart (#8.3)}
  100. "The Lotus Eaters" (1972) {A Kind of Treason (#2.2)}
  101. "The Lotus Eaters" (1972) {A Very Long Spoon (#2.3)}
  102. "The Lotus Eaters" (1972) {Beside a Crooked Stile (#2.4)}
  103. "The Lotus Eaters" (1972) {There and Back by Candlelight (#2.1)}
  104. "The Lotus Eaters" (1972) {A Cold Wind from the North (#1.1)}
  105. "The Lotus Eaters" (1972) {A Tiger in Bristol Street (#1.6)}
  106. "The Lotus Eaters" (1972) {And Hera Had a Sister (#1.3)}
  107. "The Lotus Eaters" (1972) {Aphrodite (#1.5)}
  108. "The Lotus Eaters" (1972) {The Climbing Wave (#1.9)}
  109. "The Lotus Eaters" (1972) {The Fascinating Couple (#1.7)}
  110. "The Lotus Eaters" (1972) {The Present Mrs. Clive (#1.2)}
  111. Countess Dracula (1971)
  112. Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
  113. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
  114. The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970)
  115. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {In Good King Charles's Golden Days (#5.5)}
  116. "Confession" (1970) {You and Your Old German (#1.3)}
  117. "Take Three Girls" (1969) {Variation on May and September (#1.9)}
  118. A Touch of Love (1969)
  119. Midas Run (1969)
  120. Some Girls Do (1969)
  121. The Best House in London (1969)
  122. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {Julius Caesar (#4.8)}
  123. "The Troubleshooters" (1965) {It's a Very Bad Day for Travelling (#5.23)}
  124. Attack on the Iron Coast (1968)
  125. From Chekhov with Love (1968) (TV)
  126. Negatives (1968)
  127. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {St. Joan (#4.1)}
  128. "Call My Bluff" (1965/II) {(1968-05-26)}
  129. "Chronicle" (1966) {The Death of the High King}
  130. "Theatre 625" (1964) {Home Sweet Honeycombe (#5.21)}
  131. "Thirty-Minute Theatre" (1965) {Of Public Concern (#4.8)}
  132. Danger Route (1967)
  133. Rocket to the Moon (1967)
  134. The Long Duel (1967)
  135. Torture Garden (1967)
  136. "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" (1967) {The Willow House School (#1.6)}
  137. "Theatre 625" (1964) {A Slight Ache (#4.12)}
  138. Caccia alla volpe (1966)
  139. "Danger Man" (1964) {Someone Is Liable to Get Hurt (#2.15)}
  140. "Disneyland" (1954) {The Legend of Young Dick Turpin: Part 1 (#12.17)}
  141. "Disneyland" (1954) {The Legend of Young Dick Turpin: Part 2 (#12.18)}
  142. "Dr. Finlay's Casebook" (1962) {Hear No Evil (#4.10)}
  143. "Theatre 625" (1964) {How to Get Rid of Your Husband (#3.35)}
  144. "Theatre 625" (1964) {Talking to a Stranger 1: Anytime You're Ready I'll Sparkle (#4.1)}
  145. "Theatre 625" (1964) {Talking to a Stranger 2: No Skill or Special Knowledge Is Required (#4.2)}
  146. "Theatre 625" (1964) {Talking to a Stranger 3: Gladly, My Cross-Eyed Bear (#4.3)}
  147. "Theatre 625" (1964) {Talking to a Stranger 4: The Innocent Must Suffer (#4.4)}
  148. Hysteria (1965)
  149. Operation Crossbow (1965)
  150. The Alphabet Murders (1965)
  151. The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
  152. The Nanny (1965)
  153. The Night Caller (1965)
  154. The Uncle (1965)
  155. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965)
  156. "Blackmail" (1965) {The Case of the Phantom Lover (#1.8)}
  157. "ITV Play of the Week" (1955) {Their Obedient Servants (#10.51)}
  158. "Knock on Any Door" (1965) {The Knife (#1.2)}
  159. "Sherlock Holmes" (1964) {The Retired Colourman (#1.11)}
  160. "The Third Man" (1959) {The Trial of Harry Lime (#5.10)}
  161. Downfall (1964)
  162. Open the Door (1964)
  163. The 7th Dawn (1964)
