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Harry Fleetwood Andrews, CBE (10 November 1911 – 6 March 1989) was an Englishmarker film actor known for his frequent portrayals of tough military officers. His performance as Sergeant Major Wilson in The Hill alongside Sean Connery earned Andrews the 1965 National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for the 1966 BAFTA Award for Best British Actor. He made his film debut in The Red Beret in 1953.

Prior to his film career, Andrews was an accomplished Shakespearean actor, appearing at such venues as the Queen's Theatre, the Lyceum Theatre, and the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in England as well as theatres in New York City, Paris, Antwerp, and Brussels. Andrews made his Londonmarker theatre debut in 1935 at the St James's Theatremarker and his New York Citymarker debut in 1936 at the since-demolished Empire Theatre.


Harry Andrews was born on November 10, 1911, in Tonbridgemarker, Kentmarker. He was the son of Henry Arthur Andrews and Amy Diana Frances (née Horner). Andrews attended Wrekin Collegemarker in Wellington, Shropshiremarker. From October 1939 through October 1945, Andrews served with the Royal Artillery during the Second World War. Andrews was homosexual, and his long term partner was fellow actor Basil Hoskins. Andrews died at the age of 77 on March 6, 1989, at his home in Salehurst.

Stage work

Andrews made his first stage appearance in September 1933 at the Liverpool Playhousemarker playing John in The Long Christmas Dinner. He made his Londonmarker debut in March 1935 at the St James's Theatremarker playing the role of John in Worse Things Happen at Sea. In October 1936, Andrews made his first appearance in New York Citymarker playing the role of Horatio in Hamlet at the Empire Theatre. From September 1937 through April 1938, Andrews worked with John Gielgud's company at the Queen's Theatremarker, appearing in such shows as Richard II, The School for Scandal, and The Merchant of Venice. In 1939, Andrews assumed the role of Laertes in a production of Hamlet at the Lyceum Theatremarker. This was the final production at the Lyceum before it closed, though it was restored in 1996.

In December 1945, one month after returning from service in World War II, Andrews appeared with the Old Vicmarker company at what was then referred to as the New Theatremarker, succeeding George Curzon in the parts of Sir Walter Blunt in Henry IV, Part 1, Scroop in Henry IV, Part 2, Creon in Oedipus, and Sneer in The Critic. The company toured to New York Citymarker in the summer of 1946, appearing at such venues as the Century Theatre. Upon returning to England in September 1946, Andrews continued performing with the Old Vic company through the end of the 1948–1949 season.

In 1949, Andrews joined the company at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatremarker in Stratford-on-Avonmarker, in which he performed in such Shakespearean roles as Macduff, Don Pedro, and Hortensio. Anderson toured with the company through Australia in 1949. Andrews continued to perform at with the company in Stratford-on-Avon through the 1951 season. He then traveled to New York City with the company of Laurence Olivier, performing in such plays as Caesar and Cleopatra and Antony and Cleopatra at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Andrews went on tour with the Old Vicmarker company performing Henry VIII in Parismarker, Antwerpmarker, and Brusselsmarker.


Harry Andrews made his first two screen appearances with Alan Ladd in the films The Red Beret and The Black Knight. He went on to perform in a number of historical and adventure films, including Alexander the Great in 1956, Ice-Cold in Alex in 1958, Solomon and Sheba in 1959, and 633 Squadron in 1964. In the 1960s and 1970s, Andrews began performing more frequently in dramas and comedy films. In 1965, he received the award for Best Supporting Actor from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures for his performances in The Agony and the Ecstasy and The Hill alongside Sean Connery. His performance in The Hill also resulted in Andrews being nominated for the 1966 BAFTA award for Best British Actor, though the award was won by Dirk Bogarde for his performance in Darling. Andrews later appeared in such films as the comedy The Jokers in 1967, the musical comedy The Night They Raided Minsky's in 1968, the 1970 film adaptation of Emily Brontë's novel Wuthering Heights, the 1972 comedy The Ruling Class, and the 1976 film adaptation of Maurice Maeterlinck's play The Blue Bird, which was the first film collaboration between the United Statesmarker and Soviet Russia.

Andrews was known for his portrayal of tough military officers. These performances included Sergeant Payne in A Hill in Korea in 1956, Major Henry in I Accuse! in 1958, Major Swindon in the 1959 film adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play The Devil's Disciple, Captain Graham in A Touch of Larceny in 1959, and Colonel Thompson in Too Late the Hero in 1970.

In addition to film work, Harry Andrews also appeared in several television series. In the early 1960s, Andrews appeared in two episodes of Armchair Theatre. In 1975, he played Colonel Bruce in Edward the Seventh. The following year, Andrews portrayed Darius Clayhanger in a television series based on The Clayhanger Family. In 1985, Andrews was interviewed on an episode of the documentary series This Is Your Life.


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