Alexander "Alec" Demoro Sherriff Clunes
(17 May 1912- 13 March 1970) was an English actor
and stage manager
Among the plays he presented were Christopher Fry
's famous play The Lady's Not For Burning
. He gave the actor
and dramatist Sir Peter Ustinov
his first break with his production The House of Regrets
. His film career was brief, but varied. He played Hastings in Laurence Olivier
's Richard III
(1956), and also appeared in wartime films such as One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
(1942), although he was in fact a conscientious objector
. He also appeared in The Adventures of Quentin Durward
(1955). Clunes's later stage work included succeeding Sir Rex Harrison
as Henry Higgins in the stage musical My Fair Lady
in 1959. His final stage appearance was in 1968.
Born as Alexander De Moro Sherriff Clunes
to a showbusiness family, he was the son of Alexander Sydenham Sherriff Clunes (1881–1960) and Georgina Ada Sumner (1882–1969). He began his stage career with Ben Greet's company, before playing at the Old Vic
theatre. He played numerous Shakespearian roles, before taking over the management of the Arts Theatre
in 1942, where he remained until 1950.
He was twice married to actress Stella Richman
, later a television producer, and Daphne Gyllian Acott (married 1956-13 March 1970) with whom he had one son.
He died from lung cancer
in 1970, aged 57. He left a widow and a son, actor Martin Clunes
, and a daughter, Amanda......