John Warwick

John McIntosh Beattie (4 January 1905 10 January 1972), known professionally as John Warwick, was an Australian actor, and television dramatist.[1]

Early life

He was born John McIntosh Beattie (many sources give "Beattle") at Bellingen, New South Wales, Australia.[2] He took the name Warwick from his secondary school.

Acting career

Warwick had an extensive career over 40 years, beginning in Australian cinema in the early 1930s (he is attributed with introducing Errol Flynn, a personal acquaintance in Sydney, to acting by bringing him along to a casting session when In the Wake of the Bounty was being filmed).[3]

After relocating to England he was trained as an actor at Harrogate theatre with the repertory company "The White Rose Players",[4] afterwards moving into British cinema in the late 1930s-1940s, and television from the 1950s. In the 1960s he returned to Australia and ended his career in television drama and cinema there.[5]


He died on 10 January 1972 at the age of 67, in Sydney, Australia.[6]

Personal life

He was married twice, first to Dorothy Georgina Beattie (filed for divorce in 1927 and decree absolute granted in 1929),[7] and secondly to Molly Rayner (1903-1976).

Partial filmography


  2. IMDb entry for 'John Warwick'
  3. Moore, John Hammond 'Young Errol Flynn Before Hollywood (2nd Edition, 2011, Pub. Trafford Publishing).
  4. 'John Warwick Makes Good', 'The Sun' (Published Sydney), 14 November 1937, P.5
  5. 'John Warwick's filmography on IMDb
  8. Cobwebs in Concrete at Ausstage
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