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Don Henderson

Born Donald Francis Henderson in Leystonstone, 1931, Don Henderson was an English actor of stage, television and screen. He was best known for playing both "tough guy" roles and authority figures, and is remembered for his portrayal of detective George Bulman between 1976 and 1987 in a trilogy of popular Granada Television police drama series; The XYY Man, Strangers, and Bulman. Following the end of Bulman, Henderson starred as the priest Frank Kane in the BBC drama series The Paradise Club, penned by Bulman creator Murray Smith. Henderson starred in several cult and sci fi serials and films, most notably in the first Star Wars movie in which he played General Tagge, and Doctor Who and Red Dwarf. Prior to acting, Henderson was a dental technician in the army and a detective sergeant in the Essex constabulary, but he resigned when he found he had sympathy for the criminals he was obliged to arrest. He was married twice, firstly to Hilary who died in 1977, and then to the actress Shirley Stelfox, whom he met filming The XYY Man. The pair set up home in Stratford-Upon-Avon and appeared together professionally many times until his death from throat cancer in 1997.

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Nov 10, 1932 In Leytonstone, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Doctor Who 1963-11-23
Latest Project:
Movie The Wind in the Willows 1996-10-16
Known For
Poster of No Escape
Poster of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Poster of Brazil
Poster of A Killer in Every Corner
Movie The Wind in the Willows The Sentry 1996-10-16
Movie The Tale of Mr Tod: The further adventures of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny Tommy Brock 1995-01-01
Movie The Doctors: 30 Years of Time Travel and Beyond Unknown 1995-09-01
Movie Danielle Steel's Zoya Feodor 1995-09-17
Movie White Angel Inspector Taylor 1994-04-15
Movie No Escape Killian 1994-04-29
Series Dandelion Dead Unknown 1994-10-30
Movie Pat and Margaret Billy 1994-09-11
Movie Tomorrow Calling Mervyn Kihn 1993-01-01
Series The Detectives Brother Ryan 1993-01-27
Movie The Trial The Flogger 1993-06-18
Movie The Baby of Mâcon The Father Confessor 1993-09-17
Movie Black and Blue Unknown 1992-09-27
Movie My Friend Walter Bertie Borrowbill 1992-04-24
Movie Carry On Columbus The Bosun 1992-10-02
Movie As You Like It The Dukes 1992-10-09
Movie Miss Queencake Unknown 1991-01-02
Series 2point4 Children Frank 1991-09-03
Movie How's Business Mr. Bailey 1991-01-12
Series The Paradise Club Frank Kane 1989-09-19
Series Making Out Unknown 1989-01-06
Movie Tank Malling Percy 1989-12-01
Movie The BFG Bloodbottler / Fleshlumpeater / Sergeant (voice) 1989-12-25
Movie Maigret Unknown 1988-02-22
Series Red Dwarf Rogue Simulant 1988-02-15
Movie The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Commander 1988-12-07
Movie Blanc de Chine Malcolm 1988-04-20
Series Knights of God Unknown 1987-09-06
Movie Doctor Who: Delta and the Bannermen Gavrok 1987-11-16
Series Casualty Jerry Hunter 1986-09-06
Series Dempsey and Makepeace Don 1985-01-11
Movie Murder Elite Sgt Jessop 1985-01-01
Movie Brazil First 'Black Maria' Guard 1985-02-20
Series Bulman Unknown 1985-06-05
Movie Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire The Wednesday Man 1985-11-25
Movie Squaring the Circle Kuron 1984-05-23
Movie Atlantis Eddie 1983-03-29
Movie The Kamikaze Ground Staff Reunion Dinner Tokkotai 1981-02-17
Series The Enigma Files Unknown 1980-04-15
Movie The Island Rollo 1980-06-13
Series Dick Turpin Unknown 1979-01-06
Series Strangers George Bulman 1978-06-05
Movie Danton's Death Mercier 1978-04-23
Movie Gotcha / Campion's Interview Sellors 1977-04-12
Movie The Finishing Line Unknown 1977-01-29
Movie The Prince and the Pauper Burly Ruffian 1977-06-03
Movie One Day at a Time Jack 1977-11-22
Movie Star Wars General Taggi 1977-05-25
Series The XYY Man George Bulman 1976-07-03
Movie Voyage of the Damned Engineering Officer 1976-12-22
Movie The Saturday Party Jack Adams 1975-05-01
Movie Brannigan Geef 1975-03-21
Movie The Ghoul The Ghoul 1975-07-11
Series Angels Unknown 1975-09-01
Series Poldark Unknown 1975-10-05
Movie Callan George 1974-01-01
Movie Regan Strip Club Heavy 1974-06-04
Movie A Killer in Every Corner Unknown 1974-11-19
Movie Abby Flip 1974-12-25
Series Thriller Unknown 1973-03-14
Series Warship Unknown 1973-06-07
Series The Protectors Walters 1972-09-29
Series Crown Court Unknown 1972-10-11
Series Play for Today Unknown 1970-10-15
Series Play of the Month Unknown 1965-10-19
Series Doctor Who Unknown 1963-11-23