- Bryan Forbes
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name = Bryan Forbes CBE
birth_date = Birth date and age|1926|7|22|df=y
birth_place = Stratford,
Actor Screenwriter Film producer Film director Author
Constance Smith(1951-1955) Nanette Newman(1955-present)
children = Sarah Standing
Forbes trained as an actor at the
Royal Academy of Dramatic Artsbut did not complete his studies. After military service from 1945 to 1948, he played numerous supporting roles in British films as well as appearing on the stage, but was forced to change his name by British Equity as there was already another John Clark ("Just William") in its membership. He began also to write for the screen, receiving his first full credit for " The Cockleshell Heroes" in 1955. Another noted screenplay of his from this period was for "The League of Gentlemen" in 1959, in which he also acted.
He formed a production company with his frequent collaborator
Richard Attenboroughin 1959, which went on to make " The Angry Silence" in 1960, a screenplay by Forbes in which Attenborough took the lead role, and both shared production responsibilities. He followed this up in 1961 with his directorial debut "Whistle Down the Wind", again produced by Attenborough. In 1964, Forbes wrote and directed " Seance on a Wet Afternoon", for which he won a 1965 Edgar Awardfrom the Mystery Writers of America, for Best Foreign Film Screenplay. That same year he wrote the third screen adaptation of the Somerset Maughamnovel "Of Human Bondage". In 1965 he went to Hollywoodto make "King Rat".
In 1969 he was appointed chief of production and managing director of the
film studioAssociated British ( EMI), but the experience was not a success and he resigned the post in 1971. After this experience his film output reduced, although he did enjoy success as the director of "The Stepford Wives" (1974), " The Slipper and the Rose" (1976) and "International Velvet" (1978).
Born in London E.15, he is a
West Ham Unitedsupporter. Forbes has been married to his second wife, actress Nanette Newman, since 1955, and has often directed her. Roger Moorewas their best man, and the couple have two daughters: Emma Forbesand Sarah Standing (born 21 May 1959), the latter married to actor John Standing.
He was diagnosed with
multiple sclerosisin 1975, though he is currently in remission, and since the early 1970s he has divided his energies between cinema, television, theatreand writing a number of successful novels and two volumes of autobiography.
In 2004, he was made a
Commander of the Order of the British Empirefor his services to the arts and he currently serves as president of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.
* [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/491680/ BFI Screenonline article]
* [http://www.britmovie.co.uk/biog/f/003.html Britmovie article]
* [http://www.hollywood.com/celebs/detail/celeb/197683 Bryan Forbes at hollywood.com]
* [http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/authors/Bryan_Forbes.htm Bibliography of Forbes' fiction and non-fiction]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/3799227.stm BBC News report on awarding of CBE]
* [http://www.bafta.org/learning/webcasts/a-tribute-to-bryan-forbes,170,BA.html A Tribute to Bryan Forbes] ,
BAFTAwebcast, May 2007
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