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Alec McCowen (1925–2017)


Alec McCowen was born Alexander Duncan McCowan on May 26, 1925 in Tunbridge Wells, England. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his professional debut in 1942. He established his reputation in classical stage roles, appearing in the ensemble of Laurence Olivier's famed duo-production of William Shakespeare's "Anthony and ... See full bio »

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(age 91) in London, England, UK

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Known For

Gangs of New York
Gangs of New York Reverend Raleigh
(2002)
Frenzy
Frenzy Chief Inspector Tim Oxford
(1972)
The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence Sillerton Jackson
(1993)
Never Say Never Again
(1983)

Filmography

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 2002 Gangs of New York
Reverend Raleigh (as Alec Mccowen)
 2001 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Sir Christian Aubrey
- The Electric Vendetta (2001) ... Sir Christian Aubrey
 2001 Victoria & Albert (TV Movie)
Sir Robert Peel
 2000 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Mr. Jorkins
 2000 Longitude (TV Movie)
Sir Frank Dyson
 1999 Kavanagh QC (TV Series)
Mr. Justice Mansell
- Previous Convictions (1999) ... Mr. Justice Mansell
 1998 The American (TV Movie)
Henry James (voice)
 1996 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- A Day on the Mountain (1996) ... Narrator (voice)
 1995 Cruel Train (TV Movie)
Supt. Fish
 1992-1994 Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator
- King Richard III (1994) ... Narrator (voice)
- Macbeth (1992) ... Narrator (voice)
 1993 The Age of Innocence
Sillerton Jackson
 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
Father Eugene McCarthy
- Maria's Child (1992) ... Father Eugene McCarthy
 1991 The War That Never Ends (TV Movie)
Thucydides
 1989 Henry V
Bishop of Ely
 1983-1989 Storyboard (TV Series)
Aeneas Sampson / Palfrey
- Hunted Down (1989) ... Aeneas Sampson
- The Traitor (1983) ... Palfrey
 1989 Bergerac (TV Series)
Trenchard
- Trenchard's Last Case (1989) ... Trenchard
 1987 Cry Freedom
Acting High Commissioner
 1987 Personal Services
Wing Commander Morten
 1986 The Importance of Being Earnest (TV Movie)
Dr. Chasuble
 1984-1985 Mr. Palfrey of Westminster (TV Series)
Mr Palfrey
- The Baited Trap (1985) ... Mr Palfrey
- Spygame (1985) ... Mr Palfrey
- Official Secret (1985) ... Mr Palfrey
- Music of a Dead Prophet (1985) ... Mr Palfrey
- Return to Sender (1985) ... Mr Palfrey
 1985 The Assam Garden
Mr. Philpott
 1984 Squaring the Circle (TV Movie)
Rakowski
 1984 The World Walk (TV Movie)
Albert Speer
 1984 The Young Visiters
J. M. Barrie
 1983 The Secret Adversary (TV Movie)
Sir James Peele Edgerton
 1983 Never Say Never Again
'Q' Algy
 1983 Forever Young
Father Vincent
 1982 All for Love (TV Series)
Silcox
- A Dedicated Man (1982) ... Silcox
 1981 Plays for Pleasure (TV Series)
Ralph
- The Reason of Things (1981) ... Ralph
 1980 Twelfth Night (TV Movie)
Malvolio
 1979 Henry V (TV Movie)
Chorus
 1979 Hanover Street
Major Trumbo
 1978 Stevie
Freddy
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
The Count
- When the Actors Come (1978) ... The Count
 1977 The Sunday Drama (TV Series)
Lampard
- The Late Wife (1977) ... Lampard
 1976 Private Lives (TV Movie)
Elyot Chase
 1976 Centre Play (TV Series)
Finn
- Showcase: A Man of Morality (1976) ... Finn
 1974 The President's Last Tape (TV Movie)
Nicholas Hathaway, President of the United States
 1973 Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (TV Series)
James Addishaw
- A Point of Law (1973) ... James Addishaw
 1973 Chronicle (TV Series documentary)
D.H. Lawrence
- The Mystery of the Etruscans (1973) ... D.H. Lawrence (voice)
 1972 Travels with My Aunt
Henry Pulling
 1972 Play for Today (TV Series)
Percy
- Triple Exposure (1972) ... Percy
 1972 The Man Outside (TV Series)
Whichelow
- The Birdwatcher (1972) ... Whichelow
 1972 Frenzy
Chief Inspector Tim Oxford
 1970 The Hawaiians
Micah Hale
