John Standing Biography (1934-)

Born John Leon, August 16, 1934, in London, England; son of Sir Ronald George(a stockbroker) and Dorothy Katherine (an actress; maiden name, Standing; professional name, Kay Hammond) Leon; married Jill Melford (divorced, 1972); married Sarah Kate Forbes (a writer), April 7, 1984; children: Alexander, India, Archie. Addresses: Agent: Agency for the Performing Arts, 9000 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Birth Details
August 16, 1934
London, England

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • (London debut) Mr. Charlton, The Darling Buds of May, Saville Theatre, 1959
  • Andrew Rankin, The Irregular Verb to Love, Criterion Theatre, London, 1961
  • Title role, Norman, Duchess Theatre, London, 1962
  • Ensemble, So Much to Remember (revue), Vaudeville Theatre, London,1963
  • Clive Winton, See How They Run, Vaudeville Theatre, 1964
  • Sir John Melvil, The Clandestine Marriage; Lennox, Macbeth;Yepihodov, The Cherry Orchard; and Mendigales, The Fighting Cock; all Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, U.K., 1966
  • Mendigales, The Fighting Cock, Duke of York's Theatre, London,1966
  • George Smerdon, The Farmer's Wife; Aimwell, The Beaux'Stratagem; and Emile Tavernier, An Italian Straw Hat; all Chichester Festival Theatre, 1967
  • Algernon Moncrieff, The Importance of Being Earnest, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1968
  • Hugo and Frederick, Ring 'round the Moon, Haymarket Theatre, 1968
  • Lorn Mason, Girlfriend, Apollo Theatre, London, 1970
  • Dapper, The Alchemist; and Bluntschli, Arms and the Man; both Chichester Festival Theatre, 1970
  • Clive Popkiss, Popkiss, Globe Theatre, London, 1972
  • Chap, A Sense of Detachment, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1972
  • Elyot Chase, Private Lives, Queen's Theatre, London, 1973
  • Dauphin, Saint Joan, Oxford Festival, Oxford, U.K., 1974
  • Elyot Chase, Private Lives, Los Angeles, 1974, then Forty-Sixth Street Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • George, Jingo, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, London,1975
  • Dr. Watson, Dead-Eyed Dicks, Dublin Festival, Gaiety Theatre, Ireland, 1976
  • Freddy Malone, Plunder, National Theatre Company, Lyttleton Theatre, London, 1978
  • Dr. Paramore, The Philanderer, National Theatre Company, LyttletonTheatre, 1978
  • Benedict, Close of Play, National Theatre Company, Lyttleton Theatre, 1979
  • Tobias, A Delicate Balance, Theater Royal, London, 1997
  • Also appeared in small roles in Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, Sarah Bernhardt Theatre, Paris.
  • Film Appearances
  • Hubert Shannon, A Pair of Briefs, Davis, 1962
  • Arthur, The Wild and the Willing (also known as and Young and Willing), Universal, 1962
  • Humphrey Gore-Brown, The Swinging Maiden (also known as The Iron Maiden), Columbia, 1963
  • Washroom attendant, Agent 8 3/4, 1964
  • Captain Daven, King Rat, Columbia, 1965
  • Mark Von Sturm, The Psychopath, Paramount, 1966
  • Julius P. Haversack, Walk, Don't Run, Columbia, 1966
  • Leo Winston, Torture Garden, Columbia, 1967
  • Roger Henderson, A Touch of Love (also known as Thank You All Very Much and The Millstone), Columbia, 1969
  • Bernie, All the Right Noises, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971
  • Gordon, X, Y and Zee (also known as Zee and Co.), Columbia,1972
  • Buster, Au Pair Girls, 1972
  • Father Philip Verecker, The Eagle Has Landed, Columbia, 1976
