George Coulouris Biography (1903-1989)

Born October 1, 1903, in Manchester, England; died of a heart attack, April 25, 1989, in London, England; son of Nicholas (a merchant) and Abigail (Redfern) Coulouris; married Louise Franklin (died, 1976); married Elizabeth Clarke;children: George, Mary Louise (first marriage).

Birth Details
October 1, 1903
Manchester, England
Death Details
April 25, 1989
London, England

Famous Works

  • STAGE DEBUT--Reverend William Duke, Outward Bound, Rusholme Repertory Theatre, Manchester, U.K., 1926.
  • LONDON DEBUT--Sir Thomas Grey, Henry V, Old Vic Theatre, 1926.
  • BROADWAY DEBUT--Friar Peter, The Novice and the Duke, Assembly Theatre, 1929.
  • Giuseppe, Sirocco, Daly's Theatre, London, 1927.
  • Yank, The Hairy Ape, Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet, and Jacques, As You LikeIt, all Cambridge Festival Theatre, Cambridge, U.K., 1928.
  • Petronius, The Theatre of Life, Arts Theatre, London, 1929.
  • Jacques Bonalie, The Black Ace, Globe Theatre, London, 1929.
  • Sempronius, The Apple Cart, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1930.
  • Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet, Embassy Theatre, London, 1932.
  • the Bank Manager, From Morn to Midnight, Gate Theatre, London, 1932.
  • Tallant, The Late Christopher Bean, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1932.
  • Julian Mosca, Best Sellers, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1933.
  • Lord Burleigh, Mary of Scotland, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1933.
  • Lieutenant Cutting, Valley Forge, Guild Theatre, New York City, 1934.
  • Dr. Shelby, Blind Alley, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1935.
  • John de Stogumber, Saint Joan, Martin Beck Theatre, 1936.
  • Zacharey, Ten Million Ghosts, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1936.
  • Marc Antony, Julius Caesar, Mercury Theatre, New York City, 1937.
  • the King, The Shoemaker's Holiday and Boss Mangan, Heartbreak House, bothMercury Theatre, 1938.
  • Mirabeau, Madame Capet, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1938.
  • Father Shaughnessy, The White Steed, Cort Theatre, 1939.
  • John Elliott, Cue for Passion, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1940.
  • Teck de Brancovis, Watch on the Rhine, Martin Beck Theatre, 1941.
  • title role, Richard III, Forrest Theatre, New York City, 1943.
  • Waldo Cruikshank, Bonanza Bound, Shubert Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1947-48.
  • Subtle, The Alchemist, the Donkey Man, The Moon of the Caribbees, and theVagrant, The Insect Comedy (or The World We Live In), all City Center Theatre, New York City, 1948.
  • Jacques, As You Like It, title role, Tartuffe, Brutus, Julius Caesar, andSir John Brute, The Provok'd Wife, all Bristol Old Vic Company, Bristol, U.K., 1950.
  • title role, Tartuffe, Bristol Old Vic Company, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre,London, 1950.
  • Ulric Brendel, Rosmersholm, St. Martin's Theatre, London, 1950.
  • title role, King Lear, Glasgow Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, 1952.
  • King James I, Fool's Mate, Under Thirty Group, Criterion Theatre, London,1953.
  • Clumber Holmes, The Full Treatment, Q Theatre, London, 1953.
  • Malvolio, Twelfth Night and Claudius, Hamlet, both Embassy Theatre, 1953.
  • Smiley Coy, The Big Knife, Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1954.
  • Paul Finch, The Ghost Writers, Arts Theatre, London, 1955.
  • Charles Touchdown, Moonshine, Q Theatre, 1955.
  • Hawkshaw, The Ticket-of-Leave Man, Arts Theatre, Cambridge, U.K., 1956.
