John Merivale

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John Herman Merivale (1 December 1917 &ndash; 6 February 1990), also known as <!--redirected-->Jack Merivale, was a British theatre actor, and occasional supporting player in British films.

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Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he was the son of English actor Philip Merivale, and was educated in England, at Rugby and New College, Oxford. His stepmother was the renowned English actress Gladys Cooper.

Merivale made his acting debut at age 15, playing the small role of a newsboy in James Whale's The Invisible Man (1933), while his stage career started when he was 21, as an understudy in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, where he first met Vivien Leigh. He later worked in the production of Romeo and Juliet by Leigh and her husband, Laurence Olivier.

His career was put on hold while he served as a pilot with both the British and Canadian air forces during World War II, and he resumed his career in 1946, when he had a starring role in a successful U.S. production of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan.

In 1956 he made his second film appearance, in The Battle of the River Plate, and went onto have supporting roles in films such as A Night to Remember (1958), Circus of Horrors (1960), The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), King Rat (1965), and Arabesque (1966).

Although he had the leading role in the Italian horror film Caltiki - il mostro immortale (1959), he tended to concentrate on theatre work, earning great notices in such productions as Venus Observed,...... ...
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