Nigel Green

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Born

10/15/1924 , Pretoria, South Africa

Died

5/15/1972

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Biography:

Nigel Green was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1924, but was educated in England. He was studying chemical engineering at university until he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. By age 24, he was appearing on stage at both the Old Vic and Stratford-on-Avon. In the early 1950s, he made his film and television debuts, but his career was interrupted in 1956 when he received serious injuries in a fall. However, he fully recovered and soon thereafter established himself as a familiar figure in British film and television. In the early part of his career, his height (6'4") and muscular build brought him a number of "he-man" roles, such as Fertog "The Bear" in "William Tell" (1958), Little John in "Sword of Sherwood Forest" (1960), and Hercules in "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963), while his forceful, dominant manner served him well in such military roles as Colour Sergeant Bourne in "Zulu" (1964), General Wolseley in "Khartoum" (1966), and many others. Perhaps his best-known performance is that of Michael Caine's superior Major Dalby in "The Ipcress File" (1965), which won the Best British Film Award in 1966. During the 1960s, Green also appeared in a few horror films, such as "The Skull," "The Face of Fu Manchu," and "Countess Dracula." Toward the end of his career, Green was beginning to establish himself in Hollywood films and might have achieved stardom but for his untimely death at age 47 from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills.