Passed away this day in 1990
Group Captain in Thunderball
Leonard Sachs has been associated with the big franchises of the UK. He acted in the Eon Productions’ film Thunderball as well as the Hammer films of The Men of Sherwood Forest (1954) and Scream of Fear (1961), and in the Doctor Who television series as Lord President Borusa in 1966 and then as Admiral Gaspard de Coligny in 1983. Additionally, he had a role in the television version of Sherlock Holmes (1965) as well having recurring guest appearances in the BBC Sunday-Night Theatre during the 1950s.
Sachs’ first acting credit was for his role of Arif in Secret of Stamboul (1936). Like Stone below, Sachs worked often on the small screen doing guest appearances on a number of series as well as being cast in roles for television movies. IMDB recorded 122 acting credits for Sachs before his death. He died in Westminster at the age of 80.
Passed away this day in 2003
Spectre Number 5 in Thunderball
Originally from Leeds, Philip Stone got a second start in acting in 1960 after having to give it up when he contracted tuberculosis and had to have treatments. He made guest appearances in several shows on television. His role in Thunderball was his second appearance on the big screen.
Stanley Kubrick saw Stone at the Royal Court Theatre in a production of “The Contractor” and that led to Stone being cast in three consecutive Kubrick films: A Clockwork Orange (1971) as Dad; Barry Lyndon (1975) as Graham; and The Shining (1980) as Delbert Grady. Stone had 115 acting credits to his name by the time of his death in Ealing, at the age of 79.
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