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Jack Hawkins

Highest Rated:   100% The League of Gentlemen (1959)
Lowest Rated:   44% Young Winston (1972)
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Birthplace:   London, England, UK
Crusty, craggy British leading man Jack Hawkins began as a child actor, studying at the Italia Court School of Acting. After his first film, 1930's Birds of Prey, Hawkins languished for several years in secondary roles before achieving minor stardom by the end of the '30s. During the war, Hawkins was a colonel in ENSA, the British equivalent of the USO. He became a major movie "name" in the postwar era, often as coolly efficient military officers in such films as The Cruel Sea (1953), Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The League of Gentlemen (1961), and Lawrence of Arabia (1962, as General Allenby). He was considered an Academy Award shoe-in for his portrayal of Quintus Arrius in 1959's Ben-Hur, but the "Best Supporting Actor Oscar" went to another actor in that blockbuster, Hugh Griffith. Around this same time, Hawkins was one of four rotating stars in the J. Arthur Rank-produced TV series The Four Just Men; the other three were Vittorio de Sica, Dan Dailey and Richard Conte. In 1966, Hawkins underwent an operation for cancer of the larynx. Though the operation cost him his voice, publicity releases indicated that Hawkins was training himself to talk again with an artificial device -- and also that he defiantly continued chain-smoking. Hawkins remained in films until his death, but his dialogue had to be dubbed by others. In his next-to-last film Theatre of Blood (1973), he was effectively cast in a substantial role that required no dialogue whatsoever -- something that the viewer realizes only in retrospect. Ironically, Hawkins' biography was titled Anything for a Quiet Life. Jack Hawkins was married twice, to actresses Jessica Tandy and Doreen Lawrence.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Planter's Wife (Outpost in Malaya)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet State Secret (The Great Manhunt)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Adventures Of Gerard
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet QB VII
  • Actor
1974
93% Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder)
  • Solomon Psaltery
1973
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Capt. Hoseason
1973
No Score Yet Tales That Witness Madness
  • Nicholas
1973
44% Young Winston
  • Dr. James Welldon
1972
No Score Yet Lola (Twinky)
  • Judge Millington-Draper
1972
82% The Ruling Class
  • Producer
1972
No Score Yet Escape to the Sun
  • Baburin
1972
71% Nicholas and Alexandra
  • Count Fredericks
1971
No Score Yet Jane Eyre
  • Brocklehurst
1971
No Score Yet When Eight Bells Toll
  • Sir Anthony Skouras
1971
No Score Yet Waterloo
  • Gen. Thomas Picton
1970
No Score Yet Restless
  • Father Nicholas
1970
75% Oh! What A Lovely War
  • Emperor Franz Josef
1969
No Score Yet Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies
  • Levinovitch
1969
No Score Yet Shalako
  • Sir Charles Daggett
1968
No Score Yet The Poppy Is Also a Flower
  • Gen. Bahar
1966
No Score Yet Masquerade (A Shabby Tiger) (Operation Masquerade )
  • Col. Drexel
1965
54% Lord Jim
  • Marlow
1965
No Score Yet Guns at Batasi
  • Colonel Deal
1964
93% Zulu
  • Rev. Otto Witt
1964
No Score Yet The Third Secret
  • Sir Frederick Belline
1964
No Score Yet Rampage
  • Otto Abbot
1963
97% Lawrence of Arabia
  • Gen. Allenby
1962
No Score Yet Five Finger Exercise
  • Stanley Harington
1962
86% Ben-Hur
  • Quintus Arrius
1959
100% The League of Gentlemen
  • Hyde
1959
No Score Yet Gideon's Day (Gideon of Scotland Yard)
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet The Two-Headed Spy
  • Gen. Alex Schottland
1958
94% The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Maj. Warden
1957
No Score Yet The Man in the Sky (Decision Against Time) (Test Pilot)
  • John Mitchell
1957
No Score Yet She Played with Fire
  • Oliver Branwell
1957
No Score Yet Third Key
  • Supt. Tom Halliday
1956
60% The Prisoner
  • The Interrogator
1955
75% Land of the Pharaohs
  • Pharaoh Khufu
1955
No Score Yet Land of Fury (The Seekers)
  • Actor
1954
No Score Yet The Cruel Sea
  • Ericson
1953
No Score Yet Malta Story
  • Air Commanding Officer
1953
No Score Yet Nightwatching (Nocna straz)
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Mandy (Crash of Silence)(The Story of Mandy)
  • Searle
1952
No Score Yet Angels One Five
  • Group Captain 'Tiger' Small
1952
80% The Small Back Room
  • R.B. Waring
1952
No Score Yet No Highway in the Sky
  • Dennis Scott
1951
No Score Yet Adventurers
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet The Black Rose
  • Tristram Griffin
1950
No Score Yet Elusive Pimpernel
  • Prince of Wales
1950
100% The Fallen Idol
  • Detective Ames
$58.2k 1949
No Score Yet Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • Lord George Murray
1948
No Score Yet Next of Kin
  • Major
1942
No Score Yet A Shot in the Dark
  • Norman Paull
1933
No Score Yet Good Companions
  • Albert
1933
No Score Yet The Phantom Fiend
  • Joe Martin
1932
No Score Yet La Fayette (Lafayette)
  • Actor

Quotes from Jack Hawkins' Characters