Ronald Allen

Ronald John Allen (16 December 1930 [some sources say 1934] – 18 June 1991) was an English character actor who achieved the status of a soap opera star. Allen was born in Reading, Berkshire. He studied at Leighton Park School in Reading and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, worked in repertory theatre, had a season at the Old Vic, London and made several films, including the classic about the sinking of the Titanic A Night to Remember (1958). After roles in the BBC soaps Compact (1963-64) and United! (1966-67) came his best remembered famous role, in the long-running Crossroads (1969-85). Allen played David Hunter, who was a shareholder of the Crossroads Motel with Meg Mortimer, Tish Hope and Bernard Booth. He also twice appeared as a lead actor in the science fiction programme Doctor Who, in the stories The Dominators (1968) and The Ambassadors of Death (1970). Allen also made a number of guest appearances in The Comic Strip Presents.


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