January 2, 2017


Gordon Jackson (1923-1990) b. Glasgow, Scotland.

Gordon Jackson

Gordon Cameron Jackson was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Upon leaving school aged 15 he gained employment as a draughtsman for Rolls-Royce. Jackson’s film career began when Ealing producers were looking for a young Scot to take part in the film The Foreman Went to France (1942). This was the beginning of a fruitful association with Ealing Studios which saw Jackson appear in such films as San Demetrio, London (1943), Pink String and Sealing Wax (1945) and Whisky Galore! (1949). As he aged, Jackson went from playing the youthful innocent to the weathered yet weak adult, notably in Tunes of Glory (1960), The Great Escape (1963) and The Ipcress File (1965). From the 1970’s onwards he became a stern authority figure popular on television serials; Jackson was seen as Hudson the butler in "Upstairs, Downstairs", and later the formidable boss in the long-running "The Professionals".

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