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Ian Mackendrick Hendry
(1931-01-13)13 January 1931
|Died||24 December 1984(1984-12-24) (aged 53)
|Resting place||Golders Green Crematorium|
|Alma mater||Central School of Speech and Drama|
|Occupation||Film, television, stage and radio actor|
Phyllis Joanna Bell née Chaddock
( m. 1955; div. 1962)
( m. 1963; div. 1971)
( m. 1975;
Ian Mackendrick Hendry (13 January 1931 – 24 December 1984) was an English film, television and stage actor. He worked on several British TV series of the 1960s and 1970s, including the lead in the first series of The Avengers and The Lotus Eaters, and played roles in the films The Hill (1965), Repulsion (1965), Get Carter (1971), and Theatre of Blood (1973).
Hendry was born in Ipswich, Suffolk on 13 January 1931. His father, James Hendry, was born in 1901 in Glasgow. James Hendry earned a degree in chemistry from Glasgow University before moving to Ipswich in 1924 to take up a graduate position with R & W Paul Ltd. (now BOCM Pauls Ltd). Ian's mother, Enid (née Rushton), was born in Durham in 1906. Her father, George Rushton, was an artist and Head of the Ipswich Art School from 1906-29.
Ian's younger brother, Donald, was born on 15 August 1933. Both Ian and his brother were educated at the Ipswich School and Culford School, Suffolk. At Culford School, Ian Hendry had a keen interest in sports, particularly boxing, cricket, running and rugby. He was also involved in amateur dramatics at Culford, helping to produce and perform in several school plays.
1947–53: career choices and national service
On leaving school in 1947, aged 16, Hendry initially embarked on a very different career, studying at the College of Estate Management in London. In 1948, he spent a year working for Bidwells at their Cambridge office. In 1949, Hendry began his National Service as part of the programme of conscription in the United Kingdom which was introduced after the end of World War II in 1945. He spent two years with the 32nd Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. During this time, Hendry paced for Christopher Chataway in athletics and ran his own motorcycle stunt team. On completion of his service he returned to work in Estate Management.
From 1951-53, Hendry returned to work for Bidwells, but this time he was based in their Edgware office in London. During this period, Hendry re-established his interest in acting, becoming involved in amateur theatre through a local amateur dramatics group in Edgware.
1953–55: Central School of Speech and Drama
By 1953, Hendry had decided that he wanted to change his career and follow his ambition of becoming an actor. In late 1952, he had applied for a place at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, where he was accepted and trained from 1953-55. Contemporaries at the school at that time included Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave, who were both two years below him; Wanda Ventham, his future co-star in the series The Lotus Eaters, who was in the year below; and Jeremy Brett and Wendy Craig, who were in the year above him.
1955–59: theatre, television and film work
Hendry's professional acting career began in 1955, working in repertory at the Hornchurch Theatre in Station Lane. He was also seen in Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters at the Edinburgh Festival. In 1957, Hendry spent another season in repertory, performing in several plays at the Oxford Playhouse, Oxford. In December 1957, Dinner with the Family transferred to the West End, playing at the New Theatre, London.
1960–69: theatre, television and film work
The series only ran for 12 episodes but Hendry was next cast in the very similar role of Dr David Keel in a new action-adventure series entitled The Avengers. Initially, Hendry was the star of this series, which co-starred Patrick Macnee as John Steed. However, production of the first season was curtailed by a strike and Hendry used the opportunity to depart the series and begin a film career. (The Avengers continued for the rest of the decade with Macnee as its star.)
Hendry had a lead role in films such as Live Now, Pay Later (1962), Girl in the Headlines (1963), The Hill (1965) opposite Sean Connery, and Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965). He starred in Gerry Anderson's film, Doppelgänger (1969), also known as Journey to the Far Side of the Sun. During the 1960s he appeared in TV series such as Armchair Theatre, Danger Man, The Saint and The Gold Robbers. He played the lead role as disbarred Queen's Counsel Alex Lambert in the TV series The Informer (1966–67).
