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Sam Kydd

Sam Kydd English actor

English actor
Sam Kydd
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Intro English actor
Was Actor
From United Kingdom
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender male
Birth 15 February 1915, Belfast, Belfast district, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Death 26 March 1982, London, England (aged 67 years)
Children: Jonathan Kydd (actor)
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Samuel John Kydd (15 February 1915 – 26 March 1982) was a British actor. His best-known roles were in two major British television series of the 1960s, as the smuggler Orlando O'Connor in Crane and its sequel Orlando, and as a recurring character in Coronation Street. His first film was The Captive Heart (1946), where he played a POW. He made more films, 240, than any other British actor including 104 between 1946 and 1953.

Early life and career

An army officer's son, Kydd was born in Belfast, Ireland, UK and moved to London as a child. He was educated at Dunstable School in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. During the mid-1930s Kydd was an MC for the Oscar Rabin Band and one of his "Hot Shots". He would warm up audiences with jokes and impressions (Maurice Chevalier was a favourite) and even some tap dance routines then introduce the other singers and attractions on the bill. During the late 1930s he had joined the Territorial Army serving with the Queen Victoria's Rifles and when war broke out he was called up for active service.

Early in the Second World War, he went to France with the British Expeditionary Force but was quickly captured, spending the rest of the war in Stalag XX-A, a camp near Thorn in German-occupied western Poland. Kydd later wrote of his experiences as a POW in his autobiographical book For You the War Is Over.

During his internment in the German prisoner-of-war camp, where he remained for the next five years, he took command of the camp's theatrical activities - devising and staging plays. He felt so strongly about his work there that, when he was offered repatriation after three years, he turned it down to continue with his theatrical work. In recognition of his valuable services during these years he was awarded a pair of drama masks, made by the Red Cross from barbed wire.

Film career

Returning to Britain after the war, Kydd applied for the film The Captive Heart, which was about life in a prison camp, and as this was an area where he had much experience, he got a part. He went on to appear in many more films, including such memorable films as The Blue Lamp, Father Brown, The 39 Steps and I'm All Right Jack. He often played the part of a strong and resilient cockney. He is best remembered as a character actor in films such as Chance of a Lifetime, The Cruel Sea, Sink the Bismarck, The Yangtse Incident, Reach for the Sky, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Too Many Crooks, Smokescreen, Island of Terror, Too Late the Hero, Eye of the Needle and Steptoe and Son Ride Again.

He married Pinkie Barnes, an ex-international table tennis champion (she was World Doubles Finalist in 1948) and one of Britain's first women advertising copywriters. Their son, Jonathan Kydd, followed his father into the acting profession.

He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1974 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews.

Kydd took part in more than 240 films and 1,000 TV plays and series including, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Pickwick Papers, Mess Mates, Arthur Askey, Benny Hill, Charlie Drake, Harry Worth, The Expert, Dixon of Dock Green, Crane and Orlando. In 1963, in Crane, Kydd had appeared as the lovable smuggler Orlando O'Connor. The programme ran for 39 episodes and was watched each week by over 16 million viewers. and starred Patrick Allen, as a Briton who moved to Morocco to run a cafe and had an aversion to smuggling. Sam's character was so popular that when 'Crane' finished he was given his own programme, Orlando, a children's adventure series which ran for 76 episodes.

He starred in the series Fossett Saga, and Curry and Chips, as was in the big-screen versions of Dad's Army and Till Death Us Do Part. Amongst his hundreds of television appearances were The Tony Hancock Show, Minder, Crossroads, Coronation Street (playing the part of Mike Baldwin's father, Frankie), The Eric Sykes Show,Follyfoot etc etc.

Sam died of emphysema.

