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January 2, 2017

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Maurice Denham (1909-2002) b. Beckenham, England.

Maurice Denham

Born in Beckenham, Kent, the balding British actor Maurice Denham made his name as assorted comic characters in popular 1940s radio shows such as ITMA (It’s That Man Again) and Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh. His move into films with a small part in The Man Within in 1947 coincided with a shift to more varied character roles. His talent for several character voices was used to the full when he voiced every character in the animated classic Animal Farm (1955). He remained very busy from then onwards in the film medium often appearing as respectable eccentrics or elegant crooks, one of his more celebrated movies was Day of the Jackal (1973). From the 1970s he became accepted as a penetrating portrayer of heavy personality drama on television, and a formidable protagonist on stage. He featured memorably in the classic comedy series Porridge as Judge Rawley, the man who sent Ronnie Barker to prison. He was awarded the OBE in 1992.



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