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Peter Wyngarde is a Actor British born on 23 august 1928 at Marseille (France)

Peter Wyngarde

Peter Wyngarde
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Birth name Cyril Louis Goldbert
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 23 august 1928 at Marseille (France)
Death 15 january 2018 (at 89 years)

Peter Paul Wyngarde (born 23 August 1928) is a French-born English actor best known for playing the character Jason King, a bestselling novelist turned sleuth, in two British television series: Department S (1969–1970) and Jason King (1971–1972).


Early life and career
Wyngarde was born as Cyril Louis Goldbert in Marseille, France, the son of an English father and a French mother. His father worked for the British Diplomatic Service, and as a result his childhood was spent in a number of different countries. In 1941, while his parents were away in India, he went to stay with a Swiss family in Shanghai. The Japanese Army took over Shanghai's International Settlement on 8 December 1941, and as a British citizen Goldbert was interned in the Lunghua civilian internment camp on 10 April 1943. Conditions in the camp were sometimes harsh. According to J. G. Ballard's autobiography Miracles of Life, "Cyril Goldbert, the future Peter Wyngarde" was a fellow internee at Lunghua Camp and "He was four years older than me...". Ballard was born in November 1930 but according to Lunghwa Camp records compiled in 1943, Goldbert was actually born in 1928. His younger siblings, Adolphe Henry and Marion Simeone, were under Swiss protection and thus exempt from internment.

As a young man he became an actor and from the mid-1950s had roles in feature films, television plays and television series guest appearances. One of these, a television adaptation of Julien Green's novel South (1959, originally Sud), in which Wyngarde featured in a lead role, is thought to be the earliest television play with an overtly homosexual theme. He appeared as Pausanias opposite Richard Burton in the film Alexander the Great (1956), played a lead role in the film The Siege of Sidney Street (1960), and appeared as Sir Roger Casement in an episode in the Granada TV's On Trial series produced by Peter Wildeblood. Wyngarde's other film work was limited but had impact. In Jack Clayton's The Innocents (1961), he had brief (unspeaking) scenes as the leering Peter Quint with Deborah Kerr and Pamela Franklin. The following year he was the lead actor in the occult thriller Night of the Eagle.

By the late 1960s, he was a regular guest star on many of the popular UK series of the day — many of which were espionage adventure series — including The Avengers, The Saint, The Baron, Sherlock Holmes, The Champions, The Troubleshooters, Love Story, I Spy and The Man In Room 17. He also played the authority figure Number Two in The Prisoner ("Checkmate", 1967).

Wyngarde became a British household name through his starring role in the espionage series Department S (1969). His Jason King character often got the girl and as she is about to kiss him, he manages to avoid it, much to the annoyance of co-actor Joel Fabiani. After that series ended, his character, the suave womaniser Jason King, was spun off into a new action espionage series entitled Jason King (1971), which ran for one season (26 one-hour episodes). The series was sold overseas and Wyngarde briefly became an international celebrity, being mobbed by female fans in Australia. A revival in October 1973 of The King and I, featuring Wyngarde in the male lead role, and initially with Sally Ann Howes as Anna, ran for 260 performances at the Adelphi Theatre in London.

Later life and career
In 1975, he was arrested, convicted and fined £75 for an act of "gross indecency" in the toilets of Gloucester Bus Station, which followed an arrest and caution for similar activities in the toilets at Kennedy Gardens in Birmingham the previous year. After the first incident, Wyngarde was interviewed for the News of the World and the Birmingham-based Sunday Mercury, and asserted that the arrest was due to a misunderstanding; in his defence after the second incident he claimed he had suffered a "mental aberration". Although it affected his image, particularly with his audience who largely identified him as the ladies' man Jason King, Wyngarde's homosexuality was actually well known in acting circles, where he was known by the nickname of "Petunia Winegum." From 1956, he had a ten-year-long relationship with fellow actor Alan Bates.

After losing his TV celebrity status, Wyngarde worked in Austria, acting and directing at the English Theatre in Vienna, and also in South Africa and Germany. He landed the role of General Klytus in the film version of Flash Gordon (1980), and although his face was hidden behind a mask for the part, his distinctive voice is clearly recognisable in the film.

In 1983, he appeared in the thriller Underground opposite Raymond Burr at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, and at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.

During the 1980s and 1990s he made a number of TV appearances, including Doctor Who (Planet of Fire, 1984), Hammer House of Mystery & Suspense (1984) and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994). He also appeared as Sir Robert Knight in the film Tank Malling (1989) with Ray Winstone.

In recent years he has been a regular guest at Memorabilia, a science fiction and sporting memorabilia fair at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. His most recent television appearance was as a guest of Simon Dee in the Channel Four one-off revival of his chat show Dee Time in 2003. In 2007, Wyngarde participated in recording extras for a box-set of The Prisoner, including a mock interview segment titled "The Pink Prisoner".

In January 2014 he narrated an episode of the BBC's Timeshift documentary strand, Sherlock Holmes: The Many Faces of a Master Detective.

