English movie stars died in 1987

Here are 6 famous actors from England died in 1987:

Esmond Knight

Esmond Knight (May 4, 1906 East Sheen-February 23, 1987 London) otherwise known as Esmond Penington Knight was an English actor. His child is called Rosalind Knight.

Esmond Knight had an extensive acting career that spanned over 50 years, starting in the 1930s and continuing through to the 1980s. He appeared in many stage productions, including plays by William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde. He also had success in film, featuring in well-known movies such as "The Third Man" (1949) and "Becket" (1964).

Knight was also an accomplished writer and poet. He wrote and illustrated a children's book titled "The Cat Who Thought She Was a Dog" in 1959, and in 1972 he published a collection of his poetry called "The Travelling Musicians".

In addition to his work as an actor and writer, Esmond Knight was also a pilot during World War II. He was a member of the Royal Air Force and was badly burnt when his plane crashed in 1941. Despite his injuries, he continued to act and perform throughout his life.

Esmond Knight passed away in 1987 at the age of 80 in London, leaving behind a rich legacy in the world of acting and literature.

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Michael Gover

Michael Gover (August 31, 1913 Denmark-May 1, 1987 Sussex) also known as Michael Ole Phillipson Gover was an English actor.

Born in Denmark to Danish father and English mother, Michael Gover grew up in England and began his career in acting in the 1930s. His early roles were in British films such as "The Lavender Hill Mob" (1951) and "The Drum" (1938) before transitioning to television in the 1950s. He played supporting roles in many popular TV shows of the time such as "The Saint," "The Avengers," and "The Prisoner."

Gover is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Mr. Spenlow in the classic 1951 film adaptation of Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield." He also appeared in several stage productions including "The Chalk Garden" and "The Marquise," in London's West End.

In addition to his acting career, Gover was an accomplished linguist and spoke several languages, including Danish, French, and German. After retiring from acting in the 1970s, he worked as a language teacher and translator. Michael Gover passed away in Sussex in 1987 at the age of 73.

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Geoffrey Burridge

Geoffrey Burridge (December 4, 1948 London-September 30, 1987 London) was an English actor.

He was best known for his work in the theatre, having appeared in a number of successful plays in London's West End. Burridge's notable stage performances include his portrayal of Alan Strang in Peter Shaffer's play Equus, which earned him critical acclaim and a nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor. He was also part of the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared in productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest. Aside from his stage work, Burridge also appeared in several films and television shows, including Doctor Who and Juliet Bravo. Despite his success, Burridge struggled with alcohol and drug addiction, which ultimately contributed to his untimely death at the age of 38.

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Patrick Waddington

Patrick Waddington (August 19, 1903 York-February 4, 1987 York) was an English actor.

He began his career on stage, performing in many West End productions, and then transitioned to film and television. Waddington appeared in over 30 films, including "The Four Feathers" (1939), "The Saint in London" (1939), and "The Queen of Spades" (1949). He also had recurring roles in popular British TV shows like "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and "The Avengers." In addition to acting, he was also a talented cricket player and even played for the Oxford University cricket team. Waddington died in his hometown of York at the age of 83.

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Bob Simmons

Bob Simmons (March 31, 1923 Fulham-October 21, 1987) a.k.a. Robert Simmons was an English actor, stunt performer and physical training instructor.

He is best known for being one of the six actors who played James Bond in the official Eon Productions series, serving as Sean Connery's stunt double in the first Bond film, "Dr. No." He also trained Connery in martial arts for "From Russia with Love." Apart from his work in the Bond franchise, Simmons appeared in numerous films and television shows as a stunt performer, most notably the "Carry On" comedy series. Prior to his career in entertainment, Simmons served in the British military during World War II and later worked as a physical training instructor for the Royal Air Force. Simmons passed away at the age of 64 due to lung cancer.

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Raymond Francis

Raymond Francis (October 6, 1911 Finchley-October 24, 1987 London) was an English actor. He had one child, Clive Francis.

Raymond Francis was best known for his portrayal of Detective Superintendent Tom Lockhart in the popular British TV series "No Hiding Place". He appeared in over 200 episodes of the show from 1959 to 1967. Before his acting career, Francis served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. Later on, he also appeared in numerous other TV shows and films, including "Escape by Night" (1937), "The Saint" (1964), and "The Larkins" (1958). Francis was known for his distinctive voice, which he used to great effect in his performances.

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