Ogilvy, Ian 1943–

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OGILVY, Ian 1943


Full name, Ian Raymond Ogilvy; born September 30 (some sources cite September 13), 1943, in Woking, Surrey, England; son of Aileen Raymond (an actress); father, in advertising; married Diane (marriage ended); married Kathryn "Kitty" Holcomb (an actress), 1992; children: (first marriage) Emma (stepdaughter), Titus; (second marriage) two stepsons. Education: Attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Avocational Interests: Skiing, scuba diving.

Addresses: Agent Martin Gage, The Gage Group, 14724 Ventura Blvd., Suite 505, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403. Contact www.ianogilvy.com.

Career: Actor and writer. Appeared in commercials; reader for audiobooks; also worked as a student stage manager at the Royal Court Theatre, London.

Awards, Honors: Three DramaLogue Awards; Los Angeles Times Critics Award.


Television Appearances; Series:

Lying narrator, The Liars, Granada Television, 1966.

Lawrence Kirbridge, a recurring role, Upstairs, Downstairs, London Weekend Television, 1972, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, c. 1975.

Drusus, I, Claudius, BBC2, 1976, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS.

Simon Templar, Return of the Saint (also known as The Son of the Saint ), Incorporated Television Company, 19781979.

Richard Maddison, Tom, Dick and Harriet, Independent Television, 19821983.

Reginald Hewitt, Generations, NBC, 1990.

Marc Delacourt, Malibu Shores, CBS, 1996.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Owen Gereth, The Spoils of Poynton, BBC, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, both 1971.

Humphrey Oliver, Moll Flanders, BBC and PBS, 1975.

Duncan Free, Menace Unseen, Independent Television, 1988.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Edward VIII, The Gathering Storm (also known as Churchill, the Gathering Storm and Walk with Destiny ), NBC, 1974.

Stiva, Anna Karenina, CBS, 1985.

Daniel Portman, Maigret, Harlech Television and syndicated, 1988.

Jason Stone, Grand Theft Hotel (also known as B. L. Stryker: Grand Theft Hotel ), ABC, 1990.

Brian, Invasion of Privacy, USA Network, 1992.

Talk show host (some sources cite role of doorman), Shattered Image, USA Network, 1994.

Miles, Horse Sense, The Disney Channel, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Connoisseur (also known as The Wednesday Play: The Connoisseur ), BBC, 1966.

"Child's Play," ThirtyMinute Theatre, BBC2, 1968.

Herbie (RB34), Liar! (also known as Out of the Unknown: Liar! ), BBC2, 1969.

Alban Torel, The Door of Opportunity (also known as W. Somerset Maugham's The Door of Opportunity ), BBC, 1970.

Sam, Wine of India (also known as The Wednesday Play: Wine of India ), BBC, 1970.

"Helen," ThirtyMinute Theatre, BBC2, 1970.

Arthur Gower, Trelawny of the Wells (also known as Play of the Month: Trelawny of the Wells ), BBC, 1972.

Candide (also known as Play of the Month: Candide ), BBC, 1973.

The Little Minister (also known as Play of the Month: The Little Minister ), BBC, 1975.

The Beaux Stratagem (also known as Play of the Month: The Beaux Stratagem ), BBC, 1978.

Comedy Tonight, Independent Television, 1980.

Himself, Backstage at Masterpiece Theatre: A 20th Anniversary Special, PBS, 1991.

Himself, Carol Leifer: Gaudy, Bawdy & Blue, Showtime, 1992.

Himself, Heartthrobs of the 70s, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Andre, "Goodnight Pelican," Boy Meets Girl, BBC, 1967.

Baron von Curt, "They Keep Killing Steed," The Avengers, Associated British Picture Corporation, 1968.

Inspector Appleby, "Lesson in Anatomy," Detective, BBC, 1968.

Toby, "Kidnap: Whose Pretty Girl Are You?," Strange Report, Associated Television and NBC, 1968.

Martin Seacombe, "Saturn's Rewards," Zodiac, Thames Television, 1974.

School bully, "Tomkinson's Schooldays," Ripping Yarns, BBC2, 1976.

Guest, The Morecambe and Wise Show, Thames Television, 1981.

"Infernal Device," Q.E.D., CBS, 1982.

Lord Edgar, "Rutterkin," Robin of Sherwood, Harlech Television, Showtime, and PBS, 1986.

Harold Baines, "Appointment in Athens," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989.

Inspector Miles Cottrell, "A Passing Inspection," Over My Dead Body, 1990.

