Search a film or person :
Alec McCowen is a Actor British born on 26 may 1925 at Royal Tunbridge Wells (United-kingdom)

Alec McCowen

Alec McCowen
If you like this person, let us know!
Birth name Alexander Duncan McCowen
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 26 may 1925 (95 years) at Royal Tunbridge Wells (United-kingdom)
Awards Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Alexander Duncan "Alec" McCowen CBE (born 26 May 1925) is an English actor. He is known for his work in numerous film and stage productions.


Après avoir beaucoup tourné pour la télévision britannique, Alec McCowen obtient un rôle relativement important dans le film Frenzy réalisé par Alfred Hitchcock en 1972, dans lequel il interprète l'Inspecteur Chef Oxford. Il obtiendra plus tard un autre rôle dans un film de grande envergure en tant que Q, dans le James Bond indépendant Jamais plus jamais (Never Say Never Again, 1983). Il apparaît ensuite notamment dans Le Temps de l'innocence (1993) et Gangs of New York (2002) de Martin Scorsese.

Best films

Frenzy (1972)
Henry V (1989)
Travels with My Aunt (1972)

Usually with

Richard Leech
Richard Leech
(4 films)
George Rose
George Rose
(3 films)
Glyn Houston
Glyn Houston
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Alec McCowen (28 films)