Selected filmography

  • The Captive Heart (1946) as POW in Top Bunk (uncredited)
  • They Made Me a Fugitive (1947) as Eddie (uncredited)
  • Fortune Lane (1947) (uncredited)
  • A Song for Tomorrow (1948) as Sergeant
  • To the Public Danger (1948) as Police Driver
  • Colonel Bogey (1948) as Bit Role (uncredited)
  • Love in Waiting (1948) as Bit Part (uncredited)
  • It's Hard to Be Good (1948) as Husband (uncredited)
  • Scott of the Antarctic (1948) as Leading Stoker E. McKenzie R.N.
  • A Piece of Cake (1948) as Uncredited (uncredited)
  • The Small Back Room (1949) as Crowhurst, door sentry
  • Once a Jolly Swagman (1949) as Johnny Briggs (uncredited)
  • Portrait from Life (1949) as Army Truck Driver
  • Forbidden (1949) as Joe
  • Badger's Green (1949) as Uncredited (uncredited)
  • Floodtide (1949) as Barman (uncredited)
  • Passport to Pimlico (1949) as Sapper
  • Stop Press Girl (1949) as Railway Ticket Clerk (uncredited)
  • Vengeance Is Mine (1949) as Stacey
  • Poet's Pub (1949) as George (uncredited)
  • Obsession (1949) as Club steward
  • Trottie True (1949) as 'Bedford' Stage Manager (uncredited)
  • Saints and Sinners (1949) as Man in Bar (uncredited)
  • Madness of the Heart (1949) as Soldier at airport
  • The Hasty Heart (1949) as Driver (uncredited)
  • The Cure for Love (1949) as Charlie Fox
  • The Second Mate (1950) as Wheeler (uncredited)
  • The Blue Lamp (1950) as Bookmakers Assistant White City (uncredited)
  • Chance of a Lifetime (1950) as Worker
  • Treasure Island (1950) as Cady
  • Blackout (1950) (uncredited)
  • No Trace (1950) as Mechanic
  • Seven Days to Noon (1950) as Soldier in House Search (uncredited)
  • Cage of Gold (1950) as Waiter (uncredited)
  • The Magnet (1950) as Postman
  • The Clouded Yellow (1950) as Police Radio Operator (uncredited)
  • The Dark Man (1951) as Sergeant Major
  • Mister Drake's Duck (1951) (uncredited)
  • Pool of London (1951) as 2nd Engineer (uncredited)
  • Assassin for Hire (1951) as Bert
  • Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951) as Seaman Garvin (uncredited)
  • Penny Points to Paradise (1951) as Porter / Taxi Driver
  • The Galloping Major (1951) as Newspaper Vendor (uncredited)
  • Hell Is Sold Out (1951) (uncredited)
  • Cheer the Brave (1951)
  • High Treason (1951) as Sam - Printer (uncredited)
  • Mr. Denning Drives North (1951) as Minor Role (uncredited)
  • Sing Along with Me (1952)
  • Hot Ice (1952)
  • Judgment Deferred (1952) (uncredited)
  • Secret People (1952) as Irish Police Sergeant
  • Hunted (1952) as Potman
  • Angels One Five (1952) as Mess Waiter
  • Curtain Up (1952) as Ambulanceman (uncredited)
  • Brandy for the Parson (1952) as Lorry Driver
  • Derby Day (1952) as Harry Bunn
  • The Brave Don't Cry (1952) as Porter
  • The Lost Hours (1952) as Fred - mechanic at Bristow & Brown
  • The Hour of 13 (1952) as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Trent's Last Case (1952) as Inspector Murch
  • The Voice of Merrill (1952) as Sgt. Baker
  • Hot Ice (1952) as Adams
  • Time Bomb (1953) as Train Ticket Clerk (uncredited)
  • Appointment in London (1953) as Ackroyd
  • The Cruel Sea (1953) as Carslake
  • The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) as Policeman (uncredited)
  • The Steel Key (1953) as Chauffeur
  • Death Goes to School (1953) as Sergeant Harvey (uncredited)
  • Single-Handed (1953) as Naval Rating (uncredited)
  • Malta Story (1953) as Soldier (uncredited)
  • The Master of Ballantrae (1953) (uncredited)
  • The Saint's Return (1953) as Barkley (Joe Podd)
  • Love in Pawn (1953) (uncredited)
  • The End of the Road (1954) as First Postal Clerk
  • Impulse (1954) as Ticket Inspector (uncredited)
  • They Who Dare (1954) as Marine Boyd
  • The Runaway Bus (1954) as Security Officer
  • Devil on Horseback (1954) as Darky
  • The Rainbow Jacket (1954) as Bruce
  • Father Brown (1954) as Scotland Yard Sergeant
  • The Embezzler (1954) as Railway Inspector (uncredited)
  • The Young Lovers (1954) as Driver, Embassy car JAK711 (uncredited)
  • Radio Cab Murder (1954) as George Spencer
  • Final Appointment (1954) as Vickery
  • Lilacs in the Spring (1954) as Actor in Beaumont Film (uncredited)
  • The Glass Cage (1955) as George
  • Raising a Riot (1955) as Messenger (credited as 'Sam Kidd')
  • Where There's a Will (1955) as Jeep driver
  • As Long as They're Happy (1955) as Milkman (uncredited)
  • Passage Home (1955) as Sheltia
