John treated me as a good friend an was very kind to me I was 17’at the time when we all arrived back in London when filming was over john invited me to his home when I might be in the area I remember meeting his wife at the airport an she left an equally pleasant impression upon me as did john john was a unusually kind nice person. Times [London, England] 7 December 1956: 3. The pub just down the road from Creek House had been the focus of Hollywood gossip, as it was where trysts between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were conducted while Taylor was still married to Eddie Fisher. In Ivor Brown's BBC TV play William's Other Anne he played William Shakespeare revisiting his first girlfriend Anne Whateley. Shelley gets a large inheritance under strict guidelines of her late Uncle's death. One of his first appearances was in the film Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948), a tearjerking romance starring Joan Greenwood and Stewart Granger. John Edward Gregson Jr. of Berryville, Arkansas, was born April 4, 1969 to John Edward and Joyce Ann (Watson) Gregson, Sr. John passed away October 18, 2019 in … in America).[32]. With John Gregson, Mary Thompson, Cathy Barclay-White, Sally Gregson. [23] The following year he was eighth, his last year in the top ten; his films included Rooney (1958), a comedy in which he played an Irish sportsman; Sea of Sand (1958), a war film; and The Captain's Table (1959) a comedy. 1841 1841. [18] He did a comedy with Diana Dors, Value for Money, and a drama Jacqueline (both 1956). Dur­ing this time, he be­came in­ter­ested in am­a­teur dra­mat­ics, join­ing first his local Catholic church the­atre group at St. An­thony’s, Moss­ley Hill, and later the Liv­er­pool Play­go­ers' Club. He was educated in Britain and … It was the second-most popular film of the year in Britain. He also appeared in The Saint with Roger Moore and a popular comedy adventure series with Shirley MacLaine, Shirley's World. John Monins (#4023 on the family tree). [4] In the popular Scott of the Antarctic (also 1948) he played Tom Crean. [28][29], Gregson's final film roles of note were Live Now, Pay Later (1962) and Tomorrow at Ten (1962).[1]. Ivan, Thanks for this comment from someone like you, who knew John well. [31], TV work became increasingly important to him from the mid-60s. Joseph Garstang Gregson … He was credited in 40 films between 1948 and 1971, and on television from 1960 until his death. [3] At one point, his minesweeper was torpedoed and he was rescued from the sea with a knee injury. In 1959  John Gregson and his wife Thea puercahed Creek House from Bernard Braden and Barbara Kelly and lived there with their six children. In September 1940, John joined the Merchant Navy and served on various ships until August 1942 when he joined Merchant Vessel Deucalion from which his Albert Medal action took place, south of Sardinia on 12th August during the Second World War. From 1963 onwards, Gregson never played another leading film role. Cinema British actors Wifred Hyde-White and John Gregson are pictured with American actress Shelley Winters on the set of the film "To Dorothy a Son" Actors Joan Rice and John Gregson on the set of the Film 'Tomorow is Sunday', The film also starred Joan Rice, Sidney Tafler and Cyril Raymond, 1954 In 1959 they sold the house to actor John Gregson and his wife Thea, who lived there with their six children. Genealogy profile for John Gregson. That was the year of their marriage, and their first film together was Landscape (1937). [20], He followed it with True as a Turtle (1957), a comedy;[21] and Miracle in Soho (1957), a drama. John Gregson had  become involved in amateur theatrical productions as a young man, before serving in the Royal Navy during World War Two. It was one of Shelley Winters better classic films. 11 July 2012. [1], More successful was another war movie based on a true story, The Battle of the River Plate (1956) in which Gregson played F. S. John Gregson. My great grandfather, William John Gregson, son of Samuel and Margaret Gregson, came to the U.S. in 1906. Robert Gregson. [5], Gregson could also be seen in Ealing's Whisky Galore! They eventually had three daughters and three sons. They were married in London in 1947 and had three daughters and three sons.] After the conflict he made acting his profession. John Gregson died suddenly from a heart attack near Porlock Weir, Somerset, aged 55, whilst on holiday, walking on the path to St. Beuno's Church, Culbone. "The Most Popular Film Star In Britain." Genealogy for John Gregson (c.1546 - 1607) family tree on Geni, with over 200 million profiles of ancestors and living relatives. He left school at 16, working first for a telephone company, then for Liverpool Corporation, as the city council was then known, before the Second World War. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. [33][34] He took over from Kenneth More in long-running TV adverts for coffee on British television. ... son. John was an architect who practiced in Manchester, Lagos, Edmonton, London, Vancouver and … "To Dorothy, A Son" AKA "Cash on Delivery" Classic 1954 Film starring Shelley Winters, John Gregson and Peggy Cummins. A devout Roman Catholic as was her husband –  she built a small – and unconsecrated – chapel  in the grounds which still stands today on the acre of land across the creek. John Gregson features very often in films of the era on Talking Pictures and he always seems good and able to hold his own no matter who is in the film with him. He was born as Harold Thomas Gregson in Wavertree, Liverpool, England, of Scottish descent, where he was educated at the St Francis Xavier School. Sadly that life was cut short when he suffered a fatal heart attack while on holiday with his family at Porlock in North Somerset , England. John Gregson. I personally remember him more for being in The Titfield Thunderbolt a year or two after Genevieve. Self - Son of John Gregson 2019 Remembering John Gregson (TV Movie) Self - Son of John and Thea Gregson 1973 This Is Your Life (TV Series documentary) Self Now enjoying well earned retirement, Ringwould Jaguar was a superstar Australian Stock Horse bred by Jim and Augusta Saunders named after Ringwould House in Kent built by Sir John Soane in 1813 for Augusta’s 4 x great grandfather, the Rev. If people want to find out more about my dad, they can visit my website: http://gregsonimages.co.uk/john-gregson-the-actor/, John. John Gregson, was an English actor of stage, television and film, with 40 credited film roles. There he met his future wife, actress Ida Reddish from Nottingham (at the time using the stage name Thea Kronberg, though she later became Thea Gregory) who had recently arrived from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. 11 July 2012. She appeared in nine British films between 1954 and 1957, including The Weak and the Wicked (1954) with her husband, John Gregson. [10][11] He also had a leading role in another Ealing comedy, The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953). [7][8], He was promoted to leading man for The Brave Don't Cry (1952), about a mining disaster. Topics The film you worked on together is not one that I know at all. The Times Digital Archive. The John Gregsonfamily of ten still living are three daughters and two sons; Marjorie(Gregson) Allen, of Elk Grove, California, Augusta(Gregson) Cunningham, of San Rafael, California, and BillyGregson of Elk Grove, RichardGregson, of Roseville California. Film Actor John Gregson lived at Creek House, from 1958 until his premature death, aged 55, in 1975. John Gregson attended the Roman Catholic church of St. John Fisher in Wood Road, Shepperton Green. It was lovely to see this article. view all John Gregson's Timeline. John Gregson – Plasterer’s son, brother, cotton mill worker, soldier in India, husband, father, tram driver, reservist, corporal, sergeant. [12], Gregson became a star when cast in the comedy Genevieve (1953), also starring Kenneth More, Dinah Sheridan and Kay Kendall. Neil. She and Wagner remained married until her death seven years later on November 29, 1981 at age 43. The Times Digital Archive. 