1970–79: theatre, television and film work
In the early 1970s, Hendry took lead roles in several TV series such as The Adventures of Don Quick (1970) and The Lotus Eaters (1972–73). He guest starred, alongside Brian Blessed, in the first episode of The Sweeney, titled "Ringer", made in 1974 and broadcast early in 1975. He appeared regularly as a guest star in TV series such as The Persuaders!, Dial M For Murder, Churchill's People, Thriller, Van Der Valk, Supernatural, Crown Court, The Enigma Files, Bergerac and The Chinese Detective. Hendry was reunited with Patrick Macnee as a guest star on The New Avengers, although he did not reprise the role of David Keel. His previous role in the series was acknowledged, however, by Steed's parting words: "It may be seventeen years late, but welcome back Gunner." (season 1, ep. 7 "To catch a rat").
He appeared in a number of films, including the Hammer entry Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974). Among the more widely seen films he appeared in during this time were Get Carter (1971), for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Theatre of Blood (1973) opposite Vincent Price, The Passenger (1975) and Damien: Omen II (1978).
1980–84: television and film work
Hendry starred opposite Nyree Dawn Porter in the TV series For Maddie with Love (1980). In 1980 Hendry appeared in the film McVicar based on the life of the bank robber John McVicar (played by Roger Daltrey of rock band The Who). Towards the end of his life he had a role in the crime series Jemima Shore Investigates as the eponymous heroine's literary agent. His final TV role was in the Channel Four soap opera Brookside (1984).
Hendry's first marriage was to Phyllis Joanna Bell, née Chaddock, in September 1955. Phyllis preferred to be known as 'Jo' - an abbreviation of her middle-name - and worked as a make-up artist for Leichner. The marriage ended in 1962. Hendry married actress Janet Munro on 16 February 1963. They had two daughters, Sally and Corrie, but their turbulent life together ended in divorce in 1971. Munro died a year later in London from the heart condition myocarditis. This was a contributory factor in Hendry's increasing dependence on alcohol. Hendry later married Sandra (Sandy) Jones on 27 May 1975, with whom he had another daughter, Emma.
Hendry was declared bankrupt in the late 1970s. He suffered from several health problems in his latter years, largely due to his long-term problems with alcohol which affected his professional and personal life.
His last part in a film was a substantial, though uncredited, role as a corrupt policeman in McVicar. His last public appearance was as a guest on This Is Your Life which profiled his former Avengers co-star Patrick Macnee, who had been a special guest when This Is Your Life featured Hendry in March 1978.
|1955||Simon and Laura||(uncredited)||Directed by Muriel Box|
|1956||Up in the World||Commando Sergeant (uncredited)||Directed by John Paddy Carstairs|
|1957||The Secret Place||Charles Maitland (uncredited)||Directed by Clive Donner|
|1959||Room at the Top||Cyril||Directed by Jack Clayton|
|1959||Bobbikins||BBC Radio announcer (uncredited)||Directed by Robert Day|
|1960||Sink the Bismarck!||Officer on 'King George V' (uncredited)||Directed by Lewis Gilbert|
|1960||In the Nick||Ted Ross||Directed by Ken Hughes|
|1962||Live Now, Pay Later||Albert Argyle||Directed by Jay Lewis
Based on the novel by Jack Trevor Story
|1963||Girl in the Headlines||Inspector Birkett||Directed by Michael Truman|
|1964||Children of the Damned||Colonel Tom Llewellyn||Directed by Anton M. Leader|
|1964||This Is My Street||Harry King||Directed by Sidney Hayers|
|1964||The Beauty Jungle (US title: Contest Girl)||Don Mackenzie||Directed by Val Guest|
|1965||Repulsion||Michael||Directed by Roman Polanski|
|1965||The Hill||Staff Sergeant Williams||Directed by Sidney Lumet|
|1966||The Sandwich Man||Motorcycle Policeman||Directed by Robert Hartford-Davis|
|1967||Casino Royale||(uncredited)||Directed by Ken Hughes|
|1967||Traitors of San Angel (Original title: Los traidores de San Ángel)||Nick Thomas||Directed by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson|
|1969||Cry Wolf||Hobson||Directed by John Davis|
|1969||Vendetta for the Saint||Destamio||Directed by Jim O'Connolly|
