Jimmy Hanley

Jimmy Hanley (22 October 1918 – 13 January 1970) was a British actor. Born in Norwich, Norfolk, Hanley began his career as a child actor before becoming popular in juvenile roles. He was groomed by the Rank Studio system during his teenage years and earned film stardom as a "boy-next-door" type. The young star-struck actor attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and whilst he was studying there, made his stage debut at the London Palladium, as John Darling in Peter Pan. During the Second World War he served as an officer with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, during a commando raid in Norway he was wounded in the leg and was invalided out of the service. He later worked on TV, hosting the ITV series Jim's Inn, which combined advertising messages with the plot of a soap opera. Hanley was married twice: Hanley died from pancreatic cancer in Fetcham, Surrey, aged 51.


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