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John Ashley Hamilton

John Ashley Hamilton--actor, writer, director--brings to the entertainment industry many years of experience in acting and film production. A native of London, England, he became a well-known personality there from his work in television and commercial appearances. He was the first black person to appear in a commercial shown on television and in ... See full bio »

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Dolemite Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Good Times Writer
S.W.A.T. Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Secret Agent Secretary


Hide Hide Show Show Actor (19 credits)
 1993 Tarzán (TV Series)
- Tarzan and the Stone Age Man (1993) ... Atu (as Ashley Alexander)
 1993 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
- The Legend of Lochnagar (1993) ... (voice, as John Hamilton)
 1989 A Different World (TV Series)
Dr. Settle
- High Anxiety (1989) ... Dr. Settle
 1985 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
- What Are Friends For? (1985) ... Duvivier
 1972 Room 222 (TV Series)
Marshall Leeds
- Hands Across the Sea (1972) ... Marshall Leeds
 1970 Carry On Up the Jungle
Nosha (uncredited)
 1969 Strange Report (TV Series)
Bus Conductor
- Report 8319: Grenade - What Price Change? (1969) ... Bus Conductor (as John Hamilton)
 1969 Plays of Today (TV Series)
Lee King
- The English Boy (1969) ... Lee King (as John Hamilton)
 1967 Haunted (TV Mini-Series)
- The Girl on a Swing (1967) ... Simon (as George A. Saunders)
 1966 Naked Evil
Danny (as George A. Saunders)
 1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Leonard younger Brother
- Magnolia Summer (1966) ... Leonard younger Brother
 1965 Secret Agent (TV Series)
- Loyalty Always Pays (1965) ... Secretary (as George A. Saunders)
 1965 The Saint (TV Series)
- The Happy Suicide (1965) ... Joe (uncredited)
 1964 Guns at Batasi
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1964 Diary of a Young Man (TV Series)
Voice (as George A Saunders)
 1964 The Plane Makers (TV Series)
Jimmy Coyne
- A Job for the Major (1964) ... Jimmy Coyne (as George A. Saunders)
 1963 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
- Drama '63: The Hooded Terror (1963) ... Boxer (as George Saunders)
 1963 Z Cars (TV Series)
Harmonica Player
- Scare (1963) ... Harmonica Player (as George A. Saunders)
 1963 Hugh and I (TV Series)
Young man in audience
- Lost Property (1963) ... Young man in audience (as George A. Saunders)
Show Show Second Unit Director or Assistant Director (5 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (2 credits)

Personal Details

Official Sites:

My Personal website | Official Site | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ashley Alexander | John Ashleigh Hamilton | John Hamilton | George A. Saunders | George A Saunders | George Saunders


6' 1" (1.85 m)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

You never fail until you stop trying.


He was the first black person to appear in an on camera Commercial that was seen all over England and Wales on British television and in movie theatres in May 1964. The Commercial was for Tia Maria. See more »



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