Peter Vaughan

BirthDay:

04 Apr 1923

BirthPlace:

Wem, Shropshire, England, UK

BirthName:

Peter Ewart Olm

Bio:

A true character actor in the best sense of the word, offbeat British thesp Peter Vaughan's hefty frame could appear intimidating or marshmallow benevolent; his beady, hollow eyes menacing or tender; his mere presence menacing or avuncular. Adept at playing both sides of the law, his characters usually possessed a strange, somewhat wary countenance that seemed to keep his audience slightly off balance. A homely sort with a bloated face, jutting chin, sliver lips and pronounced nose, this veteran has been a stalwart presence for nearly fifty years. Born Peter Olm in 1923, he began on the stage and didn't enter films until 1959, well into his thirties.

Married in 1952 to rising actress Billie Whitelaw, Peter was primarily in the background at first, offering a cheapjack gallery of thugs, unsmiling cops, and foreign agents in movies. An easily unsympathetic bloke, he played unbilled policemen in his first two films, then slowly gravitated up the credits list. He appeared as the chief of police in the spy drama The Devil's Agent (1962), which also featured his wife, and then gained a bit more attention in a prime part as an offbeat insurance investigator in the programmer Smokescreen (1964), a role that propelled him into the higher ranks. Noticeably shady roles came with playing Tallulah Bankhead's seedy handyman who meets a fatal end in the Gothic horror Die! Die! My Darling! (1965) [aka Die! Die! My Darling!]; his villainous roles in the spy thrillers The Naked Runner (1967) opposite Frank Sinatra and The Man Outside (1967); a German thug in A Twist of Sand (1968); and Sgt. Walker in The Bofors Gun (1968).

Divorced from Whitelaw in 1966, he later married actress Lillias Walker, who had roles in a couple of his pictures: Malachi's Cove (1973) and Intimate Reflections (1974). TV became a large source of income for Vaughan in the 1970s, particularly in his role of Grouty in Porridge (1974) on both the large and small screen, and his quirky demeanor fitted like a glove for bizarre director Terry Gilliam, who cast him as the Ogre in Time Bandits (1981) and then as Mr. Helpman in Brazil (1985). For the past few decades he has maintained a healthy balance between film (including standout roles in Zulu Dawn (1979), The Remains of the Day (1993) and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)) and TV mini-movies, both contemporary and period. He is still performing past age 90.
Filmography

Actor ( 172 credits )