  • The Dark Avenger (1955) as Minor Role (uncredited)
  • The Constant Husband (1955) as Adelphi Barman (uncredited)
  • A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) (uncredited)
  • One Way Out (1955) as Gang Member (uncredited)
  • The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) as Police sergeant questioning Rosie
  • Josephine and Men (1955) as Desk Sergeant
  • The Cockleshell Heroes (1955) as Uncredited (uncredited)
  • The Ladykillers (1955) as Second Cab Driver (uncredited)
  • Storm Over the Nile (1955) as Joe (uncredited)
  • Portrait of Alison (1955) as Bill, the Telephone Engineer (uncredited)
  • Soho Incident (aka Spin a Dark Web) (1956) as Sam
  • A Town Like Alice (1956) (uncredited)
  • Ramsbottom Rides Again (1956) (uncredited)
  • It's Never Too Late (1956) (uncredited)
  • The Long Arm (1956) as Police Constable in Information Room
  • Jacqueline (1956) as Foreman
  • Reach for the Sky (1956) as Warrant Officer Blake
  • The Baby and the Battleship (1956) as Chief Steward (uncredited)
  • It's a Wonderful World (1956) as Attendant
  • Home and Away (1956) as Albert West
  • Tiger in the Smoke (1956) as Tom Gripper
  • You Can't Escape (1956) as Uncredited (uncredited)
  • Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (1957) as AB Walker RN
  • Carry on Admiral (1957) as Attendant
  • The Long Haul (1957) as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • The Scamp (1957) as Shopkeeper
  • Just My Luck (1957) as Craftsman
  • Barnacle Bill (1957) as Frogman
  • Dangerous Exile (1957) (uncredited)
  • A Tale of Two Cities (1958) as Joe—Coach Guard (uncredited)
  • Happy Is the Bride (1958) as Foreman
  • The Safecracker (1958) as McCullers
  • Dunkirk (1958) as Bit Role (uncredited)
  • Up the Creek (1958) as Bates
  • Law and Disorder (1958) as Shorty
  • Orders to Kill (1958)
  • A Question of Adultery (1958) as Court Reporter
  • I Was Monty's Double (1958) as Go-Between
  • Further Up the Creek (1958) as Bates
  • The Captain's Table (1959) as Sailor Opening Water Valve (uncredited)
  • Make Mine a Million (1959) as Mail Van Robber (uncredited)
  • Too Many Crooks (1959) as Tramp (uncredited)
  • Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959) as Signaller
  • The 39 Steps (1959) as Train Steward (uncredited)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) as Perkins
  • I'm All Right Jack (1959) as Shop Steward
  • Libel (1959) as Newspaper Vendor (uncredited)
  • Upstairs and Downstairs (1959) as Driver (uncredited)
  • The Price of Silence (1959) as Slug
  • Sink the Bismarck! (1960) as Civilian Worker on 'Prince of Wales' (uncredited)
  • Life Is a Circus (1960) as Removal man
  • Dead Lucky (1960) as Harry Winston
  • Follow That Horse! (1960) as Farrell
  • There Was a Crooked Man (1960) as Foreman
  • The House in Marsh Road (1960) as Morris Lumley
  • Suspect (1960) as Slater
  • The Treasure of Monte Cristo (1961) as Albert
  • The Iron Maiden (1962) as Fred Carter
  • Swallows and Amazons (1963) as Young Billie
  • Smokescreen (1964) as Hotel Waiter
  • The Projected Man (1966) as Harry Slinger
  • Island of Terror (1966) as Constable John Harris
  • Smashing Time (1967) as Workman
  • The Killing of Sister George (1968) as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • Till Death Us Do Part (1969) as Fred
  • Moon Zero Two (1969) as Barman
  • The Last Grenade (1970) (uncredited)
  • Too Late the Hero (1970) as Colour-Sergeant
  • 10 Rillington Place (1971) as Furniture Dealer
  • Dad's Army (1971) as Nazi Orderly
  • Quest for Love (1971) as Taximan
  • Up the Chastity Belt (1971) as Locksmith
  • The Magnificent Six and 1/2 (1971)
  • The Alf Garnett Saga 1972 ( uncredited )
  • My Name is Harry Worth ( 1972 ) T.V. Show ( Man with the Flu in Bed )
  • Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973) as Claude
  • Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974) as 1st Removal Man
  • Great Expectations (1974) as Arthur Compeyson (scarred convict)
  • The Amorous Milkman (1975) as Wilf
  • Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976) as Mr.Gibson (scenes deleted)
  • Yesterday's Hero (1979) as Sam Turner
  • Danger on Dartmoor (1980)
  • The Shillingbury Blowers (1980) as Reggie
  • The Mirror Crack'd' (1980) as Film Technician (uncredited)
  • Eye of the Needle (1981) as Lock Keeper
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