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John Justin (24 November 1917 - 29 November 2002) was a British stage and film actor.

John Justinian de Ledesma was born in London, England, the son of a well-off Argentine rancher. Though he grew up on his father's ranch, he was educated at Bryanston School, Dorset. He developed an interest in flying and became a qualified pilot at the age of 12, though he was not allowed to fly solo at the time because of his age.

The acting bug bit him early. By the age of 16, he had joined the Plymouth Repertory. In 1937, he briefly trained with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but did not like it and soon joined the repertory company of John Gielgud. In 1938, he auditioned for and won the role for which he is perhaps best remembered, Ahmad in the 1940 version of The Thief of Bagdad, opposite Sabu.

World War II broke out during the film's production. After completing the picture, Justin joined the Royal Air Force, serving as a test pilot and flying instructor. He also worked on two films, The Gentle Sex (1943) with Leslie Howard, and Journey Together (1944) with Edward G. Robinson.

With the war's end, Justin returned to acting. He made more films, such as David Lean's The Sound Barrier (1952), Island in the Sun (1957) and Lisztomania (1975), but his strong preference was for the stage. He became a member of the Old Vic company in 1959. He made his Broadway debut in 1960 in the play Little Moon of Alban.

Justin was married three times, first to dancer and choreographer Pola Nirenska. His second marriage, to actress Barbara Murray, lasted from 1952 to 1964; they had three daughters. From 1970 to his death in 2002, he was married to Alison McMurdo.

Description above from the Wikipedia article John Justin licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

John Justin (24 November 1917 - 29 November 2002) was a British stage and film actor.

John Justinian de Ledesma was born in London, England, the son of a well-off Argentine rancher. Though he grew up on his father's ranch, he was educated at Bryanston School, Dorset. He developed an interest in flying and became a qualified pilot at the age of 12, though he was not allowed to fly solo at the time because of his age.

The acting bug bit him early. By the age of 16, he had joined the Plymouth Repertory. In 1937, he briefly trained with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but did not like it and soon joined the repertory company of John Gielgud. In 1938, he auditioned for and won the role for which he is perhaps best remembered, Ahmad in the 1940 version of The Thief of Bagdad, opposite Sabu.

World War II broke out during the film's production. After completing the picture, Justin joined the Royal Air Force, serving as a test pilot and flying instructor. He also worked on two films, The Gentle Sex (1943) with Leslie Howard, and Journey Together (1944) with Edward G. Robinson.

With the war's end, Justin returned to acting. He made more films, such as David Lean's The Sound Barrier (1952), Island in the Sun (1957) and Lisztomania (1975), but his strong preference was for the stage. He became a member of the Old Vic company in 1959. He made his Broadway debut in 1960 in the play Little Moon of Alban.

Justin was married three times, first to dancer and choreographer Pola Nirenska. His second marriage, to actress Barbara Murray, lasted from 1952 to 1964; they had three daughters. From 1970 to his death in 2002, he was married to Alison McMurdo.

Description above from the Wikipedia article John Justin licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 21

Birthday 1917-11-24

Day of Death 2002-11-29

Place of Birth London, England

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1979 Schalcken the Painter as Vanderhausen
1978 Lillie (2 episodes)
1975 Lisztomania as Count d'Agoult
1972 Savage Messiah as Lionel Shaw
1971 Barcelona Kill as Mendoza
1965 Gideon's Way (1 episode)
1962 Candidate for Murder
1960 The Spider's Web as Henry Hailsham-Brown
1960 Der Fall Teckmann as Philip Chance
1956 Safari as Brian Sinden
1956 Guilty?
1955 Untamed as Shawn Kildare
1955 The Man Who Loved Redheads as Lord Binfield
1954 The Teckman Mystery as Philip Chance
1954 Seagulls Over Sorrento as Lieutenant Wharton
1953 King of the Khyber Rifles as Lt. Geoffrey Heath
1953 The Village as Allan Manning
1952 The Sound Barrier as Philip Peel
1950 The Angel with the Trumpet as Paul Alt
1943 The Gentle Sex as Flying Officer David Sheridan
1940 The Thief of Bagdad as Ahmad

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