Born the 29th August 1928 at Bournemouth (Dorset, England), he had played at the Regent Park Air Theatre before to play at The Old Vic Theatre of London.

During that time he played with Brett notably in Troilus and Cressida (1956) - Charles Gray played Achille and Brett Patroclus (few time later Brett took over from John Neville in the role of Troilus, during an American tour of the Old Vic). He was also Lennox in Macbeth (1956) - Brett was Malcolm– and Escalus in Romeo and Juliet (1956) - Brett was Paris and John Neville played a very handsome  Romeo !

Charles Gray is well known for his wonderful performance of James Bond’s evil arch-enemy Ernst Blofeld, The SPECTRE mastermind (Diamonds Are Forever – 1971), but also for his memorable performance in The Rocky horror Picture Show (1975) and in The Night of the Generals (1967) of A. Livtak beside of Omar Sharif and Peter O’Toole. Holmesians and Sherlockians know that he played Mycroft Holmes in The Seven Percent Solution (1976) – with Nicol Williamson as Holmes, Robert Duvall as Watson, and Sir Laurence Olivier as…Moriarty ! – before to took the role and to play with Brett again in the Granada Series Sherlock Holmes

Charles Gray is dead 7th March 2000 at the age of 71. His filmography shows a great career !

 

 

Films & TV

 

1. Longitude (2000) .... Admiral Balchen

2. Tichborne Claimant, The (1998) .... Arundell

3. Ellen Foster (1997) (TV)

4. "Madson" (1996) TV Series .... Sir Ranald Hearnley

5. "Scarlett" (1994) (mini) TV Series .... The Judge

6. "Tale of the poop" (1991) TV Series"Tales from the Poop Deck" (1991) TV Series

7. "Paper Man, The" (1990) (mini) TV Series .... Prime Minister TV Series .... Prime Minister

8. Frau namens Harry, Eine (1990) .... Satan

9. "Blackeyes" (1989) (mini) TV Series .... Sebastian

10 "Return of Sherlock Holmes II, The" (1988) TV Series .... Mycroft Holmes

11. "Hannay" (1988) TV Series .... Commander Nevil

12. Dreams Lost, Dreams Found (1987) (TV) .... Jason

13. "Porterhouse Blue" (1987) (mini) TV Series .... Sir Cathcart D'Eath

14. Cariani and the Courtesans (1987) (TV) .... Narrator

15. "Return of Sherlock Holmes, The" (1986) TV Series .... Mycroft Holmes

16. "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes II, The" (1985) TV Series .... Mycroft Holmes

17. "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The" (1984) TV Series .... Mycroft Holmes

18. Comedy of Errors, The (1983) (TV) .... Solinus, Duke of Ephesus
... aka BBC Television Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors (1983) (TV)

19. Englishman Abroad, An (1983) (TV) .... Claudius

20. Jigsaw Man, The (1983) .... Sir James Charley

21. Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982) (TV) .... Earl Spencer

22. Troilus & Cressida (1981) (TV) .... Pandarus
...aka BBC Television Shakespeare: Troilus & Cressida (1981) (TV)

23. Shock Treatment (1981) .... Judge Oliver Wright

24. "Marie" (1980) TV Series .... Various Roles (1980-1981)

25. Mirror Crack'd, The (1980) .... Bates, The Butler

26. "Ike" (1979) (mini) TV Series .... General 'Freddie' DeGuingand

27. Julius Caesar (1979/I) (TV) .... Caesar
... aka BBC Television Shakespeare: Julius Caesar (1979) (TV)

28. House on Garibaldi Street, The (1979) (TV) .... Gen. Lischke

29. Legacy, The (1979) .... Karl
... aka Legacy of Maggie Walsh, The (1979)

30. King Richard the Second (1978) (TV) .... Duke of York
... aka BBC Television Shakespeare: King Richard the Second (1978) (TV)
... aka Richard II (1978) (TV)

31. Silver Bears (1977) .... Charles Cook

32. Seven Nights in Japan (1976) .... Hollander

33. Seven-Per-Cent Solution, The (1976) .... Mycroft Holmes

34. Philanthropist, The (1975) (TV)

35. Rocky Horror Picture Show, The (1975) .... Criminologist (Narrator)

36. Night Is the Time for Killing (1975) (TV)
... aka Murder on the Midnight Express (1975) (TV) (USA)
... aka Thriller: Night Is the Time for Killing (1975) (TV) (UK: series title)

37. Mutiny (1975) (TV)

38. Beast Must Die, The (1974) .... Arthur Bennington
... aka Black Werewolf (1974) (video title)

39. Twelfth Night (1974) (TV)

40. Room with a View, A (1973) (TV)
... aka Play of the Month: A Room with a View (1973) (TV) (UK)

41. "Upper Crusts, The" (1973) TV Series .... Lord Seacroft/Lord Seacroft Snr.

