John Woodvine Biography (1929-)

Born July 21, 1929, in Tyne Dock, Durham, Ireland; son of John and Rose (maiden name, Kelly) Woodvine; married Hazel Wright. Addresses: Agent: c/oScott Marshall Ltd., 13 Queen's Gardens, London W2 England.

Birth Details
July 21, 1929
Tyne Dock, Durham, Ireland

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Vincentio, The Taming of the Shrew, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1954
  • Macbeth, Old Vic Theatre, 1954
  • Duke Senior, As You Like It, Old Vic Theatre, 1955
  • Lord Chief Justice, Henry IV, Part One, Old Vic Theatre, 1955
  • Lord Chief Justice, Henry IV, Part Two, Old Vic Theatre, 1955
  • Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet, Old Vic Theatre, 1956
  • Roderigo, Othello, Old Vic Theatre, 1956
  • Troilus and Cressida, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, andKing Richard, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1956-1957
  • Careless, The Double Dealer, Old Vic Theatre, 1959
  • Mowbray, Richard II, Old Vic Theatre, 1959
  • Nym, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Old Vic Theatre, 1959
  • Le Bret, Cyrano de Bergerac, Old Vic Theatre, 1959
  • Harry V. Esterbrook, Inherit the Wind, St. Martin's Theatre, London, 1960
  • General Lew Wallace, The Andersonville Trial, Mermaid Theatre, London, 1961
  • Vazquez, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Mermaid Theatre, 1961
  • Long John Silver, Treasure Island, Mermaid Theatre, 1961
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Old Vic Theatre, 1961
  • Pentheus, The Bacchae, Mermaid Theatre, 1964
  • Title role, Macbeth, Mermaid Theatre, 1964
  • Simon Eyre, The Shoemaker's Holiday, Mermaid Theatre, 1964
  • Theseus, Oedipus at Colonus, Mermaid Theatre, 1965
  • Cutler Walpole, The Doctor's Dilemma, Comedy Theatre, 1966
  • Badger, Toad of Toad Hall, Comedy Theatre, 1966
  • Jackie, Close the Coalhouse Door, Fortune Theatre, London, 1968
  • Warrant Officer Ormsby, Poor Horace, Lyric Theatre, London, 1970
  • Joe Wilson, Joe Lives! (one-man show), University Theatre, Newcastle, England, then Greenwich, England, 1971
  • Sir Wilful Witwoud, The Way of the World, Actors' Company, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1974
  • Orlvosky, The Wood Demon, Actors' Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City, 1974
  • Earl of Kent, King Lear, Actors' Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1974
  • Sir Wilful Witwoud, The Way of the World, Actors' Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1974
  • Cardinal, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Actors' Company, Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon, England, 1974
  • Pontagnac, Ruling the Roost, Actors' Company, Wimbledon Theatre, 1974
  • Staller, Stallerhof, Hampstead Theatre, London, 1975
  • Gerald, The Formation Dancers, Arnaud Guildford Theatre, United Kingdom, 1975, Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), 1976
  • Duke of Cornwall, King Lear, RSC, 1977
  • Capulet, Romeo and Juliet, RSC, 1977
  • Dogberry, Much Ado about Nothing, RSC, 1977
  • Polixenes, The Winter's Tale, RSC, 1977
  • Banquo, Macbeth, RSC, 1977
  • Dr. Pinch, A Comedy of Errors, RSC, 1977
  • Subtle, The Alchemist, RSC, 1977
  • Fainall, The Way of the World, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1978
  • Alexander, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Mermaid Theatre, 1979
  • Sir John Falstaff, The Merry Wives of Windsor, RSC, 1979-1980
  • Malvolio, Twelfth Night, RSC, 1979-1980
  • Title role, Julius Caesar, RSC, 1979-1980
  • Charles Merrythought, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, RSC, 1981
  • Ralph Nickleby, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, RSC,then Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Mr. Prince, Rocket to the Moon, Hampstead Theatre, then Apollo Theatre, London, 1982
  • Gregor Hasek, Between East and West, Hampstead Theatre, 1987
  • Sir John Falstaff, Henry IV, Part One and Part Two, All English Stage Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1987
  • Gens, Ghetto, National Theatre Company, Olivier Theatre, London, 1989
  • Dr. Gortler, I Have Been Here Before, Watford, England, 1990
  • Chris, Anna Christie, Young Vic Theatre, London, 1990
  • Earl of Warwick, Henry IV, London, 1995
  • An Enemy of the People, Olivier Theatre, 1997-1998
  • Flavius, Timon of Athens, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1999, then Barbican Theatre, London, 2000
  • Stanley, Richard III, Sheffield Theatre, 2002
  • Major Tours
  • (Stage debut) Caspar Darde, Captain Carvallo, tour of service establishments, 1954
  • Claudius, Hamlet, British cities, 1971
  • Film Appearances
  • Darling, 1964
  • Bertie Irons, The Walking Stick, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970
  • Tricant, The Devils (also known as The Devils of Loudon), 1971
  • Howard, Young Winston, Columbia, 1972
  • Inspector Matt Fenrek, Assault on Agathon, Nine Network, 1976
  • Dennis, The Quiz Kid, 1979
  • Dr. Hirsch, An American Werewolf in London, Universal, 1981
  • Gierek, Squaring the Circle, 1983
