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Flemyng, Robert Biography




biography of Flemyng, Robert

3 January 1912, Liverpool, England, UK
22 May 1995, London, England, UK


-   'Carmen Martha Sugars' (? - 1994) (her death); 1 child


-   During World War II, he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, reaching the rank of full colonel. He was awarded the MC (Military Cross) in 1941, mentioned in dispatches and was awarded the military OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1944 King's Honours List for his services to the Royal Army.

-   Aristocratic-looking character actor, with a 60-year long theatrical career stretching back to 1931. The son of a Liverpool physician, he had a brief medical career, which he abandoned in preference to becoming a thespian. Rose to prominence as Keit Neilan in 'French Without Tears' in 1936. Thereafter, had leading roles on the London and Liverpool stages. Also appeared on Broadway and went on tour in 1952 opposite Katherine Cornell in 'The Constant Wife'.

-   Treasurer from 1967, and, later, Vice-President of the Actor's Charitable Trust.


-   Robert Flemyng also appeared on _"The Avengers" (1961)_ (qv) in the _"The Avengers" (1961) {You Have Just Been Murdered (#6.5)}_ (qv) episode during the program's color series.

-   Active on Broadway in the following productions:

-   The Potting Shed (1957). Drama. Written by 'Graham Greene (I)' (qv). Directed by 'Carmen Capalbo' (qv). Bijou Theatre (moved to The John Golden Theatre, from 22 Apr 1957- close): 20 Jan 1957- 1 Jun 1957 (143 performances). Cast: Lewis Casson (as "Dr. Frederick Baston"), Frank Conroy (as "Father William Callifer"), Joan Croydon (as "Miss Connolly"), 'Robert Flemyng' (qv) (as "James Callifer"), 'Eda Heinemann' (qv) (as "Mrs. Potter"), Stanley Lemin (as "John Callifer"), Richard Longman (as "Corner"), 'Carol Lynley' (qv) (as "Anne Callifer") [Broadway debut}, 'Leueen MacGrath' (qv) (as "Sara Callifer"), Dame 'Sybil Thorndike' (qv) (as "Mrs. Callifer"), Rudolph Weiss (as "Dr. Kruezer"). Produced by Carmen Capalbo and Stanley Chase.

-   Portrait of a Lady (1954). Drama. Written by 'William Archibald (II)' (qv). Based on the novel by Henry James. Directed by José Quintero. ANTA Playhouse: 21 Dec 1954- 25 Dec 1954 (7 performances). Cast: 'Jennifer Jones (I)' (qv) (as "Isabel Archer"), 'Robert Flemyng' (qv) (as "Gilbert Osmond"), Cathleen Nesbitt, Douglas Watson, 'Kathleen Comegys' (qv) (as "Mrs. Touchett"), Jan Farrand, Eric Fleming, 'Halliwell Hobbes' (qv) (as "Mr. Touchett"), Marcia Morris, Barbara O'Neil, Peter Pagan. Produced by Lyn Austin, Thomas Noyes and The Producers Theatre.

-   The Cocktail Party (1950). Drama.

-   Love for Love (1947). Comedy.

-   The Importance of Being Earnest (1947). Comedy (revival).

-   No Time for Comedy (1939). Written by 'S.N. Behrman' (qv). Scenic design by 'Jo Mielziner' (qv). Directed by 'Guthrie McClintic' (qv). Ethel Barrymore Theatre: 17 Apr 1939- Sep 1939 (closing date unknown/185 performances). Cast: 'Katharine Cornell' (qv) (as "Linda Eastbrook"), 'Laurence Olivier' (qv), 'Robert Flemyng' (qv), 'Margalo Gillmore' (qv) (as "Amanda Smith"), Gee Gee James, Peter Robinson, 'John Williams (II)' (qv). Produced by Katharine Cornell and The Playwright's Company.

-   Spring Meeting (1938). Comedy.

-   (1983) He acted in 'Michael Frayn' (qv)'s play, "Noises Off", at the Savoy Theatre in London, England with 'Benjamin Whitrow' (qv), 'Phyllida Law' (qv), 'Glyn Grain' (qv), 'Gabrielle Drake' (qv) in the cast. Directed by 'Michael Blakemore' (qv) OBE.