42. "Fall of Eagles, A" (1973) (mini) TV Series

43. Millionairess, The (1972) (TV)
... aka Play of the Month: The Millionairess (1972) (TV) (UK)

44. Lady Windermere's Fan (1972) (TV)
... aka Play of the Month: Lady Windermere's Fan (1972) (TV) (UK)

45. Merchant of Venice, The (1972) (TV) .... Antonio
... aka Play of the Month: The Merchant of Venice (1972) (TV) (UK)

46. Cherry Orchard, The (1971) (TV)
... aka Play of the Month: The Cherry Orchard (1971) (TV) (UK)

47. Diamonds Are Forever (1971) .... Ernst Blofeld

48. Jenkins (1971) (TV)
... aka Thirty-Minute Theatre: Jenkins (1971) (TV) (UK: series title)

49. Wild Rovers (1971) .... Savage

50. Michael Regan (1971) (TV)
... aka Play for Today: Michael Regan (1971) (TV) (UK: series title)

51. Asquith in Orbit (1971) (TV)
... aka Thirty-Minute Theatre: Asquith in Orbit (1971) (TV) (UK: series title)

52. Ross (1970) (TV)
... aka Play of the Month: Ross (1970) (TV) (UK)

53. Closed Shop, The (1970) (TV)
... aka W. Somerset Maugham: The Closed Shop (1970) (TV) (UK: series title)

54. Executioner, The (1970) .... Vaughan Jones

55. Cromwell (1970) .... The Earl of Essex

56. Mosquito Squadron (1969) .... Hufford

57. File of the Golden Goose, The (1969) .... Harrison, 'The Owl'

58. Nine Ages of Nakedness, The (1969) .... Narrator

59. Hay Fever (1968) (TV) .... Richard Greatham
... aka Play of the Month: Hay Fever (1968) (TV) (UK)

60. Devil Rides Out, The (1968) .... Mocata
... aka Devil's Bride, The (1968)

61. Secret War of Harry Frigg, The (1968) .... General Cox-Roberts

62. "Something to Hide" (1968) TV Series

63. Moon and Sixpence, The (1967) (TV)
... aka Play of the Month: The Moon and Sixpence (1967) (TV) (UK)

64. You Only Live Twice (1967) .... Henderson

65. Night of the Generals, The (1967) .... General von Seidlitz-Gabler
... aka Nuit des généraux, La (1967) (France)

66. Man Outside, The (1967)

67. Masquerade (1965) .... Benson
... aka Operation Masquerade (1965)
... aka Shabby Tiger, A (1965)

68. Entertainer, The (1960) .... Columnist

69. Man in the Moon (1960) .... Leo

70. Desperate Man, The (1959) .... Lawson

71. Follow a Star (1959) (uncredited) .... Taciturn Man at Party

72. Tommy the Toreador (1959) .... Gomez

73. Heart of a Child (1958) .... Fritz Heiss

74. I Accuse! (1958) .... Captain Brossard

75. God Is My Partner (1957) .... Man

76. Ride a Violent Mile (1957)

77. Unknown Terror, The (1957) .... Jim Wheatley

78. Black Whip, The (1956) .... Chick Hainline
... aka Man with a Whip, The (1956) (USA)

79. One Desire (1955) (uncredited) .... Vernon's son

Notables TV guest appearances:

1. "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The" (1994) playing "Mycroft Holmes" in episode: "Mazarin Stone, The" 1994

2. "Katts and Dog" (1988) in episode: "Number One With A Bullet" (episode # 3.16) 1990

3. "New Statesman, The" (1988) playing "Roland Gidleigh-Park" in episode: "Baa Baa Black Sheep" (episode # 1.7) 10/25/1987

4. "New Statesman, The" (1988) playing "Roland Gidleigh-Park" in episode: "Waste Not, Want Not" (episode # 1.4) 10/4/1987

5. "CATS Eyes" (1985) playing "Sir Jack Fenn" in episode: "Fit" 1986

6. "Bergerac" (1981) in episode: "What Dreams May Come True" (episode # 4.3) 10/25/1985

7. "Hazell" (1978) playing "Brownhill" in episode: "Hazell & the Deptford"

8. "Iron Horse, The" (1966) in episode: "High Devil" (episode # 1.3) 9/26/1966

9. "Perry Mason" (1957) playing "Jack Baker" in episode: "Case of the Bullied Bowler, The" (episode # 8.7) 11/5/1964

10. "Out of This World" (1962) playing "Abel Jones" in episode: "Tycoons, The" 1962

11. "Danger Man" (1960) playing "Zameda" in episode: "Coyannis Story, The"

12. "Danger Man" (1960) playing "Alex" in episode: "Key, The" (episode # 1.11) 1960

13. "Black Saddle" (1959) in episode: "Client: McQueen" (episode # 1.3) 1/24/1959

14. "Invisible Man, The" (1958) playing "Peter Thal" in episode: "Vanishing Evidence, The" 1959

 

Theatre :

Macbeth (1956-1957), Old Vic Theatre, London, UK ; Winter Garden, New York, USA ; National Theatre, Washington, DC, USA…Lennox.

Richard II (1956-1957), Old Vic Theatre, London, UK ; Winter Garden, New York, USA ; National Theatre, Washington, DC, USA…Henry Bolingbroke, duke of Hereford.

Romeo and Juliet (1956-1957), Old Vic Theatre, London, UK ; Winter Garden, New York ; National Theatre, Washington, DC, USA…Escalus.

Troilus and Cressida (1956-1957) Old Vic Theatre, London, UK ; Winter Garden, New York ; National Theatre, Washington, DC...Achilles

Kean (1964), Broadway… Prince of Wales
Several seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company portraying a variety of roles including Malvolio in Twelfth Night, John Of Gaunt in Richard II and Ceasar in Julius Ceasar
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