Peter Swanwick

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Peter Swanwick : biography

1922 – 14 November 1968

Peter Swanwick (1922 – 14 November 1968) was a British actor best remembered as the "Supervisor" (sometimes called the Controller) in the 1967 TV series, The Prisoner. The image of the bald-headed actor intoning "Orange alert" is considered iconic of the series.

Swanwick’s film career began in 1951 with bit parts in films such as The African Queen, and he became a recognisable face on British TV during the mid-1960s when he guest starred in a number of popular shows, including The Avengers and Danger Man where he first worked with later Prisoner star and co-creator, Patrick McGoohan.

According to several biographies Swanwick endured major health problems in the 1960s that resulted in him undergoing undisclosed operations that left him with a short time to live.

Swanwick played the non-singing part of Herr Zeller in the original London stage production of The Sound Of Music.

Selected filmography

  • Time Gentlemen, Please! (1952)
  • Circumstantial Evidence (1952)
  • Albert R.N. (1953)
  • The Black Rider (1954)
  • The Colditz Story (1955)
  • The Love Match (1955)
  • The March Hare (1956)
  • Assignment Redhead (1956)
  • You Pay Your Money (1957)
  • The Two-Headed Spy (1958)
  • Operation Amsterdam (1959)
  • The Desperate Man (1959)
  • Circus of Horrors (1960)
  • Double Bunk (1961)
  • The Devil’s Daffodil (1961)
  • The Devil Rides Out (1968)