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Jones, Freddie (1927-)


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There is an enjoyable touch of old-time barnstormer in some of Freddie Jones's work, like for instance his cruel exploiter of The Elephant Man (US/UK, d. David Lynch, 1980). He entered the profession in the mid '50s, training at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, and played small roles in films starting with Marat/Sade (d. Peter Brook, 1966).

He made his mark as an obsessive scientist in Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (d. Terence Fisher, 1969), and played in several further horror films, as well as, inter alia, Pompey in Antony and Cleopatra (UK/Spain/Switzerland, d. Charlton Heston, 1972), the Vicar in Comrades (d. Bill Douglas, 1986) and Harald the Missionary in Erik the Viking (d. Terry Jones, 1989), and such international films as Dune (d. David Lynch, 1984) and masses of TV, looking as deranged as ever as Adam Lambsbreath in Cold Comfort Farm (BBC, tx. 1/1/1995). A great eccentric.

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film

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