John Clements

John Clements

Infobox actor
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birthname = John Selby Clements
birthdate = birth date|1910|4|25|df=y
location = London, England
deathdate = death date and age|df=yes|1988|4|6|1910|4|25
deathplace = Brighton, East Sussex, England
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Sir John Selby Clements, CBE (25 April 1910 – 6 April 1988) was an English actor and producer who worked in theatre, television and film.

He made his first stage appearance in 1930. Clements founded the Intimate Theatre at Palmers Green in 1935, appearing in almost 200 plays, and presented a number of plays in the West End as actor-manager-producer. He was the artistic director of the Chichester Festival Theatre from 1966 to 1973.

He married the actress Kay Hammond and together they became a critical success on stage with their West End revival of Noel Coward's play "Private Lives" in 1945. His stepson is the actor John Standing.

As a film actor John Clements came to prominence when the film director Victor Saville chose him to star opposite Ralph Richardson in "South Riding" (1938). The two actors were reunited in the very successful "The Four Feathers" (1939). After this Clements' film career was somewhat intermittent although he made a series of British war films such as "Convoy" (1940), "Ships with Wings" (1942) and "Tomorrow We Live" (1943). He had a cameo role (as Advocate General) in "Gandhi" (1982).

Clements was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1956 and knighted in 1968.


* "Things to Come" (1936)
* "Knight Without Armour" (1937) Poushkoff
* "The Four Feathers" (1939) Harry Faversham
* "Convoy" (1940)
* "Ships with Wings" (1942)
* "Tomorrow We Live" (1943)
* "They Came to a City" (1945)
* "Train of Events" (1949)
* "The Silent Enemy" (1958)
* "The Mind Benders" (1963)
* "Oh! What a Lovely War" (1969)
* "Gandhi" (1982)

External links

* [ John Clements archive at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection] , University of Bristol

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