  • John Pope, Sr., A Hatful of Rain, Princes' Theatre, London, 1957, then 1958.
  • Dr. Stockmann, An Enemy of the People, Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 1959.
  • Squeezum, Lock Up Your Daughters and Peter Flynn, The Plough and the Stars, both Mermaid Theatre, London, 1962.
  • performed in scenes from Tartuffe and The Way of the World, Georgian Theatre, Richmond, U.K., 1963.
  • Shylock, The Merchant of Venice, Flora Robson Theatre, Newcastle-on- Tyne, U.K., 1963.
  • Sir Samuel Holt, Beekman Place, Morosco Theatre, 1964.
  • Father, The Condemned of Altona, Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1966.
  • Voltaire, The Sorrows of Frederick, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1967.
  • Earl of Theign, The Outcry, Arts Theatre, London, 1968.
  • Sikorski, Soldiers, New Theatre, London, 1968.
  • Philip Bummidge, The Last Analysis, Theatre Royal, Derby, U.K., 1970.
  • Big Daddy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Richmond Theatre, London, 1970.
  • Shylock, The Merchant of Venice, Gardner Arts Theatre, Brighton, U.K., 1973.
  • title role, King Lear, Globe Playhouse, Los Angeles, 1977.
  • Also appeared in The Admirable Crichton, Bristol Old Vic Company, 1950; The Man in the Overcoat, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1950; and instock companies, 1930-32.
  • Credits; STAGE WORK
  • Producer and director, Richard III, Forrest Theatre, New York City, 1943.
  • Credits; MAJOR TOURS
  • Teck de Brancovis, Watch on the Rhine, U.S. cities, 1941-42.
  • Dr. Shelby, Blind Alley, U.S. cities, 1946-47.
  • Smiley Coy, The Big Knife, U.K. cities, 1953.
  • the General, The Soldier and the Lady, U.K. cities, 1954.
  • FILM DEBUT--Tallant, Christopher Bean (also known as Her Sweetheart), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1933.
  • Defense attorney, The Lady in Question (also known as It Happened in Paris), Columbia, 1940.
  • Charpentier, All This and Heaven Too, Warner Brothers, 1940.
  • Walter Parks Thatcher, Citizen Kane, RKO, 1941.
  • Captain Holz, Assignment in Brittany, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1943.
  • Andre, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Paramount, 1943.
  • prosecuting attorney, This Land Is Mine, RKO, 1943.
  • Teck de Brancovis, Watch on the Rhine, Warner Brothers, 1943.
  • Lingley, Between Two Worlds, Warner Brothers, 1944.
  • Von Beck, The Master Race, RKO, 1944.
  • Dr. Byles, Mr. Skeffington, Warner Brothers, 1944.
  • Jim Mordiney, None But the Lonely Heart, RKO, 1944.
  • Captain Currie, Confidential Agent, Warner Brothers, 1945.
  • Joachim Helm, Hotel Berlin, Warner Brothers, 1945.
  • Mr. Saunders, Lady on a Train, Universal, 1945.
  • Louis Pleyel, A Song to Remember, Columbia, 1945.
  • Pharoah, California, Paramount, 1946.
  • James Randolph, Mr. District Attorney, Columbia, 1946.
  • Doc Ganson, Nobody Lives Forever, Warner Brothers, 1946.
  • Superintendent Buckley, The Verdict, Warner Brothers, 1946.
  • Krivoc, Where There's Life, Paramount, 1947.
  • Lew Proctor, Beyond Glory, Paramount, 1948.
  • Sir Robert D. Baudricort, Joan of Arc, RKO, 1948.
  • Charles Vernay, Sleep, My Love, United Artists, 1948.
  • Major Jack Drumman, A Southern Yankee (also known as My Hero), MGM, 1948.
  • Victor Sloma, Kill or Be Killed, Eagle-Lion, 1950.
  • Captain Weiss, Island Rescue (also known as Appointment with Venus), Universal, 1952.
  • Babalatchi, An Outcast of the Islands, British Lion, 1952.
  • Spadoni, The Assassin, United Artists, 1953.
  • the Captain, A Day to Remember, General Film Distributors, 1953.
  • Briggs, Doctor in the House, General Film Distributors, 1954.
