Gawn Grainger Biography (1937-)

Born October 12, 1937 (some sources say 1940), in Glasgow, Scotland (some sources say Holywood, Ireland); son of Charles Neil and Elizabeth (maiden name,Gall) Grainger; married Janet Key (an actress; marriage ended by her death, July 26, 1992); married Zoe Wanamaker (an actress), November, 1994.

Favorite roles--Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro; Serjeant Musgrave in Sergeant Musgrave's Dance.

Nationality
Scottish
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, writer
Birth Details
October 12, 1937
Glasgow, Scotland

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Boy king, King's Rhapsody, Palace Theatre, London, 1950
  • Title role, Kean, Christy Mahon, The Playboy of the Western World, Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, Laertes, Hamlet, Claudio, Measure for Measure, all Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Bristol, U.K., 1964-66
  • (Broadway debut) Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, Bristol Old Vic TheatreCompany, City Center Theatre, 1967
  • Jimmy, There's a Girl in My Soup, Music Box Theatre, New YorkCity, 1967
  • Cyril Bishop, The Giveaway, Garrick Theatre, London, 1969
  • James Boswell, The Douglas Cause, Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1971
  • McCue, The Front Page, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre,London, 1972
  • Macduff, Macbeth, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1972
  • Oronte, The Misanthrope, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1973
  • Officer, The Bacchae, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1973
  • Roberto, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1973
  • Jeremy Haynes, The Party, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1973
  • Stephen Lloyd, Next of Kin, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1974
  • Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro, National Theatre Company, Old VicTheatre, 1974
  • Oronte, The Misanthrope, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • Osric, Hamlet, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, then Lyttelton Theatre, 1976
  • Tribute to a Lady, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1976
  • Usumcasane, Tamburlaine the Great, Olivier Theatre, then NationalTheatre, London, 1976
  • Juggler, Force of Habit, National Theatre Company, National Theatre, 1976
  • Casca, Julius Caesar, National Theatre Company, National Theatre,1977
  • Soldier, The Passion, To Those Born Later, National Theatre Company, National Theatre, 1977
  • Corporal Stoddard, The Plough and the Stars, National Theatre Company, National Theatre, 1977
  • Mr. Dorilant, The Country Wife, National Theatre Company, NationalTheatre, 1977
  • Schoolmaster, Brand, National Theatre Company, National Theatre, 1978
  • Ajax, The Woman, National Theatre Company, National Theatre, 1978
  • Charles I, The World Turned Upside Down, National Theatre Company,National Theatre, 1978
  • Wesley, Has "Washington" Legs?, National Theatre Company, National Theatre, 1978
  • Jack, Nick, The Long Voyage Home, National Theatre Company, National Theatre, 1979
  • George, General Heller, Dispatches, National Theatre Company, National Theatre, 1979
  • Doctor, squire, landlord, and rector, Lark Rise, National TheatreCompany, National Theatre, 1979
  • Sir Timothy, Candleford, National Theatre Company, National Theatre, 1979
  • Jimmy Tomorrow, The Iceman Cometh, National Theatre Company, National Theatre, 1980
  • Reverend Hale, The Crucible, Comedy Theatre, London, 1981
  • Also appeared in Party Time, Almeida Theatre, London; MountainLanguage, Almeida Theatre; No Man's Land, Almeida Theatre; A Month in the Country, London; Mutabilitte, London; Fool for Love, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London; Taking Sides, London; The Give Away, London; The Devil's Devil, Theatre Royal, Bristol; The Crucible, National Theatre.
  • Major Tours
  • Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, Laertes, Hamlet, Claudio, Measure for Measure, all Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company, world tour, 1967
  • Oronte, The Misanthrope, National Theatre Company, U.S. cities, 1976
  • Knight, The Passion, world tour, 1981
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Ben Budge, The Beggar's Opera, BBC, 1984
  • Elegant man, The Brazilian Connection, syndicated, 1989
  • Eden Thackeray, Dalziel and Pascoe: Child's Play, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • First broker, A Christmas Carol, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Dalziel & Pascoe: Bones and Silence, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Specials
  • Andrew, Son of Man (also known as Wednesday Play: Son of Man), BBC, 1969
  • Ross, Macbeth (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Macbeth), BBC, 1983
  • Ralph Watson, The King of Clubs, PBS, 1990
  • Miniseries
  • Hitler, Private Schultz, BBC, 1980
  • Bob Loder, The Black Tower, 1985
  • Episodic
  • Gregoire, "A Thin Band of Air," Jason King, 1972
  • Malcolm Page, "Off Duty," Juliet Bravo, 1983
  • George Stephenson, "The Mark of the Rani," Doctor Who, 1985
  • "The King of Clubs," Poirot, 1989
  • Joseph Newsome, "Message in a Bottle," Boon, 1992
  • Also appeared as panelist, What's My Line, CBS; Jack Branagan,"For Love or Money," Hetty Wainthrop Investigates.
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Henry, Elizabeth Alone, BBC, 1980
  • Pushkin, The Marriage, BBC, 1981
  • Tales of the Unexpected, Thames, 1985
  • Dyson, When We Are Married, BBC, 1987
  • Also appeared as editor, Mitch, LWT; in She Stoops to Conquer; Shadow of the Tower; Man at the Top; Crown Court.
  • Film Appearances
  • Male Bait, 1971
  • Nigel Crouchback, Mastermind, 1976
  • Actor, Little Drummer Girl, Warner Bros., 1984
  • The officer, The Raggedy Rawney, 1988
  • Dr. Michael Lloyd, August, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1996
  • Henry--Giles's agent, Love and Death on Long Island (also known as Amour et mort e Long Island), Lions Gate Films, Inc., 1997
  • Browne, Janice Beard: 45 Words Per Minute, 1999
  • Also appeared in Blood Royal.
  • WRITINGS
  • Plays
  • Four to One, BBC, 1976
  • Vamp Till Ready, 1978
  • Lies in Plastic Smiles, 1979
  • Paradise Lost, 1980
  • Television Plays
  • Wrote You Don't Have To Walk To Fly, LWT; To See Ourselves, BBC; Jack Solomon's Children, Yorkshire Television; Big Deal, BBC; Left Field; and many others.
  • Nonfiction

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