Eric Porter, born April 8, 1928 was an accomplished actor in film, stage and television. Born in Shepard's Bush, London, Porter was educated at Wimbledon Technical College before going on to make his stage debut in Cambridge in 1945. 1955 found Porter playing in Volpone at the Bristol Old Vic and by 1960 he was acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi that same year. Porter covered many areas of Shakespeare, playing main characters from several of Shakespeare's plays over his career. In 1967, Porter won the BAFTA award for his portrayal of Soames Forsyte in the BBC drama The Forsyte Saga. Porter played in several other BBC and Grenada Television series as well as continuing to act on stage. His stage acting gained him the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor in 1988 for his role in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as well as acting in more than a dozen films during his career.