Thursday, 9 January 2014

Gary Watson

Gary Watson in 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)'
Gary Watson:

The cool, calculating and slightly malevolent gaze of Gary Watson was memorably employed in 'The Avengers' - in four different stories between 1961 and 1968: 'Death on the Slipway', 'Immortal Clay', 'Lobster Quadrille' and 'Wish You Were Here'. He also shows up in other ITC favourites of the '60s such as 'The Saint' and 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)', and the 1967 Doctor Who adventure 'The Evil of the Daleks'. Other high-end TV productions include the Anthony Hopkins 1972 version of 'War And Peace', the crime thriller series 'The Hanged Man' and 'The Pallisers'.

In 'Murder Most English: The Flaxborough Chronicles'
He played the inscrutable Mr Ross in the BBC version of Colin Watson's 'Murder Most English' and took the role of Aramis in 'The Three Musketeers' with Brian Blessed and Jeremy Young.

In the 'Thriller' drama series episode 'Once the Killing Starts''

In impressive whiskers for a UK/Canadian TV version of
the Sherlock Holmes story 'Silver Blaze'
A TV stalwart then, from the late '50s until the late '80s, but as far as I can tell, Gary Watson never appeared in a feature film. He was to have been in Billy Wilder's 'The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes' (1970), but his scenes were among many removed from the final cut. He was, however, much employed as a reader and narrator after retiring from the screen, featuring in dozens of commercials throughout the '80s and '90s, for British Transport Films, Lloyds Bank and Nescafe amongst others.

Gary Watson-imdb

1 comment:

  1. After seeing so many old ad breaks on YouTube, from the late 1970s to the end of the 1980s, Gary Watson's voice would be heard in at least one advert in that break. I think that him, Michael Jayston and John Shrapnel were the three main "voices" in 1980s ad breaks. And of course, one of his catchphrases was "Nescafe - coffee at its best", just after we saw Gareth Hunt doing rude gestures with coffee beans.