David Hemmings

David Hemmings


11/18/1941, Guildford, Surrey, England, UK



Birth Name

David Leslie Edward Hemmings


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David Hemmings was born David Leslie Edward Hemming on November 18, 1941, in Guildford, Surrey, England, UK. He died on December 3, 2003, in Bucharest, Romania. At 9 years of age, he was an accomplished singer and toured with the English Opera Group as a boy soprano. When…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • David directed a made-for video puzzle contest film, Money Hunt: The Mystery Of The Missing Link in 1984. Contestants would watch the video and phone in to a 1-800 U.S. phone number with their ideas on the solution.

    • David starred as Bertie Wooster in the short-lived Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Jeeves, in 1975.

    • David beat out Terrence Stamp for his part in Blow Up (1967).

    • David died directly after filming the final shots for Samantha's Child (2003), collapsing as he headed towards his dressing room.

    • David was worried during his audition for Blow Up (1967) that director Michelangelo Antonioni was rejecting his performance, by shaking his head over and over. It was after the audition he found out that Antonioni had a form of Tourette's Syndrome and was shaking uncontrollably.

    • David formed the Hemdale Corporation with business partner John Daly in 1971, for producing and distributing movies, including hits such as The Terminator (1984) and Platoon (1986).

    • David co-starred with Jane Fonda in Barbarella (1968).

    • David co-starred with fellow actor Oliver Reed twice, in The System (1964) and Gladiator (2000).

    • David's autobiography, Blow Up... and Other Exaggerations: The Autobiography of David Hemmings was published in 2004, after his death.

    • David's acting was mocked in the Monty Python's Flying Circus episode "Full Frontal Nudity," with the comments of "The part of David Hemmings will be played by a piece of wood" and "David Hemmings appears courtesy of the National Forestry Service."

    • David's break-out role was as a photographer that believes he witnessed a murder in Blow Up (1967).

    • David provided the vocal narration for Rick Wakeman's instrumental album, "Journey To The Centre Of The Earth" in 1973. He also narrated the live version recorded in 1974 at the Royal Festival Hall in London, which was also recorded.

    • David sang as a boy treble on the Decca recording of Benjamin Britten's opera "Turn Of The Screw" in 1955.

    • David recorded a pop album, "David Hemmings: Happens" in 1967.

    • David was an artist and had paintings of his exhibited when he was 15.

    • David was a professional musician by the time he was 9 years old.

  • Quotes

    • David Hemmings: To say I was good or bad or not in an Antonioni film is like saying I like the color yellow in a Van Gogh.

    • David Hemmings: I would never, ever, ever, ever say I have regretted The A-Team, Magnum PI or Murder She Wrote or any of the others I did - and if you mention a television series, I'm sure I had a hand in it. I was, in my day, one of the best directors of episodic TV around. The A-Team was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. But after 10 years in that game, the work becomes too hard and you become facile.