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Gordon Jackson 1923-1990
 


Country : London, England, UK
Profession : Actor
Date of birth : 1923-12-19
Date of death : 1990-01-14
Cause of Death : Cancer - Bone

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GORDON CAMERON JACKSON. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, 19 December 1923. Attended Hillhead High School, Glasgow. Married: Rona Anderson; children: Graham and Roddy. Engineering draughtsman and actor for BBC radio in Glasgow, from 1939; film debut, 1942; debut on London stage, 1951; subsequently specialized in Scottish character roles in films, television and on the stage; best known to television audiences for the series Upstairs Downstairs and The Professionals. Officer of the Order of the British Empire, 1979. Recipient: Clarence Derwent Award for Best Supporting Actor, 1969; Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor, 1975; Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor, 1976. Died 14 January 1990.

Early life

Gordon Jackson was born in Glasgow in 1923, the youngest of five children. He attended Hillhead High School, and in his youth he took part in BBC radio shows including Children's Hour.[1] He left school aged 15 and became a draughtsman for Rolls-Royce.[2] His film career started in 1942, when producers from Ealing Studios were looking for a young Scot to act in The Foreman Went to France [2] and he was suggested for the part. After this, he returned to his job at Rolls-Royce, but he was soon asked to do more films, and he made the decision to make acting his career.[3] Jackson soon appeared in other Ealing films, including San Demetrio London, The Captive Heart, Eureka Stockade and Whisky Galore!. In the early years of his career, Jackson also worked in rep in Glasgow, Worthing and Perth.

1950s and 1960s

In 1949, he starred in the film Floodtide, along with actress Rona Anderson. He and Anderson married two years later on 2 June 1951. They had two sons, Graham and Roddy. The same year, he made his London stage debut, appearing in Seagulls Over Sorrento. In the 1950s and 1960s he appeared on television in programmes such as The Quatermass Xperiment, The Adventures of Robin Hood, ABC of Britain, The Navy Lark, Gideon's Way and The Avengers. Jackson also starred in the films The Great Escape, The Bridal Path and The Ipcress File. In 1969, he starred with his wife in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. That year, he played Horatio in Tony Richarson's production of Hamlet and he won a Clarence Derwent Award for Best Supporting Actor,[1] having also taken part in the film version.

Television fame

Gordon Jackson became a household name playing the stern Scottish butler Hudson in sixty episodes of the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs from 1971 to 1975. In 1976, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor for the episode "The Beastly Hun". In 1974, he was named British Actor of the Year and in 1979 he was made an OBE. In 1972, Jackson was cast opposite Bette Davis in the American television movie Madame Sin, which was released in foreign markets as a feature film.
Gordon Jackson as Hudson

His next big television role came in 1977 with The Professionals. He played George Cowley in all 57 episodes until the programme's end in 1983, although filming had finished in 1981. In 1981, he had played Noel Strachan in the Australian World War II drama A Town Like Alice, winning a Logie Award for this performance.

Later years

After A Town Like Alice and The Professionals, Gordon Jackson continued his television work with appearances in Hart to Hart, Campion and Shaka Zulu, and the films The Shooting Party and The Whistle Blower. He also appeared in the theatre, appearing in Cards on the Table, adapted from the novel by Agatha Christie at the Vaudeville Theatre in 1981, and in Mass Appeal by Bill C. Davis at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1982. From 1985 to 1986, Jackson narrated two afternoon cookery shows in New Zealand called Fresh and Fancy Fare and its successor Country Fare.[1] His last role before his death was in Effie's Burning, and this was broadcast after his death.

In 1989, he was diagnosed with bone cancer. He died the following year, aged 66, in London and was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.

Actor:

