Jack Hawkins

Biography

In Britain, special Christmas plays called pantomimes are produced for children. Jack Hawkins made his London theatrical debut at age 12, playing the elf king in "Where The Rainbow Ends". At 17, he got the lead role of St. George in the same play. At 18, he made his debut on Broadway in "Journey's End". At 21, he was back in London playing a young lover in "Autumn Crocus". He married his leading lady, Jessica Tandy. That year he also played his first real film role in the 1931 sound version of Alfred Hitchcock's The Phantom Fiend (1932). During the 30s, he took his roles in plays more seriously than the films he made. In 1940, Jessica accepted a role in America and Jack volunteered to serve in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He spent most of his military career arranging entertainment for the British forces in India. One of the actresses who came out to India was Doreen Lawrence who became his second wife after the war. Alexander Korda advised Jack to go into films and offered him a three-year contract. In his autobiography, Jack recalled: "Eight years later I was voted the number one box office draw of 1954. I was even credited with irresistible sex appeal, which is another quality I had not imagined I possessed." A late 1940s film, The Black Rose (1950), where he played a secondary role to Tyrone Power, would be one of his most fortunate choices of roles. The director was Henry Hathaway who Jack said was "probably the most feared, yet respected director in America, for he had a sharp tongue and fired people at the drop of a hat. Years later, after my operation when I lost my voice, he went out of his way to help me get back into films. What I did not know was that during the filming of 'The Black Rose' he was himself suffering from cancer." In the 1950s came the film that made Hawkins a star, The Cruel Sea (1953). Suffering from life long real life sea sickness, he played the captain of the Compass Rose. After surgery for throat cancer in 1966, requiring the removal of his larynx, Jack continued to make films. He mimed his lines and the voice was dubbed by either Charles Gray or Robert Rietty. His motto during those last years came from Milton's "Comus", a verse play in which he acted early in his career in Regent's Park. The lines: "Yet where an equal poise of hope and fear does arbitrate the event, my nature is that I incline to hope, rather than to fear." - IMDb Mini Biography By: Dale O'Connor <daleoc@worldnet.att.net>

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Birth Name

John Edward Hawkins

Birth Place

Wood Green, London, England, UK

Birth Date

6/14/1910

Death Date

7/18/1973
Known For
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Ben-Hur

Quintus Arrius

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The Bridge on the River Kwai

Major Warden

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Zulu

Rev. Otto Witt

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Land of the Pharaohs

Pharaoh Khufu

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The Cruel Sea

Ericson

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The League of Gentlemen

Hyde

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Waterloo

Gen. Sir Thomas Picton

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Gideon of Scotland Yard

Chief Inspector George Gideon

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Ben Hur

Quintus Arrius

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Angels One Five

Group Capt. 'Tiger' Small

Starring In
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Boys on Film 15: Time & Tied

Roland (segment "Morning is Broken")

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Writers Retreat

Phil

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Of Time and the City

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Ben Hur

Quintus Arrius

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QB VII

Justice Gilroy

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Theatre of Blood

Solomon Psaltery

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Tales that Witness Madness

Dr. Nicholas

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Young Winston

Mr. Welldon

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Kidnapped

Captain Hoseason

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Nicholas and Alexandra

Count Fredericks

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When Eight Bells Toll

Sir Anthony Skouras

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Twinky

Judge Millington-Draper

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Jane Eyre

Mr. Brocklehurst

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Waterloo

Gen. Sir Thomas Picton

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The Adventures of Gerard

Marshal Millefleurs (Renegade English Officer)

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Those Daring Young Men in their Jaunty Jalopies

Count Levinovitch

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Oh! What a Lovely War

Emperor Franz Joseph

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Waterloo

Gen. Sir Thomas Picton

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Shalako

Sir Charles Daggett

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Conflict

Major Lawton

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Mohn ist auch eine Blume

General Bahar

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Lord Jim

Marlow

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Masquerade

Colonel Drexel

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Guns at Batasi

Lt. Col. John Deal

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Zulu

Rev. Otto Witt

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Rampage

Otto Abbot

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Lawrence of Arabia

General Allenby

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Lafayette

General Cornwallis

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Five Finger Exercise

Stanley Harrington

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The League of Gentlemen

Hyde

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Ben-Hur

Quintus Arrius

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The Two-Headed Spy

Gen. Alex Schottland

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Gideon of Scotland Yard

Chief Inspector George Gideon

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The Bridge on the River Kwai

Major Warden

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Decision Against Time

John Mitchell

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She Played with Fire

Oliver Branwell

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The Long Arm

Detective Superintendent Tom Halliday

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Touch and Go

Fletcher

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The Prisoner

The Interrogator

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Land of the Pharaohs

Pharaoh Khufu

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Land of Fury

Phillip Wayne

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Front Page Story

Grant

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The Intruder

Wolf Merton

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Malta Story

Air Commodore Frank

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The Cruel Sea

Ericson

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Angels One Five

Group Capt. 'Tiger' Small

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The Planter's Wife

Jim Frazer

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Mandy

Searle

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Home at Seven

Dr. Sparling

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No Highway in the Sky

Dennis Scott

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The Black Rose

Tristram Griffin

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State Secret

Colonel Galcon

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The Angel with the Trumpet

Narrator

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Hour of Glory

R.B. Waring

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Bonnie Prince Charlie

Lord George Murray

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The Fallen Idol

Detective Ames

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The Third Secret

Sir Frederick Belline

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The Next of kin

Brigade Major Harcourt (as 2nd. Lt. Jack Hawkins RWF)

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Death at a Broadcast

Herbert Evans

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I Lived with You

Mort.

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The Good Companions

Albert

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The Phantom Fiend

John Martin

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