A number of published references state that Wyngarde's real name is Cyril Louis (or Lovis) Goldbert. The now-defunct Hellfire Club official website described this as a myth that developed from his jokingly giving his uncle's name, Louis Jouvet, in an interview in the 1970s.
However, J.G. Ballard and his family knew him as Cyril Goldbert when they were interned in Lunghua civilian internment camp during World War II.

The biography by Roger Langley was well-received by the actor.

In 1970, Wyngarde recorded an album for RCA Victor entitled simply Peter Wyngarde, featuring a single, "La Ronde De L'Amour/The Way I Cry Over You". However, Wyngarde did not deliver a set of easy listening standards as might be expected, but a most unusual collection of spoken word/musical arrangements produced by Vic Smith and Hubert Thomas Valverde. A promo single of the track "Rape" (entitled "Peter Wyngarde Commits Rape") was also issued in 1970.

In 1998, the album was reissued on compact disc by RPM Records, now titled When Sex Leers Its Inquisitive Head. According to Wyngarde himself (quoted in the liner notes of the CD re-issue), prior to the RCA deal, EMI Records had also been interested in cashing in on his fame and suggested issuing an album of him performing a selection of Sinatra songs. However, RCA allowed him carte blanche, assuming that the record would be a failure and could be used by them as a tax loss. However, when the initial pressings quickly sold out and it showed a profit, they declined to press any more copies.

Track listing:

"Come In"
"You Wonder how these Things Begin"
"La Ronde de L'amour"
"Jenny Kissed Me"
"Way I Cry over You"
"Unknown Citizen"
"It's when I Touch You"
"Hippie and the Skinhead"
"Try to Remember to Forget (Riviera Cowboy)"
"Jenny Kissed Me and it Was..."
"Widdecombe Fair"
"Neville Thumbcatch"
"Once Again (Flight Number Ten)"
"Pay No Attention"

Usually with

Robert Rossen
Robert Rossen
(1 films)
Monty Berman
Monty Berman
(1 films)
Sophie Harris
Sophie Harris
(2 films)
Larry Taylor
Larry Taylor
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Peter Wyngarde (6 films)

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Flash Gordon, 1h48
Directed by Mike Hodges, Brian W. Cook
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Superhero films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Chaim Topol, Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Ornella Muti
Roles Klytus
Rating64% 3.247723.247723.247723.247723.24772
Emperor Ming the Merciless declares that he will first play with and then destroy the Earth using natural disasters. On Earth, New York Jets football star "Flash" Gordon boards a small plane, where he meets travel journalist Dale Arden. Mid-flight, the cockpit is hit by a meteorite and the pilots are lost. Flash takes control and manages to crash land into a greenhouse owned by Dr. Hans Zarkov. Zarkov, who believes the disasters are being caused because an unknown source is pushing the Moon towards Earth, has secretly constructed a spacecraft which he plans to use to investigate. Zarkov's assistant refuses to go, so he lures Flash and Dale aboard. The rocket launches, taking them to the planet Mongo, where they are captured by Ming's troops.
Night of the Eagle, 1h27
Directed by Sidney Hayers
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Actors Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair, Margaret Johnston, Anthony Nicholls, Kathleen Byron, Colin Gordon
Roles Norman Taylor
Rating69% 3.4955853.4955853.4955853.4955853.495585
Norman Taylor (Peter Wyngarde) is a psychology professor lecturing about belief systems and superstition. He discovers that his wife, Tansy (Janet Blair), is practising witchcraft. She insists that her charms have been responsible for his rapid advancement in his academic career and for his general well-being. A firm rationalist, Norman is angered by her acceptance of superstition. He forces her to burn all of her magical paraphernalia.
The Innocents, 1h39
Directed by Jack Clayton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror, Historical
Themes Ghost films, Children's films
Actors Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Pamela Franklin, Isla Cameron
Roles Peter Quint
Rating77% 3.8976153.8976153.8976153.8976153.897615
Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) applies for a job as a governess. It is to be her first position, but the wealthy bachelor interviewing her (Michael Redgrave) is unconcerned with her lack of experience. He values his freedom to travel and socialise and unabashedly confesses that he has "no room, mentally or emotionally" for his niece and nephew. They were orphaned and left in his care as infants, and he keeps them at Bly, his country estate. The previous governess, Miss Jessel, died suddenly less than a year ago. All he cares about is that Miss Giddens accept full responsibility for the children, never troubling him with whatever problems may arise.
Alexander the Great, 2h21
Directed by Robert Rossen, Bernard Vorhaus
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Action, Adventure, Historical, Peplum, Romance
Themes Politique, Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Fredric March, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Hordern, Harry Andrews
Roles Pausanias
Rating58% 2.900482.900482.900482.900482.90048
In the beginning of the film, Demosthenes is propagating for war to resist Philip II's takeover of Greek city-states.
Dick Barton Strikes Back, 1h13
Directed by Godfrey Grayson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Action, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films
Actors Don Stannard, Sebastian Cabot, Jean Lodge, James Raglan, John Harvey, Sidney Vivian
Roles Soldier
Rating53% 2.654242.654242.654242.654242.65424
Dick Barton doit mettre un terme aux actions d'un bande de tueurs psychopathes qui veulent se servir d'une arme de destruction massive pour faire chanter les gouvernements.