James Aubrey

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James Aubrey (born August 28, 1947 in Klagenfurt , Austria , † April 6, 2010 in Sleaford , England ) was a British actor .


James Aubrey was born James Aubrey Tregidgo to Major Aubrey James Tregidgo, an Army officer, and Edna May (Boxall) Tregidgo. He attended various private schools in several countries, including the Wolmer's Boys School in Kingston , Jamaica , the Windsor Boys' School in Germany and the St. John's School in Singapore . From 1967 to 1970 Aubrey trained as an actor at the Drama Center London .

Aubrey made his stage actor debut as a teenager at the Wilmington Playhouse in the US state of Delaware . In March 1962 he played the role of Philip in Isle of Children there . In this role he made his Broadway debut in a production by Jules Dassin at the Cort Theater that same year . From 1970 to 1972 Aubrey played at the Citizens Theater in Glasgow , where he appeared in roles such as Junker Andreas Bleichenwang in William Shakespeare's comedy What you want and Theridamas in Christopher Marlowe's tragedy Tamburlaine . He also appeared in the role of Theridama at the Edinburgh Festival in 1972 . In June 1973 he made his debut at the Royal Court Theater in London as Constable in the play Magnificence by Howard Brenton . From 1973 to 1974 Aubrey went to the Cambridge Theater Company on tour , where he was Diggory in She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith occurred and again as Junker Bleichenwang. In the 1974/75 season, Aubrey played with the Royal Shakespeare Company . He played Sebastian in Shakespeare's late work Der Sturm und die Färrischen Junker Schaum (Original: Froth ) in measure for measure . In 1975 he played Orlando in Shakespeare's As You Like It at the Birmingham Repertory Theater. A highlight of his stage work was his intense portrait in 1977 as Tom Wingfield, the author's narrator, lead actor and alter ego , in Tennessee Williams ' early drama The Glass Menagerie at the Shaw Theater in London. In 1978 he played Edgar in Shakespeare's King Lear at the Prospect Theater and the Old Vic Theater . 1979 Aubrey went to the Cambridge Theater Company on tour again and this time took the mark in the play The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer and Tony in From the Greek of Frederick Raphael .

His film career, with which Aubrey achieved international fame, began in 1963 with the role of the schoolboy Ralph in the British film Lord of the Flies by Peter Brook , the film adaptation of the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding . Aubrey was chosen from over 3,000 applicants for the role. As Ralph, he is elected to lead a group of boys stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash and struggling to survive. As the pure leader of the group, he embodied the voice of conscience and civilization in the face of a world of barbarism .

After a break from filming, Aubrey mainly worked for television. In 1976 he played the role of Gavin Sorenson in the British soap opera Bouquet of Barbed Wire and in 1977 in the continuation of the series under the title Another Bouquet . In 1988 he took on the role of Detective Inspector Derek Hoskins in the crime series Rockliffe's Folly . In 1991 he also played a detective in the crime series The Men's Room . He also had another crime role as Lord 'Tiger' Harper in the British crime series Dalziel and Pascoe .

Aubrey's later film work included films of various genres and were of dubious quality, including various violence and sexploitation films : the musical comedy The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980), the film drama Forever Young (1983), the horror and lesbian vampire film Desire (1983) by Tony Scott , the fictional comedy Riders of the Storm (1986), where he played an Italian-American Vietnam veteran alongside Dennis Hopper , and the drama Apocalypse Watch (1997), a film adaptation of the novel by Robert Ludlum .

Aubrey played his last film role in 2006 in an episode of the British television series Brief Encounters .

James Aubrey was married to Agnes Kristin Hallander and had one daughter. The marriage later ended in divorce. He died of complications from cancer at his home in Cranwell Village in south west England .

Filmography (selection)

  • 1963: Lord of the Flies (Lord of the Flies)
  • 1976: Bouquet of Barbed Wire
  • 1977: Another Bouquet
  • 1978: Killing House (Terror)
  • 1978: convicted of love (Home before Midnight)
  • 1979: Simon Templar - A Gentleman with a Halo (Return of the Saint , television series) (an episode)
  • 1980: The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle
  • 1983: Desire (The Hunger)
  • 1983: Forever Young
  • 1986: The American Way (Riders of the Storm)
  • 1988: Rockliffe's Folly
  • 1989: Mission Eureka (TV series)
  • 1990: Fatal Interview (Final Frame)
  • 1991: The Man Next Door (A Demon in my View)
  • 1991: The Men's Room
  • 1997: The Apocalypse Watch
  • 2001: Spy Game - The Final Countdown (Spy Game)
  • 2005: Dalziel and Pascoe
  • 2006: Brief Encounters

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Actor James Aubrey dies ( Memento from January 19, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Obituary at The Stage from April 8, 2010 (English)
  2. James Aubrey Biography (1947-) biography and list of roles at Filmreference.com
  3. James Aubrey obituary . Obituary in: The Guardian, April 11, 2010
  4. James Aubrey obituary . Obituary in: The Guardian, April 11, 2010
  5. È morto James Aubrey  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . Obituary dated April 12, 2010 at Spaziofilm@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.spaziofilm.it