Biography

Maurice Colbourne (24 September 1939 – 4 August 1989) was a British stage and television actor who specialised in playing villains and hard men until 1985, when he took the key role of Tom Howard in the BBC Television serial, Howards' Way. Colbourne was born Roger Middleton but took his stage name after reading about the death of actor Maurice Colbourne who shared the same birthday as he did. Colbourne's biggest success in the 1970s was as the lead in the crime drama series Gangsters. In the 80s he starred in Johnny Jarvis and the acclaimed adaptation of John Wyndham's classic sci-fi novel, The Day of the Triffids. Staying with sci-fi, he had a recurring guest role in Doctor Who as the mercenary Lytton, playing opposite the fifth and sixth doctors (Peter Davison and Colin Baker) in adventures featuring the timelords deadliest foes; the Daleks and the Cybermen. But it was the leading role in Howards' Way that he will perhaps best be remembered for. He played Tom Howard until 1989, when he died suddenly aged 49 from a heart attack. The show ended a year later.

Maurice Colbourne (24 September 1939 – 4 August 1989) was a British stage and television actor who specialised in playing villains and hard men until 1985, when he took the key role of Tom Howard in the BBC Television serial, Howards' Way. Colbourne was born Roger Middleton but took his stage name after reading about the death of actor Maurice Colbourne who shared the same birthday as he did. Colbourne's biggest success in the 1970s was as the lead in the crime drama series Gangsters. In the 80s he starred in Johnny Jarvis and the acclaimed adaptation of John Wyndham's classic sci-fi novel, The Day of the Triffids. Staying with sci-fi, he had a recurring guest role in Doctor Who as the mercenary Lytton, playing opposite the fifth and sixth doctors (Peter Davison and Colin Baker) in adventures featuring the timelords deadliest foes; the Daleks and the Cybermen. But it was the leading role in Howards' Way that he will perhaps best be remembered for. He played Tom Howard until 1989, when he died suddenly aged 49 from a heart attack. The show ended a year later.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 16

Birthday 1939-09-24

Day of Death 1989-08-04

Place of Birth Sheffield - England - U.K.

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1985 Howards' Way (78 episodes)
1985 Hitler's SS: Portrait In Evil as SS Officer
1983 Johnny Jarvis as Jake Lipton
1981 Venom as Sampson
1981 The Day of the Triffids (6 episodes) as Jack Coker
1980 Hawk the Slayer as Axe Man 1
1979 Shoestring (1 episode)
1979 Bloodline as Jon Swinton
1977 The Duellists as Feraud's Second
1976 Gangsters (12 episodes)
1976 The Littlest Horse Thieves as Luke Armstrong
1975 Gangsters as John Kline
1972 Van der Valk (1 episode)
1970 Times For as man
1970 Cry of the Banshee as Villager
1963 Doctor Who (6 episodes)

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