  • Captain Malburn, Duel in the Jungle, Warner Brothers, 1954.
  • Portuguese captain, The Heart of the Matter, Associated Artists, 1954.
  • Edward Schroeder, The Runaway Bus, Eros, 1954.
  • Carpenter, Doctor at Sea, Rank, 1955.
  • Dallapiccola, A Race for Life (also known as Handful of Dusk), Lippert, 1955.
  • Garvin, The Teckman Mystery, Associated Artists, 1955.
  • Padre, Private's Progress, British Lion, 1956.
  • Pascoe, Doctor at Large, Rank, 1957.
  • Karl Brussard, The Man Without a Body, Eros, 1957.
  • Carl Kraski, Tarzan and the Lost Safari, MGM, 1957.
  • Colonel Sandherr, I Accuse!, MGM, 1958.
  • Heinz Webber, Kill Me Tomorrow, Ren-Tudor, 1958.
  • Bennie, Law and Disorder, RKO, 1958.
  • Colonel Benedict, Spy in the Sky, Allied Artists, 1958.
  • Commandant, Tank Force (also known as No Time to Die), Columbia, 1958.
  • Bourdin, The Beasts of Marseilles (also known as Seven Thunders), R.F.D.Productions, 1959.
  • Alan A. Dale, Son of Robin Hood, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1959.
  • Dr. James Moran, The Woman Eater, Columbia, 1959.
  • Lacoste, Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons, Allied Artists, 1960.
  • bank manager, The Boy Who Stole a Million, British Lion, 1960.
  • Petrelli, Conspiracy of Hearts, R.F.D. Productions, 1960.
  • Dr. Hugo Panzer, Surprise Package, Columbia, 1960.
  • camel driver, King of Kings, MGM, 1961.
  • the colonel, The Big Money, Lopert, 1962.
  • Forbes, The Dog and the Diamonds, Associated British, 1962.
  • Francois Lejeune, Fury at Smugglers Bay, Embassy, 1963.
  • Carlos, The Crooked Road, Seven Arts, 1965.
  • Dr. Londe, The Skull, Paramount, 1965.
  • Ragheeb, Arabesque, Universal, 1966.
  • Cardenas, Land Raiders (also known as Day of the Landgrabbers), Columbia,1969.
  • Swiss peasant, The Assassination Bureau, Paramount, 1969.
  • Mr. Sturdevant, No Blade of Grass, MGM, 1970.
  • Berigan, Blood from the Mummy's Tomb, Hammer, 1972.
  • Dr. Chatal, Papillon, Allied Artists, 1973.
  • Dr. Roth, Mahler (also known as Mahler Lives), Visual Programme System, 1974.
  • Dr. Constantine, Murder on the Orient Express, Paramount, 1974.
  • Dr. Powys, The Last Days of Man on Earth (also known as The Final Programme), New World, 1975.
  • Old Man Vespucci, The Ritz, Warner Brothers, 1976.
  • El Keb, Shout at the Devil, American International, 1976.
  • Father Mittner, The Tempter (also known as L'Anti Cristo and Anticristo),AVCO-Embassy, 1978.
  • professor, It's Not the Size That Counts (also known as Percy's Progress), Joseph Brenner, 1979.
  • John Gurney, Beyond the Fog (also known as Tower of Evil and Horror on Snape Island), Independent-International, 1981.
  • Lablache, Vivement Dimanche (also known as Let It Be Sunday and Confidentially Yours), Spectrafilm, 1982.
  • Gus, The Long Good Friday, Embassy, 1982.
  • Also appeared in In the Cool of the Day, MGM, 1963; Too Many Thieves, MGM, 1968; and in I Love You, I Hate You.
  • TELEVISION APPEARANCES; MINI-SERIES DeBono, Mussolini: The Untold Story,NBC, 1985.
  • Also Clouds of Witness, BBC, then Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1973.
  • Credits; EPISODIC
  • Trials of O'Brien, CBS, 1966.
  • Dundee and the Culhane, CBS, 1967.
  • Search, NBC, 1972 and 1973.
  • Also Hart to Hart, ABC.
  • Credits; MOVIES
  • Max Greene, The Stranger, NBC, 1973.
  • doctor, Coffee, Tea, or Me?, CBS, 1973.
  • Credits; SPECIALS
  • The Suicide Club, ABC, 1973.
  • To Hollywood and Back, BBC.

Further Reference


  • New York Times, April 27, 1989.
  • Variety, May 3-9, 1989.

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