  • Mr. Earnshaw, Wuthering Heights (also known as Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights), Escarlata, 1992
  • Vitelli, Leon the Pig Farmer, Unapix, 1992
  • Herr Deimen, The Trial, Angelika, 1993
  • Lester MacIntyre, Dragonworld, Moonbeam Entertainment, 1994
  • Admiral Croft, Persuasion, Columbia TriStar, 1995
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Macbeth (also known as Play of the Month: Macbeth), BBC, 1970
  • Alma Mater (also known as Play for Today: Alma Mater), BBC,1971
  • Hamlet, BBC, 1972
  • Banquo, Macbeth, 1979
  • Ralph Nickleby/opera singer, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (also known as Nicholas Nickleby), 1982
  • P. C. Tedder, Swallows & Amazons: Coot Club, BBC, 1983
  • King Antiochus, Pericles, Prince of Tyre (also known as The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Pericles, Prince of Tyre), BBC, 1984
  • Christian Gilbranson, Agatha Christie's Murder with Mirrors, CBS,1985
  • Chief Inspector, Deceptions, NBC, 1985
  • Dr. Frobisher, The Browning Version, BBC, 1985
  • Dr. Seddon, The Dog It Was That Died, 1988
  • Voice, The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, 1990
  • Kreutzen, Pirate Prince, 1993
  • Franz Luther, Fatherland, HBO, 1994
  • Friar Lawrence, Romeo & Juliet, PBS, 1994
  • The Duke of Venice, The Merchant of Venice, 1996
  • Judge Horner, Verdict, 1998
  • Sir Hew Dalrymple, Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (also known as Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil), Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Specials
  • Ralph Nickleby, Nicholas Nickleby, syndicated, 1983
  • Master 488, The Tripods, 1985
  • Mr. Mount, All Creatures Great and Small: 1985 Christmas Special,1985
  • Dr. J. J. R. McLeod, Glory Enough for All, 1989
  • Tallon, Danny, the Champion of the World, The Disney Channel, 1989
  • The Investigation: Inside a Terrorist Bombing (also known as Who Bombed Birmingham?), HBO, 1990
  • Series
  • Detective Inspector Alan Witty, Z Cars, BBC, 1968-1969
  • Bloody Delilah number one, The Dustbinmen, 1969
  • DCS John Kingdom, New Scotland Yard, 1972-1973
  • Prior Mordrin, Knights of God, ITV, 1987
  • M. Snotts, Runaway Bay, CBS, 1990
  • Bobo, Sr., Finney, 1994
  • William Gossage, Bob & Rose, ITV1, 2001-?
  • Miniseries
  • Sir Francis Drake, Elizabeth R, BBC, 1971
  • Rupert Potter, "The Tale of Beatrix Potter," Masterpiece Theatre,PBS, 1984
  • Sir Chief Constable Ross, Edge of Darkness, BBC, 1986
  • The Modern World: Ten Great Writers, 1988
  • "A Tale of Two Cities," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1989
  • John Wilson, Tell Tale Hearts, BBC, 1992
  • Mr. Gunn, Oliver's Travels, BBC, 1995
  • Episodic
  • Luigi, "The Brothers," Danger Man, ITV, 1961
  • Harry, "Dead of Winter," The Avengers, ITV, 1961
  • Eppler, "Lost in Transit," Ghost Squad, 1963
  • Philipe, "Gypsy's Warning," Crane, 1964
  • Tony Bond, "In Your Own Back Yard," R3, BBC, 1965
  • Robert Stone, "The Murder Market," The Avengers, ITV, 1965
  • Pilot, "Queen's Ransom," The Saint, ITV, 1966
  • John Garvey, "Storm Warning," The Baron, ITV, 1967
  • Seagrave, "Look--(Stop Me If You've Heard This One) but There Were TheseTwo Fellers," The Avengers, ITV, 1968
  • Kruger Haller, "The Search," The Champions, NBC, 1969
  • The Marshal, "The Armageddon Factor," Doctor Who, BBC, 1979
  • John Lambert, "Retribution," Juliet Bravo, BBC, 1983
  • Sir Malachi Jellicoe, "Happiness Is a Warm Gun," The New Statesman, ITV1, 1987
  • Mr. Stott, "And a Nightingale Sang," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1989
  • Vitatorus, "Get Well Soon," Chelmsford 123, Channel 4, 1990
  • Medics, ITV, 1993
  • Frank Armstrong, "It's All in the Game," Heartbeat, ITV, 1995
  • Jackie Brown, Erica's real father, Peak Practice, 1998
  • Reg Macready, "Heart of Gold," Casualty, BBC1, 2001
  • Sir Harry Chatwyn, "The Electric Vendetta," Midsomer Murders, ITV/Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Ronnie Atkins, "Another Country," The Bill, ITV1, 2001
  • Taped Readings
  • Best Poems, 2002
  • Favorite roles: Simon Eyre in The Shoemaker's Holiday, Jackie in Close the Coalhouse Door, and Othello.

User Contributions:

Ian Simmonds
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May 26, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
John Woodvine was born in County Durham, ENGLAND not Ireland. He is an Englishman and as far as I know has no Irish connections whatsoever.
Grace Gorman
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May 22, 2015 @ 5:05 am
Nationality: Irish
Tyne Dock, Durham, Ireland

Where did you get the above bullshit from? Tyne Dock is in South Shields, which used to be part of County Durham until Thatcher shifted Durham's northern border south a bit. Whatever county Maggie chose to place County Durham from then on, South Shields was never moved to Ireland. It is still today in England, and I guess it always will be. Hard to shift a town.

Pay attention to Ian Simmonds. He is absolutely right.

I will keep it nice and not say what I think of you.

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