Monday, 6 January 2014

Roy Dotrice

Roy Dotrice

A venerable and serious actor, but for some reason, not quite a superstar, despite an acting CV that goes back to WWII and a who's who of co-stars. Although a member of the RSC since it was called the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, he is now probably better known in the US, after moving there in the late '70s. As a result, he can be seen cropping up in the likes of 'Remington Steele', 'Babylon 5', 'The A-Team', 'Hart to Hart', 'Magnum P.I.' and 'Murder She Wrote'. He was also in 'The Equalizer' with Edward Woodward - his real-life son-in-law, husband of his daughter Michelle Dotrice of 'Some Mother's Do 'Ave 'Em' fame. A recent boost has come through his portrayal of Hallyne in 'Game of Thrones'.

In 'Game of Thrones'

In earlier years, he was a regular on British screens, playing Charles Dickens in the much admired 1976 TV series 'Dickens of London' and appearing in quality stuff like 'Clochemerle', 'The Wars of the Roses' and 'The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes' as Guy Boothby's raffish burglar Simon Carne. As well as a steady stream of television plays, he also found time to appear in fluffier stuff like 'Sykes', 'Space:1999' and even 'Jackanory'.

As the irascible Commissioner Simmonds in 'Space:1999'
As Israel Tonge in the strange 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week,
'Stargazy on Zummerdown' with Toni Arthur
In the execrable 'Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers' (1984)

His film credits also fall into two periods, the Pinewood and the Hollywood. He appears in 'The Criminal' (1960), 'The Heroes of Telemark' (1965), Lionel Bart's 'Lock Up Your Daughters' (1969), and the groovy sci-fi romp 'Toomorrow' (1970), with a bubblegum pop soundtrack by Mark Barkan who wrote the Banana Splits theme. After heading to the states, he lends his gravitas to some big (but not always classy) productions ranging from 'Amadeus (1984) and 'The Scarlet Letter' (1996) to 'Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers' (1984), 'Hellboy II' (2008) and of course the Hulk Hogan classic, 'Suburban Commando' (1991).

Roy Dotrice - imdb

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