Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Alan Dobie Biography (1932-)
Born June 2, 1932, in Wombwell, England; son of George Russell (a mining engineer) and Sarah Kate (Charlesworth) Dobie; married Rachel Roberts (an actress; divorced); married Maureen Scott (divorced); children: Casey, Emelia, Natasha. Addresses: AGENT--c/o Vernon Conway, 248 Lavender Hill, London SW11 1JW, England.
- Birth Details
- June 2, 1932
- Wombwell, England
- STAGE DEBUT--Page to Paris, Romeo and Juliet, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1952.
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Corporal Hill, Chips with Everything, Plymouth Theatre, 1963.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Young Cato, Julius Caesar, first priest, Murder in the Cathedral, and SirThomas Lovell, Henry VIII, all Old Vic Theatre, London, 1952.
- Firs, The Cherry Orchard, Ralph, The Shoemaker's Holiday, and the Tramp,Salad Days, all Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Bristol, U.K., 1953.
- Seyton, Macbeth, Tranio, The Taming of the Shrew, Silvius, As You Like It, Henry Percy, Richard II, and Prince John, Henry IV, PartsI and II, all Bristol Old Vic Theatre, 1955-56.
- King of the Ondines, Ondine, Mosca, Volpone, Fool, King Lear, Robespierre, The Empty Chair, Captain Brazen, The Recruiting Officer, and Iago, Othello,all Bristol Old Vic Theatre, 1956-57.
- Bill Walker, Major Barbara, and Col, Live Like Pigs, both Royal Court Theatre, London, 1958.
- Bernard Ross, No Concern of Mine, Westminster Theatre, London, 1958.
- Captain Morgan, The Rough and the Ready, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 1959.
- Private Hurst, Sergeant Musgrave's Dance, Royal Court Theatre, 1959.
- Ulric Brendel, Rosmersholm, Comedy Theatre, London, 1960.
- Louis Flax, The Tiger and the Horse, Queen's Theatre, London, 1960.
- Halford, One Leg Over the Wrong Wall, Royal Court Theatre, 1960.
- Donald Howard, The Affair, Strand Theatre, London, 1961.
- title role, Macbeth, Ludlow Festival, Ludlow, U.K., 1961.
- Becket, Curtmantle, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, then AldwychTheatre, London, both 1962.
- Prince Henry, The Devils, Aldwych Theatre, 1963.
- Corporal Hill, Chips with Everything, Royal Court Theatre, 1963.
- Richard Blackwell, The World's Baby, Embassy Theatre, London, 1965.
- Bill Maitland, Inadmissible Evidence, Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1965.
- Mosca, Volpone, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, U.K., 1966.
- title role, The Silence of Lee Harvey Oswald, Hampstead Theatre Club, London, 1966.
- Captain Delano, Benito Cereno, Mermaid Theatre, London, 1967.
- John Connor, Famine, Royal Court Theatre, 1969.
- Henri Perrin, The Hallelujah Boy, Duchess Theatre, London, 1970.
- Tom, Mister, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1970.
- Ludovic Bavvel, The Watched Pot, Mermaid Theatre, 1970.
- title role, Macbeth, Greenwich Theatre, London, 1971.
- title role, Hamlet, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, 1973.
- Professor Thorn, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, U.K., 1973.
- George Moore, Jumpers, Henry Higgins, Pygmalion, Martin Dysart, Equus, and Frederick Walton, The Arrest, all Bristol Old Vic Theatre, 1975.
- title role, Hamlet, Angelo, Measure for Measure, and Falstaff, The MerryWives of Windsor, all St. George's Theatre, London, 1977.
- Prospero, The Tempest, and Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, both Birmimgham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, U.K., then Edinburgh Festival, 1978.
- Wisacre, The London Cuckolds, Royal Court Theatre, 1979.
- Also appeared in The Italian Straw Hat, Old Vic Theatre, 1952; The Merchant of Venice, The Castiglioni Brothers, Anthony and Cleopatra, The Comedy ofErrors, and The Merry Gentleman, all Bristol Old Vic Theatre, 1953; Song in the Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, 1960; Old Bailey, Winter Journey, School forWives, and Love's Labour's Lost, all 1954; The Matchmaker, Uncle Vanya, TheMulberry Bush, and Dick Whittington, all 1955; Castle of Deception, Don Juan,or the Love of Geometry, The Rivals, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Queen and the Rebels, Lamp at Midnight, and Sleeping Beauty, all 1956; The Voice of the Turtle and Cards of Identity, both 1958; The Complaisant Lover, 1960; York Mystery Plays, 1963; The Photographer, 1964; A Man for All Seasons and Hotel Paradiso, both 1968; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1969; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, 1973; A Man for All Seasons and Habeas Corpus, both 1976;Born in the Gardens, 1983; Raffles, The Lonely Road, and The Archbishops' Ceiling, all 1984; narrator, Carnival of the Animals (concert reading), Talk toMe, and The Blue Angel, all 1986; and Hadrian VII, 1987.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK; DIRECTOR
- All My Sons, 1960.
