Guest Actor Biography
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Nigel Green

Sir Lexius Cray, The Winged Avenger
Sir Geoffrey Armstrong, Fog

by Pete Stampede

Nigel Green had what might be called a straight-faced sense of absurdity, and was always convincing even when tackling the most bizarre subject matter. He first made his mark as William Tell's brawny helper Bear in the 1950's ITC swashbuckler series, and was constantly in films of the next decade, especially the spy and war genres: Zulu (1964), The Ipcress File (1965, with Gordon Jackson and Stanley Meadows), Play Dirty (1968), the very silly The Wrecking Crew (1968), and John Huston's The Kremlin Letter (1970). (He appeared with Honor Blackman in Jason and the Argonauts, 1963, him as Hercules, her as Hera.) He was also Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard in The Face of Fu Manchu, opposite Christopher Lee as the titular fiend in the first and best of that series.

TV appearances included The Persuaders, "Read and Destroy," Jason King, "As Easy As ABC" (both 1971), Sherlock Holmes with Peter Cushing, "Shoscombe Old Place" (1968) and Dr. Finlay's Casebook. How sad to note that Green was a great character actor of the 60's who didn't live long into the next decade, dying from an accidental overdose in 1972. As a result, his role in The Ruling Class had to be dubbed by someone else.

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