Michael Denison Biography (1915-1998)
Born November 1, 1915, in Doncaster, England; died of cancer, July 21 (some sources say July 22), 1998, in Amersham, England. Actor and writer.
Denison was a well-known British actor whose career, on stage and televisionas well as in films, spanned nearly sixty years. He completed a bachelor's degree at Oxford University, where he became interested in acting, and went onto study at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. It was while attending the latter school that Denison met actress Dulcie Gray; the two were married in 1939, and ultimately appeared together in several films throughout theircareers, including the 1948 film The Glass Mountain, and 1994's Shadowlands. Denison and Gray also appeared together in several stage productions, such as An Ideal Husband, a 1996 revival in which the two madetheir Broadway debuts, and Curtain Up, a two-person show produced inearly 1998. Denison made many appearances on radio and television, but was best known for his role on Boyd QC, a popular British television series.He served during World War II as a captain in the British Army's Royal Signals and Intelligence Corps, and when he returned from duty he began working infilms, following the lead of his wife, who had established herself as a filmactress while he was away; Gray helped him secure a role in the 1947 film My Brother Jonathan. Denison, a long-time member and former council member and vice president of the British Actors' Equity Association, was named aCommander of the British Empire in 1983, in recognition of his service and achievements. Denison's written works include The Actor and His World, which he co-authored with Gray, and two volumes of memoirs, 1973's Overtureand Beginners and 1985's Double Act.
- Actor, writer
- Birth Details
- November 1, 1915
- Doncaster, England
- Death Details
- July 21, 1998
- Amersham, England
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES
- 1997Who's Who, St. Martin's.
- Chicago Tribune, July 25, 1998, section 1, p. 19.
- Los Angeles Times, July 24, 1998, p. B10.
- New York Times, July 26, 1998, p. A36.
- Times (London), July 23, 1998.