Display filmography as list


Gangs of New York, 2h47
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Historical, Crime
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about immigration, Mafia films, Films about racism, Films about sexuality, La précarité, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Political films, Erotic thriller films, Gangster films
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Henry Thomas, Jim Broadbent
Roles Reverend Raleigh
Rating74% 3.7488753.7488753.7488753.7488753.748875
On February 6, 1846, at Paradise Square in Lower Manhattan's Five Points, a territorial battle of hand-to-hand combat between Bill "the Butcher" Cutting's U.S.-born nativist gang, the Natives, and "Priest" Vallon's Irish Catholic immigrant gang, the Dead Rabbits, concludes when Cutting kills Vallon, witnessed by Vallon's young son, Amsterdam. Cutting declares the Dead Rabbits outlawed but orders that Vallon's body be buried with honor. Amsterdam seizes the knife used to kill his father, races off, and buries it along with a medal his father gave him. He is later raised at Hellgate orphanage.
The Age of Innocence, 2h19
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Alexis Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Mary Beth Hurt
Roles Sillerton Jackson
Rating71% 3.598733.598733.598733.598733.59873
Newland Archer (Daniel Day Lewis) is planning to marry the respectable May Welland (Winona Ryder). May's cousin, the Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer) has returned to New York which causes a shock in society circles. The Countess unwisely married a Polish Count, who took her fortune and mistreated her; she left him to return to New York.
Henry V
Henry V (1989)
, 2h17
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Action, Historical, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Films about royalty
Actors Paul Scofield, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm, Emma Thompson, Alec McCowen, Simon Shepherd
Roles Bishop of Ely
Rating74% 3.7492353.7492353.7492353.7492353.749235
The film begins with Chorus, in this case a person in modern dress, introducing the subject of the play. He is walking through an empty film studio and ends his monologue by opening the doors to begin the main action. Chorus reappears several times during the film, his speeches helping to explain and progress the action.
Cry Freedom, 2h37
Directed by Richard Attenborough
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about writers, Films about journalists, Films about racism, Political films
Actors Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Penelope Wilton, Kevin McNally, Kate Hardie, John Thaw
Roles Acting High Comissioner
Rating73% 3.697493.697493.697493.697493.69749
Following a news story depicting the demolition of a slum in East London, South Africa, journalist Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) seeks more information about the incident and ventures off to meet black activist Steve Biko (Denzel Washington). Biko has been officially banned by the South African government and is not permitted to leave his defined banning area at King William's Town. Woods is formally against Biko's banning, but remains critical of his political views. Biko invites Woods to visit a black township to see the impoverished conditions and to witness the effect of the government-imposed restrictions, which make up the apartheid system. Woods begins to agree with Biko's desire for a South Africa where blacks have the same opportunities and freedoms as those enjoyed by the white population. As Woods comes to understand Biko's point of view, a friendship slowly develops between them.
Personal Services, 1h45
Directed by Terry Jones
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Biography, Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, BDSM in films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Julie Walters, Shirley Stelfox, Alec McCowen, Tim Woodward, Dave Aktins, Ewan Hooper
Roles Wing Commander Morten
Rating63% 3.1959553.1959553.1959553.1959553.195955
Christine Painter (Julie Walters) is a sexually naive waitress and single-mother who pays for her teenage son's tuition by renting flats to local tarts. She later becomes a call girl herself - joining her friend Shirley (Shirley Stelfox) and their "maid" Dolly (Danny Schiller) - and specializes in fetish/kink roleplay with older gentlemen. With her new family of friends and admirers, she becomes a huge sensation leading to wealth and infamy in the tabloids. The brothel business also brings out Christine's self-confidence, and leads to repairing a previously strained relationship with her father.
Never Say Never Again, 2h14
Directed by Irvin Kershner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about children, Spy films, Seafaring films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Underwater action films, Arme nucléaire
Actors Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Barbara Carrera, Max von Sydow, Bernie Casey
Roles Q 'Algy' Algernon
Rating61% 3.099343.099343.099343.099343.09934
After MI6 agent James Bond, 007, fails a routine training exercise, his superior, M, orders Bond to a health clinic outside London to get back into shape. While there, Bond witnesses a mysterious nurse named Fatima Blush giving a sadomasochistic beating to a patient in a nearby room. The man's face is bandaged and after Blush finishes her beating, Bond sees the patient using a machine which scans his eye. Bond is seen by Blush and an attempt is subsequently made to kill him in the clinic gym, but Bond manages to defeat the assassin.
Forever Young, 1h24
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors James Aubrey, Nicholas Gecks, Alec McCowen, Rudi Davies
Roles Father Vincent
Rating64% 3.2247553.2247553.2247553.2247553.224755
Jimmy (James Aubrey) and Michael (Nicholas Gecks) were best friends at school in the 1960s. They played guitar and sang together and dreamed of becoming the next Lennon and McCartney or Simon and Garfunkel. Their partnership ended when Michael decided to become a priest. Jimmy eventually became a university lecturer of English literature. The two meet again twenty years later when Jimmy sees posters advertising one of Michael's regular fundraising concerts in his church hall. At first, the two are delighted to see each other but they gradually remember the events that drove them apart.
Hanover Street, 1h49
Directed by Peter Hyams
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer, William Hootkins, Alec McCowen, Richard Masur
Roles Maj. Trumbo
Rating60% 3.000053.000053.000053.000053.00005
In London during the Second World War, Lieutenant David Halloran (Harrison Ford), an American, B-25 bomber pilot, with the Eighth Air Force based in England, and Margaret Sellinger (Lesley-Anne Down) an English nurse, meet on Hanover Street in a chance encounter during the Blitz.
Frenzy (1972)
, 1h56
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Serial killer films, Films about psychiatry
Actors Jon Finch, Alec McCowen, Barry Foster, Billie Whitelaw, Anna Massey, Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Roles Chief Inspector Tim Oxford
Rating73% 3.698153.698153.698153.698153.69815
In London, a serial killer is raping women and strangling them with neckties. Most of the film takes place in Covent Garden, which at the time was still the wholesale fruit and vegetable market district. Fairly early in the film, the audience sees that fruit merchant Robert Rusk (Barry Foster) is in fact the murderer. However, circumstantial evidence has already built up around his friend Richard Blaney (Jon Finch).
Travels with My Aunt, 1h49
Directed by George Cukor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films
Actors Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert Stephens, Raymond Gérôme, Cindy Williams
Roles Henry Pulling
Rating62% 3.149313.149313.149313.149313.14931
While attending the cremation of his mother's remains, London bank manager Henry Pulling (Alec McCowen) meets aging eccentric Augusta Bertram (Maggie Smith), a flaming redhead who claims to be his aunt and announces that the woman who raised him was not his biological mother. She invites him back to her apartment, where her lover, an African fortune teller named Zachary Wordsworth (Louis Gossett Jr.), is waiting for her. Shortly after she receives a package allegedly containing the severed finger of her true love, Ercole Visconti (Robert Stephens), with a note promising the two will be reunited upon payment of $100,000 ($433,000 in 2013 dollars).
The Hawaiians, 2h14
Directed by Tom Gries
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Charlton Heston, Geraldine Chaplin, Mako Iwamatsu, Bette Midler, John Phillip Law, Alec McCowen
Roles Micah Hale
Rating60% 3.0499753.0499753.0499753.0499753.049975
The story begins forty years after the events depicted in the original Hawaii, as a new generation of Americans and Asians must deal with a changing island and world; one of them is a sea captain.
The Witches, 1h30
Directed by Cyril Frankel
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Witches in film
Actors Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, Leonard Rossiter, Ann Bell, John Collin
Roles Alan Bax
Rating58% 2.902982.902982.902982.902982.90298
A British schoolteacher, Gwen (Joan Fontaine), travels to Africa to work as a missionary. She has a nervous breakdown after being exposed to witchcraft during a rebellion led by witch doctors. Returning to England to recover, she is hired by wealthy siblings Alan and Stephanie Bax (Alec McCowen and Kay Walsh) to become head teacher of the small private school in their rural village.