John Levene

Biography

Aka John Anthony Blake John Levene (real name John Anthony Woods) left home at the age of 21 and travelled to London. He was working in a men's clothing store when he met Telly Savalas (who was making the film "The Dirty Dozen") and he was inspired to become an actor. He joined an agency which provided walk-on actors. He had to change his name because every variation on it was being used by a member of the British actor's union, Equity. His physical stature at 6' 2" earned him the non-speaking role of a Cyberman in The Invasion: Episode One (1968), but director Douglas Camfield gave him the role of Corporal Benton when the actor originally cast in the part was sacked. This was to become his best-known role and he played the part of Benton regularly in the series until 1975, when he was written out. In 1977, Levene quit acting and in the 1980s he moved to the USA. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous He is most famous for playing Corporal/Sergeant/RSM Benton in Doctor Who (1963) from 1968 until 1975. Before winning the role of Benton, Levene worked as an extra. Levene had originally been cast in a non-speaking role as a cyberman in the 1968 story 'The Invasion' but when director Douglas Camfield sacked the actor who was supposed to be playing Corporal Benton, he gave the role to John Levene instead. He has a daughter called Samantha and a son, Jason, living in Feilding, New Zealand. Spouses: Diana Wade ? ?(m. 1966; div. 1983)? Jennifer Wegner ?(m. 1992; div. 2011)

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Birth Name

John Anthony Woods

Birth Place

Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK

Birth Date

12/24/1941
Known For
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The Resurrection of Frankenstein

Victor Moritz

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The Reincarnation of Dracula

Dr. Seward

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Automatons

Communications Captain

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Planetfall

Angry Videophone Alien (voice)

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The Death Wheelers

Constable

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The Blockhouse

Soldier (uncredited)

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Dark Places

Doctor

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Zeppelin

British Soldier in Pub (uncredited)

Starring In
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The Reincarnation of Dracula

Dr. Seward

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The Resurrection of Frankenstein

Victor Moritz

Movie Poster

Automatons

Communications Captain

Movie Poster

Planetfall

Angry Videophone Alien (voice)

Movie Poster

Dark Places

Doctor

Movie Poster

The Blockhouse

Soldier (uncredited)

Movie Poster

The Death Wheelers

Constable

Movie Poster

Zeppelin

British Soldier in Pub (uncredited)

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