Aidan Harrington

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Aidan Harrington
Born
Aidan Harrington

(1928-03-13)March 13, 1928
DiedFebruary 4, 2017(2017-02-04) (aged 88)
Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland
Cause of deathNatural causes
OccupationActor
Years active1950-2012
Spouse(s)Rosemary (m. 1954–2010; her death)
Children3

Aidan Harrington (March 13, 1928 - February 4, 2017) was an English character actor of stage, screen, and television.

Life and career[change | change source]

Harrington was born in London, England, on March 13, 1928,[1] the oldest sibling of a household that produced seven children. He received his public education at The Latymer School graduating in 1946 and later enrolled in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where he excelled in studying both acting and music. He graduated in 1950. His first professional beginnings in the entertainment industry began singing in the background chorus of the famed Palace Theatre in London. One fateful night in 1952, he happened to be discovered by famed motion picture director David Lean and his then wife, actress Ann Todd, who were so impressed by young Aidan's vocal abilities and charming looks, that they plucked him from obscurity and arranged for him a motion picture contract through London Film Productions where he would make his debut, under Lean's direction and with Todd as his first leading lady, in 'The Sound Barrier' (1952). Young Aidan's first screen appearance was so successful that within the very first year of his contract he appeared in 10 more films, one of which included the lavish costume epic 'Ivanhoe' whose cast included such acclaimed talents as Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Fontaine.[1]

At the beginning of the 1950s, Aidan was ranked as being one of the United Kingdom's 'Stars of Tomorrow'[1] and continued to make a name for himself in films appearing in such features as 'Doctor In The House' (1954), 'Dark Avenger' (1955), 'Village of the Damned' (1960), 'Day The Earth Caught Fire' (1961), 'Countess from Hong Kong' (1967), 'Best House in London' (1969), 'Eagle Has Landed' (1977), 'Top Secret' (1984), 'Batman' (1989), and, in his final on screen appearance,  'The Blackheath Poisonings' (1992). He also became a household name on the small screen appearing in such syndicated British sitcoms as The Invisible Man', 'The Edgar Wallace Mysteries', 'Scotland Yard', 'Ghost Squad', 'The Prisoner', 'The Sweeney, and QB VII.[2]

He was also highly regarded for his stance as a method actor on not only the British but American stage scene appearing in everything from light-hearted comedies to extreme dramatic roles. Some of which included: Romeo and Juliet, Dinner at Eight, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Mousetrap, And Then There Were None, Les Miserables, Julius Ceasar, The Crucible, All My Sons, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Foxes, Waiting for Godot, A Christmas Carol, Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Browning Version, Brewster's Millions, Angel Street, and Love Letters. In his later years, he even provided private acting lessons to aspiring performers.

He retired in 2012, and spent his last years spending time with his family, took up painting in oils, and divided time between his three homes which consisted of an estate in Surrey, England, a custom built Tudor house in County Dublin, Ireland (which he spent most of his time for over 40 years), and a summer house in Pebble Beach, California. He was married for 56 years to his wife, Rosemary, who predeceased him in 2010. Together they produced 3 children. He died surrounded by his family in the comfort of his Ireland home from natural causes on February 4, 2017, and was interred at Deansgrange Cemetery, Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland, following a private family-only funeral service.[1]

Filmography[change | change source]

Breaking the Sound Barrier 1952

Crimson Pirate 1952

Hour of 13 1952

Ivanhoe 1952

I Believe in You 1952

Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men 1952

Top Secret 1952

Where's Charley? 1952

Card 1952

Hindle Wakes 1952

Potter of the Yard 1952

It Started in Paradise 1953

Folly to Be Wise 1953

Doctor in the House 1954

Belles of St. Trinians 1954

Pickwick Papers 1954

Colditz Story 1955

I Am a Camera 1955

Lyons in Paris 1955

Dark Avenger 1955

Extra Day 1956

Port Afrique 1956

Morning Call 1957

Two-Headed Spy 1958

Breakout 1959

Behemoth the Sea Monster 1959

Trials of Oscar Wilde 1960

Village of the Damned 1960

Wings of Death 1961

Hellfire Club 1961

Day the Earth Caught Fire 1961

Guns of Darkness Guard 1962

Jolly Bad Fellow 1963

633 Squadron 1964

Liquidator 1965

Operation Crossbow 1965

Thunderball 1965

Berserk Extra (uncredited) 1967

Dirty Dozen 1967

Countess From Hong Kong Extra 1967

Assassination Bureau Limited 1968

Best House in London Waiting Room Man 1969

Some Girls Do 1969

Mosquito Squadron 1969

One More Time 1970

Eagle Has Landed 1977

Top Secret! 1984

Morons From Outer Space 1985

Batman 1989

Blackheath Poisonings 1992

TV Appearances

The Invisible Man (1959)

Danger Man (1961)

The Edgar Wallace Mysteries (1961)

Scotland Yard (1961)

Ghost Squad (1963)

The Prisoner (1967)

The Sweeney (1964, 1965)

QB VII (1974) [2] [3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harrington, Andrew. "Aidan Harrington's life story (1928 - 2017) - ForeverMissed.com". www.forevermissed.com.
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://movie-dude.co.uk/1Actors%20Pages/Aidan%20Harrington.htm
  3. "Aidan Harrington". www.aveleyman.com.

Other websites[change | change source]