Paul Carpenter (actor)

Paul Carpenter (December 8, 1921 – June 12, 1964) was a Canadian actor and singer.[1]

Paul Carpenter
Born(1921-12-08)December 8, 1921
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
DiedJune 12, 1964(1964-06-12) (aged 42)
London, England, United Kingdom
Years active19461964
Spouse(s)Kim Parker

Life and career

Carpenter originally attended medical school in Montreal, but left aged 17 to join the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a war correspondent.[2] He also played professional hockey in Canada.[3]

He moved to Britain and sang with Ted Heath and His Music in the 1940s and starred in the BBC Radio serial "Riders of the Range" (1949–1953) as the cowboy Jeff Arnold, where he shared the billing with his dog, Rustler (played by Percy Edwards).[4] As a movie actor he "made over three dozen British films in the post-war decades, most of them 'B' pictures, such as Diplomatic Passport (1954) and One Jump Ahead (1955), to which he brought an easy, likeable authority that seemed more difficult for British actors to achieve", His final (uncredited) film appearance was in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger where he played an American General escorting James Bond.[5]

During rehearsals for a play at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, Carpenter was found dead in his dressing room. He had recently recovered from injuries suffered in a car accident.[2][3]

Partial filmography


  1. "Paul Carpenter". BFI.
  2. "Paul Carpenter, Actor, Dies Before Rehearsal in London". The New York Times.
  3. "Paul Carpenter - Actor -". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02.
  4. "Charles Chilton". 3 January 2013.
  5. Steve Chibnall & Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009, p. 176.
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