Jimmy Sutane, "Dancers in Mourning," Campion, BBC, 1989, PBS, 1990.

Peter Baines, "The Sicilian Encounter," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1990.

Archibald Bond, "Smile, You're Dead," P.S. I Luv U, CBS, 1991.

Peter Templeton, "The Monte Carlo Murders," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1992.

Lawson Childress, "Murder in White," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1993.

Poindexter Bond, Phenom, ABC, c. 1993.

Romeo, "Who Killed Romeo?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1994.

Shredder Stoneham, "Rampage," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1994.

Sterling, "Dragonswing II," Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, syndicated, 1994.

Travor Furlong, "Bounty Hunters' Convention," The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (also known as Brisco County, Jr. ), Fox, 1994.

Wade Foster, "Murder of the Month Club," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1994.

Lyle Fairbanks, "The New Healers," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1995.

Dan Hollingsworth, "The Romanoff Affair," One West Waikiki, syndicated, 1996.

David Kirkwood, "A Sentimental Education," Hope & Gloria, NBC, 1996.

Marion Michaels, "Opportunity Knockers," The Faculty, ABC, 1996.

Voices of Dr. Smallwood and second techie, "Village of the Doomed," The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (animated), The Cartoon Network and syndicated, 1996.

Duncan Briggs, "How to Marry a Billionaire," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1997.

Jeffrey Mason, "The Good of the Service," JAG, CBS, 1997.

Lionel Spencer, "Caroline and Richard & Julia," Caroline in the City (also known as Caroline ), NBC, 1997.

Mr. Spencer, "Caroline and the Ombudsman," Caroline in the City (also known as Caroline ), NBC, 1997.

Clive Harbison, "Show Me the Monet," Early Edition, CBS, 1998.

Larry Duggin, "Talked to Death," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1998.

Lord Jano, "In the Kingdom of the Blind," Babylon 5, TNT, 1998.

Jack Campbell, "Other People's Business," The Love Boat: The Next Wave, UPN, 1999.

Jerry Lane, "Trash TV: Parts 1 & 2," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1999.

Leo Turnlow, "Saving Ryan's Privates," Melrose Place, Fox, 1999.

Leo Turnlow, "They Shoot Blanks, Don't They?," Melrose Place, Fox, 1999.

Miles Clayton, "Water Dance," Baywatch, syndicated, 1999.

Geoffrey, "The Trouble with Troubadour," Dharma & Greg, ABC, 2000.

Seymour, "And the Winner Is...," The Parkers, UPN, 2002.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Denholm Sinclair, Maggie, CBS, 1986.

Giancarlo Rinaldi, Three of a Kind, ABC, 1989.

Film Appearances:

Philip, La sorella di Satana (also known as Revenge of the Blood Beast, Satan's Sister, The SheBeast, Sister of Satan, and Il lago di Satana ), Europix Consolidated, 1966.

Desmond Flower, Stranger in the House (also known as CopOut ), Cinerama 68, 1967.

Peter, The Day the Fish Came Out (also known as Otan ta psaria vgikan sti steria ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1967.

Mike Roscoe, The Sorcerers, Allied Artists, 1968.

Richard Marshall, Matthew Hopkins: Witchfinder General (also known as The Conqueror Worm, Edgar Allan Poe's Conqueror Worm, and WitchfinderGeneral ), American International Pictures, 1968.

Ronald, The Invincible Six (also known as The Heroes ), 1968, International Film Distributors, 1970.

William De Lancey, Waterloo, Paramount, 1970.

Edgar Linton, Wuthering Heights, American International Pictures, 1971.

Charles Fengriffen, And Now the Screaming Starts! (also known as Bride of Fengriffen, Fengriffen, and I Have No Mouth but I Must Scream ), Cinerama/Lara Classics, 1973.

William Seaton, "The Door," From beyond the Grave (also known as Creatures, Creatures from beyond the Grave, Tales from beyond the Grave, Tales from the Beyond, and The Undead ), Warner Bros., 1973.

David Hunter, No Sex Please: We're British, 1973, Columbia, 1979.

Simon Templar, The Saint and the Brave Goose (also known as Collision Course ), 1979.

Chagall, Death Becomes Her, Universal, 1992.

Starch, Eddie Presley, Raven Pictures International, 1993.

Dr. Jennings, Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter (also known as The Final Chapter: Puppet Master 5 and Puppet Master 5 ), Paramount Home Video, 1994.

Gary, The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson, 1997.

Grace, Fugitive Mind, Royal Oaks Communications, 1999.

