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Occupation  Actor, businessman
Years active  1950-1992

Name  Victor Maddern
Role  Actor
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Full Name  Victor Jack Maddern
Born  16 March 1928 (1928-03-16) Seven Kings, Ilford, Essex, England
Alma mater  Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Died  June 22, 1993, London Borough of Hackney, United Kingdom
Spouse  Joan Maddern (m. 1949–1993)
Education  Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
TV shows  Fair Exchange, C.A.B., The Larkins, Justice
Movies  Blood of the Vampire, Carry On Spying, Freddie as FRO7, The Lost Continent, HMS Defiant
Similar People  Sam Kydd, Leslie Norman, Harry Locke, Gerald Thomas, Michael Carreras

Victor Maddern - Life and career

Victor Jack Maddern (16 March 1928 – 22 June 1993) was an English actor, described by The Telegraph as having "one of the most distinctive and eloquent faces in post-war British cinema."


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Life and career

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Born in Seven Kings, Ilford, Essex, Maddern attended Mayfield Boys school and afterwards joined the Merchant Navy at the age of 15 and served in the Second World War from 1943 until 1946, when he was medically discharged. He subsequently trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). He made his first screen appearance in Seven Days to Noon in 1950, playing a reluctant soldier obliged to shoot a psychotic scientist.

One of his earliest stage roles was as Sam Weller in The Trial of Mr Pickwick (1952). Appearing as Helicon in a production of Albert Camus' play Caligula (1964), Maddern was singled out for critical praise, and in My Darling Daisy (1970) brought a fine Cockney bravado and arrogance to the portrait of the notorious Frank Harris. He also did two stints in the highly successful Agatha Christie play The Mousetrap - the longest-running production in London's West End.

From 1950 to the early 1990s, Maddern appeared in films and TV series, often portraying military types. He was usually cast as sergeants or corporals, as well as privates, seaman or airmen, played either straight or comically. He played minor roles in five Carry On films. Among his many TV roles were Private Gross in Denis Cannan's Captain Carvallo and old Lampwick's son-in-law in The Dick Emery Show. In 1963, he had a memorable guest role in Perry Mason as jewel smuggler Gilbert Tyrell, in the episode "The Case of the Floating Stones."

Besides acting, Maddern ran a script printing business, and in 1991 opened a public speaking school. A lifelong Conservative Party voter, he offered special rates to Conservative MPs and constituency workers.

In his later years, Maddern devoted much of his time to charitable work. He was married with four daughters. He died from a brain tumour in Hackney, London,in 1993, aged 65.


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