|1969||The Southern Star||Karl||Directed by Sidney Hayers|
|1969||Doppelgänger (US title: Journey to the Far Side of the Sun)||John Kane||Directed by Robert Parrish|
|1970||The McKenzie Break||Major Perry||Directed by Lamont Johnson|
|1971||Get Carter||Eric Paice||Directed by Mike Hodges|
|1972||The Jerusalem File||General Mayer||Directed by John Flynn|
|1972||Tales from The Crypt||Carl Maitland||Directed by Freddie Francis
(Segment 2: Reflection of Death)
|1972||All Coppers Are...||Sonny Wade||Directed by Sidney Hayers|
|1973||Theatre of Blood||Peregrine Devlin||Directed by Douglas Hickox|
|1973||Assassin||The Assassin||Directed by Peter Crane|
|1974||Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter||Kerro||Directed by Brian Clemens|
|1974||The Internecine Project||Alex Hellman||Directed by Ken Hughes|
|1975||The Passenger||Martin Knight||Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni|
|1976||Intimate Games||Uncle Rodney||Directed by Tudor Gates|
|1978||Damien: Omen II||Michael Morgan (uncredited)||Directed by Don Taylor|
|1979||The Bitch||Thrush Feather||Directed by Gerry O'Hara|
|1980||McVicar||Hitchens (uncredited)||Directed by Tom Clegg|
|1956||Calling All Boys||Mr. X||TV series (all or some episodes)|
|1958||Emergency-Ward 10||Mr. Clarke||TV series (8 episodes)|
|1957-58||Murder Bag||Not known||TV series (Episodes: Lockhart Bags a Brooch (7/7/58); Lockhart Pulls The Trigger (19/11/58); Lockhart Visits A Hospital (5/2/59)|
|1959||The Invisible Man||Lt. Daniels||TV series (Episode: Shadow Bomb)|
|1959||Crime Sheet||Not known||TV series (Episode: Lockhart Has It in Store (12/8/59)|
|1960||Inside Story||Peter||TV series (1 episode)|
|1960||The Probation Officer||Christopher Stamp||TV series (1 episode)|
|1960||Police Surgeon||Dr. Geoffrey Brent||TV series (all 13 episodes)|
|1961||The Avengers||Dr. David Keel||TV series (Season 1: 25 of 26 episodes)|
|1962||The Ginger Man||Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield||TV film|
|1962||BBC Sunday-Night Play||Morgan Delt||TV plays (Play: A Suitable Case for Treatment)|
|1962-1963||Armchair Theatre||David Simpson
|Afternoon of a Nymph
A Cold Peace
|1963||Drama 61-67||Harry Barnes||TV series (Drama 63: 54 Minute Affair)|
|1965||Danger Man (US title: Secret Agent)||Wallace/Hagen||TV series (Episode: Say it with Flowers)|
|1965-1966||Blackmail||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1966||Preview Tonight||Angus||TV series (1 episode)|
|1966-1967||The Informer||Alex Lambert||TV series (all 21 episodes)|
|1967||ITV Play of the Week||Paul Du Pre||TV plays (Play: The Crossfire)|
|1968||Jackanory||Narrator||TV series (5 episodes)|
|1969||The Saint||Alessandro Destamio||TV series (2-part episode)|
|1969||The Gold Robbers||Tom Goodwin||TV mini-series (1 episode)|
|1970||The Adventures of Don Quick||Capt. Don Quick||TV series (all 6 episodes)|
|1970-1972||ITV Playhouse||See notes||TV plays (Plays: Thursday’s Child (1970) as Peter Ware; The High Game (1970) as Paul Venniker; A Splinter of Ice (1972) as Tony)|
|1970-1972||ITV Saturday Night Theatre||See notes||TV plays (Plays: Dangerous Corner (1970) as Charles Staunton; Love Doesn’t Grow on Trees (1971) as Eric Shiffner; A Summer Story (1972) as Nico)|
|1971||The Persuaders!||Lord Croxley||TV series (Episode: The Time and the Place)|
|1972||Suspicion||Freddo Watts||TV series (Episode: Old Man’s Hat)|
|1972||The Protectors||Inspector Wilson||TV series (Episode: Thinkback)|
|1972||The Frighteners||Anthony Ashworth||TV series (Episode: Bed and Breakfast)|
|1972-1973||The Lotus Eaters||Erik Shepherd||TV series (all 15 episodes)|
|1973||Late Night Theatre||Dave||TV series (Episode: We’re Strangers Here)|
|1974||Dial M for Murder||Marvin Stone||TV series (Episode: Contract)|
|1975||Thriller||Bob/Terry Spelling||TV series (Episode: Killer with Two Faces)|
|1975||The Sweeney||Dave Brooker||TV series (Episode: Ringer)|
|1975||Churchill's People||William Davenant||TV series (Episode: March On, Boys!)|
|1975||Village Hall||Wally||TV series (Episode: Battleground)|
|1975||Cooper||Officer Bryce||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1976||Shades of Greene||The Man||TV series (Episode: Dream of a Strange Land)|
|1976||Killers||Mr. J.D. Cassels, KC||TV series (Episodes: Murder at the Metropole; The Crumbles Murder)|
