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William Hartnell

From Wikipedia William Henry Hartnell (8 January 1908 – 23 April 1975), also known as Billy Hartnell or Bill Hartnell, was an English actor. Hartnell played the first incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, from 1963 to 1966. He was also known for his roles as Sergeant Grimshaw, the title character of the first Carry On film, Carry On Sergeant in 1958, and Company Sergeant Major Percy Bullimore in the sitcom The Army Game from 1957 until 1958, and again in 1960. Hartnell entered the theatre in 1925 working under Frank Benson as a general stagehand. He appeared in numerous Shakespearian plays, including The Merchant of Venice (1926), Julius Caesar (1926), As You Like It (1926), Hamlet (1926), The Tempest (1926) and Macbeth (1926). He also appeared in She Stoops to Conquer (1926), School for Scandal (1926) and Good Morning, Bill (1927), before performing in Miss Elizabeth's Prisoner (1928). This play was written by Robert Neilson Stephens and E. Lyall Swete. It featured the actress Heather McIntyre, whom he married during the following year. His first of more than sixty film appearances was in Say It With Music (1932). Hartnell continued to play comic characters until he was cast in the robust role of Sergeant Ned Fletcher in The Way Ahead (1944). From then on his career was defined by playing mainly policemen, soldiers, and thugs. Hartnell's performance in This Sporting Life was noted by Verity Lambert, the producer who was setting up a new science-fiction television series for the BBC entitled Doctor Who; and, mainly on the strength of that performance, Lambert offered him the title role.


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Born:
Jan 8, 1908 In St. Pancras, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
61
First Appeared:
In the movie Follow the Lady 1933-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor 2013-11-23
Known For
Poster of Doctor Who
Poster of Doctor Who
Poster of Strictly Confidential
Poster of The Dark Man
Filmography

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013)

Science Fiction Adventure
Movie
as The Doctor (archive footage)
8.1 253 votes

Doctor Who (2005)

Action & Adventure Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as The Doctor (archive footage)
6.9 875 votes

Doctor Who: The Ark (1966)

Science Fiction Action Adventure Drama
Movie
as The Doctor

Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker (1966)

Science Fiction Action Adventure Drama
Movie
as The Doctor

Doctor Who: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (1966)

History Action Adventure Drama Science Fiction
Movie
as The Doctor/Abbot of Amboise

Doctor Who: The Gunfighters (1966)

Science Fiction Action Adventure Drama History
Movie
as The Doctor

Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet (1966)

Adventure Science Fiction
Movie
as First Doctor
7 1 votes

Doctor Who: The Savages (1966)

Drama Action Adventure Science Fiction
Movie
as The Doctor

Doctor Who: The Time Meddler (1965)

Science Fiction Action Adventure Drama
Movie
as The Doctor

Doctor Who: The Chase (1965)

Drama Action Adventure Science Fiction
Movie
as The Doctor

Doctor Who: Galaxy 4 (1965)

Science Fiction Action Adventure Drama
Movie
as The Doctor

Doctor Who: The Daleks' Master Plan (1965)

Science Fiction Drama Action Adventure
Movie
as The Doctor

Doctor Who: The Myth Makers (1965)

Science Fiction Action Adventure Drama
Movie
as The Doctor

Doctor Who: The Aztecs (1964)

Drama Adventure Science Fiction History
Movie
as The Doctor

This Sporting Life (1963)

Drama
Movie
as 'Dad' Johnson
6.8 27 votes

Heavens Above! (1963)

Comedy
Movie
as Major Fowler
6.5 5 votes

The World Ten Times Over (1963)

Drama
Movie
as Dad

To Have and to Hold (1963)

Crime
Movie

Doctor Who (1963)

Action & Adventure Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as First Doctor
7.7 111 votes

Ghost Squad (1961)

Series
as Unknown

Jackpot (1960)

Crime
Movie

Piccadilly Third Stop (1960)

Crime
Movie
8.3 2 votes

And the Same to You (1960)

Comedy
Movie
as Walter 'Wally' Burton
6.5 3 votes

Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)

Drama Action
Movie
as Sergeant Jenkins
7.8 4 votes

Strictly Confidential (1959)

Comedy
Movie

No Hiding Place (1959)

Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Mouse That Roared (1959)

Comedy
Movie
as Will Buckley
6.9 22 votes

The Night We Dropped a Clanger (1959)

Comedy
Movie
as Sgt. Bright
7.8 2 votes

Date with Disaster (1958)

Movie
as Tracy

Carry On Sergeant (1958)

Comedy War
Movie
as Sergeant Grimshawe
6.7 13 votes

Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (1957)

War
Movie
as Leading Seaman Frank
5.8 4 votes

The Army Game (1957)

Comedy
Series

The Hypnotist (1957)

Thriller Crime
Movie
as Inspector Ross
5 1 votes

Hell Drivers (1957)

Action Drama Crime Mystery
Movie
as Cartley, Hawlett Manager
6.7 10 votes

Doublecross (1956)

Thriller Drama
Movie
as Herbert Whiteway

Private's Progress (1956)

Comedy War
Movie
as Sgt. Sutton
6.3 8 votes

Will Any Gentleman...? (1953)

Movie
as Detective Inspector Martin

The Ringer (1952)

Mystery
Movie
as Sam Hackett
6.0 1 votes

The Magic Box (1951)

Drama
Movie
as Recruiting Sergeant
6.6 7 votes

The Dark Man (1951)

Thriller Crime Drama
Movie
as Superintendent of Police
6 1 votes

Double Confession (1950)

Thriller Crime
Movie
as Charlie Durham
6.3 4 votes

Now Barabbas (1949)

Movie
as Warder Jackson

The Lost People (1949)

War Drama
Movie
as Barnes
6 1 votes

Escape (1948)

Movie
as Inspector Harris
5.8 3 votes

Temptation Harbour (1947)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Jim Brown
4.3 2 votes

Odd Man Out (1947)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Fencie - the barman
7.2 41 votes

Brighton Rock (1947)

Drama Crime Thriller
Movie
as Dallow
7.6 28 votes

Appointment with Crime (1946)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Leo Martin
6.3 3 votes

The Agitator (1945)

Drama
Movie
as Peter Pettinger (as Billy Hartnell)

The Way Ahead (1944)

Drama War
Movie
as Sgt. Ned Fletcher
6.8 12 votes

The Bells Go Down (1943)

Drama War
Movie
as Brookes

The Dark Tower (1943)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Jim Towers (as Bill Hartnell)
7 2 votes

Headline (1943)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Dell
7 1 votes

Suspected Person (1942)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Saunders
6.0 1 votes

They Flew Alone (1942)

Drama
Movie
as Scotty
6 2 votes

Freedom Radio (1941)

Drama War
Movie
as Radio Location Aerial Operator
6 1 votes

Farewell Again (1937)

Drama
Movie
as Minor Role
5 1 votes

The Crimson Circle (1936)

Drama
Movie
5.5 1 votes

Midnight at Madame Tussaud's (1936)

Movie
as Stubbs

The Perfect Flaw (1934)

Movie
as Vickers

Follow the Lady (1933)

Comedy
Movie
as Mike Martindale