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Daniel Massey
Born Daniel Raymond Massey
10 October 1933(1933-10-10)
London, England
Died 25 March 1998 (aged 64)
London, England
(Hodgkin's disease)
Occupation Actor, Performer
Years active 1953-1998
Spouse(s) Lindy Wilton (1984-98)
Penelope Wilton (1975-84)
Adrienne Corri (1961-67)

Daniel Raymond Massey (10 October 1933 - 25 March 1998) was an English actor and performer. He is possibly best known for his starring role in the British TV drama Roads to Freedom, as Daniel, alongside Michael Bryant. He is also known for his role in the 1968 American film Star! as Noel Coward for which he won a Golden Globe award.

Personal life

Massey was born in London. He was educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge. A popular stage and screen star, he was a member of the noted Massey family, which included his father, Raymond Massey, his sister, Anna Massey and his uncle Vincent Massey, a Governor General of Canada. His mother was the actress Adrianne Allen. Siding with his mother after his parents divorce, Massey rarely saw his father through most of his adult life.


Massey was married three times, two of his wives being well-known actresses:

He died from Hodgkin's disease aged 64 in London, England and was laid to rest at Putney Vale Cemetery.

Career

Massey made his film debut as a child in Noel Coward's flag-waver, In Which We Serve (1942) -- Coward being his godfather. He would later play Noel Coward in the 1968 Julie Andrews vehicle, Star!, a performance for which he won a Golden Globe award and received his sole Academy Award nomination. Massey appeared in numerous British films from the 1950s onwards. Other highlights of his career were his stage roles, especially that of the German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler in Ronald Harwood's Taking Sides; Massey won an Olivier Award for his performance. Interestingly, Raymond Massey and he were cast as father and son in 1961's The Queen's Guards. He also made many stage appearances, notably in musicals such as She Loves Me, Gigi, and Stephen Sondheim's Follies.

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