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Wilfrid Hyde-White
Stage, film and television actor

Wilfrid Hyde-White

Wilfrid Hyde-White
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Intro Stage, film and television actor
Was Actor Stage actor Film actor
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 12 May 1903, Bourton-on-the-Water
Death 6 May 1991, Woodland Hills (aged 88 years)
Children: Alex Hyde-White
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Wilfrid Hyde-White (12 May 1903 – 6 May 1991) was an English character actor of stage, film and television, who achieved international recognition in his later years as Colonel Pickering in the 1964 film My Fair Lady.

Early life and career

Wilfrid Hyde-White was born in Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire, England in 1903 to the Rev. William Edward White, canon of Gloucester Cathedral, and his wife, Ethel Adelaide (née Drought). He attended Marlborough College and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

He made his debut in Tons of Money on the Isle of Wight in 1922. He then gained steady work on the stage in a series of comedies produced at the Aldwych Theatre in London. He joined a tour of South Africa in 1932 before making his film debut in 1934 (in Josser on the Farm, credited as "Wilfrid Hyde White"; he later added the hyphen). He appeared in the George Formby comedy, Turned Out Nice Again (1941). Following a memorable supporting role in The Third Man (1949), he became a fixture in British films of the 1950s. Two-Way Stretch displays the more roguish side to some of the characters he played in this period. Between 1962 and 1965, he also starred in the BBC radio comedy The Men from the Ministry.

Later career

He continued to act on the stage, and played opposite Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in Caesar and Cleopatra and Antony and Cleopatra in 1951. He also appeared on Broadway and was nominated for two Tony Awards as best actor. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was featured on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, the Battlestar Galactica pilot episode "Saga of a Star World" and The Associates. His television films and guest appearances kept him busy from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

He appeared in two episodes of the mystery series Columbo, starring Peter Falk as the rumpled detective. Although the first, "Dagger of the Mind" (1972), was set in Britain and concerned Columbo paying a visit to Scotland Yard, Hyde-White's ongoing UK tax problems meant that, unlike American actors Falk and Richard Basehart, and British actors appearing in the episode, Honor Blackman, Bernard Fox, John Fraser and Arthur Malet, he was unable to take part in location filming in the UK. His scenes as a butler were therefore filmed in California. His second appearance on Columbo was in the episode "Last Salute to the Commodore" (1976).

He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1976 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews.

Personal life

On 17 December 1927, he married Blanche Hope Aitken, a Glamorganshire-born actress known professionally as Blanche Glynne (1893–1946), who was a decade his senior. The couple had one son. His first wife died in 1946, and he remarried in 1957 to actress Ethel Drew. He and Drew remained married until his death in 1991. The couple had two children, including actor Alex Hyde-White.

Hyde-White died in 1991 at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, from natural causes, six days before his 88th birthday. He was interred in his native Bourton-on-the-Water.