|1976||The Dick Emery Show||Russian agent||TV series (1 episode)|
|1976||The New Avengers||Irwin Gunner||TV series (Episode: To Catch a Rat)|
|1976||ITV Sunday Night Drama||Alex Flemming||TV series (Episode: The Goldfinch)|
|1977||Supernatural||Zoltan Vinzenz||TV series (Episodes: The Werewolf Reunion; Countess Ilona)|
|1977||Van Der Valk||Boersma||TV series (Episode: Gold Plated Delinquents)|
|1978||Premiere||Nifty||TV series (Episode: Crest of a Wave)|
|1978||Return of the Saint||Roy Gates||TV series (Episode: Yesterday’s Hero)|
|1979||Crown Court||Frank Edwards||TV series (Episodes: Cowboy, parts 1 to 3)|
|1980||The Enigma Files||Joe Mackie||TV series (Episode: Investigation of a Copper)|
|1980||For Maddie with Love||Malcolm Laurie||TV series|
|1981||The Chinese Detective||Eddie Dwyer||TV series (Episode: Ice and Dust)|
|1981||Smuggler||Agate||TV mini-series (Episode: An Eye for an Eye)|
|1981||Bergerac||Major Furneaux||TV series (Episode: Campaign for Silence)|
|1983||Jemima Shore Investigates||Cy||TV series (Episodes: The Damask Collection; High Style; Dr. Ziegler’s Casebook)|
|1984||Brookside||Davey Jones||TV series (Episodes: Etiquette; King Rat; Transport)|
|1951||Ring Round The Moon||Hugo/Frederic||Edgware Amateur Dramatics Production||Play by Jean Anouilh|
|August 1955||Reluctant Heroes||Tone||Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch||Play by Colin Morris|
|August 1955||Witness for the Prosecution||Leonard Vole||Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch||Play by Agatha Christie|
|August - September 1955||This Happy Breed||Reg||Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch||Play by Noël Coward|
|October 1955||Our Town||Prof. Willard||Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch||Play by Thornton Wilder|
|October - November 1955||The Recruiting Officer||Constable||Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch||Play by George Farquhar|
|December 1956||The Adventures of Davy Crockett||Not known||Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch||Play based on works by Davy Crockett|
|January 1957||Paradise Street||Not known||Mahatma Gandhi Hall, Studio Theatre Club||Play by Antony Brown|
|February 1957||Frost at Midnight||Dodger||Oxford Playhouse, Oxford||Play by André Obey|
|March 1957||Lysistrata||Strymodoros||Oxford Playhouse, Oxford||Play by Aristophanes|
|April 1957||Figure of Fun||Freddie||Oxford Playhouse, Oxford||Play by Andre Roussin|
|April 1957||The Critic and the Heart||Pat Rye||Oxford Playhouse, Oxford||Play by Robert Bolt|
|May 1957||The Beaux Stratagem||Francis Archer||Oxford Playhouse, Oxford||Play by George Farquhar|
|May 1957||Change in the Wind||Charles Auguste||Oxford Playhouse, Oxford||Play by Georges Neveux|
|June 1957||The Man Who Came To Dinner||Prof. Metz||Oxford Playhouse, Oxford||Play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart|
|July 1957||Arlecchino||Not known||Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh||An adaptation of the play The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni|
|October 1957||Dinner with the Family||Jacques||Oxford Playhouse, Oxford||Play by Jean Anouilh|
|October 1957||Dinner with the Family||Jacques||Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge||Play by Jean Anouilh|
|October 1957||Dinner with the Family||Jacques||King's Theatre, Glasgow||Play by Jean Anouilh|
|October 1957||Dinner with the Family||Jacques||Theatre Royal, Brighton||Play by Jean Anouilh|
|December 1957||Dinner with the Family||Jacques||Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh||Play by Jean Anouilh|
|December 1957||Dinner with the Family||Jacques||New Theatre, London||Play by Jean Anouilh|
|June 1959||Murder on Arrival||Steve Taylor||Westminster Theatre, London||Play by George Batson|
|February 1960||Hedda Gabler||George Tesman||Oxford Playhouse, Oxford||Play by Henrik Ibsen|
|March 1970||In Camera||Joseph Garcin||Oxford Playhouse, Oxford||Play by Jean-Paul Sartre
Other titles: No Exit; No Way Out; Vicious Circle; Behind Closed Doors; Dead End
|March 1970||The Bear||Grigoriy Smirnov||Oxford Playhouse, Oxford||Play by Anton Chekhov|
|March 1970||In Camera||Joseph Garcin||Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon||Play by Jean-Paul Sartre|
|March 1970||The Bear||Grigoriy Smirnov||Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon||Play by Anton Chekhov|
