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Jack Hawkins

 

Real name: Hawkins, John Edward
Birthdate: 14 September 1910, Wood Green, London, England.
Date of death: 18 July 1973, London, England, UK. (cancer)
Spouse:

  • 'Doreen (Dee); Lawrence' (1946 - 1973) (his death)
  • 'Jessica Tandy' (1932 - 1942) (divorced); 1 daughter

    Biography

    In England at Christmas special plays are produced for children. Jack Hawkins made his London theatrical debut at age 12, playing the elf king in "Where The Rainbow Ends". At 17, he got the lead role of St. George in the same play. At 18, he made his debut on Broadway in "Journey's End". At 21, he was back in London playing a young lover in "Autumn Crocus". He married his leading lady, 'Jessica Tandy' . That year he also played his first real film role in the 1931 sound version of Hitchcock's "The Lodger". During the 30s, he took his roles in plays more seriously than the films he made. IN 1940, Jessica accepted a role in America and Jack volunteered to serve in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He spent most of his military career arranging entertainment for the British forces in India. One of the actresses who came out to India was Doreen Lawrence who became his second wife after the war. 'Alexander Korda' advised Jack to go into films and offered him a three-year contract. In his autobiography, Jack recalled: "Eight years later I was voted the number one box office draw of 1954. I was even credited with irresistible sex appeal, which is another quality I had not imagined I possessed." A late 1940s film where he played a secondary role to 'Tyrone Power' "The Black Rose", would be one of his most fortunate choices of roles. The director was 'Henry Hathaway' who Jack said was "probably the most feared, yet respected director in America, for he had a sharp tongue and fired people at the drop of a hat...Years later, after my operation when I lost my voice, he went out of his way to help me get back into films...What I did not know was that duirng the filming of 'The Black Rose' he was himself suffering from cancer." In the 1950s came the film that made Hawkins a star, "The Cruel Sea". Suffering from life long real life sea sickness, he played the captain of the Compass Rose. After surgery for throat cancer, Jack continued to make films. He mimed his lines and the voice was dubbed by either 'Charles Gray (I)' or Robert Rietti. His motto during those last years came from Milton's "Comus", a verse play in which he acted early in his career in Regent's Park. The lines: "Yet where an equal poise of hope and fear does arbitrate the event, my nature is that I incline to hope, rather than to fear."
    Author: Dale O'Connor

