Victor Maddern

Victor Jack Maddern (16 March 1928 — 22 June 1993 Hackney, London ) was an English actor. Born in Seven Kings, Ilford, Essex, Maddern was one of large group of dependable supporting actors that British film produced over the years. Maddern joined the Merchant Navy at the age of 15 and served in the Second World War from 1943 until medically discharged in 1946. He subsequently trained for RADA. He made his first screen appearance in Seven Days to Noon in 1950, playing a reluctant soldier obliged to shoot a psychotic scientist. One of his earliest stage roles was Sam Weller in The Trial of Mr Pickwick in 1952. As Helicon in a production of Albert Camus' play Caligula, in 1964, Maddern was singled out for critical praise, and in My Darling Daisy (1970) he brought a fine Cockney bravado and arrogance to the portrait of the notorious Frank Harris. He also did two stints in the highly successful Agatha Christie play The Mousetrap - the West End's longest-running play. From 1950 to the early 1990s Maddern could be seen in any number of films and TV shows, often playing military types.


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