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Michael Medwin : biography

18 July 1923 -

Michael Hugh Medwin OBE (born London, 18 July 1923) is an English actor and film producer.

Life and career

Medwin was educated at Canford School, Dorset and the Institute Fischer, Montreux, Switzerland. He first appeared on stage in 1940.

Medwin's West End theatre credits include Man and Superman, The Rivals, Love for Love, Duckers and Lovers, Alfie, St Joan of the Stockyards, and What the Butler Saw.Biographical note for Michael Medwin, from programme for Noises Off, Savoy Theatre, December 1984. At the National Theatre he played a season which included Weapons of Happiness (Ralph Makepeace), Volpone (Corvino) and The Madras House. He appeared in Black Ball Game at the Lyric Hammersmith. He also played Lloyd Dallas in one of the casts of the long-running production of Noises Off in the early 1980s.

He is probably best known for his role as radio boss Don Satchley in the BBC television detective series Shoestring and for his role in The Army Game, a British television comedy series of the late 1950s and early 1960s. With Bernard Bresslaw, Leslie Fyson and Alfie Bass, he took the theme tune from The Army Game into the UK Singles Chart in 1958, where it peaked at number 5.

As well as his role in Shoestring, he played Colin's boss Mr Langley (of the Langley Book Of Horror) in the Mel Smith comedy series Colin's Sandwich.

He made many film appearances, including Carry On Nurse (1959) and The Longest Day (1962), before turning to producing films. Among the films he produced for Memorial Enterprises, a company he established with actor Albert Finney, are Charlie Bubbles (1967), directed by Finney and Lindsay Anderson's If.... (1968), which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He worked again with Anderson on O Lucky Man! (1973) continuing the story of the Mick Travis character from their earlier film..

As a play producer his work included Spring and Port Wine, Alpha Beta, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Forget Me Not Lane and Another Country.

Partial filmography

  • Black Memory (1947)
  • Woman Hater (1948)
  • Operation Diamond (1948)
  • Anna Karenina (1948)
  • Another Shore (1948)
  • Helter Skelter (1949)
  • Trottie True (1949)
  • Boys in Brown (1949)
  • For Them That Trespass (1949)
  • Children of Chance (1949)
  • Four in a Jeep (1951)
  • Hindle Wakes (1952)
  • Top Secret (1952)
  • Miss Robin Hood (1952)
  • Street Corner (1953)
  • Malta Story (1953)
  • Genevieve (1953)
  • Spaceways (1953)
  • The Intruder (1953)
  • The Green Scarf (1954)
  • Bang! You're Dead (1954)
  • The Teckman Mystery (1954)
  • Above Us the Waves (1955)
  • Doctor at Sea (1955)
  • Charley Moon (1956)
  • A Hill in Korea (1956)
  • Checkpoint (1956)
  • Doctor at Large (1957)
  • The Steel Bayonet (1957)
  • The Duke Wore Jeans (1958)
  • I Only Arsked! (1958)
  • The Wind Cannot Read (1958)
  • Carry On Nurse (1959)
  • The Heart of a Man (1959)
  • The Longest Day (1962)
  • Crooks Anonymous (1962)
  • It's All Happening (1963)
  • Kali Yug: Goddess of Vengeance (1963)
  • Night Must Fall (1964)
  • Rattle of a Simple Man (1964)
  • 24 Hours to Kill (1965)
  • The Sandwich Man (1966)
  • A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)
  • Scrooge (1970)
  • O Lucky Man! (1973)
  • Law and Disorder (1974)
  • The Sea Wolves (1980)
  • Britannia Hospital (1982)
  • The Jigsaw Man (1983)
  • Never Say Never Again (1983)
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