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William Squire

William Squire (29 April 1917 – 3 May 1989) was a Welsh actor of stage, film and television. Squire was born in Neath, South Wales, the son of William Squire and his wife Martha (née Bridgeman). As a stage actor, Squire performed at Stratford-upon-Avon and at the Old Vic, and notably replaced his fellow-countryman Richard Burton as King Arthur in Camelot at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. One of his first film appearances was in the 1956 film Alexander the Great, which starred Burton in the title role. His varied screen roles included Thomas More in the 1969 film version of Maxwell Anderson's play Anne of the Thousand Days, Sir Daniel Brackley in the 1972 television adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow, the voice of Gandalf in the 1978 animated version of The Lord of the Rings and the Shadow in the 1979 Doctor Whoserial The Armageddon Factor. Perhaps his best-known role was as Hunter, the superior of secret agent David Callan in the spy series Callan in the early 1970s; Squire took over the role from Derek Bond. In a set of Encyclopædia Britannica-produced educational films about William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Squire played the role of Macbeth. This was in keeping with his long career as a Shakespearean actor, which included roles in the classic 1960s TV series, An Age of Kings.

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Apr 29, 1916 In Neath - Glamorgan - Wales - UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Long Dark Hall 1951-02-06
Latest Project:
Movie Callan: This Man Alone 2016-02-01
Known For
Poster of The Lord of the Rings
Poster of The XYY Man
Poster of Doctor Who
Poster of The Adventures of Robin Hood
Movie Callan: This Man Alone Himself (archive) 2016-02-01
Movie Richard Burton: In from the Cold Self 1988-09-20
Series Marco Polo Inn-Keeper 1982-12-05
Movie The Ghost Downstairs Narrator 1982-12-26
Movie The Life and Times of David Lloyd George Dr Clifford 1981-03-04
Movie Doctor Who: The Armageddon Factor The Shadow 1979-02-24
Series Blake's 7 Kommissar 1978-01-02
Movie The Thirty Nine Steps Harkness 1978-11-04
Movie The Lord of the Rings Gandalf (voice) 1978-11-15
Series The XYY Man 1976-07-03
Movie Buffet Arnold 1976-11-02
Series The Venturers Unknown 1975-01-07
Series Rumpole of the Bailey Unknown 1975-12-17
Series Prometheus: The Life of Balzac Unknown 1975-10-20
Series Jason King Unknown 1971-09-15
Movie Anne of the Thousand Days Thomas More 1969-12-18
Series The Jazz Age Unknown 1968-09-10
Series The Champions Unknown 1968-09-25
Movie Where Eagles Dare Thomas 1968-12-04
Series Callan Hunter 1967-07-08
Movie The Wars of the Roses Duke of Suffolk 1965-04-08
Series The Wednesday Play Unknown 1964-09-30
Series Doctor Who The Shadow 1963-11-23
Series An Age of Kings Unknown 1960-04-28
Series Pride and Prejudice Mr. Bingley 1958-01-24
Movie The Film That Never Was Unknown 1957-01-02
Movie Alexander the Great Aeschenes 1956-03-28
Movie The Man Who Never Was Lt. Jewell 1956-04-03
Movie The Battle of the River Plate Ray Martin 1956-10-30
Series The Adventures of Robin Hood Unknown 1955-09-26
Movie The Long Dark Hall Sergeant Cochcran 1951-02-06