Standing, John 1934-

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Standing, John 1934-


Born John Leon, August 16, 1934, in London, England; son of Sir Ronald George (a stockbroker) and Dorothy Katherine (an actress; maiden name, Standing; professional name, Kay Hammond) Leon; married Jill Melford (divorced, 1972); married Sarah Kate Forbes (a writer), April 7, 1984; children: Alexander, India, Archie. Education: Attended Eton and Millfield; also studied art. Politics: Liberal. Religion: Church of England. Avocational Interests: Painting, skiing.


Agent—Agency for the Performing Arts, 9000 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069; International Creative Management, 10250, Constellation Way, 9th Floor, Los Angeles, 90067.


Actor. Military service: British Army, served in Kings Royal Rifle Corps, second lieutenant.

Awards, Honors:

Laurence Olivier Award nomination, best actor, Society of London Theatre, 1979, for Close of Play.


Stage Appearances:

(London debut) Mr. Charlton, The Darling Buds of May, Saville Theatre, 1959.

Andrew Rankin, The Irregular Verb to Love, Criterion Theatre, London, 1961.

Title role, Norman, Duchess Theatre, London, 1962.

Ensemble, So Much to Remember (revue), Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1963.

Clive Winton, See How They Run, Vaudeville Theatre, 1964.

Sir John Melvil, The Clandestine Marriage; Lennox, Macbeth; Yepihodov, The Cherry Orchard; and Mendigales, The Fighting Cock; all Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, U.K., 1966.

Mendigales, The Fighting Cock, Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1966.

George Smerdon, The Farmer's Wife; Aimwell, The Beaux' Stratagem; and Emile Tavernier, An Italian Straw Hat; all Chichester Festival Theatre, 1967.

Algernon Moncrieff, The Importance of Being Earnest, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1968.

Hugo and Frederick, Ring 'round the Moon, Haymarket Theatre, 1968.

Lorn Mason, Girlfriend, Apollo Theatre, London, 1970.

Dapper, The Alchemist; and Bluntschli, Arms and the Man; both Chichester Festival Theatre, 1970.

Clive Popkiss, Popkiss, Globe Theatre, London, 1972.

Chap, A Sense of Detachment, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1972.

Elyot Chase, Private Lives, Queen's Theatre, London, 1973.

Dauphin, Saint Joan, Oxford Festival, Oxford, England, 1974.

Elyot Chase, Private Lives, Los Angeles, 1974, then Forty-Sixth Street Theatre, New York City, 1975.

George, Jingo, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1975.

Dr. Watson, Dead-Eyed Dicks, Dublin Festival, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, 1976.

Freddy Malone, Plunder, National Theatre Company, Lyttleton Theatre, London, 1978.

Dr. Paramore, The Philanderer, National Theatre Company, Lyttleton Theatre, 1978.

Benedict, Close of Play, National Theatre Company, Lyttleton Theatre, 1979.

Tobias, A Delicate Balance, Theatre Royal, London, 1997.

Also appeared in small roles in Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, Sarah Bernhardt Theatre, Paris.

Film Appearances:

Hubert Shannon, A Pair of Briefs, Davis, 1962.

Arthur, The Wild and the Willing (also known as and Young and Willing), Universal, 1962.

Humphrey Gore-Brown, The Swinging Maiden (also known as The Iron Maiden), Columbia, 1963.

Washroom attendant, Agent 8 3/4, 1964.

Captain Daven, King Rat, Columbia, 1965.

Mark Von Sturm, The Psychopath, Paramount, 1966.

Julius P. Haversack, Walk, Don't Run, Columbia, 1966.

Leo Winston, Torture Garden, Columbia, 1967.

Roger Henderson, A Touch of Love (also known as Thank You All Very Much and The Millstone), Columbia, 1969.

Bernie, All the Right Noises, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971.

Gordon, X, Y and Zee (also known as Zee and Co.), Columbia, 1972.

Buster, Au Pair Girls, 1972.

Father Philip Verecker, The Eagle Has Landed, Columbia, 1976.

Fairbrother, The Class of Miss MacMichael, Brut, 1978.

Jason Mountolive, The Legacy (also known as The Legacy of Maggie Walsh), Universal, 1979.

Fox, The Elephant Man, Paramount, 1980.

Finley, The Sea Wolves (also known as The Sea Wolves: The Last Charge of the Calcutta Light Horse), Paramount, 1980.

Captain Sholto Savory, Privates on Parade, Handmade Films, 1982.

Captain Stirrick, 1982.

Harry, Earl of Braunceston, Invitation to the Wedding, New Realm, 1983.

Michael O'Branin, Nightflyers, Vista/New Century, 1987.

Chaplin Butler, Chaplin, 1992.

Richard Dalloway, Mrs. Dalloway (also known as Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway"), First Look Pictures, 1997.

Gilbert Embleton, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Warner Bros., 1997.

Philip Emmenthal, 8 ½ Women, Lions Gate, 1999.

Peter Baring, Rogue Trader, 1999.

Politician, Mad Cows, 1999.

Reverend Holland, Pandaemonium, 2000.

Jake Plummer, The Calling, 2000.

Queen's Messenger, Prophecy Entertainment, 2000.

Sheldon Gotti, Jack Brown and the Curse of the Crown, 2001.

Foreign Secretary, Witness to Kill (also known as Diamond Cut Diamond), Nu Image, 2001.

Bauer Martinez, Shoreditch, 2003.

