Anthony Forwood

Ernest Lytton Forwood (3 October 1915 – 18 May 1988), known professionally as Anthony Forwood, was an English actor.

Anthony Forwood
Born
Ernest Lytton Forwood

(1915-10-03)3 October 1915
Died18 May 1988(1988-05-18) (aged 72)
London, England, UK
OccupationActor
Years active19351956
Spouse(s)
Glynis Johns
(m. 1942; div. 1948)
Partner(s)Dirk Bogarde (19391988; his death)
ChildrenGareth Forwood

Career

After years of theatre, including the revue This World of Ours in 1935; Forwood gained his first film acting role in 1949, when he starred in Ralph Thomas' Traveller's Joy.[1][2][3] That same year he appeared in the thriller The Man in Black with Sid James. Some time later, in 1952, he received a number of roles including Appointment in London with Dirk Bogarde, whose longtime partner and manager he became.[4] (Ralph Thomas directed Bogarde in Doctor in the House and several of its sequels.)[5]

Forwood appeared with Boris Karloff in the mystery Colonel March Investigates and played Will Scarlet in The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952).[3] One year later he acted in the Oscar-nominated Knights of the Round Table, a film starring such high-profile actors as Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner and Stanley Baker, and in Terence Fisher’s Mantrap (1953).[6][7] His last role came in 1956 in Colonel March of Scotland Yard.[5]

Personal life

In 1942, Forwood married actress Glynis Johns but they divorced in 1948. Their only child was actor Gareth Forwood (1945–2007).[8]

Anthony Forwood later lived with his long term partner[9] actor Dirk Bogarde in Amersham, England and then in France until shortly before his death in London in 1988.[10]

Death

By 1987, Forwood was dying of liver cancer and Parkinson's disease. At this time Bogarde, a heavy smoker, had a minor stroke. On 18 May 1988, Forwood died aged 72 in Kensington and Chelsea, London. His body was cremated.

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1949Meet Simon CherryAlan Colville
1949The Man in BlackVictor Harrington
1950Traveller's JoyNick Rafferty
1951Captain Horatio HornblowerLt. WoodfordUncredited
1951The Black WidowPaul Kenton
1952The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie MenWill Scarlet
1952The Gambler and the LadyLord Peter Willens
1953Appointment in LondonNavigation Officer
1953MantrapRex
1953Knights of the Round TableGareth
1954Five DaysPeter Glanville
1975Permission to KillEnglishman(final film role)

References

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