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Gareth Hunt



Best known for sustaining the role of Mike Gambit in the hit television spy drama The New Avengers, British actor Gareth Hunt also attained popularity on his home side of the Atlantic as Frederick Norton on the popular weekly BBC drama Upstairs, Downstairs. Born on February 7, 1943, in London, Hunt joined the merchant navy at age 15 and, after a half-decade at sea, returned to England, where he trained with the infamous Royal Shakespeare Company. For at least ten years, Gareth's popularity remained confined to the U.K. theatrical circuit, but he started expanding his horizons in the early '70s with appearances on such British television programs as Bless This House and Doctor Who. Hunt's contributions to Upstairs -- a drama about the lives of servants and masters in a turn-of-the-century London home -- arrived fairly late in the series (he didn't join the cast until the program's final year of 1975) but helped it retain a sizeable audience through the very end of its run.



In 1976, Britain's LWT (or "London Weekend Television," a weekend division of its ITV network) launched The New Avengers, a sequel to the popular '60s spy series The Avengers. Hunt and Joanna Lumley joined original series cast member Patrick Macnee (who reprised his role as John Steed) as a coterie of clandestine English spies who traveled the world outwitting insane, conquer-hungry villains. Hunt's turn as Norton on The New Avengers also represented his first transatlantic success; CBS acquired the rights to this 26-episode series and aired on its CBS Late Movie (as it would with Return of the Saint), alternating between this and reruns of Quincy, M.E. The program ran from November 1978 through the end of 1980.



In his later years, Hunt also appeared on such British series as Castle of Adventure (1990) and Harry and the Wrinklies (2001-2002). He died of pancreatic cancer, at age 65, on March 14, 2007.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Parting Shots
  • Inspector Bass
1999
53% Fierce Creatures
  • Inspector Masefield
1997
No Score Yet A Ghost in Monte Carlo
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Lady and the Highwayman
  • Coachman
1989
No Score Yet A Chorus of Disapproval
  • Ian Hubbard
1988
No Score Yet Pet Shop Boys - It Couldn't Happen Here
  • Ventriloquist Uncle Dredge Postcard Seller
1988
No Score Yet A Hazard of Hearts
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Bloodbath at the House of Death
  • Elliot Broome
1984
No Score Yet Funny Money
  • Banks
1982
No Score Yet World is Full of Married Men
  • Jay Grossman
1980
No Score Yet Licensed to Love and Kill (Undercover Lover)
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The World Is Full of Married Men
  • Actor
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Upstairs Downstairs
1971-1975
  • Frederick Frederick Norton Norton

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