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Vaughan, Peter (1923-)


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A character actor with stage experience, good at police inspectors, Soviet agents and other assorted heavies, and, latterly, literary characters in TV adaptations (e.g, Our Mutual Friend, BBC, 1998). With heavy jaw and small deep-set eyes, he has a face you remember, and his bulky frame can suggest menace, as well as solid dependability.

He made his film debut in 1959 remaining in small parts, except for starring as a quirky insurance investigator in the 'B' movie Smokescreen (d. Jim O'Connolly, 1964). Usually cast as villains, he had some good supporting roles in late '60s, including a German thug in A Twist of Sand (d. Don Chaffey, 1968) and Sgt. Walker in The Bofors Gun (d. Jack Gold, 1968), heavies in The Man Outside (d. Samuel Gallu, 1967) and The Naked Runner (d. Sidney J.Furie, 1967), and, in different mode, Anthony Hopkins's father in The Remains of the Day (d. James Ivory, 1993).

His first wife (of two) was Billie Whitelaw.

Roger Philip Mellor, Encyclopedia of British Film

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Terry Gilliam's pessimistic but dazzling vision of a future Britain

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Robert Carlyle stars in a gritty east London thriller with political overtones

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Tony Hancock stars in a tragi-comedy set in a small seaside resort

Thumbnail image of Sapphire (1959)Sapphire (1959)

The murder of a black girl in London reveals widespread racial tension

Thumbnail image of Smokescreen (1964)Smokescreen (1964)

Fun B-movie with Peter Vaughan as a parsimonious insurance assessor

Thumbnail image of Time Bandits (1981)Time Bandits (1981)

Rich, witty fantasy from the hyper- active imagination of Terry Gilliam

Thumbnail image of Citizen Smith (1977-80)Citizen Smith (1977-80)

Robert Lindsay stars as Wolfie Smith, the Che Guevara of Tooting

Thumbnail image of Fox (1980)Fox (1980)

Ambitious 13-part drama following a South London family

Thumbnail image of Henry VIII (1979)Henry VIII (1979)

Adaptation of Shakespeare's late play, filmed in various stately homes

Thumbnail image of Our Friends in the North (1996)Our Friends in the North (1996)

Epic portrait of four Newcastle friends, spanning the 1960s to the 1990s

Thumbnail image of Pallisers, The (1974)Pallisers, The (1974)

Mammoth production of Trollope's 'political' series

Thumbnail image of Philby, Burgess and Maclean (1977)Philby, Burgess and Maclean (1977)

Dramatisation of the famous 1950s Cambridge spy scandal

Thumbnail image of Porridge (1974-77)Porridge (1974-77)

Ronnie Barker goes behind bars in the definitive prison sitcom

Thumbnail image of Season's Greetings (1986)Season's Greetings (1986)

Biting Alan Ayckbourn drama about a disastrous family Christmas

Thumbnail image of Warning to the Curious, A (1972)Warning to the Curious, A (1972)

Creepy M.R. James story about hidden treasure and a ghostly guardian

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