    Filmography

    1950's: Music, Memories & Milestones, The (1988) (V) (archive footage) [Himself]
    Adventurers, The (1951) [Pieter Brandt] <1>
    Adventures of Gerard, The (1970) [Millefleurs, a renegade Englishman]
    Angels One Five (1953) [Group Cpt. 'Tiger' Small] <1>
    Autumn Crocus (1934) [Alaric] <3>
    Beauty and the Barge (1937) [Lieutenant Seton Boyne] <3>
    Beloved, The (1970) [Father Nicholas] <3>
    Ben-Hur (1959) [Quintus Arrius] <2>
    Birds of Prey (1930) [Alfred]
    Black Rose, The (1950) [Tritram Griffin] <4>
    Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948) [Lord George Murray] <4>
    Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957) [Major Warden, Demolition Expert Force 316] <3>
    Cruel Sea, The (1953) [Captain Ericson] <1>
    Death at Broadcasting House (1934) [Herbert Evans] <8>
    Elusive Pimpernel, The (1950) [Prince of Wales] <4>
    Escape to the Sun (1972) [Baburin]
    Fallen Idol, The (1948) [Detective Ames] <6>
    Fallen Idol, The (1959) (TV)Five Finger Exercise (1962) [Stanley Harrington] <2>
    Flying Squad, The (1940) [Mark McGill]
    Fortune Is a Woman (1957) [Oliver Branwell] <1>
    Frog, The (1936) [Captain Gordon]
    Front Page Story (1954) [Grant] <1>
    Gideon's Day (1958) [Inspector George Gideon] <1>
    Good Companions, The (1933) (uncredited) [Albert]
    Great Catherine (1968) [The British Ambassador] <4>
    Guns at Batasi (1964) [Colonel Deal] <2>
    Home at Seven (1952) [Dr. Sparling] <3>
    I Lived with You (1933) [Mort] <6>
    Intruder, The (1954) [Wolf Merton] <1>
    Jane Eyre (1970) (TV) [Mr. Brocklehurst] <4>
    Jewel, The (1933) [Peter Roberts] <3>
    Judith (1966) [Major Lawton] <3>
    Kidnapped (1971) [Captain Hoseason] <3>
    Lafayette (1961) [General Cornwallis]
    Land of the Pharaohs (1955) [Pharaoh Cheops] <1>
    Lawrence of Arabia (1962) [General Allenby] <4>
    League of Gentlemen, The (1959) [John George Norman Hyde (Lt. Col.)] <1>
    Lodger, The (1932) [Jack Martin] <4>
    Long Arm, The (1956) [Supt Tom Halliday] <1>
    Lord Jim (1965) [Marlow] <5>
    Lost Chord, The (1934) [Sr. Jim Selby] <6>
    Malta Story, The (1953) [Air CO Frank] <2>
    Man in the Sky, The (1957) [John Mitchell] <1>
    Mandy (1952) [Searle] <2>
    Masquerade (1965) [Colonel Drexel]
    Monte Carlo or Bust (1969) [Count Levinovitch] <10>
    Murder Will Out (1939) [Stamp] <3>
    Next of Kin (1942) [Major] <15>
    Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) [Count Fredericks] <11>
    No Highway (1951) [Dennis Scott] <4>
    Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) [Emperor Franz Josef] <58>
    Open Door, The (1966) (TV)Peg of Old Drury (1935) [Michael O'Taffe] <4>
    Planter's Wife, The (1952) [Jim Frazer] <2>
    Poppies Are Also Flowers (1966) [General Bahar]
    Prisoner, The (1955) [The Interrogator]
    Rampage (1963) [Otto Abbot]
    Royal Divorce, A (1938) [Capt. Charles] <9>
    Seekers, The (1954) [Phillip Wayne] <1>
    Shalako (1968) [Sir Charles Baggett] <4>
    Shot in the Dark, A (1933) [Norman Paul] <1>
    Small Back Room, The (1949) [R.B. Waring] <12>
    State Secret (1950) [Colonel Galcon] <2>
    Tales That Witness Madness (1973) [Dr. Nicholas] <1>
    Theatre of Blood (1973) [Solomon Psaltery] <7>
    Third Secret, The (1964) [Sir Frederick Belline] <2>
    To Bury Caesar (1963) (TV) [Adam Hilderson] <1>
    Touch and Go (1955) [Jim Fletcher] <1>
    Trial and Torture of, The (1965) (TV)Twice Upon a Time (1953) [Dr. Mathews] <3>
    Twinky (1969) [Judge Millington-Draper] <7>
    Two Loves (1961) [Abercrombie] <3>
    Two-Headed Spy, The (1958) [Gen. Alex Schottland] <1>
    Waterloo (1970/I) [Gen. Sir Thomas Picton] <4>
    When Eight Bells Toll (1971) [Sir Anthoy Skouras] <4>
    Who Goes Next? (1938) [Captain Beck] <3>
    Young Winston (1972) [Mr. Welldon] <18>
    Zulu (1964) [Reverend Otto Witt] <2>
    "Four Just Men, The" (1959) [Ben Manfred (1959)] <1>
    "QB VII" (1974) (mini) [Justice Gilroy] <11>

    Quotes

  • "I adored it from the first moment. The excitement, the thrill, the smell of the theatre went right down to one's toes."
  • "Above all, I was taught to love and respect words. Each word had to be the right word; and each had to be spoken in a way that its weight and importance demanded."

    Other work(s)

  • Autobiography: "Anything For A Quiet Life" R00198 07338

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