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George Baker

Actor

Born - 1 April 1929, Varna, Bulgaria
Died - 7 October 2011

Very tall, quiet, dark-haired, solidly-built leading man, born in Bulgaria to an Irish diplomat. Very popular in British films from 1955 to 1958, he made most of the remainder of his career in TV, often playing detectives. He was Ngaio Marsh's Roderick Alleyn in a series of TV movies made in New Zealand in the late 1970s, but his most famous creation was Ruth Rendell's DCI Wexford, which he played from 1987 to 2000. He made his screen debut in a small role in The Intruder (1953), but was soon topping the cast: The Woman for Joe (1955), The Ship that Died of Shame (1956), The Feminine Touch (1956), A Hill in Korea (1956), These Dangerous Years (1957), No Time for Tears (1957), The Moonraker (1958), Tread Softly Stranger (1958). That was virtually the end of his starring work in the cinema. Later, he made Lancelot and Guinevere (1962), The Curse of the Fly (1964), Mister Ten Per Cent (1967), Goodbye Mr Chips (1969), The Executioner (1970), The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978), Hopscotch (1980), For Queen and Country (1988), Back to the Secret Garden (2000) and Parineeta (2005), his last. His second and third wives predeceased him, the last being actress Louie Ramsey, his screen spouse in the Wexford series. He died from pneumonia shortly after suffering a stroke.