Colin Keith-Johnston

Colin Keith-Johnston MC (8 October 1896 - 3 January 1980) was a British actor.

Colin Keith-Johnston
Publicity photo, dated 1950
Born(1896-10-08)8 October 1896
Died3 January 1980(1980-01-03) (aged 83)
London
OccupationActor
Years active1927-1959

Keith-Johnston was born in London, the son of Robert Keith-Johnston and Jessy Macfie, and was a prominent actor of the stage.[1][2] As well as film appearances, he appeared onstage as Stanhope in the first production of Journey's End in the United States.[3]

He played hero Mr. Darcy in Helen Jerome's Broadway-hit adaptation of Pride and Prejudice at the Music Box Theatre in 1935.[4] This was a notable role, the first to make Darcy a central part of the love story and to emphasize throughout the play the character's passion for and physical attraction to heroine Elizabeth Bennet. [5] Colin married Margaret Cookson (cousin of actors Marjorie Browne and Joy Launor Heyes) and their son Hugo Keith-Johnston born in 1954 was a successful child actor who appeared in Not In Front of the Children (1968) for BBC Television with Ronald Hines and Wendy Craig.[6]

He fought in World War as an officer in the Bedfordshire Regiment and was awarded an MC in the 1917 New Year Honours. The citation said that it was awarded for: "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He rallied men of several units, led them forward, and captured many prisoners. He continued at duty until relieved, although wounded three times."


Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1927Somehow GoodDoctor
1929Lucky in LoveCaptain Brian Fitzroy
1933Berkeley SquareTom Pettigrew
1934Open All NightHenry
1937The Price of FollyMartin
1939Q PlanesTower ControllerUncredited
1947The ExileCaptain Bristol
1947The Paradine CaseClerk of the CourtUncredited
1948Kiss the Blood off My HandsJudge
1948Joan of ArcPhilip, Duke of Burgundy
1948EnchantmentThe Eye
1949Love HappyActorUncredited
1950Rogues of Sherwood ForestMunsterUncredited
1950Fancy PantsTwombley
1958The Left Handed GunJohn Tunstall

Notes

  1. "Colin Keith-Johnston | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  2. "Colin Keith-Johnston – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". www.ibdb.com.
  3. Bordman, p. 381
  4. "Pride and Prejudice – Broadway Play – Original | IBDB".
  5. Looser, Devoney (2017). The Making of Jane Austen. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 110. ISBN 1421422824.
  6. "Hugo Keith-Johnston". BFI.

References

  • Bordman, Gerald Martin (1995). American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama, 1914-1930. Oxford University Press US. ISBN 0-19-509078-0.


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