-   (1979) He acted in 'Alan Ayckbourn' (qv)'s play, "Bedroom Farce", at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in Birmingham, England with 'Irene Sutcliffe' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1976) He acted in 'Anton Chekhov' (qv)'s play, "The Seagull", at the Derby Playhouse in Derby, Derbyshire, England with 'Alan Bates (I)' (qv), 'Sheila Ballantine' (qv), 'Richard O'Callaghan' (qv), 'Georgina Hale' (qv), 'Doreen Mantle' (qv) and 'Denis Holmes' (qv) in the cast. Mark Woolgar was the director.

-   (March 1980) He acted in 'Anton Chekhov' (qv)'s play, "The Seagull", at the Ashcroft Theatre in Croydon, Surrey, England with 'Barbara Jefford' (qv), 'Sam Dale' (qv), 'Bernard Lloyd' (qv), 'Janet Maw' (qv) and 'Richard Mayes (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Patrick Lau (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1980) He acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Julius Caesar", at the Riverside Studios Theatre in London, England with 'John Shrapnel' (qv), 'Michael Byrne (I)' (qv), 'Phil Daniels (I)' (qv), 'David Horovitch' (qv), 'Gillian Barge' (qv), 'Paul Bentall' (qv), 'Jack Klaff' (qv), 'Peter Wight' (qv) and 'Anthony Head' (qv) in the cast. 'Peter Gill (IV)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1951) He acted in 'Terence Rattigan' (qv)'s play, "Who is Sylvia?", at the Criterion Theatre in London, England with 'Esmond Knight' (qv), 'Roland Culver' (qv) and 'Athene Seyler' (qv) in the cast. 'Anthony Quayle' (qv) was the director.

-   (1953) He acted in F. Hugh Herbert's play, "The Moon is Blue," at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, England with Diana Lynn and Biff McGuire in the cast.

-   (1954) He acted in John Whiting's play, "Marching Song," at the St. Martin's Theatre in London, England with Ernest Thesiger and Diana Wynyard in the cast. Frith Banbury was director.

-   (1967) He acted in Frederick Lonsdale's play, "On Approval," at the St. Martin's Theatre in London, England with Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray, and Polly Adams in the cast.

-   (1960) He acted in Enid Bagnold's play, "The Last Joke," at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Anna Massey, and Ernest Thesiger in the cast.

-   (1936) He acted in Terrence Rattigan's play, "French Without Tears," at the Criterion Theatre in London, England with Rex Harrison, Kay Hammond, Trevor Howard, Guy Middleton, and Roland Culver in the cast.

-   (1968) He acted in Peter Shaffer's plays, "White Liars," and "Black Comedy," at the Lyric Theatre in London, England with Ian McKellen, Dorothy Reynolds, James Bolam, Angela Scoular, Ken Wynne, and Liz Fraser in the cast. Peter Wood was director.

-   (1968) He acted in Peter Shaffer's plays, "White Liars," and "Black Comedy," at the Theatre Royal in Brighton, East Sussex, England with Ian McKellen, Dorothy Reynolds, James Bolam, Angela Scoular, Ken Wynne, and Liz Fraser in the cast. Peter Wood was director.

-   (1949) He acted in Terence Rattigan's play, "Adventure Story," at the St. James's Theatre in London, England with Paul Scofield, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Joy Parker, Veronica Turleigh, Noel Willman, William Devlin, Walter Gotell, Terence Longdon, Frederick Treves, Stanley Baker, Nicholas Hannen, and Cecil Trouncer in the cast.

-   (1959) He acted in Clemence Dane's play, "Eighty in the Shade," at the Globe Theatre in London, England with Sybil Thorndike, Valerie Taylor, and Lewis Casson in the cast.

-   (1980) He acted in James Saunders's play, "The Girl in Melanie Klein," at the Walace Palace Theatre in Watford, England with Frank Finlay, Elizabeth Bennett, Susan Penhaligon, Renee Asherson, Frank Wylie, and Howard Lew Lewis in the cast. Michael Attenborough was director.