Himself, Blood Beast: The Films of Michael Reeves (documentary), Boum Productions/Pagan Films, 1999.

Stage Appearances:

Rough Crossing, Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles, 1993.

Professor Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady (musical), Pacific Coast Civic Light Opera, 1999.

Andrew, Sleuth, Apollo Theatre, London, 20022003.

Appeared as John/James, Love! Valour! Compassion!, U.S. production; appeared in The Devil's Disciple, Liverpool, England; also appeared in London productions of The Common Pursuit, Design for Living, Happy Family, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Millionairess, One of Us, Rookery Nook, Run for Your Wife, Stagestruck, Three Sisters, and Waltz of the Toreadors.

Major Tours:

Howard Booth, Snakes and Ladders, British cities, 2002.

Andrew, Sleuth, British cities, 2003.

Stage Work:

Director of the revised version of A Slight Hangover, Mill at Sonning.



Present Laughter, L.A. Theatre Works, 1996.

Reader for other audiobooks, including ones featuring the character of James Bond.



The Stud Farm (also known as The Male Farm and The Study Farm ), McAbee Pictures, 1969.

Stage Plays:

A Slight Hangover, Churchill Theatre, Bromley, England, c. 1985 revised version, Mill at Sonning, also produced at other venues, including Howick Little Theatre, Pakuranga, New Zealand, c. 2004.


Loose Chippings, Headline, 1996.

The Polkerton Giant, Headline, 1997.

A Slight Hangover (based on his stage play), Writer's Club Press, 2000.

Measle and the Wrathmonk, Oxford University Press, 2004.

Contributor to periodicals.



TV Zone, March, 1999, pp. 3841.


Ian Ogilvy Official Site, http://www.ianogilvy.com, April 7, 2004.

Ogilvy, Ian 1943-

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Ogilvy, Ian 1943-

(Ian Raymond Ogilvy)


Born September 30, 1943, in Woking, Surrey, England; son of Francis Ogilvy (an advertising executive) and Aileen Raymond (an actress); married (divorced); first wife's name Diane; married Kathryn Holcomb (an actress), 1992; children: (first marriage) Emma, Titus; two stepsons. Hobbies and other interests: Playing computer games, gardening, building things out of wood, riding his motorcycle, SCUBA diving.


Home and office—Southern CA.


Actor and author. Actor on stage and in films, including (as Desmond Flower) Stranger in the House, 1967; (as Mike Roscoe) The Sorcerers, 1967; (as Ronald) The Invincible Six, 1967; (as Edgar Linton) Wuthering Heights, 1970; (as William De Lancy) Waterloo, 1970; (as William Seaton) From beyond the Grave, 1973; and (as Captain Starch) Eddie Presley, 1992. Actor in television films and series, including The Liars, 1966; The Avengers, 1968; (as Lawrence Kirbridge) Upstairs, Downstairs, 1972; (as Edward VIII) The Gathering Storm, 1974; (as Humphrey Oliver) Moll Flanders, 1975; Ripping Yarns, 1976; (as Drusus) I, Claudius, 1976; (as Simon Templar) Return of the Saint, 1978-79; (as Lord Edgar) Robin of Sherwood, 1986; (as Reginald Hewitt) Generations, 1990; Walker, Texas Ranger, 1994; (as Harold Baines) Murder, She Wrote, 1989-94; (as Jerry Lane) Diagnosis: Murder, 1995-99; The Faculty, 1996; (as Marc Delacourt) Malibu Shores, 1996; Murphy Brown, 1997; (as Lional Spencer) Caroline in the City, 1997; JAG, 1997; (as Leo Turnlow) Melrose Place, 1999; Fugitive Mind, 1999; Dharma and Greg, 2000; The Parkers, 2002; and After Midnight, 2007. Has appeared in television specials, and worked as a voice-over actor.



Measle and the Wrathmonk, illustrated by Chris Mould, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2004.

Measle and the Dragodon, illustrated by Chris Mould, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 2004, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2005.

Measle and the Mallockee, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2006.

Measle and the Slitherghoul, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 2006.

Measle and the Doompit, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 2007.

The "Measle" series has been translated into over fifteen languages.


The Stud Farm (screenplay), produced, 1969.

Loose Chippings (adult novel), Headline (London, England), 1996.

The Polkerton Giant (adult novel), Headline (London, England), 1997.

A Slight Hangover: A Comedy (stage play), Samuel French (New York, NY), 2002.


