John Stone (actor)

John Stone (26 May 1924 – 2007) was a Welsh actor.

Career

Born in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales as John Hailstone, Stone was educated at Brighton College. He made his first West End appearance in One Wild Oat by Vernon Sylvaine, 1948.[1] Subsequent appearances include the London premiere of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, Comedy Theatre, 1956;[2] And Suddenly it's Spring, Duke of York's Theatre, 1959;[3] Signpost to Murder, Cambridge Theatre, 1962; and the role of Crestwell, the laconic butler, in Noël Coward's Relative Values, Westminster Theatre, 1973.

Under contract to Rank, as one of the Sydney Box Company of Youth ("Charm School") in the late 1940s.[4] Film credits include The Weaker Sex (dir. Roy Baker), 1948; The Frightened City, 1961; Masque of the Red Death (dir. Roger Corman), 1964; Deadlier Than the Male (1967); and You Only Live Twice (1967).[5]

Stone was a familiar face on British television from the 1950s-1980s, and featured as Captain John Dillon in Quatermass II (1955). In 1957, he starred as special agent, Mike Anson, in an early ITV thriller series, Destination Downing Street (Associated Rediffusion),[6] which ran for 26 weeks. From 1971 to 1974 Stone played Dr Ian Moody in the Yorkshire Television series, Justice, opposite Margaret Lockwood, his offscreen partner of seventeen years.[7] Subsequently, he appeared in the BBC series, Flesh and Blood (1980–82) and Strike it Rich (1986/87).

Under his birth name of John Hailstone, he authored A Present for the Past,[8] a play premiered at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival of 1966.[9] It starred Wendy Hiller, Renee Asherson, and Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, and was produced by Michael Codron.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1945Johnny FrenchmanSam Harvey
1946Night Boat to DublinYoung NewlywedUncredited
1947The Upturned GlassMale StudentUncredited
1947Holiday CampDetective #2
1948My Brother's KeeperWainwright's AssistantUncredited
1948Colonel BogeyWilfred Barriteau
1948The Weaker SexSgt. Roddy McIntyre
1948The Blind GoddessSir John's Junior
1949The Bad Lord ByronLord Clark
1956Reach for the SkyLimping OfficerUncredited
1956X the UnknownJerryUncredited
1957Operation MurderInspector Price
1958Moment of IndiscretionEric
1961The Frightened CityHood
1964Masque of the Red DeathGuardUncredited
1967Deadlier Than the MaleWyngarde
1967You Only Live TwiceSubmarine Captain
1968A Testing Job ( Educational Short Film )Driving InstructorUncredited
1969DoppelgängerLondon Delegate
1971AssaultFire Chief
1993MerlinMordred

References

  1. Cast list, One Wild Oat (Acting Edition), Samuel French Ltd., 1951
  2. Review, The Stage, 18 October 1956
  3. Review, The Stage, 12 November 1959
  4. British Film Yearbook 1947-48 (Ed. Peter Noble), pg. 356
  5. Entry ay IMDb
  6. FTVDB entry
  7. "Once a Wicked Lady", Hilton Tims, 1989
  8. Profile of John Hailstone Archived 2009-01-12 at the Wayback Machine
  9. Review, The Times, 5 September 1966
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