January 2, 2017


John Gregson (1919-1975) b. Liverpool, England.

John Gregson

Born in Liverpool in 1919, John Gregson was the genteel star of many popular British films of the 1950s. His career took off just after he finished serving in the Royal Navy during WWII. After a spell in amateur dramatics, Gregson entered films in 1948; his early appearances were in support roles for many Ealing films including Scott of the Antarctic (1948), Train of Events (1949), Whisky Galore! (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) and The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953). Signed under contract by the Rank Organisation, Gregson achieved worldwide success in Genevieve (1953), the gentle comedy about two competing couples on the London to Brighton vintage car run.

Throughout the 1950s Gregson alternated between war pictures like Above Us the Waves (1955) and The Battle of the River Plate (1956), and comedies such as Value for Money (1955) and The Captain’s Table (1959). By the mid-1960s British cinema had embraced the "new wave" and Gregson was less sought-after, and consequently turned to television roles like Commander Gideon in the police series "Gideon’s Way" (1964-65).

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