Michael Gwynn

Michael Gwynn

Highest Rated: 93% Village of the Damned (1960)

Lowest Rated: 43% Scars of Dracula (1970)

Birthday: Nov 30, 1916

Birthplace: Bath, Somerset, England, UK

A versatile performer, British character actor Michael Gwynn is today best remembered for a single television episode. Born and raised in the spa city of Bath, he entered the army during World War II, serving in Africa and eventually rising to the rank of Major. When the war was over, Gwynn returned to England and took up acting, getting his start in the theater. In under 25 years, he appeared in over 80 films and television series, though memorable leading parts largely eluded him. One exception was the 1958 horror film "The Revenge of Frankenstein," a variant on the famous tale where the well-meaning Dr. Frankenstein experiments upon his hunchback assistant, Karl, giving him a new body; Gwynn delivered a memorably frenzied performance as the freshly undeformed Karl. On stage, Gwynn held his own opposite famed thespians like John Gielgud and Alan Bates, as well as recording many plays for Caedmon Records. But the part he's still remembered for came in 1975 on John Cleese's beloved sitcom "Fawlty Towers." As the guest star of the very first episode, he portrayed Lord Melbury, a phony aristocrat who tries to swindle Cleese's snobbish hotel proprietor. The next year, he died of a heart attack.

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Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spy Story Dawlish (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss, Kiss, Kill, Kill Oliver Mason (Character) - 1974
43% 44% Scars of Dracula Priest (Character) - 1970
89% 79% Jason and the Argonauts Hermes (Character) - 1963
89% 66% Barabbas Lazarus (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 65% What a Carve Up! Malcolm Broughton (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Question 7 Friedrich Gottfried (Character) - 1961
93% 77% Village of the Damned Alan Bernard (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 70% Never Take Candy From a Stranger Prosecutor (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Place Steve Waring (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctor's Dilemma Dr. Blenkinsop (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 80% The Camp on Blood Island Tom Shields (Character) - 1958
87% 67% The Revenge of Frankenstein Karl (Character) - 1958

TV

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100% 94% Fawlty Towers Lord Melbury (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Colditz Unknown (Character) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jason King Unknown (Character) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saint Martin Jeffroll (Guest Star) 1965

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