|February 1976||Motive||Wallace Barrows||Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, Surrey||Play by Larry Cohen|
|March 1976||Motive||Wallace Barrows||Theatre Royal, Brighton||Play by Larry Cohen|
|March 1976||Motive||Wallace Barrows||Theatre Royal, Norwich||Play by Larry Cohen|
|June 1977||The Owl and the Pussycat||Felix||Kings Theatre, Southsea||Play by Bill Manhoff|
|June - July 1977||The Owl and the Pussycat||Felix||Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge||Play by Bill Manhoff|
|August 1977||The Owl and the Pussycat||Felix||Wolverhampton Grand Theatre||Play by Bill Manhoff|
|June 1978||Otherwise Engaged||Simon||Grand Theatre, Leeds||Play by Simon Gray|
|August 1978||Otherwise Engaged||Simon||Theatre Royal, Nottingham||Play by Simon Gray|
|August 1978||Otherwise Engaged||Simon||Wolverhampton Grand Theatre||Play by Simon Gray|
|September - October 1978||Lady Windermere's Fan||Lord Windermere||Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, Surrey||Play by Oscar Wilde|
|October 1978||Lady Windermere's Fan||Lord Windermere||Theatre Royal, Norwich||Play by Oscar Wilde|
|27 September 1969||Unscheduled Stop||Robin Fiske||An adaptation of Derek Bond's Unscheduled Stop
BBC Radio 4
|13 November 1971||The Third Man||Harry Lime||An adaptation of Graham Greene's The Third Man
BBC Radio 
|October 1973||Desert Island Discs||Himself (guest)||Roy Plomley's castaway was actor Ian Hendry
BBC Radio 
|January 1976||Five Roundabouts to Heaven||Not known||An adaptation of John Bingham's Five Roundabouts to Heaven for BBC Radio World Service |
|5 February 1978||A Moon for the Misbegotten||Tyrone||BBC Radio 3 |
|8 May 1978 (Repeating on 14 May 1978)||A Little Bit of Heaven||Gerry Mahood||BBC Radio 4 |
|24 April - 19 June 1983||The Price of Silence||Maxon||BBC Radio |
Awards and nominations
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1962||Live Now Pay Later||BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles||Nominated|
|1971||Get Carter||BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1966||The Informer||Rediffusion Golden Star Award for Best Actor||Won|
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- "Ian Hendry, Judi Dench - Students at Central School of Speech And Drama". Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Ian Hendry - Other Works on IMDb". Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Ian Hendry - The Original Avenger". Retrieved 30 March 2013.
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- The Stage 15 September 1966, p.12
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- "Simon and Laura on IMDb". Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "The Secret Place on IMDb". Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Anton Leader on IMDb". Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "John Davis on IMDb". Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Reluctant Heroes (1957)". Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Witness for the Prosecution (1955)". Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "This Happy Breed (1955)". Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch. Archived from the original on 29 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Our Town (1955)". Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "The Recruiting Officer (1955)". Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch. Archived from the original on 29 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "- Unscheduled Stop by Derek Bond". Retrieved 9 June 2014.
- "- Unscheduled Stop on BBC Radio 4". Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
- "Ian Hendry - The Third Man on Sutton Elms". Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Ian Hendry - Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio". Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Five Roundabouts To Heaven - 1 The Facts About Philip Bartels". Retrieved 3 March 2015.
- "Ian Hendry - A Moon for the Misbegotten on BBC Radio". Retrieved 9 June 2014.
- "A Little Bit of Heaven on BBC Radio 4". Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
- "The Price of Silence on BBC Radio 4". Retrieved 9 June 2014.
Further reading - Ian Hendry Biography
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