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Overview (4)

Born in Pretoria, South Africa
Died in Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK  (barbiturate overdose)
Birth NameNigel McGown Green
Height 6' 2¼" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The character actor Nigel Green, born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1924, was educated in England and studied chemical engineering before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. By age 24, he was appearing on stage at both the Old Vic and Stratford-on-Avon, and in the early 1950s, he made his film and television debuts. In 1956, he received serious injuries in an accident, but he fully recovered and established himself as a familiar figure in British film and television. His forceful, dominant manner inevitably led Green to military and authoritarian roles throughout his career while his tall, muscular physique was appropriate for playing such characters as Fertog "The Bear" in the television series William Tell (1958), Little John in Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960), and Hercules in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). Green had a number of small film roles in the early 1960s until his appearance in the critically acclaimed Zulu (1964), after which his film roles improved. Perhaps his best-known performance is that of Michael Caine 's superior in the stylish spy film The Ipcress File (1965). In addition to a few British horror films, such as The Skull (1965), The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), and Countess Dracula (1971), Green also appeared in a number of Hollywood films, including Tobruk (1967), The Wrecking Crew (1968) and The Kremlin Letter (1970). Green's later films brought him international recognition and a chance at stardom; however, his career was brought to an abrupt end by his sudden death in 1972 at age 47 from an overdose of sleeping pills. It is unknown if his death was intentional, although Green's family believed it to be accidental. He was separated from his wife at the time of his death.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lyn Hammond

Spouse (2)

Patricia Marmont (1952 - ?) ( divorced)
Pamela Gordon (? - 15 May 1972) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (12)

Built and raced his own Formula Vee race cars
Was separated from his wife at the time of his death
Peter O'Toole said on his commentary for the DVD version of The Ruling Class (1972) that Green was very depressed during filming, and he believes his death was probably a suicide.
Began rising to prominence by the late 1950s and achieved success as a character actor in films and on TV.
During the time Nigel Green served in the Korean conflict, he sustained a head injury which required the insertion of a metal plate at the front of his skull. Unfortunately throughout his life, the actor suffered from chronic bouts of depression as a result of this war wound. In addition, the plate induced severe headaches and these grew worse over time.
Was viewed as being something of a hell-raiser. According to a few sources, the actor embarked on a pub crawl not long after getting married.
Is now regarded as one of the unsung heroes of the British film industry.
Received some of the best reviews of his career for his portrayal of Colour Sergeant Bourne, in "Zulu.".
Was the first actor to play Nayland Smith in the 1960s "Fu Manchu" movies.
Starred opposite Stanley Baker in three movies and opposite Michael Caine in three movies also.
Was by himself in a hotel room in Brighton, on the day of his death.
Was working steadily on TV at the time of his death.

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