  • Fairbrother, The Class of Miss MacMichael, Brut, 1978
  • Jason Mountolive, The Legacy (also known as The Legacy of Maggie Walsh), Universal, 1979
  • Fox, The Elephant Man, Paramount, 1980
  • Finley, The Sea Wolves (also known as The Sea Wolves: The LastCharge of the Calcutta Light Horse), Paramount, 1980
  • Captain Sholto Savory, Privates on Parade, Handmade Films, 1982
  • Captain Stirrick, 1982
  • Harry, Earl of Braunceston, Invitation to the Wedding, New Realm,1983
  • Michael O'Branin, Nightflyers, Vista/New Century, 1987
  • Chaplin Butler, Chaplin, 1992
  • Richard Dalloway, Mrs. Dalloway (also known as Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway), First Look Pictures, 1997
  • Gilbert Embleton, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Philip Emmenthal, 8 1/2 Women, Lions Gate, 1999
  • Politician, Mad Cows, 1999
  • Queen's Messenger, Prophecy Entertainment, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Tartuffe (also known as Play of the Month: Tartuffe), 1971
  • Major Quive-Smith, Rogue Male, 1976
  • Duke of Windsor, To Catch a King, HBO, 1984
  • Van Rensburg, The Biko Inquest, 1984
  • Jack, Visitors, 1987
  • Malise Gordon, Riders (also known as Jilly Cooper's Riders), 1988
  • Charnaud, Dark Holiday (also known as Passport to Terror),NBC, 1989
  • Henry, Chameleons, NBC, 1989
  • Belfrage, The Endless Game, Showtime, 1990
  • Peter Baring, Rogue Trader, BBC, then Cinemax, 1999
  • Specials
  • Colonel Pickering, Pygmalion, 1983
  • Our Planet Tonight, NBC, 1987
  • Flapjack Floozie, HBO, 1988
  • Toby Cartwright, "Ways and Means," in Collins Meets Coward, Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • Bishop Robert Young, The Choir, PBS, 1995
  • Mr. Gilmore, The Woman in White, PBS, 1998
  • Miniseries
  • Sidney Godolphin, "The First Churchills," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1969
  • Sam Collins, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, PBS, 1980
  • Sir George, Sidney Sheldon's Windmills of the Gods, CBS, 1988
  • Night of the Fox, syndicated, 1990
  • Whitfield, Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel, NBC, 1992
  • Admiral Bolgolam, Gulliver's Travels, NBC, 1996
  • Sir Huw Watkins, Drover's Gold, 1997
  • Nicholas Jenkins (in later life), A Dance to the Music of Time, 1997
  • Archbishop, Joan of Arc, CBS, 1999
  • Captain Proctor, Longitude, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Series
  • Sidney Godolphin, The First Churchills, 1970-71
  • Charles Latimer, MP, The Other 'Arf, 1981
  • Edward Wingate, Lime Street, ABC, 1985-86
  • The Old Boy Network, 1991
  • Episodic
  • Pasc, "The Mark of Archanon," Space: 1999, 1976
  • Ehrlich, "Everybody Does It," Van der Valk, 1977
  • Vernon Bennett, Hotel, ABC, 1987
  • Arthur Constable, "It Runs in the Family," Murder, She Wrote, CBS,1987
  • Visitors, BBC, 1987
  • Ian Ludlow, Murphy's Law, ABC, 1989
  • George Franklin, "Naked Justice" Parts 1 and 2, Hunter, NBC, 1988
  • Nigel Morris, "True Brit," L.A. Law, NBC, 1990
  • Chief Daniel Trent, "The Sicilian Encounter," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1990
  • Terrence Hemmings, "Honisit Qui Maly Ppensa," Civil Wars, ABC, 1992
  • Professor Nigel Zirchon, "Marshall's Theory of Believability," Eerie, Indiana, 1992
  • Dr. Smith, "Legal System," Look at the State We're In!, 1995
  • Jimmy Cheatham, "Tea and Sympathy," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2000

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