Porridge: Inside Out (2014)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Albatross (2011) Grandpa
Game of Thrones (2011)  Maester Aemon (8 episodes, 2011-2014)
Silk (2011)  Michael Dodd (1 episode, 2011)
The Many Faces of... (2010)  Bob (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 2011)
Is Anybody There? (2008) Bob
Lark Rise to Candleford (2008)  Reverend Ellison (2 episodes, 2008)
Death at a Funeral (2007) Uncle Alfie
Holby Blue (2007)  Clarence (1 episode, 2008)
The Comedy Map of Britain (2007)  Grouty (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 2008
Care (2006) Archie
The Queen of Sheba's Pearls (2004) Edward Pretty
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) Bill Sellers
Doc Martin (2004)  William Newcross (1 episode, 2011)
The Mother (2003) Toots
Sweet Medicine (2003)  Laurence Barber (1 episode, 2003)
Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) (2001) Daddy Zoo
In Deep (2001)  Clayton Waddington (2 episodes, 2002)
Canone inverso - Making Love (2000) Old Baron Blau
Hotel Splendide (2000) Morton Blanche
An Ideal Husband (1999) Phipps
The Directors (1999)  Winston the Ogre (uncredited) (1 episode)
The Good Son (1998) Mick Doyle
The Legend of 1900 (1998) 'Pops', the Shopkeeper
Les Misérables (1998) Bishop
Face (1997) Sonny
The Crucible (1996) Giles Corey
The Secret Agent (1996) The Driver
Heroes of Comedy (1995) (1 episode, 1998)
The Remains of the Day (1993) William Stevens
Heartbeat (1992)  Arthur Wainwright / ... (2 episodes, 2002-2005)
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991)  John Turner (1 episode, 1991)
Murder Most Horrid (1991)  Doverson (1 episode, 1994)
King of the Wind (1990) Captain
Mountains of the Moon (1990) Lord Houghton
Chancer (1990)  Tom Franklyn / ... (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
Nightingales (1990)  The Inspector (1 episode, 1993)
Chillers (1990)  Winston Greeves (1 episode, 1992)
Birds of a Feather (1989)  Monty (1 episode, 1994)
Rab C. Nesbitt (1988)  Brother Adam (1 episode, 1994)
Game, Set, and Match (1988)  David Kimber-Hutchinson (unknown episodes)
Haunted Honeymoon (1986) Francis Abbot Sr.
Lovejoy (1986)  Marek (1 episode, 1992)
Boon (1986)  Ray Beckett (1 episode, 1991)
Casualty (1986)  Henry Lambert (1 episode, 2003)
Monte Carlo (1986)  Pabst (2 episodes, 1986)
Brazil (1985) Mr. Helpmann
C.A.T.S. Eyes (1985)  Woodbridge (1 episode, 1985)
Screen Two (1985)  The Chiropodist (1 episode, 1987)
Theatre Night (1985)  John Anthony (1 episode, 1988)
Forbidden (1984) Major Stauffel
The Razor's Edge (1984) Mackenzie
Fox Mystery Theater (1984)  Bullneck (1 episode, 1984)
Time Bandits (1981) Winston the Ogre
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) Mr. Freeman
Fox (1980)  Billy Fox (7 episodes, 1980)
Doing Time (1979) Grouty
Zulu Dawn (1979) Q.S.M. Bloomfield
Shelley (1979)  Sergeant Brunton (1 episode, 1981)
The Danedyke Mystery (1979)  Det. Insp. Burroughs (4 episodes, 1979)
The Doombolt Chase (1978)  Lieutenant Hatfield (6 episodes, 1978)
The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978)  Park Bench Bully (1 episode, 1980)
Valentino (1977) Rory O'Neil
Citizen Smith (1977)  Dad / ... (14 episodes, 1977-1979)
Premiere (1977) (1 episode, 1978)
Life and Death of Penelope (1976)  Sir George Cartwright (1 episode, 1976)
The Sweeney (1975)  Tony Kirby (1 episode, 1975)
Against the Crowd (1975)  Don Macintyre (1 episode, 1975)
11 Harrowhouse (1974) Coglin
Symptoms (1974) Brady
Porridge (1974)  Harry Grout (3 episodes, 1975-1977)
The Pallisers (1974)  Mr. Chaffanbrass (2 episodes, 1974)
Zodiac (1974)  Richard Meade (1 episode, 1974)
The Squirrels (1974)  Hawke (1 episode, 1975)
Intimate Reflections (1974) Saleman
Massacre in Rome (1973) Gen. Albert Kesselring
The MacKintosh Man (1973) Brunskill
The Blockhouse (1973) Aufret
Malachi's Cove (1973) Mr. Gunliffe
Thriller (1973)  Anderson (1 episode, 1973)
Black and Blue (1973)  Miles Miles (1 episode, 1973)
BBC2 Playhouse (1973)  Mr. Hugh Peter (1 episode, 1981)
The Return (1973)
The Pied Piper (1972) Bishop
Savage Messiah (1972) Museum Attendant
The Protectors (1972)  Quin (1 episode, 1973)
Crown Court (1972)  Gerald Elliot (1 episode, 1979)
The Adventurer (1972)  Roberts (1 episode, 1973)
Madigan (1972)  Lyman Bleak (1 episode, 1973)
No Exit (1972)  Calder (1 episode, 1972)
