Peter Murray-Hill

Peter Auriol Murray Hill[1] (20 April 1908 – 25 November 1957) was an English actor, and publisher [2][3] He was married to the actress Phyllis Calvert from 1941 until his death.[3][4]

Peter Murray-Hill
1940s postcard
Born
Peter Auriol Murray Hill

20 April 1908
Died25 November 1957
OccupationActor, Publisher
Years active1938-1945 (acting)
Spouse(s)Phyllis Calvert (1941-1957) (his death)
Children2

Career

Murray-Hill's first prominent acting role was in 1938's Jane Steps Out.[2] Also in 1938, Murray-Hill was cast in the lead role in Mr. Reeder in Room 13.[5] He was cast in the secondary male lead in The Outsider in 1939, alongside George Sanders and Mary Maguire.[6]

His acting career peaked in the late 1930s. By the early 1940s, he returned to playing secondary lead roles in films such as At the Villa Rose and The House of the Arrow. By the mid-1940s, he was cast mostly in supporting roles. His final film was They Were Sisters, released in 1945, which also starred his wife, Phyllis Calvert.

Murray-Hill specialised in 18th Century books and by the 1950s he had turned to book publishing. He served as the president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association from 1956 until his death in 1957.

Personal life

Murray-Hill met actress Phyllis Calvert during a West End production of the play Punch Without Judy in 1939.[7] They were married in 1941.[4] They had two children: Ann Auriol (born 1943) and Piers (born 1954).[8][9] Murray-Hill and Calvert were married for sixteen years, until Murray-Hill's death in 1957.[4] Calvert never remarried.

Selected filmography

References


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