Partial filmography

  • Josser on the Farm (1934) as Brooks
  • Smith's Wives (1935) (uncredited)
  • Night Mail (1935) (uncredited)
  • Admirals All (1935) as Mr. Stallybrass
  • Murder by Rope (1936) as Alastair Dane
  • Rembrandt (1936) as Civil Guardsman (uncredited)
  • The Scarab Murder Case (1936) as Philo Vance
  • Elephant Boy (1937) as Commissioner
  • Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1937) as Conrad (uncredited)
  • Change for a Sovereign (1937) as Charles
  • Murder in the Family (1938) as Purvitt - Estate Agent (uncredited)
  • The Claydon Treasure Mystery (1938) as Holmes (uncredited)
  • Meet Mr. Penny (1938) as Mr. Wilson
  • I've Got a Horse (1938) as Police Constable
  • Keep Smiling (1938) as Assistant hotel clerk (uncredited)
  • The Outsider (1939) as Patient (uncredited)
  • Over the Moon (1939) as Dwight - Sanitarium Spokesman (uncredited)
  • The Lambeth Walk (1939) as Lord Battersby
  • Poison Pen (1939) as Postman
  • The Briggs Family (1940) as Man with Moustache at Party (uncredited)
  • Turned Out Nice Again (1941) as Removal Man (uncredited)
  • Lady from Lisbon (1942) as Ganier
  • Asking for Trouble (1942) as Pettifer
  • The Demi-Paradise (1943) as Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
  • Night Boat to Dublin (1946) as Taxi Driver
  • A Voice in the Night (1946) as Guide in Madame Tussaud's
  • Appointment with Crime (1946) as Cleaner
  • While the Sun Shines (1947) as Male Receptionist
  • Meet Me at Dawn (1947) as Garin - News Editor
  • The Ghosts of Berkeley Square (1947) as Staff Captain
  • My Brother Jonathan (1948) as Mr. Gaige
  • Bond Street (1948) as Jeweller
  • My Brother's Keeper (1948) as Harding
  • Quartet (1948) as 2nd. Clubman (segment "The Colonel's Lady")
  • The Winslow Boy (1948) as Wilkinson (uncredited)
  • The Passionate Friends (1949) as Lawyer
  • The Forbidden Street (1949) as Mr. Culver
  • That Dangerous Age (1949) as Mr. Potts
  • The Bad Lord Byron (1949) as Mr. Hopton
  • Adam and Evelyne (1949) as Col. Bradley
  • Helter Skelter (1949) as Dr. B. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
  • Conspirator (1949) as Lord Pennistone
  • The Third Man (1949) as Crabbin
  • The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949) as Professor Grollet
  • Golden Salamander (1950) as Agno
  • The Angel with the Trumpet (1950) as Simmerl
  • Last Holiday (1950) as Chalfont
  • Trio (1950) as Mr. Gray (in segment Mr. Know-All)
  • The Mudlark (1950) as Tucker (uncredited)
  • Highly Dangerous (1950) as Mr. Luke - British consul
  • Midnight Episode (1950) as Mr. Knight
  • Blackmailed (1951) as Lord Dearsley
  • Mister Drake's Duck (1951) as Mr. May
  • The Browning Version (1951) as Dr. Frobisher
  • No Highway (1951) as Fisher, Inspector of Accidents (uncredited)
  • Outcast of the Islands (1951) as Vinck
  • Mr. Denning Drives North (1952) as Woods
  • The Card (1952) as Lord at Liverpool Boat Harbour (uncredited)
  • Top Secret (1952) as Sir Hubert Wells
  • The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953) as Mr. Marston
  • The Triangle (1953) as Government Minister (segment "Priceless Pocket")
  • The Million Pound Note (1954) as Roderick Montpelier
  • The Rainbow Jacket (1954) as Lord Stoneleigh
  • Duel in the Jungle (1954) as Pitt
  • Betrayed (1954) as Gen. Charles Larraby
  • To Dorothy a Son (1954) as Mr. Starke
  • See How They Run (1955) as Brig. Buskin
  • John and Julie (1955) as Sir James
  • The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955) as Master Oliver
  • The March Hare (1956) as Col. Keene
  • My Teenage Daughter (1956) as Sir Joseph
  • The Silken Affair (1956) as Sir Horace Hogg
  • Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957) as 'Doodles' Fletcher
  • That Woman Opposite (1957) as Sir Maurice Lawes
  • The Vicious Circle (1957) as Maj. Harrington aka Robert Brady
  • The Truth About Women (1957) as Sir George Tavistock
  • Up the Creek (1958) as Adm. Foley
  • Wonderful Things! (1958) as Sir Bertram
  • The Lady Is a Square (1959) as Charles
  • Carry On Nurse (1959) as The Colonel
  • Life in Emergency Ward 10 (1959) as Professor Bourne-Evans
  • North West Frontier (1959) as Bridie
  • Libel (1959) as Hubert Foxley
  • Two-Way Stretch (1960) as Soapy Stevens
  • Let's Make Love (1960) as George Welch
  • His and Hers (1961) as Charles Dunton
  • On the Double (1961) as Colonel Somerset
  • Ada (1961) as Sylvester Marin
  • On the Fiddle (1961) as Trowbridge
  • Crooks Anonymous (1962) as Laurence Montague
  • In Search of the Castaways (1962) as Lord Glenarvan
  • My Fair Lady (1964) as Colonel Hugh Pickering
  • John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965) as Mustafa Guz
  • Ten Little Indians (1965) as Judge Cannon
  • You Must Be Joking! (1965) as Gen. Lockwood
  • The Liquidator (1965) as Chief
  • Our Man in Marrakesh (1966) as Arthur Fairbrother
  • The Sandwich Man (1966) as Lord Uffingham
  • Chamber of Horrors (1966) as Harold Blount
  • The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1967) as Colonel Baisbrook
  • P.J. (1968) as Billings-Browne
  • Run a Crooked Mile (1969 TV movie) as Dr. Ralph Sawyer
  • The Magic Christian (1969) as Captain Reginald K. Klaus
  • Gaily, Gaily (1969) as The Governor
  • Ritual of Evil (1970) as Harry Snowden
  • Skullduggery (1970) as Eaton
  • Fragment of Fear (1970) as Mr. Copsey
  • The Cherry Picker (1974) as Dobson
  • The Great Houdini (1976 TV movie) as Supt. Melville
  • The Cat and the Canary (1979) as Cyrus West
  • The Rebels (1979) as Gen. Howe
  • King Solomon's Treasure (1979) as Oldest Club Member
  • A Touch of the Sun (1979) as M-1
  • Xanadu (1980) as Male Heavenly Voice (voice)
  • In God We Tru$t (1980) as Abbot Thelonious
  • Oh, God! Book II (1980) as Judge Thomas Miller
  • Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981) as Club Member (voice)
  • The Toy (1982) as Barkley
  • Fanny Hill (1983) as Mr. John Barville (final film role)

Television appearances

  • The Twilight Zone: "Passage on the Lady Anne" (1963)
  • Mission: Impossible: Echo of Yesterday (1967)
  • Daniel Boone: Who Will They Hang From The Yardarm If Willy Gets Away (1968)
  • Columbo: episode "Dagger of the Mind" (1972)
  • Columbo: episode "Last Salute to the Commodore" (1976)
  • Battlestar Galactica (1979)
  • The Associates (1979)
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1981)

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