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William Hartnell

Highest Rated:   100% This Sporting Life (1963)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
100% 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 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 They Drive by Night
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Midnight at Madame Toussaud's
  • Stubbs
1936

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited
2013
  • The Doctor
  • 2013

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