Bill Travers

William Lindon-Travers (3 January 1922 – 29 March 1994) was an English actor, screenwriter, director and animal rights activist, known professionally as Bill Travers. Travers was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, the son of Florence (née Wheatley) and William Halton Lindon-Travers. He and his sister Linden (1913–2001) both became actors. Travers enlisted in the British armed forces at eighteen, a few months after the outbreak of World War II, and was sent to India. Within a year he had advanced to the rank of Major. He also served in the 9th Gurkha Rifles in Burma, attached to General Wingate's staff, during which service he came to know John Masters (Travers was later to act in Bhowani Junction, a tale written by Masters). When stricken by malaria, he was left behind in a native village. In order to avoid capture he disguised himself as a Chinese national, walked hundreds of miles through jungle territory until he reached an allied position, parachuted into Malaya, and worked there with the resistance forces until the end of the war. Travers began his acting career on the stage in 1949 then a year later made his film debut.

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