JOHN CARSON (Hammer Horror) R.I.P.
Well, folks, sorry to start 2017 with yet another R.I.P.; albeit a belated one, because I’ve only just found out.
I was searching through ‘IMDB’ for my usual favourite celebs, and was shocked to find that John Carson, the ‘gentleman’ of the Silver and TV screen, died on November 5th, 2016.
It has hit me especially hard because I recently wrote to Mr. Carson, and received the most gracious, thoughtful, and much appreciated hand-written reply from this superlative actor.
John Derek Carson-Parker, also known as John Carson, was born on February 28th, 1927, in Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka); and died, on November 5th, 2016, at the age of 89, in Cape Town, South Africa.
John Carson’s career started in 1947 with some appearance in low-budget films such as Seven Keys (1961); Smokescreen (1964); and Master Spy (1964). With his ominous voice (often compared to James Mason), and saturnine gaze, John Carson was frequently called to play in horror films. He made a name with films such as The Night Caller (1965); The Plague of the Zombies (1965); The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970); Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970); and Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1972). John Carson also obtained fame with films like Ivanhoe, The Saint, Doctor Who villain or a hero.
He also appeared in the classic Brian Clemens (The Professionals) TV series, ‘Thriller’.
Seldom, it seemed, out of work, John Carson was long one of the most familiar faces and voices on British television and film, in a screen career that spanned eight decades.
God Bless you, Sir…
R.I.P. John Carson.