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Dermot Walsh
Born James P. Dermot Walsh[1]
September 10, 1924(1924-09-10)
Dublin, Ireland
Died June 26, 2002 (aged 77)
Tunbridge Wells, England
Spouse(s) Hazel Court (1949–1963)
Diana Scougall (1968–1974)
Elizabeth Knox (1974–1993) (her death)

Dermot Walsh (10 September 1924 – 26 June 2002) was an Irish stage, film and television actor, known for portraying Richard the Lionheart in the 1962 television series Richard the Lionheart.

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Biography

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Early life

Born in Dublin,[2] Walsh was the son of a journalist and a civil servant.[3] He attended St Mary's College, Rathmines, and on the wishes of his parents, read Law at University College, Dublin.[3] Walsh studied acting at the Abbey Theatre School and spent three years with Lord Longford's repertory company at the Gate Theatre,[2] working as an assistant stage hand.[3]

Career

In 1945 Walsh moved to England and briefly joined the Croydon Repertory. Upon his return to Dublin he was spotted by a talent scout from the Rank Organisation. This led to parts in Bedelia, Hungry Hill and The Mark of Cain, and the beginning of Walsh's career in film.[3] He appeared in seven films as a leading man, before returning to the theatre. Walsh later resumed his film career in a series of B Movies.[2] He appeared in over forty films made for film and a hundred for television,[3] making his final film appearance in 1983.

Walsh made his first London stage appearance in George Bernard Shaw's Buoyant Billions at the Prince's Theatre in 1949.[2] A prolific theatre actor,[3] Walsh's many theatre credits included Reluctant Heroes, The Man Most Likely To, Laburnum Grove and The Mousetrap.[2] He also turned his hand to writing and producing, writing the play The Murder Line in 1967 and producing later productions, including Blithe Spirit and Stage Struck.[1]

Walsh's television work included appearances in Danger Man, No Hiding Place and Softly, Softly. He played the title role in the series Richard the Lionheart between 1962 and 1963.[2]

Personal life

The first of Walsh's three marriages was to the actress Hazel Court, with whom he had a daughter, Sally. He had a son with his second wife, actress Diana Scougall, and two daughters with his third wife, actress Elizabeth Knox (née Shaw), who died in 1993.[1][3]

The actress Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh is Walsh's daughter from his third marriage.[1]

Filmography[4]

  • 1946 : Bedelia : Jim (Doctor's Chauffeur)
  • 1947 : The Mark of Cain : Jerome Thorn
  • 1947 : Hungry Hill : Wild Johnnie
  • 1947 : Jassy : Barney Hatton
  • 1948 : My Sister and I : Graham Forbes
  • 1948 : Third Time Lucky : Lucky
  • 1948 : To the Public Danger : Captain Cole
  • 1950 : Torment : Cliff Brandon
  • 1952 : The Floating Dutchman : Alexander James
  • 1952 : The Straw Man : Mal Farris
  • 1952 : The Frightened Man : Julius Roselli
  • 1952 : Ghost Ship : Guy Thornton
  • 1953 : The Blue Parrot : Bob Herrick
  • 1953 : Counterspy : Manning
  • 1954 : Night of the Silvery Moon : Robby
  • 1956 : The Hideout : Steve Curry
  • 1956 : Bond of Fear : John Sewell
  • 1957 : Chain of Events : Quinn
  • 1957 : At the Stroke of Nine : MacDonnell
  • 1957 : The Gentle Killers : Paul Donaldson
  • 1958 : A Woman of Mystery : Ray Savage
  • 1958 : Sea Fury : Kelso
  • 1958 : Sea of Sand : Commanding Officer
  • 1959 : Crash Drive : Dr Marshall
  • 1959 : Make Mine a Million : Martin Russell
  • 1959 : The Witness : Richard Brinton
  • 1959 : The Flesh and the Fiends : Dr Geoffrey Mitchell
  • 1959 : The Bandit of Zhobe : Captain Saunders
  • 1959 : The Crowning Touch : Aubrey Drake
  • 1960 : The Challenge : Detective Sergeant Willis
  • 1960 : Shoot to Kill : Mike Roberts
  • 1960 : The Trunk : Henry Maitland
  • 1960 : The Tell-Tale Heart : Carl Loomis
  • 1961 : Tarnished Heroes : Major Roy Bell
  • 1961 : The Breaking Point : Robert Wade
  • 1961 : Out of the Shadow : Professor Taylor
  • 1962 : The Switch : Inspector Tomlinson
  • 1962 : Emergency : John Bell
  • 1962 : The Cool Mikado : Elmer
  • 1962 : Richard the Lionheart : Richard the Lionheart
  • 1963 : Echo of Diana
  • 1966 : Infamous Conduct : Dr Anthony Searle
  • 1969 : Journey to the Unknown : Ken Talbot (episode "Matakitas Is Coming")
  • 1983 : The Wicked Lady : Lord Marwood
  • 1993 : The Princess and the Cobbler : Brigand (voice)

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