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The ChampionsHe Launches the Adventures
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He Launches the Adventures
The man who launches the three superhumans on their adventures in “THE CHAMPIONS” is the head of the Nemesis organisation Tremayne. And even he is puzzled by their remarkable powers.
The part is played by the distinguished British actor Anthony Nicholls who, besides being a noted stage actor, can claim to be one of the real veterans of television—a man who began in the new medium as far back as 1937 in the early days of his acting career.
He was a late-comer to acting. Born at Windsor, Berkshire, he was a cloth merchant before his enthusiasm for drama led to his decision to take up acting as a profession when he was in his twenties, and he began with a walking-on role in “The King and Mistress Shore” at the Little Theatre, London. He played another small part in the London production of “Operette” and immediately stepped into one of the more important roles when the show went on tour.
From this musical he moved into the more dramatic world of Shakespeare as juvenile lead with the Old Vic Company, where his fellow players included such stars-to-be as John Mills and Harry Andrews. From Shakespeare, he returned to the musical world as Prince Metterling in “The Dancing Years”, playing this part until the outbreak of World War II, when he went into the Royal Artillery.
He resumed his acting career in 1950 in “Accolade” and then “Tobias and the Angel” before making his New York debut in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the Old Vic Company, which also toured the States and Canada.
Much of his career since then has been spent in Shakespeare, and he has twice played the ghost in “Hamlet”, once to Michael Redgrave’s Hamlet and the second time with Peter O’Toole. This was one of the productions with which he appeared throughout Europe and in Russia, and one noted Russian critic commented that he had always wondered why Shakespeare himself played the Ghost: now, seeing Anthony Nicholls in the role, he could understand why.
He has also appeared as Kent to two famous Lears, John Gielgud and Charles Laughton.
The many other Shakespearean productions in which he has played include “The Merchant of Venice”, “Measure for Measure”, “Othello” and “Much Ado About Nothing”.
One post-war play in which he appeared was “Vanity Fair”, and it was in this that he met actress Faith Kent, who became his wife. They have never worked together in a play since then, but both were in the feature films “The Pumpkin Eater” and “Our Mother’s House”, though they had no scenes together.
He appeared in the London production of “Ross” as Ronald Storrs, and repeated this role in New York. He has since appeared in all the leading festivals, including Glyndebourne and Edinburgh, and has become a member of the Old Vic Company, now the National Theatre, and took a break from production of “The Champions” to go with the National Theatre Company to Canada.
His film career began in 1948, and he has played important roles in such productions as “The Hasty Heart”, “The Franchise Affair”, “Dunkirk”, “Seven Days to Noon”, “Othello” and “A Man for All Seasons”, as well as “The Pumpkin Eater” and “Our Mother’s House”.
His many television shows include such plays as “The Passionate Pilgrim”, “Autumn Garden”, “Media”, “When the Kissing had to Stop” and in “The Saint” and many other series and serials.
As a classical actor, he has played many roles with a beard and dons one again for “The Champions”—adding yet another shape to the numerous varieties he has worn at one time or another.
His pastime is cabinet-making—furniture variety!
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