William Hartnell

Highest Rated: 100% This Sporting Life (1963)
Birthday: Jan 8, 1908
Birthplace: St. Pancras, London, England, UK
British actor William Hartnell once billed himself as "Billy," befitting his previous life as an apprentice jockey and flyweight boxer. Yearning to be a comedian like his idol Charlie Chaplin, Hartnell went on the stage at age 16 with Sir Frank Benson's Shakespeare company. In films from 1933, he spent several frustrating years playing minor villains and nondescript walk-ons. Hartnell rose to prominence in British films of the 1940s; ironically, he played an Army sergeant in his starmaking film, 1944's The Way Ahead. His film assignments diminished in importance in the 1950s, though he gained a new following in the supporting role of Sergeant Major Bullimore on the BBC TV series The Army Game. On the strength of his performance as a crusty sports agent in the 1963 film This Sporting Life, Hartnell was cast as the first of eight actors to portray TV's Doctor Who. This internationally popular sci-fi series made Hartnell a star all over again; alas, multiple sclerosis forced him to relinquish the role to Patrick Troughton in 1966. William Hartnell was long married to actress/playwright Heather McIntyre.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Doctor Who: Origins Actor 2006
No Score Yet Doctor Who - The Sensorites Actor 2003
No Score Yet Doctor Who - Planet of Giants Actor 2003
No Score Yet Doctor Who: The Crusade Actor 1999
No Score Yet 'Doctor Who': The Missing Years Actor 1998
No Score Yet Doctor Who: The Hartnell Years Actor 1991
No Score Yet 'Doctor Who': The Troughton Years Actor 1991
No Score Yet Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks Actor 1979
No Score Yet Doctor Who - The Ark Actor 1966
No Score Yet Doctor Who - The Tenth Planet Actor 1966
No Score Yet Tomorrow At Ten Freddy 1964
100% This Sporting Life 'Dad' Johnson 1963
No Score Yet Heavens Above! Maj. Fowler 1963
No Score Yet Doctor Who - An Unearthly Child Actor 1963
No Score Yet Doctor Who - Lost in Time: The William Hartnell Years Actor 1963
No Score Yet The World Ten Times Over Dad 1963
No Score Yet Doctor Who - The Aztecs Actor 1963
No Score Yet And The Same To You Wally Burton 1960
No Score Yet Piccadilly Third Stop Actor 1960
89% The Mouse That Roared Will Buckley 1959
60% Shake Hands With the Devil Sgt. Jenkins 1959
No Score Yet Carry On Sergeant Sergeant Grimshawe 1958
No Score Yet Hell Drivers Cartley 1957
No Score Yet Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (Battle Hell) Leading Seaman Frank 1957
No Score Yet Private's Progress Sgt. Sutton 1956
No Score Yet Footsteps in the Fog Herbert Moresby 1955
No Score Yet The Pickwick Papers Irate Cabman 1954
No Score Yet Will Any Gentleman? Inspector Martin 1953
No Score Yet The Magic Box Recruiting Sergeant 1952
No Score Yet The Holly and the Ivy Company Sergeant-Major 1952
No Score Yet Escape Inspector Harris 1948
95% Brighton Rock Dallow 1947
100% Odd Man Out Barman 1947
No Score Yet Temptation Harbour Jim Brown 1947
100% The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion) Sergeant Fletcher 1945
No Score Yet Appointment with Crime Leo Martin 1945
No Score Yet Query (Murder in Reverse) Tom Masterick 1945
No Score Yet The Dark Tower Towers 1943
No Score Yet The Bells Go Down Bookes 1943
No Score Yet Wings and the Woman (They Flew Alone) Man 1942
No Score Yet The Peterville Diamond Joseph 1942
No Score Yet They Drive by Night Actor 1938
No Score Yet Midnight at Madame Toussaud's Stubbs 1936


No Score Yet Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited
The Doctor
  • 2013
68% Doctor Who
Appearing The Doctor The First Doctor
  • 2006
  • 1987
  • 1983
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  • 1981
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