- Lady from the Sea and The Wild Duck, both 1961.
- (also designer) Wedding in White, 1973.
- Merry Wives of Windsor, 1977.
- Season's Greetings, 1984.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Jimmy Porter, Look Back in Anger, U.K. cities, 1957.
- Martin Dysart, Equus, South African cities, 1975.
- FILM DEBUT--Russell, Seven Keys, Allied Artists, 1962.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Jack Lavery, The Comedy Man, British Lion, 1964.
- Mogg, The Charge of the Light Brigade, United Artists, 1968.
- Helmut, The Long Day's Dying, Paramount, 1968.
- Ethelred, Alfred the Great, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1969.
- Benson, The Chairman, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1969.
- Harragin, White Mischief, 1988.
- Also appeared in Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow, Buena Vista, 1975; Battleof the Mind, The Most Dangerous Man in the World, and The White Bird.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Monitor, BBC, 1961-64.
- The Planemakers, BBC, 1964.
- Resurrection, BBC, 1968.
- Diamond Crack Diamond, BBC, 1970.
- "Swing Swing Together," "Wobble to Death," "Detective Wore Silk Drawers,"and "Abracadaver," all Cribb, BBC, 1979, then Mystery, PBS.
- "Horizontal Witness," "Something Old, Something New," "Madhatter's Holiday," "Invitation/Dynamite Party," "Hand That Rocks the Cradle," "The Last Trumpet," "The Choir That Wouldn't Sing," and "Murder Old Boy," all Cribb, BBC, 1980, then Mystery, PBS.
- Also Eleanor Marx, 1976.
- MINI-SERIES Prince Andrei Bolansky, War and Peace, BBC and PBS, both 1973.
- McMillan, Master of the Game, CBS, 1984.
- Also Death of Ivan Ilyich, BBC, 1979; Nanny, BBC, 1981; Kessler, BBC, 1981; Hard Times, 1986; Information Technology, 1986.
- The Troubleshooters, 1971.
- Double Dare, Thames, 1976.
- Our Young Mr. Wignal, 1976.
- The Dick Emery Show, 1978.
- Come and Find Me, 1979.
- Calender Carousel, 1981.
- Morcambe and Wise, 1982.
- Also appeared in Dishonoured Bones, BBC, 1964; Everyman, BBC, 1964; The Man Who Fell Apart, BBC, 1964; Dance of Death, BBC, 1965; The Corsican Brothers, BBC, 1965; Seige of Manchester, BBC, 1965; Why Aren't You Famous?, BBC, 1966; A Cold Heart BBC, 1966; Conquest, BBC, 1966; Dr. Dee, Kelly, and the Spirits, BBC, 1967; The Suicide Club, BBC, 1969; The Trial of Sinyevski and Daniel, BBC, 1974; Age Of Innocence, BBC, 1974; Zedicular, BBC, 1977; I Was JesusBBC, 1984; House on Kirov Street, BBC, 1984; The Disputation, BBC, 1984; Thomas Becket, BBC, 1987; Also Heir to Skipton, 1953; Cookoo, Circus Time, and Design for Murder, all 1957; The Black Arrow, The Firm of Girdlestone, and TheLost King, all 1958; Court Case, Eustace Diamonds, and The Verdict Is Yours,all 1959; The Price of Freedom, 1960; Margaret, An Inspector Calls, The Takers, Deadline Midnight, The Alchemist, and Dr. Faustus, all 1961; The Affair, 1962; The Incident, 1965; Take on Craig, 1967; Recollections of Rifleman Harris, 1968; Danton, 1970; The Defector and For Services to Myself, both 1975; ACollier's Friday Night, 1976; Waxwork, 1978; Hedda Gabler, 1980; Gericault, 1982; Raising the Standards and The Hospice, both 1987.