Though Ian Ogilvy is perhaps best known as a television and film actor, he has also built a loyal audience as a writer. Beginning his authorial career penning novels, Ogilvy has more recently turned his attention to a younger audience. With each installment in his "Measle" novel series he has earned an increasing readership, both in his native England and among readers of the fifteen other languages his novels have been translated into. Beginning with Measle and the Wrathmonk, Ogilvy's series draws readers into a fantasy world and the adventures of an orphaned boy as he battles the legion of evil wizards known as wrathmonks, defending those who are threatened by the wizards' evil plans. "I still can't shake the idea that I'm a bit of a fraud," the author admitted to an interviewer for the London Times Online. "I keep thinking I'm an actor who has merely dabbled in books and got lucky."

Readers first meet Ogilvy's stalwart young hero in Measle and the Wrathmonk. After his parents mysteriously disappear, Measle Stubbs goes to live with his uncle, Basil Tramplebone, A totally unpleasant man, Uncle Basil is, as the boy soon discovers, also a wrathmonk. This discovery comes with consequences: the boy is shrunk to the size of a thimble and exiled to a toy train set in his uncle's attic. There Measle soon meets up with Prudence, a wrathmonk-ologist who has suffered a similar fate, and sets about forcing his uncle to return him to his proper size. "Ogilvy's storytelling will remind readers a little of Lemony Snicket, with a dash of Harry Potter tossed in," wrote Michele Winship in her Kliatt review of Measle and the Wrathmonk. Ed Sullivan, writing in Booklist, concluded that Ogilvy's "entertaining, fast-paced novel has moments of humor and suspense," while a Publishers Weekly critic compared the book to Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, writing that the story's "Lilliputian scenes offer some keen suspense."

In Measle and the Dragodon Measle's mother becomes the target of an army of wrathmonks led by a wicked dragodon, or dragon rider. After Mom is kidnapped, Measle tracks down clues as to her fate in an abandoned amusement park, and must rely on such whimsically inspired talismans as magic jellybeans in order to extract himself from the quandary that results. Measle and the Mallockee finds our hero confronted by his nemesis, supposed friend Toby Jugg, as he protects his little sister so that she can fulfill her destiny as a mallockee, or powerful wizard. Although Measle himself possesses no magical powers, he uses brainpower to get himself and his spell-wielding sibling out of trouble. Walter Minkel, reviewing Measle and the Dragodon for School Library Journal, felt that, while Ogilvy's villains are too inept to be truly threatening, characters such as Tinker, Measle's canine sidekick, add plot dimensions that "are often pretty funny." A Kirkus Reviews contributor dubbed Measle and the Mallockee the best entry in the series to date, and Shelle Rosenfeld, reviewing the same book for Booklist, described Ogilvy's novel as "a fast-reading, occasionally humorous tale of magic and mayhem."

Ogilvy continues the adventures of Measle in Measle and the Slitherghoul, in which the slimy creature that has eaten the wrathmonks now desires Measle as desert. Readers of Measle and the Doompit follow the boy on a journey to Dystopia, an aptly named land of horrors wherein Measle must once again confront arch enemy Jugg.

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, October 1, 2004, Ed Sullivan, review of Measle and the Wrathmonk, p. 329; January 1, 2006, Shelle Rosenfeld, review of Measle and the Mallockee, p. 88.

Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2005, review of Measle and the Dragodon, p. 293; November 15, 2005, review of Measle and the Mallockee, p. 1235.

Kliatt, July, 2004, Michele Winship, review of Measle and the Wrathmonk, p. 11.

Publishers Weekly, November 8, 2004, review of Measle and the Wrathmonk, p. 56.

School Librarian, winter, 2004, Tim Saunders, "Spotlight on Ian Ogilvy," p. 174; spring, 2005, Cherie Gladstone, review of Measle and the Dragodon, p. 36; summer, 2006, Lesley Martin, review of Measle and the Mallockee, p. 90.

School Library Journal, September, 2004, Eva Mitnick, review of Measle and the Wrathmonk, p. 214; August, 2005, Walter Minkel, review of Measle and the Dragodon, p. 132; February, 2006, Carly B. Wiskoff, review of Measle and the Mallockee, p. 134.

Voice of Youth Advocates, April, 2005, Christina Fairman, review of Measle and the Wrathmonk, p. 60; February, 2006, Christina Fairman, review of Measle and the Mallockee, p. 502.


HarperCollins Web site,http://www.harpercollins.com/ (February 24, 2007), "Ian Ogilvy."

Ian Ogilvy Home Page, http://www.ianogilvy.com (February 24, 2004).