Jack Watling

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Jack Watling (1923-2001)
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Jack Watling

Born: Saturday 13th January 1923
Died: Tuesday 22nd May 2001 (age: 78)

Jack Watling was a British actor.

He played Travers in 12 episodes of Season Five of Doctor Who, acting alongside his daughter Deborah Watling, who played the Second Doctor's companion Victoria Waterfield. He reprised the role decades later in the independent Doctor Who spin-off video Downtime (1995).

Watling trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Artsas a child and made his stage debut in Where the Rainbow Ends at the Holborn Empire in 1936. He made his first film appearances (all uncredited) in Sixty Glorious YearsHousemaster (both 1938) and Goodbye, Mr Chips(1939).

In 1941, he played Bill Hopkins in Once a Crook in his West End debut. Later that same year, he played George Perrey in Cottage to Let. He starred as Flight Lieutenant Teddy Graham in the original 1942 production of Terence Rattigan's Flare Path.

He had a long career in low-key British films, originally in easy-going boyish roles. Early appearances were in We Dive at Dawn (1943), The Way Ahead (1944), The Winslow Boy (1948) and Meet Mr. Lucifer(1953). In 1955 he appeared in Orson WellesMr. Arkadin.

In 1958 he played Fourth Officer Joseph Boxhall in the critically acclaimed docudrama A Night To Remember. In 1960 he appeared in the film Sink the Bismarck.

His reputation as an effective and reliable television actor took root in the early 1960s. Between 1964-69 he was Don Henderson, the troubled conscience to tough businessman John Wilder (Patrick Wymark) inThe Plane Makers and its sequel The Power Game. Watling also appeared as Doc Saxon in the 1970s series Pathfinders

Watling was married to former actress Patricia Hicks. He was the father of actors Dilys Watling, as well as Deborah Watling and Giles Watling, and of sculptor Nicky Matthews.

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