Edward Judd (1932-2009)

Date of Birth: 4 October 1932
Place of Birth: Shanghai, China
Date of Death: 24 February 2009
Place of Death: Mitcham, Surrey, UK

A British actor born in Shanghai in 1932 to an English father and Russian mother. The family fled when the Japanese attacked China in 1937, settling in the UK. He caught the acting bug in his teenage years, finding work on the stage until film came calling with The Small Voice (1948) in which Judd made his screen debut aged 16. Throughout the 50s, stage and film work was plentiful, Judd slowly building a solid reputation, though for many years his film work – including Hammer’s X the Unknown (1956) – went uncredited.

His career really took off in the 1960s, particularly after his appearance in Val Guest’s science fiction thriller The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), the H.G. Wells adaptation First Men in the Moon (1964), and Island of Terror (1966). Television provided plenty of work too – he played Gavin Grant in 13 episodes of the industrial espionage thriller Intrigue (1966) and appeared in popular shows like Out of the Unknown (1965-1971), The Borderers (1968-1970), Dixon of Dock Green (1955-1976) and A Place in the Sun (1972).

The 70s saw him taking a regular role in the hit TV series Flambards (1979) along with roles in The Onedin Line (1971-1980) and The Sweeney (1975-1978) among many others. He was also famous in the UK during the 70s as the face of the “Think Once, Think Twice, Think Bike” safety campaign designed to highlight the risks and dangers faced by motorcyclists. Work began to slow down in the 1980s (his distinctive voice was heard on several BBC Radio shows) and by the 1990s, he was reduced to living in the Phoenix Hotel in Wimbledon while working as a credit officer for a Canadian investment bank before spending the final years of his life in a retirement home in Mitcham before his death in February 2009 at the age of 76, 17 years after his last screen work in an episode of detective drama Van Der Valk (1972-1992).

Genre Filmography

* = uncredited

The Adventures of Sir Lancelot: The Lesser Breed (1956)
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot: The Ruby of Radnor (1956)
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot: Witches’ Brew (1956)
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot: The Maid of Somerset (1956)
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot: Double Identity (1956)
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot: Mortaise Fair (1956)
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot: The Bridge (1956)
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot: The Lady Lilith (1956)
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot: The Ugly Duckling (1956)
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot: Knights Choice (1956)
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot: The Thieves (1957)
X the Unknown (1956) *
The Invisible Man: Shadow on the Screen (1959)
The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
First Men in the Moon (1964)
Out of the Unknown: Time in Advance (1965)
R3: Experiment in Depth (1965)
Invasion (1966)
Island of Terror (1966)
The Vengeance of She (1967)
O Lucky Man! (1973)
The Vault of Horror (1973)
Thriller: Sign It Death (1974)
Thriller: Murder Motel (1975)
The New Avengers: To Catch a Rat (1976)
1990: Non-Citizen (1977)
Dramarama Spooky: The Danny Roberts Show (1983)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983)
Frankenstein (1984)
Jack the Ripper (1988)

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