Dumby, A Good Woman (also known as Seduttrici, Le), Lions Gate Entertainment, 2004.

The dean, Animal, Mars, 2005.

Lilliman, V for Vendetta (also known as V for Vendetta: At the Imax, and V wie vendetta), Warner Bros., 2005.

French, Lassie, Samuel Goldwyn, 2005.

Garden party guest number two, Scoop, A-Film, 2006.

Ally's dad, Rabbit Fever, Maiden Voyage, 2006.

Michael De Vere, I Want Candy, Sky, 2007.

Captain Mardell, Outlaw, Vertigo, 2007.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Tartuffe (also known as Play of the Month: Tartuffe), 1971.

Jack, Ms or Jill and Jack, 1974.

Major Quive-Smith, Rogue Male, 1976.

Duke of Windsor, To Catch a King, HBO, 1984.

Van Rensburg, The Biko Inquest, 1984.

Jack, Visitors, 1987.

Malise Gordon, Riders (also known as Jilly Cooper's "Riders"), 1988.

Charnaud, Dark Holiday (also known as Passport to Terror), NBC, 1989.

Henry, Chameleons, NBC, 1989.

Belfrage, The Endless Game, Showtime, 1990.

Coudray, The Count of Solar, BBC, 1991.

Peter Baring, Rogue Trader, BBC, then Cinemax, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Colonel Pickering, Pygmalion, 1983.

Our Planet Tonight, NBC, 1987.

Our Planet, NBC, 1987.

Flapjack Floozie, HBO, 1988.

Toby Cartwright, "Ways and Means," in Collins Meets Coward, Arts and Entertainment, 1992.

Bishop Robert Young, The Choir, PBS, 1995.

Mr. Gilmore, The Woman in White, PBS, 1998.

Mr. Austen, The Real Jane Austen, 2002.

Right Honorable William Whitelaw, The Falklands Play, BBC4, 2002.

Lord Moyne, The Gathering Storm, HBO, 2002.

Lord Carteret, The Slavery Business, BBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Sidney Godolphin, "The First Churchills," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1969.

Sam Collins, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, PBS, 1980.

Sir George, Sidney Sheldon's "Windmills of the Gods", CBS, 1988.

Night of the Fox, syndicated, 1990.

Whitfield, Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel, NBC, 1992.

Admiral Bolgolam, Gulliver's Travels, NBC, 1996.

Sir Huw Watkins, Drover's Gold, 1997.

Nicholas Jenkins in later life, A Dance to the Music of Time, 1997.

Archbishop, Joan of Arc, CBS, 1999.

Captain Proctor, Longitude, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

Lord Montdore, Love in a Cold Climate, BBC1/PBS, 2001.

Dr. Sam Maitland, King Solomon's Mines, Hallmark Channel, 2004.

Lord Kessler, The Line of Beauty, BBC2, 2006.

Francis Youlgreave, Fallen Angel, ITV, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Sidney Godolphin, The First Churchills, 1970-71.

Charles Latimer, military police, The Other 'Arf, 1981.

Edward Wingate, Lime Street, ABC, 1985-86.

The Old Boy Network, 1991.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

East, "School for Traitors," The Avengers, ITV, 1963.

Gendarme, "The Bunco Artists," The Saint, ITV, 1963.

James, "Sting in the Tail," Danger Man (also known as Secret Agent and Secret Agent aka Danger Man), ITV, 1965.

"Who Were You with Last Night," Thirty-Minute Theatre, 1967.

Jack Chesney, "Charley's Aunt," Play of the Month, BBC, 1969.

Russ, "Wine of India," The Wednesday Play, BBC, 1970.

"Seven Days in the Life Andrew Pelham: Decision," Thirty-Minute Theatre, BBC, 1971.

Lieutenant Macneil, "The Dirtiest Soldier in the World," Comedy Playhouse, 1972.

Pasc, "The Mark of Archanon," Space: 1999, 1976.

"The Sinking of HMS Victoria," BBC2 Play of the Week, BBC2, 1977.

Ehrlich, "Everybody Does It," Van der Valk, 1977.

Vernon Bennett, Hotel, ABC, 1987.

Arthur Constable, "It Runs in the Family," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1987.

Visitors, BBC, 1987.

George Franklin, "Naked Justice: Parts 1 & 2", Hunter, NBC, 1988.

Ian Ludlow, Murphy's Law, ABC, 1989.

Nigel Morris, "True Brit," L.A. Law, NBC, 1990.

Chief Daniel Trent, "The Sicilian Encounter," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1990.

Terrence Hemmings, "Honisit Qui Maly Ppensa," Civil Wars, ABC, 1992.

Professor Nigel Zirchon, "Marshall's Theory of Believability," Eerie, Indiana, 1992.

Dr. Smith, "Legal System," Look at the State We're In!, 1995.

Jimmy Cheatham, "Tea and Sympathy," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2000.

"Into the Night," The Vice, 2001.

Count Dracula, "Walpurgis Night," Lexx (also known as Lexx: The Series and Tales from a Parallel Universe), Sci-Fi Channel, 2001.

Ritchie, "Queen and Country: Parts 1 & 2," In Deep, BBC, 2003.

Charles Rust, "Bad Tidings," Midsomer Murders, ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 2004.

G. H. Granbury, "Keeping Up Appearances," Keen Eddie, Fox, 2004.

Black Rod, "The Seed of Cunning," The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, BBC1 and PBS, 2005.


Video Games:

Voice of Colonel Mustard, Cluedo, 1997.

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