* 1990s
* 1980s
* 1970s
* 1960s
* 1950s
* 1940s

1. Effie's Burning (1990) (TV)
2. The Winslow Boy (1990) (TV) .... Arthur Winslow

3. "An Invitation to Remember" (1989) TV series .... Actor (unknown episodes)
4. "Campion" .... Professor Gardner Cairey (2 episodes, 1989)
... aka Mystery!: Campion (USA)
- Look to the Lady: Part 2 (1989) TV episode .... Professor Gardner Cairey
- Look to the Lady: Part 1 (1989) TV episode .... Professor Gardner Cairey
5. The Lady and the Highwayman (1989) (TV) .... Harry
6. "Noble House" (1988) TV mini-series .... Supt. Armstrong
... aka James Clavell's Noble House
7. The Whistle Blower (1987) .... Bruce
8. Shaka Zulu (1987) .... Prof. Bramston
9. Gunpowder (1986) .... Sir Anthony Phelps
10. "Shaka Zulu" (1986) TV mini-series .... Prof. Bramston
11. "My Brother Tom" (1986) TV mini-series .... Lockie McGibbon
12. The Shooting Party (1985) .... Tom Harker
13. The Masks of Death (1984) (TV) .... Inspector Alec MacDonald of Scotland Yard
... aka Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (USA)
14. "Hart to Hart" .... Sir William Belgrave (1 episode, 1983)
- Harts and Hounds (1983) TV episode .... Sir William Belgrave
15. "The Professionals" .... George Cowley (57 episodes, 1977-1983)
- No Stone (1983) TV episode .... George Cowley
- A Man Called Quinn (1983) TV episode .... George Cowley
- The Ojuka Situation (1983) TV episode .... George Cowley
- The Untouchables (1983) TV episode .... George Cowley
- Cry Wolf (1983) TV episode .... George Cowley
(52 more)
16. "A Town Like Alice" (1981) TV mini-series .... Noel Strachan

17. The Last Giraffe (1979) (TV) .... Fielding
18. The Medusa Touch (1978) .... Doctor Johnson
... aka Grande menace, La (France)
19. Golden Rendezvous (1977) .... Dr. Marston
... aka Nuclear Terror (USA: TV title)
20. "Supernatural" .... Howard Lawrence (1 episode, 1977)
- Night of the Marionettes (1977) TV episode .... Howard Lawrence
21. Spectre (1977) (TV) .... Inspector Cabell
22. "Hadleigh" .... Alan Mannott (1 episode, 1976)
- Favours (1976) TV episode .... Alan Mannott
23. "The Morecambe & Wise Show" .... The Butler (1 episode, 1975)
- 1975 Christmas Show (1975) TV episode .... The Butler
24. "Upstairs, Downstairs" .... Hudson (60 episodes, 1971-1975)
- Whither Shall I Wander? (1975) TV episode .... Hudson
- All the King's Horses (1975) TV episode .... Hudson
- Joke Over (1975) TV episode .... Hudson
- Will Ye No Come Back Again (1975) TV episode .... Hudson
- The Understudy (1975) TV episode .... Hudson
(55 more)
25. Russian Roulette (1975) .... Hardison
26. "Armchair Theatre" .... Major Browne (2 episodes, 1960-1973)
... aka Armpit Theatre (UK: informal title)
- The Square of Three (1973) TV episode .... Major Browne
- Hold My Hand, Soldier (1960) TV episode
27. "Thirty-Minute Theatre" (1 episode, 1973)
- Places Where They Sing (1973) TV episode
28. "Centre Play" (1 episode, 1973)
- Places Where They Sing (1973) TV episode
29. "Budgie" .... Soapy Simon (1 episode, 1972)
- And the Lord Taketh Away (1972) TV episode .... Soapy Simon
30. "The Befrienders" .... Det. Insp. Calder (1 episode, 1972)
- Hunted (1972) TV episode .... Det. Insp. Calder
31. Madame Sin (1972) .... Commander Cavendish
... aka Madam Sin (UK)
32. Kidnapped (1971) .... Charles Stewart
33. "Menace" .... Lander (1 episode, 1970)
- Trespasser (1970) TV episode .... Lander
34. Scrooge (1970) .... Tom - Friend of Harry's
35. "W. Somerset Maugham" .... Dr. MacPhail (1 episode, 1970)
- Rain (1970) TV episode .... Dr. MacPhail