 1970 Solo (TV Series)
Van Gogh
- Alec McCowen as Van Gogh (1970) ... Van Gogh
 1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Harry
- The Family Reunion (1966) ... Harry
 1966 The Witches
Alan Bax
 1965-1966 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Alfred Poole / Private Secretary
- Ape and Essence (1966) ... Alfred Poole
- Sir Jocelyn, the Minister Would Like a Word... (1965) ... Private Secretary
 1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Willie
- 'Twas on a Sunday (1966) ... Willie
 1965-1966 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Philip / Martin Luther
- Where Angels Fear to Tread (1966) ... Philip
- Luther (1965) ... Martin Luther
 1965 The Agony and the Ecstasy
Cardinal (uncredited)
 1957-1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Brandon
- Rope (1957) ... Brandon
 1965 Alexander Graham Bell (TV Series)
Alexander Graham Bell
- The Two-Way Test (1965) ... Alexander Graham Bell
- The Birthday Party (1965) ... Alexander Graham Bell
- Sound of the Spring (1965) ... Alexander Graham Bell
- A Rival in the Field (1965) ... Alexander Graham Bell
- A Note in Music (1965) ... Alexander Graham Bell
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
Antipholus of Syracuse
- The Comedy of Errors (1964) ... Antipholus of Syracuse
 1963 In the Cool of the Day
Dickie Bayliss
 1963 The Plane Makers (TV Series)
John Rodway
- A Good Night's Work (1963) ... John Rodway
 1962 Studio 4 (TV Series)
Tom O'Neill
- Call Me Back (1962) ... Tom O'Neill
 1959-1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Victor Leach
- The Mirror Maze (1960)
- Sunday Out of Season (1959) ... Victor Leach
 1959 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
 1959 Love and Mr Lewisham (TV Series)
Mr. George Lewisham
- Part 6 (1959) ... Mr. George Lewisham
- Part 5 (1959) ... Mr. George Lewisham
- Part 4 (1959) ... Mr. George Lewisham
- Part 3 (1959) ... Mr. George Lewisham
- Part 2 (1959) ... Mr. George Lewisham
 1959 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Bottom (voice)
 1952-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Edgar Perry / Alexander Wood / Johnny Pringle / ...
- The Picnic at Sakkara (1959) ... Edgar Perry
- Touch Wood (1958) ... Alexander Wood
- The Quiet Ones (1957) ... Johnny Pringle
- Twilight of a Warrior (1956) ... Ross Adam
- Idiot's Delight (1955) ... Quillary
 1958 The Doctor's Dilemma
Redpenny
 1958 A Night to Remember
Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam
 1958 Television Playwright (TV Series)
Sammy Noles
- Call Me a Liar (1958) ... Sammy Noles
 1958 The Little Beggars (TV Movie)
Mack Heath
 1958 The Silent Enemy
Able Seaman Morgan
 1957-1958 Angel Pavement (TV Series)
Turgis
- Episode #1.4 (1958) ... Turgis
- Episode #1.3 (1958) ... Turgis
- Episode #1.2 (1958) ... Turgis
- Episode #1.1 (1957) ... Turgis
 1957 The One That Got Away
Duty Officer, Hucknall
 1957 The Good Companions
Albert Oakroyd
 1957 Time Without Pity
Alec Graham
 1957 Town on Trial
Peter Crowley (as Alec Mc Cowen)
 1956 The Third Key
House Surgeon (as Alec McOwen)
 1956 No Man's Land (TV Movie)
Major Richard Weston
 1956 Private's Progress
2nd Medical Orderly (uncredited)
 1955 The Deep Blue Sea
Ken Thompson
 1954 The Divided Heart
Reporter
 1953 Escapade (TV Movie)
Daventry (as Alex McCowen)
 1953 The Cruel Sea
Tonbridge
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Other Works:

He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Twelfth Night," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Barbara Leigh-Hunt in the cast. Graham was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 28 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Alec Mc Cowen | Alec McCowan | Alexander D. McCowen | Alex McCowen | Alec McOwen | Alec Mccowen
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Had appeared in two adaptations of William Shakespeare's play "Henry V": Henry V (1979) and Henry V (1989). He played the Chorus in the former and the Bishop of Ely in the latter. See more »

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