  164. "ITV Play of the Week" (1955) {Devil in the Wind (#9.31)}
  165. "The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre" (1960) {Downfall (#5.4)}
  166. "Thursday Theatre" (1964) {Any Other Business (#1.3)}
  167. Paranoiac (1963)
  168. The King's Breakfast (1963)
  169. The Set Up (1963)
  170. The Very Edge (1963)
  171. "Armchair Theatre" (1956) {Long Past Glory (#4.88)}
  172. "It Happened Like This" (1962) {Three of a Kind (#1.14)}
  173. "Jezebel ex UK" (1963) {Bitter Lemon in Biscay (#1.10)}
  174. "The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre" (1960) {The Set Up (#4.1)}
  175. H.M.S. Defiant (1962)
  176. "Drama 61-67" (1961) {Drama '62: A Chance in Life (#2.18)}
  177. "Out of This World" (1962) {Vanishing Act (#1.9)}
  178. Invasion Quartet (1961)
  179. Soldier, Soldier (1961) (TV)
  180. The Greengage Summer (1961)
  181. The Mark (1961)
  182. Sink the Bismarck! (1960)
  183. Two Way Stretch (1960)
  184. "Armchair Mystery Theatre" (1960) {Madeleine (#1.7)}
  185. "Maigret" (1960) {A Man of Quality (#1.7)}
  186. "Spectacular" (1956) {The Howard Keel Show}
  187. Our Man in Havana (1959)
  188. The Captain's Table (1959)
  189. "Armchair Theatre" (1956) {The Angry Flower (#3.30)}
  190. "ITV Play of the Week" (1955) {The Education of Mr. Surrage (#4.21)}
  191. "ITV Television Playhouse" (1955) {The Paraguayan Harp (#4.24)}
  192. A Desperate Case (1958)
  193. "Armchair Theatre" (1956) {I Can Destroy the Sun (#3.5)}
  194. Barnacle Bill (1957)
  195. Energetically Yours (1957)
  196. Man with a Dog (1957)
  197. Night of the Demon (1957)
  198. "Angel Pavement" (1957) {(#1.1)}
  199. 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)
  200. Checkpoint (1956)
  201. History of the Cinema (1956)
  202. The Spanish Gardener (1956)
  203. "Adventure Theater" (1956) {The Marriage Trap (#1.6)}
  204. Carrington V.C. (1955)
  205. Doctor at Sea (1955)
  206. Fire Underground (1955)
  207. Simon and Laura (1955)
  208. Animal Farm (1954)
  209. Down a Long Way (1954)
  210. Eight O'Clock Walk (1954)
  211. The Million Pound Note (1954)
  212. The Purple Plain (1954)
  213. Malta Story (1953)
  214. Street Corner (1953)
  215. The Net (1953)
  216. Time Bomb (1953)
  217. No Highway (1951)
  218. Traveller's Joy (1950)
  219. A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949)
  220. Don't Ever Leave Me (1949)
  221. It's Not Cricket (1949)
  222. Landfall (1949)
  223. Madness of the Heart (1949)
  224. Once Upon a Dream (1949)
  225. Poet's Pub (1949)
  226. The Blue Lagoon (1949)
  227. The Spider and the Fly (1949)
  228. Blanche Fury (1948)
  229. Daybreak (1948)
  230. Easy Money (1948)
  231. Escape (1948)
  232. Here Come the Huggetts (1948)
  233. London Belongs to Me (1948)
  234. Look Before You Love (1948)
  235. Miranda (1948)
  236. My Brother's Keeper (1948)
  237. Oliver Twist (1948)
  238. Quartet (1948)
  239. The Blind Goddess (1948)
  240. Captain Boycott (1947)
  241. Fame Is the Spur (1947)
  242. Holiday Camp (1947)
  243. Jassy (1947)
  244. Take My Life (1947)
  245. The End of the River (1947)
  246. The Man Within (1947)
  247. The Upturned Glass (1947)
  248. They Made Me a Fugitive (1947)
  249. Edna's Fruit Hat (1939) (TV)
  250. A Hundred Years Old (1938) (TV)
  251. Badger's Green (1938) (TV)
  252. Hay Fever (1938) (TV)
  253. Laburnum Grove (1938) (TV)
  254. Many Waters (1938) (TV)
  255. On the High Road (1938) (TV)
  256. The Marvellous History of St. Bernard (1938) (TV)

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