36. Hamlet (1969) .... Horatio
... aka Shakespeare's Hamlet (USA: complete title)
37. "Detective" .... Tommy Rankin (1 episode, 1969)
- The Singing Sands (1969) TV episode .... Tommy Rankin
38. Run Wild, Run Free (1969) .... Mr. Ransome
... aka The White Colt
39. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) .... Gordon Lowther
40. "Theatre 625" .... Father Joseph (1 episode, 1968)
- Wind Versus Polygamy (1968) TV episode .... Father Joseph
41. "Mystery and Imagination" .... Gayton (1 episode, 1968)
- Casting the Runes (1968) TV episode .... Gayton
42. On the Run (1968) .... Mr. Mallory
43. Danger Route (1967) .... Brian Stern
44. The Night of the Generals (1967) .... Captain Engel
... aka Nuit des généraux, La (France)
... aka Tank Force (Philippines: English title)
45. "Drama 61-67" (1 episode, 1967)
- Drama '67: Myopia (1967) TV episode
46. Triple Cross (1966) (uncredited) .... British Sergeant questioning Chapman
... aka Fantastique histoire vraie d'Eddie Chapman, La (France)
... aka Terence Young's Triple Cross (UK: complete title)
47. The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966) .... Captain Leeds
48. "The Troubleshooters" .... Alan Prescott (1 episode, 1966)
... aka Mogul (USA)
- Happy Landings (1966) TV episode .... Alan Prescott
49. Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) .... James MacAfee
50. "Dr. Finlay's Casebook" .... Davie Todd (1 episode, 1966)
- The Seniority Rule (1966) TV episode .... Davie Todd
51. "The Avengers" .... Ian (1 episode, 1965)
- Castle De'ath (1965) TV episode .... Ian
52. The Ipcress File (1965) .... Carswell
... aka Len Deighton's The Ipcress File (UK: complete title)
53. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965) .... MacDougal
... aka Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
54. Operation Crossbow (1965) (scenes deleted) .... R.A.F. Pilot
... aka The Great Spy Mission (UK) (USA: reissue title)
... aka Code Name: Operation Crossbow
55. "Gideon's Way" .... Sgt. McKinnon (1 episode, 1965)
... aka Gideon C.I.D. (USA)
- The Thin Red Line (1965) TV episode .... Sgt. McKinnon
56. Daylight Robbery (1964)
57. ABC of Britain (1964) (TV)
58. The Long Ships (1964) .... Vahlin
... aka Dugi brodovi (Yugoslavia: Serbian title)
59. The Great Escape (1963) .... Flight Lt. Sandy MacDonald "Intelligence"
60. "Ghost Squad" .... Ferrers (1 episode, 1963)
... aka G.S.5 (UK: third season title)
- The Golden Silence (1963) TV episode .... Ferrers
61. Hold My Hand, Soldier (1963) (TV)
62. The Bergonzi Hand (1963) (TV) .... Kenneth Scoones
63. "Suspense" .... Steven Grainger (1 episode, 1963)
- One Step from the Pavement (1963) TV episode .... Steven Grainger
64. Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) .... Seaman Edward Birkett
65. Two Wives at One Wedding (1961) .... Tom
66. Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961) .... Farmer
67. Tunes of Glory (1960) .... Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C. (Battalion Adjutant)
68. Cone of Silence (1960) .... Capt. Bateson
... aka Trouble in the Sky (USA)
69. Snowball (1960) .... Bill Donovan