Full House (1972)  Inspector Foot (1 episode, 1973)
Straw Dogs (1971) Tom Hedden
The Persuaders! (1971)  Lance Schubert (1 episode, 1971)
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971)  Horace Dorrington (2 episodes, 1971)
Sudden Terror (1970) Paul Grazzini
Play for Today (1970)  Les Stone (1 episode, 1984)
Alfred the Great (1969) Burrud
Taste of Excitement (1969) Inspector Malling
My Partner the Ghost (1969)  James Howarth (1 episode, 1969)
ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969)  Albert / ... (2 episodes, 1971)
The Gold Robbers (1969)  DCS Cradock (13 episodes, 1969)
The Bofors Gun (1968) Sgt. Walker
Hammerhead (1968) Hammerhead
A Twist of Sand (1968) Johann
Strange Report (1968)  Morrison (1 episode, 1969)
The Expert (1968)  Richard Toller (1 episode, 1968)
Treasure Island (1968)  Long John Silver (9 episodes, 1968)
The Man Outside (1967) Nikolai Volkov
The Naked Runner (1967) Martin Slattery
Man in a Suitcase (1967)  Felix De Burgh (1 episode, 1967)
Great Expectations (1967)  Mr. Jaggers (7 episodes, 1967)
Haunted (1967)  Denzil Hogg (1 episode, 1967)
Omnibus (1967)  Benvenuto Cellini (1 episode, 1968)
ITV Playhouse (1967)  Harold Praed (1 episode, 1978)
Adam Adamant Lives! (1966)  Dr. Mort (1 episode, 1966)
The Informer (1966)  David Janner (2 episodes, 1966)
Quick Before They Catch Us (1966)  Yeoman (4 episodes, 1966)
Rotten to the Core (1965) Sir Henry Capell
Die! Die! My Darling! (1965) Harry
Public Eye (1965)  Fowler (1 episode, 1966)
Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965)  Coster (1 episode, 1973)
Knock on Any Door (1965)  Winter ' The boot ' (1 episode, 1965)
Smokescreen (1964) Roper
The Wednesday Play (1964)  Ron / ... (3 episodes, 1968-1970)
Theatre 625 (1964)  Ernst Torgler (1 episode, 1967)
The Victors (1963) Policeman
The Punch and Judy Man (1963) Committee Man
Espionage (1963)  Waring (1 episode, 1964)
Hancock (1963)  Detective Sergeant Hubbard (1 episode, 1963)
Our Man at St. Mark's (1963)  Rev John Spencer / ... (2 episodes, 1966)
Crane (1963)  Max Goddard (1 episode, 1964)
Festival (1963)  Gonnern (1 episode, 1963)
Maupassant (1963)  Chicot (1 episode, 1963)
Dimensions of Fear (1963)  Dr. Read (unknown episodes)
First Night (1963)  Albert / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
I Thank a Fool (1962) Police Inspector
The Devil's Agent (1962) Chief of Hungarian Police
The Saint (1962)  Walter Devan (1 episode, 1964)
Richard the Lionheart (1962) (1 episode, 1962)
The Court Martial of Major Keller (1961) Purvey
Two Living, One Dead (1961) John Kester
The Avengers (1961)  Dr. A. Jaeger (1 episode, 1968)
Top Secret (1961)  Leader (1 episode, 1961)
Three Live Wires (1961) (2 episodes, 1961)
A Chance of Thunder (1961)  Yardley (1 episode, 1961)
Make Mine Mink (1960) Policeman in Car (uncredited)
Village of the Damned (1960) P.C. Gobby
BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960)  Passenger (1 episode, 1963)
Deadline Midnight (1960)  Joe Dunn (4 episodes, 1960)
Man from Interpol (1960)  Karl (1 episode, 1960)
Armchair Mystery Theatre (1960)  Sgt. George Burtonshaw (1 episode, 1964)
The Cheaters (1960)  Stacey (1 episode, 1962)
Inside Story (1960)  Wilfred Barlow (1 episode, 1960)
Coronation Street (1960)  Arthur Johnson (1 episode, 1966)
The 39 Steps (1959) 2nd Police Constable on Train (uncredited)
Sapphire (1959) Detective Whitehead (uncredited)
No Hiding Place (1959)  Alfred Fitch / ... (4 episodes, 1960-1962)
Interpol Calling (1959)  Inspector (1 episode, 1959)
Knight Errant Limited (1959)  James Eggerton (1 episode, 1960)
Played Upon a Stage (1959)  Malvolio (1 episode, 1959)
Mary Britten, M.D. (1958) (1 episode, 1958)
The Adventures of Ben Gunn (1958)  Sergeant Hoxton (2 episodes, 1958)
Saturday Playhouse (1958)  Hendricks (1 episode, 1959)
Potts and the Phantom Piper (1957)  Stannard
Armchair Theatre (1956)  3rd Journalist / ... (3 episodes, 1956-1966)
Boyd Q.C. (1956)  Richard Good / ... (2 episodes, 1958-1960)
Tales from Soho (1956)  Prison Padre (1 episode, 1956)
Dixon of Dock Green (1955)  Insp. Gordon (1 episode, 1966)
ITV Play of the Week (1955)  Anthony Sellman / ... (4 episodes, 1959-1966)
ITV Television Playhouse (1955)  Guard (2 episodes, 1959)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954)  Police Sergeant (2 episodes, 1963)
Stage by Stage (1954)  Foretop / ... (2 episodes, 1954)