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Jack May

Jack May was a mellifluous-voiced actor best known for playing butlers and establishment figures, often representing Britain's interests in far-flung corners of the empire. With regards the former, he memorably played William E. Simms, former music hall artise turned manservant to Gerald Harper's titular swashbuckling adventurer in '60s TV cult classic Adam Adamant Lives! as well as providing the voice of Igor, the long-suffering valet in Cosgrove Hall's 1980s animation Count Duckula. His film credits included the district commissioner in 1975's The Man Who Would Be King and the prosecuting naval attorney in the remake of The Bounty (1984). For many, May was Nelson Gabriel 'the most disreputable character in Ambridge' in BBC Radio 4's long-running soap The Archers. May took the role of the shady rogue, later antique dealer and wine bar owner, in 1952 and continued to play him right up until the year of his death, 1997. This 45 year stint made May, at the time, the fourth-longest serving soap opera star in the world. He died at the age of 75, on 19 September 1997, survived by his wife, the actress Petra Davies, his daughter Henrietta, and son David.

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Apr 23, 1922 In Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Ghost of St. Michael's 1941-04-01
Latest Project:
Movie UFC Fight Night 47: Bader vs. St. Preux 2014-08-16
Known For
Poster of Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Poster of Escape
Poster of Dr. Finlay's Casebook
Poster of The Avengers
Movie UFC on Fox 11: Werdum vs. Browne Himself 2014-04-19
Movie UFC Fight Night 47: Bader vs. St. Preux Himself 2014-08-16
Movie Willie's War Grandfather 1994-01-01
Series Jeeves and Wooster Unknown 1990-04-22
Movie Hard Road Psychiatrist 1988-01-01
Series Count Duckula 1988-09-06
Movie The Shooting Party Sir Harry Stamp 1985-02-01
Movie The Bounty Richter 1984-05-04
Movie The Return of the Soldier Brigadier General 1983-01-06
Series The Cleopatras Criton 1983-01-19
Series Scarecrow and Mrs. King Unknown 1983-10-03
Movie A Swarm in May Mr. Ardent - the Headmaster 1983-12-26
Series The Agatha Christie Hour Unknown 1982-09-07
Series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Unknown 1981-01-05
Movie The Life and Times of David Lloyd George Lord Runciman 1981-03-04
Movie Noah's Castle Mr Gerald 1980-04-02
Series Escape Unknown 1980-09-12
Movie Henry VIII Lord Chancellor 1979-02-25
Series Shoestring Unknown 1979-09-30
Series A Horseman Riding By 1978-09-24
Series BBC Television Shakespeare Unknown 1978-12-01
Series Target Unknown 1977-09-09
Movie The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Dr. Schultz 1976-10-24
Series Dawson's Weekly Unknown 1975-06-12
Movie The Man Who Would Be King District Commissioner 1975-12-03
Movie Big Zapper Jeremiah Horn 1973-07-05
Series Black and Blue Unknown 1973-08-14
Series Van der Valk Minister 1972-09-13
Series Brett Unknown 1971-04-26
Series UFO English Delegate 1970-09-16
Movie Trog Dr. Selbourne 1970-10-24
Movie Night After Night After Night Judge Lomax 1969-01-01
Movie Doctor Who: The Space Pirates General Hermack 1969-04-12
Movie A Twist of Sand Inspector Seekert 1968-11-01
Movie How I Won the War Toby 1967-10-18
Series Softly, Softly Unknown 1966-01-05
Series Adam Adamant Lives! Unknown 1966-06-23
Movie The Last Invasion 1966-08-24
Movie A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Shopkeeper 1966-10-16
Series Dr. Finlay's Casebook Unknown 1962-08-16
Movie Solo for Sparrow Inspector Hudson 1962-09-01
Movie A Prize of Arms MO 1962-12-11
Series The Avengers Unknown 1961-01-07
Series You Can't Win Unknown 1961-10-05
Series An Age of Kings Unknown 1960-04-28
Series No Hiding Place Unknown 1959-09-16
Movie The Silent Enemy 1958-03-04
Series Pride and Prejudice Mr. Collins 1958-01-24
Movie Cat Girl Richard Johnson 1957-09-01
Series Nicholas Nickleby Unknown 1957-10-18
Series The Adventures of Sir Lancelot Caradoc 1956-09-15
Movie Stop Press Girl Newspaper Seller (uncredited) 1949-06-02
Movie Captain Boycott Carriage Driver (uncredited) 1947-08-26
Movie Johnny Frenchman Choir Member (uncredited) 1945-10-29
Movie This Happy Breed Mourner 1944-05-28
Movie Millions Like Us Old Man 1943-06-01
Movie Deadlock Postman 1943-10-01
Movie The Lamp Still Burns Elderly Patient (uncredited) 1943-11-29
Movie The Ghost of St. Michael's Man in Courtroom (uncredited) 1941-04-01
Movie The Common Touch Workman 1941-11-15