- Harlow, 1964; Footprints, 1965; Francis Bacon and Viewpoint, both 1966; Shape of Darkness, 1967; Children in Need, Zionism, A Plague on Your Children,China, Conservation of the Countryside, Suicide of a Nation, and In Need ofSpecial Care, all 1968; Horizon, 1968, 1969, 1970, and 1973; Jumbo Jets, Napoleon, Flamenco, and Industry, all 1969; Albert Camus, Ireland, Lenin, Education, Work, Family, and Strange Mind, all 1970; Paul Klee, 1971; Leningrad, Raoult, Seychelles Islands, Industrial Revolution, Offshore, Life Is for Living,and Yachting Olympics, all 1972; Gunter Grass, Time for Survival, Cezanne, The Harbourer, Scotland, The Admirals Cup, Life in Beleagured Leningrad, and Age of Innocence, all 1973; The Fat of the Land, Northern Lights, and A Man between Three Rivers, all 1974; Taste for Adventure, Northern Development, Rolls Royce, and RNSTS, all 1975; The Great One-Horned Rhinocerous, Messenger ofthe Gods, Starting Point, Tone Poem, Toxic Hazards, Grey Seals, Leopard, Tiger Tops, and Roe Deer, all 1976; Dust in Dockyards, Crown Agents, Ministry ofDefense, This England, Mountain, World in Action, Anglo Saxon Chronicle, Death, Minesweeping, Prisoner in the Caucasus, Navy Drinking, and Salt Plug, all1977; Salt Desert, Friends of the Earth, Drugs, Rain Forest, Seaford, DirectAction, Vermont, Alternative Technology, How Green Is Your Quarry, Control ofTechnology, Talons, Cranes of Brahmptur, Tigers Darting, and Arthritis, all1978; The Old Man of the Woods, Feldene, Dartmoor Ponies, Abdominal Pain, andAfghanistan, all 1979.
- Hawker Siddley, Clocks, Dall Sheep, Right First Time, and As Far as the Gates, all 1980; Refugees, Down in the Forest, A Cut Above, The Magic of the Moon, Pleasure, War Poems, Dutch Nuclear Energy, Preston Division, Mountain Climbing, Northern Water, Ticket System, Diabetes, Son et Lumier, Chemical Light, and Not Just a Load of Old Denso, all 1981; Royal Society of Arts, Brown Bears, Glacier Bay, Old Yorkshire, Jackal, Manchester Inner City, Sandeman, Titanic, To Kill a Mockingbird, Nesting Birds, Scaffolding, Man versus the Sea,and Thames Barrier, all 1982; Studland Heath, Textile Spinning, Kashmir Stag, and Technology and Change, all 1983; Shell and the Artist, S.A.S., Taming the Thames, The Renaissance, Xerox, Glasgow Garden Festival, Art Quotations onMona Lisa, and Rye Poet, all 1984; The Philippines, Britain, Spanish Holiday, Drivers Guide to Hong Kong, Tigers, and Nightmail, all 1986; Minds over Matter, Grasping the Nettle, The Sound and the Silence, Architecture of Life, Are Mothers Necessary?, The Trireme Quest, and Underground to Europe, all 1987.
Credits; PRINCIPAL RADIO APPEARANCES
- My Cousin Rachel, Morning Departure, Love on the Dole, and Cape of Good Hope, all 1957; The Affair, 1964; Misanthropos, 1965; A Hero of Our Time, 1966; Micheldever and Scrapbook for '77, both 1967; Keyes, 1968; The Bagman, 1970; Eric XIV, 1972; New Jerusalem, I've Got a Collection of Knives, The Blood of the Lamb, Damaged Goods, and The Communicators, all 1973; Westerman Flat, Sword of Vengeance, and The Conformer, all 1975; Like a Window, To Light a Fire, and An Ordinary Pebble, all 1977; An Inspector Calls, Dial a Poem, What'sYour Pleasure?, and Hello, Hello, Hello, all 1978; The Drowned World, DancingDolly, and Pawn Takes Pawn, all 1979; Pageant and Dostyevski, both 1980; Bartok, My Merry Mornings, The Row over La Ronde, and Black Heart, White Heart,all 1981; Jack London, Kaleidescope, and Listening, Reading, Writing, all 1982; Sybil and George Orwell, both 1983; J.B. Priestly, The Bird Cage, The Polish Ship, and Bookmark, all 1984; The Holy Experiment, 1986; Literary Walks and The Angry Decade, both 1987.