David Hemmings

Biography

Date of Birth 18 November 1941, Guildford, Surrey, England, UK Date of Death 3 December 2003, Bucharest, Romania (heart attack) Birth Name David Leslie Edward Hemmings Height 5' 8" (1.73 m) David Hemmings was an English movie actor and director, whose most famous role was the photographer in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blowup in 1966 (opposite Vanessa Redgrave), one of the films that best represented the spirit of the 1960s. Although initially an attractive leading man, he found increasing parts as villains in the latter stages of his career, when his waistline grew and looks deteriorated. He also appeared in Barbarella. Born in Guildford, Surrey, he started his career as a boy soprano, appearing in several works by Benjamin Britten, who formed a close friendship with him at this time. Most notably, he created the role of Miles in the opera Turn of the Screw. Hemmings' intimate, yet innocent, relationship with Britten is described in John Bridcut's Britten's Children. Hemmings then moved on to an acting and directing career in the cinema. He made his first film appearance in 1954, but it was in the mid-sixties that he first became well known as a pin-up and film star. Antonioni, who detested the "Method" way of acting, sought to find a fresh young face for the lead in his next production. It was then that he found Hemmings, at the time acting in small stage theater in London. Following Blowup, Hemmings appeared in a string of major British films, including Camelot (1967), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) and Alfred the Great (1969) (in which he played the title role). In 1967 he recorded a pop single ("Back Street Mirror", written by Gene Clark) and an album, David Hemmings Happens, in Los Angeles. The album featured instrumental backing by several members of the Byrds, and was produced by Byrds mentor Jim Dickinson. Hemmings also later provided the narration for Rick Wakeman's prog rock adaptation of Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth. In 1975 he starred as Bertie Wooster in the short-lived Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Jeeves. He was mentioned twice in the Monty Python's Flying Circus TV show (series 1, episode 8 - "Full Frontal Nudity"). The first time was at the beginning of the episode with the line "The part of David Hemmings will be played by a piece of wood", the second time being at the end of the episode with "David Hemmings appeared by permission of the National Forestry Commission." Living up to his glamorous image, Hemmings married four times, the most famous of his wives being the Fort Worth, Texas-born actress and long-term British resident, Gayle Hunnicutt, mother of his son, Nolan Hemmings. He continued to act, appearing in many TV dramas. In 1981 he directed a film version of James Herbert's novel The Survivor, starring Robert Powell and Jenny Agutter. Throughout the 1980s Hemmings also worked extensively as a director on television programmes including The A-Team and Airwolf, in which he also played the role of Dr. Charles Henry Moffett. In 1984 he directed the puzzle contest video Money Hunt: The Mystery of the Missing Link. In 1992 he returned to the voyeuristic preoccupations of his Blowup character with a plumb part as the Big Brother-esque villain in the season three opener for Tales From the Crypt. In more recent years he had a role in the hit Russell Crowe film, Gladiator, in 2000. His last major role was in the movie Last Orders, the following year. He died of a heart attack, aged 62, in Romania, on the film set of Blessed, (working title Samantha's Child) after playing his scenes for the day.

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Birth Name

David Leslie Edward Hemmings

Birth Place

Guildford, Surrey, England, UK

Birth Date

11/18/1941

Death Date

12/3/2003
Known For
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Blow-Up

Thomas

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Mean Machine

Governor

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Juggernaut

Charlie Braddock

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Murder By Decree

Inspector Foxborough

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Blessed

Earl Sidney

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Camelot

Mordred

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Dark Forces

Nick Rast

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Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice

Martin Fox

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The Heroin Busters

Mike Hamilton

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Fragment of Fear

Tim Brett

Starring In
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Jane Fonda in Five Acts

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Blessed

Earl Sidney

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Nigel

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The Night We Called It a Day

Mickey Rudin

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Gangs of New York

Mr. Schermerhorn

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Equilibrium

Proctor

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Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice

Martin Fox

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Mean Machine

Governor

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Spy Game

Hong Kong: Harry Duncan

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Last Orders

Lenny

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Gladiator

Cassius

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The Rainbow

Uncle Henry

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The Key to Rebecca

Maj. Smith

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Dario Argento's World Of Horror

Himself

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Calamity Jane

Captain James O'Neill

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Marlene

Self (uncredited)

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Airwolf

Dr. Charles Henry Moffet

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Man, Woman and Child

Gavin Wilson

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Swan Lake

Rothbart (voice)

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Dark Forces

Nick Rast

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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde

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A Deadly Game

Charlie Muffin

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Thirst

Dr. Fraser

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Murder By Decree

Inspector Foxborough

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Just a Gigolo

Captain Hermann Kraft

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Blodsband

Armstrong

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Power Play

Colonel Anthony Narriman

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Islands in the Stream

Eddy

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The Heroin Busters

Mike Hamilton

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Crossed Swords

Hugh Hendon

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The Disappearance

Edward

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Squadra antitruffa

Robert Clayton

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The Squeeze

Keith

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Deep Red

Marcus Daly

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Juggernaut

Charlie Braddock

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It's Nothing Mama, Just a Game

Juan

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Voices

Robert

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The Love Machine

Jerry Nelson

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Unman, Wittering and Zigo

John Ebony

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Fragment of Fear

Tim Brett

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Simon Simon

Man in car with posters

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Playboy After Dark

Himself (2 episodes, 1969)

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Alfred the Great

Alfred

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Only When I Larf

Bob

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Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy

Dildano

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Capt. Lewis Nolan

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The Long Day's Dying

John

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Camelot

Mordred

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Blow-Up

Thomas

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Eye of the Devil

Christian de Caray

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The System

David

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West 11

Thug Threatening Mr Gash (uncredited)

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Some People

Bert

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Play it Cool!

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Sink the Bismarck!

Seaman on 'Ark Royal' (uncredited)

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Saint Joan

Minor Role (uncredited)

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The Rainbow Jacket

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