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Stratford Johns Biography (1925-)
Full name, Alan E. Stratford Johns; born September 22, 1925, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; son of Sidney Alan (an engine driver) and Dorothy Ada (Stratford) Johns; married Nanette Ryder (an actress), March 21, 1955; children:Frith, Peta, Alan, Lissa. Addresses: HOME--Suffolk, England. AGENT--c/o Michael Whitehall, Ltd., 125 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4TE, England.
Favorite roles: Magwich in Great Expectations and Jack Barlow.
Stratford Johns told CTFT: "My role in Herod was the greatest fun; Brand, themost sinister."
- South African
- Birth Details
- September 22, 1925
- Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
- STAGE DEBUT--Langford, White Cargo, Southend Hippodrome, 1948.
- LONDON DEBUT--Policeman, Live Like Pigs, 1958.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Mayer, Sergeant Musgrave's Dance, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1960.
- Pratt, Who Saw Him Die, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1975.
- Daddy Warbucks, Annie, Victoria Palace, London, 1978.
- Porterhouse, Run for Your Wife, Criterion Theatre, London, 1984.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Pratt, Who Saw Him Die, U.K. cities.
- Also And Then There Were None, U.K. cities.
- FILM DEBUT--Fireman, Burnt Evidence, ACT Films, 1954.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Sergeant, The Night My Number Came Up, Continental Distributing, 1955.
- security guard, The Lady Killers, Continental Distributing, 1955.
- Police Constable Perkins, Tiger in the Smoke, Rank, 1956.
- Police Constable Coleman, Who Done It?, Rank, 1956.
- constable, The Third Key (also known as The Long Arm), Rank, 1957.
- Lawson, The Professionals, Anglo-American, 1960.
- Bates, Two Letter Alibi, British Lion, 1962.
- the Voice, The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery, British Lion, 1966.
- station sergeant, The Plank, R.F.D., 1967.
- warrant officer, Those Fantastic Flying Fools (also known as Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon and Blast Off), American International, 1967.
- President Bradshaw, Cromwell, Columbia, 1970.
- Ismail, The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, Warner Brothers, 1980.
- Harry Pinto, George and Mildred, ITC, 1980.
- Mustapha El Ali, Wild Geese II, Universal, 1986.
- Morrie Conley, Dance with a Stranger, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.
- Reg Sampson, Car Trouble, Columbia, 1985.
- Mr. Plumb, Foreign Body, Orion, 1986.
- Also appeared in The Ship That Died of Shame (also known asPT Raiders), Continental Distributing, 1956; The One That Got Away, Rank, 1958; Hand in Hand, Columbia, 1960; The Saint and the Brave Goose, 1981; Salome's Last Dance,Vestron, 1987; and Herod, upcoming.
- TELEVISION DEBUT--Mid Level, ITV, 1955.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Detective Jack Barlow, Barlow, Police Chief, Z-Cars, and Softly, Softly,all BBC, 1962-74.
- MINI-SERIES Detective Jack Barlow, Jack the Ripper, syndicated, 1974.
- Piso, "I, Claudius," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1977.
- Magwitch, Great Expectations, Entertainment Channel, 1982.
- Zimmerman, Master of the Game, CBS, 1984.
- You Were There, BBC.
- Uncle Walter, Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil, NBC, 1985.
- title role, Brand, Channel Four, 1987.
- Peachum, The Beggar's Opera, BBC.
- Author of a children's book published by Andre Deutsch.
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