70. Devil's Bait (1959) .... Sergeant Malcolm
71. "ITV Television Playhouse" (1 episode, 1959)
- Oggie (1959) TV episode
72. "The Vise" .... Simms (1 episode, 1959)
... aka Detective's Diary (USA: rerun title)
... aka Saber of London (UK)
... aka The Vise: Mark Saber (USA: third and fourth season title)
... aka Uncovered (syndication title)
- The Penny Black (1959) TV episode .... Simms
73. Blind Date (1959) .... Sergeant
... aka Chance Meeting (USA)
74. The Bridal Path (1959) .... P.C. Alec
75. Yesterday's Enemy (1959) .... Sgt. MacKenzie
76. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" .... Dr. Neil McCulloch (1 episode, 1959)
- Proud Passage (1959) TV episode .... Dr. Neil McCulloch
77. The Navy Lark (1959) .... Leading Seaman Johnson
78. "Dial 999" .... Ted Morgan (1 episode, 1959)
- Down to the Sea (1959) TV episode .... Ted Morgan
79. The Price of Silence (1959) .... Roger Fenton
80. Blind Spot (1958) .... Chalky
81. "The Adventures of Robin Hood" .... Andrew (1 episode, 1958)
... aka Robin Hood
- The Profiteer (1958) TV episode .... Andrew
82. Three Crooked Men (1958) .... Don Wescott
83. Black Ice (1957) .... Bert Harris
84. Man in the Shadow (1957/II) .... Jimmy Norris
... aka Violent Stranger (USA)
85. Hell Drivers (1957) .... Scottie
... aka Hard Drivers
86. Let's Be Happy (1957) .... Dougal MacLean
87. Seven Waves Away (1957) .... John Merritt
... aka Abandon Ship! (USA)
... aka Seven Days from Now (USA)
88. Rockets Galore! (1957) .... George Campbell
... aka Mad Little Island (USA)
89. "Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents" .... Angus (1 episode, 1956)
... aka Matinee (UK: informal short title)
... aka Rheingold Theatre (USA)
- Winning Sequence (1956) TV episode .... Angus
90. Sailor Beware (1956) .... Carnoustie Bligh
... aka Panic in the Parlor (USA)
91. The Baby and the Battleship (1956) .... Harry
92. Pacific Destiny (1956) .... District Officer
93. Women Without Men (1956) .... Percy
94. Blonde Bait (1956) .... Percy
95. The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) .... BBC TV producer
... aka Shock
... aka The Creeping Unknown (USA)
... aka The Quatermass Experiment (USA)
... aka X the Experiment (UK: informal alternative title)
96. Passage Home (1955) .... Burne
97. Windfall (1955) .... Leonard
... aka Dangerous Money (UK: reissue title)
98. Moby Dick Rehearsed (1955) (TV) .... A Young Actor / Ishmael
99. The Love Lottery (1954) .... Ralph
100. Delavine Affair (1954) .... Florian
... aka Murder Is News
101. Meet Mr. Lucifer (1953) .... Hector McPhee
102. Malta Story (1953) (uncredited) .... British Soldier
103. Death Goes to School (1953) .... Detective Inspector Campbell
104. Castle in the Air (1952) .... Hiker
105. The Lady with the Lamp (1951)
106. Happy Go Lovely (1951) .... Paul Tracy
107. Bitter Springs (1950) .... Mac

108. Whisky Galore! (1949) .... George Campbell
... aka Tight Little Island (USA)
109. Stop Press Girl (1949) .... Jock Melville
110. Floodtide (1949/I) .... David Shields
111. Eureka Stockade (1949) .... Torn Kennedy
... aka Massacre Hill
112. Against the Wind (1948) .... Johnny Duncan
113. The Captive Heart (1946) .... Lieut. David Lennox
114. Pink String and Sealing Wax (1946) .... David Sutton
115. San Demetrio London (1943) .... Messboy John Jamieson - M.V. San Demetrio
116. Millions Like Us (1943) .... Fred Blake
117. Nine Men (1943) .... Young 'un
118. One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) (uncredited)
... aka The Story of - - - - - - one of Our Aircraft Is Missing (UK: complete title)
119. The Foreman Went to France (1942) .... Alastair 'Jock' MacFarlan, 19th Fusillers
... aka Somewhere in France

Soundtrack:

1. Sesame Street, Special (1988) (TV) (performer: "Put Down the Duckie")
... aka Put Down the Duckie: A Sesame Street Special (USA: video title)
... aka Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie - An All-Star Musical Special (USA: video box title)
... aka The Sesame Street Special (USA: informal title)

Self:

* 1980s
* 1970s

1. Sesame Street, Special (1988) (TV) .... Himself
... aka Put Down the Duckie: A Sesame Street Special (USA: video title)
... aka Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie - An All-Star Musical Special (USA: video box title)
... aka The Sesame Street Special (USA: informal title)
2. An Audience with Mel Brooks (1983) (TV) .... Himself
3. An Audience with Kenneth Williams (1983) (TV) (uncredited) .... Himself

4. The 18th Annual TV Week Logie Awards (1976) (TV) .... Himself
5. "Celebrity Squares" .... Himself (1 episode, 1976)
- Episode dated 31 January 1976 (1976) TV episode .... Himself

Archive Footage:

1. The 100 Greatest TV Characters (2001) (TV) (uncredited) .... Mr. Hudson
2. "Disneyland"
- The Fighting Prince of Donegal: Part 3 (1967) TV episode .... Captain Leeds
- The Fighting Prince of Donegal: Part 2 (1967) TV episode .... Captain Leeds
- The Fighting Prince of Donegal: Part 1 (1967) TV episode .... Captain Leeds
- Greyfriars Bobby: Part 2 (1964) TV episode .... Farmer
- Greyfriars Bobby: Part 1 (1964) TV episode .... Farmer

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