John Carson (actor)

For other people with the same name, see John Carson (disambiguation).
John Derek Carson-Parker
Born (1927-02-28)28 February 1927
Colombo, Ceylon
Died 5 November 2016(2016-11-05) (aged 89)
Cape Town, South Africa
Occupation actor
Years active 1946-2016
Spouse(s) Luanshya Greer

John Carson (28 February 1927 5 November 2016) was an English actor known for his appearances in film and television.

Making his film debut in 1947, he carved out a career appearing in low-budget British films such as Seven Keys (1961); Smokescreen (1964); and Master Spy (1964). His saturnine looks and sinister voice (sometimes compared with James Mason) led to him starring in a number of horror films including The Night Caller (1965); The Plague of the Zombies (1965); The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970); Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970); and Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1972).[1]

Beside his appearances in horror films he was also known for his many villainous turns in adventure series of the 1960s, such as The Adventures of Robin Hood; The Avengers; The Saint; Adam Adamant Lives!; The Baron; Man in a Suitcase; The Champions and Department S.

His long and varied list of television credits include Emergency - Ward 10; Ivanhoe; William Tell; Armchair Theatre; Maigret; Out of the Unknown; Emma (as Mr. Knightley); Dixon of Dock Green; Crown Court; The New Avengers; Telford's Change; Secret Army; The Professionals; Tales of the Unexpected; Hammer House of Horror; Doctor Who (Snakedance); Shaka Zulu and Poirot. He was also the voice-over performer in Sunsilk TV commercials.[2]

Carson died in Cape Town, South Africa, on 5 November 2016 at the age of 89.[3]

Selected filmography



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