-   (March 1983) He acted in Michael Frayn's play, "Noises Off," at the Savoy Theatre in London, England with Benjamin Whitrow, Phyllida Law, Glyn Grain, John Quayle, and Gabrielle Drake in the cast. Michael Blakemore was director.

-   (1989) He acted in Donald Freed's play, "Veterans Day," at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the London, England with Jack Lemmon and Michael Gambon in the cast.


-   "The Stage" (UK), 1 June 1995


-   "Theatre World" (UK), January 1951

-   "Theatre World" (UK), May 1946, Iss. 256

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  1. The Vacillations of Poppy Carew (1995) (TV)
  2. "The Choir" (1995) {(#1.1)}
  3. "The Choir" (1995) {(#1.2)}
  4. "The Choir" (1995) {(#1.3)}
  5. "The Choir" (1995) {(#1.4)}
  6. Shadowlands (1993)
  7. "Screen Two" (1985) {Memento Mori (#8.14)}
  8. "The Blackheath Poisonings" (1992) {(#1.3)}
  9. Kafka (1991)
  10. "Perfect Scoundrels" (1990) {My Fair Daisy (#2.4)}
  11. "The Storyteller: Greek Myths" (1990) {Theseus & the Minotaur (#1.1)}
  12. Paris by Night (1988)
  13. "Small World" (1988) {Hurry Up, Please, It's Time (#1.6)}
  14. "Small World" (1988) {Throbbing and Waiting (#1.5)}
  15. "Executive Stress" (1986) {(#1.7)}
  16. "The Professionals" (1977) {The Untouchables (#5.8)}
  17. "Fame Is the Spur" (1982)
  18. The Spider's Web (1982) (TV)
  19. "Crown Court" (1972) {Ignorance in the Field: Part 1 (#11.7)}
  20. "Play for Today" (1970) {A Cotswold Death (#12.11)}
  21. "Lady Killers" (1980) {Lucky, Lucky Thirteen! (#1.3)}
  22. "Crown Court" (1972) {Forever: Part 1 (#8.46)}
  23. "Crown Court" (1972) {Hospital Roulette: Part 1 (#8.10)}
  24. "Crown Court" (1972) {My Brother's Son: Part 1 (#8.22)}
  25. "Rebecca" (1979) {(#1.4)}
  26. The Four Feathers (1978) (TV)
  27. The Medusa Touch (1978)
  28. The Thirty Nine Steps (1978)
  29. "Edward & Mrs. Simpson" (1978) {Proposals (#1.6)}
  30. "Edward & Mrs. Simpson" (1978) {The Decision (#1.5)}
  31. "Enemy at the Door" (1978) {The Polish Affaire (#1.7)}
  32. Golden Rendezvous (1977)
  33. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {Loyalties (#11.6)}
  34. "Crown Court" (1972) {Auld Lang Syne: Part 1 (#5.90)}
  35. "Crown Court" (1972) {Inside Story: Part 1 (#5.66)}
  36. "Crown Court" (1972) {Inside Story: Part 2 (#5.67)}
  37. "Crown Court" (1972) {Inside Story: Part 3 (#5.68)}
  38. "Crown Court" (1972) {Treewomen of Jagden Crag: Part 1 (#5.72)}
  39. "Crown Court" (1972) {You Won't Escape When Hendrik Witbooi Comes: Part 1 (#5.75)}
  40. "The New Avengers" (1976) {To Catch a Rat (#1.7)}
  41. "Edward the Seventh" (1975) {Scandal (#1.9)}
  42. "Spy Trap" (1972) {The Merrin Memoirs (#3.10)}
  43. "The Venturers" (1975) {The Cannibals (#1.8)}
  44. "Public Eye" (1965) {Egg and Cress Sandwiches (#6.12)}
  45. The Darwin Adventure (1972)
  46. Travels with My Aunt (1972)
  47. Young Winston (1972)
  48. "ITV Saturday Night Theatre" (1969) {Major Lavender (#4.17)}
  49. "Late Night Theatre" (1972) {Trapped: Mcleod's Wedding Day}
  50. "The Strauss Family" (1972) {Josef (#1.5)}
  51. The Firechasers (1971)
  52. "The Persuaders!" (1971) {The Time and the Place (#1.6)}
  53. "Trial" (1971) {Flat Fifty One (#1.1)}
  54. Battle of Britain (1969)
  55. Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
  56. The Body Stealers (1969)
  57. The Blood Beast Terror (1968)
  58. "Tempo" (1961) {The Actor and the Role: Irene Worth}
  59. "Half Hour Story" (1967) {Hawks and Doves (#1.10)}
  60. "The Avengers" (1961) {You Have Just Been Murdered (#6.5)}
  61. "Vanity Fair" (1967) {The Wicked Nobleman (#1.4)}
  62. "Vanity Fair" (1967) {Vanitas Vanitatum (#1.5)}
  63. The Deadly Affair (1966)
  64. The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
  65. The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966)
  66. "Thursday Theatre" (1964) {The Living Room (#1.19)}
  67. "Compact" (1962) {To Catch a Thief}
  68. "Thursday Theatre" (1964) {A Day by the Sea (#1.10)}
  69. Mystery Submarine (1963)
  70. The King's Breakfast (1963)
  71. "Compact" (1962)
  72. L'orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock (1962)
  73. "About Religion" (1956) {This Is the End}
  74. "Man of the World" (1962) {Nature of Justice (#1.8)}
  75. "Zero One" (1962) {The Liar (#1.3)}
  76. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {A Question of Ethics (#1.9)}
  77. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Adoption Story (#1.2)}
  78. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Arson (#1.4)}
  79. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Conflict of Laws (#1.14)}
  80. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Conspiracy to Defraud (#1.17)}
  81. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Cross Petition (#1.6)}
  82. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Dangerous Driving (#1.8)}
  83. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {First Eleven Plus (#1.10)}
  84. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {House in Order (#1.23)}
  85. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {In Custody (#1.16)}
  86. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Man of Straw (#1.5)}
  87. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Possession Order (#1.11)}
  88. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Purchase Price (#1.15)}
  89. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Robbery with Violence (#1.21)}
  90. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Slander (#1.12)}
  91. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Statement of Affairs (#1.20)}
  92. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Strike Action (#1.7)}
  93. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Test Case (#1.24)}
  94. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {The Battle of Tanley Corner (#1.18)}
  95. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {The Case of the Dyed Hair (#1.3)}
  96. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {The Meeting (#1.1)}
  97. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {The Quarry (#1.19)}
  98. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Threats and Menaces (#1.22)}
  99. "Family Solicitor" (1961) {Wage Snatch (#1.13)}
  100. "Danger Man" (1960) {The Key (#1.11)}
  101. "Dow Hour of Great Mysteries" (1960) {The Dachet Diamonds (#1.4)}
  102. "Dow Hour of Great Mysteries" (1960) {The Woman in White (#1.3)}
  103. A Touch of Larceny (1959)
  104. Blind Date (1959)
  105. "ITV Television Playhouse" (1955) {Before the Party (#4.8)}
  106. "ITV Television Playhouse" (1955) {The Browning Version (#3.42)}
  107. "The DuPont Show of the Month" (1957) {Wuthering Heights (#1.9)}
  108. Funny Face (1957)
  109. Let's Be Happy (1957)
  110. Windom's Way (1957)
  111. "Playhouse 90" (1956) {For I Have Loved Strangers (#2.15)}
  112. "Studio One" (1948) {Escape Route (#10.11)}
  113. "Suspicion" (1957) {Rainy Day (#1.10)}
  114. The Man Who Never Was (1956)
  115. "The Alcoa Hour" (1955) {Adventure in Diamonds (#2.6)}
  116. Cast a Dark Shadow (1955)
  117. "Omnibus" (1952) {Saint Joan (#3.12)}
  118. "Producers' Showcase" (1954) {Reunion in Vienna (#3.8)}
  119. "The Alcoa Hour" (1955) {The Black Wings (#1.1)}
  120. "The Elgin Hour" (1954) {Sting of Death (#1.11)}
  121. The Holly and the Ivy (1952)
  122. Blackmailed (1951)
  123. The Magic Box (1951)
  124. The Blue Lamp (1950)
  125. By Candlelight (1949) (TV)
  126. Conspirator (1949)
  127. Bond Street (1948)
  128. The Guinea Pig (1948)
  129. Head Over Heels (1937)

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