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Robert James

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Robert James (1924-2004)
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Robert James

Born: Fri 28th March 1924
Died: Sat 31st July 2004 (age: 80)



Robert James was a Scottish actor who had a long career on stage, television and in film spanning over five decades. 

He was born in Paisley, where his love for theatre led to a zest for amateur dramatics and he was spotted by a director from The Wilson Barrett Company. They gave him his first professional role, ultimately appearing in over 100 productions for them at The Glasgow Alhambra during the late 40's/early 50's. 

Despite being extremely busy in television, he continued treading the boards for forty years, loving being a company man whether it be at The Liverpool Playhouse (where he met his wife) or The Almeida. 

His film appearances, initially as a bit player, included the Titanic film "A Night To Remember" (1958). In "Doctor Who", his affecting performance as conscience stricken scientist slowly losing his mind in "The Power Of The Daleks" (1966) is considered among the best performances given by a guest actor in the show.