Thursday, 31 October 2013

RIP Graham Stark and Nigel Davenport

Two more sad losses to the film and TV world as veteran actors Graham Stark and Nigel Davenport have both passed away this week aged 91 and 85 respectively.

Graham Stark died in London on Tuesday following a stroke. The Wallasey born made his professional debut aged just 13. He served in the RAF in World War Two where he began a long association and friendship with Peter Sellers, going on to star in many films opposite him, including the infamous 'Does Your Dog Bite?' scene in 1976's The Pink Panther Strikes Again. Other career highlights include Alfie, A Day On The Beach, The Sea Wolves, Casino Royale, Superman III and for Blake Edwards many of the Pink Panther films starting with A Shot In The Dark, Victor/Victoria and Blind Date. A keen photographer he exhibited his work internationally, directed two films Simon, Simon and The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, wrote several books including a biography of Sellers and had his own TV show in the 1960s.

Davenport died on 25th October from pneumonia. An actor with a career as rich as his voice, Davenport originally started out in the theatre after studying English at Trinity, Oxford. He was a regular fixture on the big screen and small for 50 years, with roles in A Man For All Seasons, Play Dirty, No Blade Of Grass, Where The Spies Are, Chariots of Fire, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of The ApesNighthawks and Without A Clue as well as TV appearances in Howards' Way, Trainer, The Avengers, The Saint and South Riding. His son is Jack Davenport from his marriage to actress Maria Aitken. A keen horse racing enthusiast he was also Equity Union's President from 1986 to 1992.

RIP to them both.

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