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Just over a year ago – in an episode of Eggheads on TV – one of the challenging team was the son of John Gregson and he was asked briefly about his father and his father’s film career, so maybe this was just another reminder for me. He was often cast as a police inspector or as a navy or army officer, or for his comedy roles in Ealing and other British films. John is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth of 49 years, daughter Anna Zambrano and husband Jay Zambrano, son Robert Gregson his wife Marina Gregson and … [24][25][26][27] He had a support role in The Treasure of Monte Cristo (1961) and was one of many names in The Longest Day (1962). He was from a family who, according to the 1901 Census lived in Tullygally, Lurgan Rural, Armagh; and according to the 1911 Census, Drumgor, Kernan, Armagh. Funeral Home Services for John are being provided by Duggan's Serra Mortuary. Born 4th January in Bombay, India, John Gregson GC was educated at Nautical College, Pangbourne and was brought up near Whitby in Yorkshire. Born in Liverpool of Irish descent,[2] Gregson grew up in the city's Wavertree area, where he was educated at Greenbank Road Primary School and later at St Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool. [19] This film helped British exhibitors vote him the eighth-biggest British film star in the country for 1956. After being demobilised in 1945, he joined the Liverpool Playhouse for a year, before going on to Perth Theatre in Scotland. Perhaps his best known performance was in ‘Genevieve’, which was selected for the Royal Film Performance in 1953 and won a BAFTA award for best film. John Gregson (born Harold Thomas Gregson, 15 March 1919 – 8 January 1975) was an English actor of stage, television and film, with 40 credited film roles. PORLOCK WEIR, England, Jan. 9 (AP)—John Gregson, an actor who appeared in many British movies, died yesterday, He was 55 years old and had been vacationing here. He left school at 16, working first for a telephone company, then for Liverpool Corporation, as the city council was then known, before the Second World War. [1], He supported in SOS Pacific and Hand in Hand (both 1960), but was top-billed in Faces in the Dark (1960) and The Frightened City (1961). During this time, he became interested in amateur dramatics, joining first the local Catholic church theatre group at St Anthony's in Mossley Hill. 1813 1813. John Gregson's widow, son and daughters reminisce about John's film and TV career, with excerpts from the films and TV programmes that he appeared in. Thea Gregson stayed on in the house for several years after John’s death. They moved to London in 1947, and married there. They eventually had three daughters and three sons. [30] He was one of many leading men and women of the 1950s (the others including Kenneth More, Richard Todd, Patrick Holt, Michael Craig, Sylvia Syms and Muriel Pavlow) who struggled to maintain their status as leads beyond the early 1960s. The original had said that Sheridan and Hanley first met on the set of Salute John Citizen in 1942. The Private Life of ‘Mrs Dale’, Sir Donald Wolfit – One of the Greatest Stage Actors of the 20th Century. Bell. He married the actress Thea Gregory in 1947, and moved to the London area, eventually having a family of three sons and three daughters. After demobilisation, he joined the Liverpool Old Vic, making his stage debut in 'The Knight of the Burning Pestle'. In 1969 onthe film hans brinker. Times [London, England] 7 December 1956: 3. The Most Popular Film Star In Britain." Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Born in Liverpool of Irish descent, Gregson grew up in the city's Wavertree area, where he was educated at Greenbank Road Primary School and later at St Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool. 22 Aug 1783 John s of George Gregson Hetton le Hole [not yet identified] 15 Dec 1783 Thomas Gregson, Sunderland [G-780] 9 March 1785 John s of Jane widow of the late Thos Gregson of Sunderland [this looks like John Hancill Gregson b 1774 to Thos G-780 and Jane Hancill] John Ed served as Arvest Bank President of Carroll County. John Gregson also appeared in several TV programmes, notably as Inspector Gideon in the 1960s series ‘Gideon’s Way’. He was credited as ‘John Gregson’ in 40 films between 1948 and 1971 and on television from 1960 until his death. His most famous comedy role was in the film chosen for the Royal Film Performance in 1953, Genevieve, also starring Kenneth More, Dinah Sheridan and Kay Kendall. [1] He was best known for his comedy roles. He was often cast as a police inspector or as a navy or army officer, or for his comedy roles in Ealing and other British films. Greg­son was born of Irish descent, and grew up in Wa­vertree, Liv­er­pool, where he was ed­u­cated at Green­bank Road Pri­mary School and later at St. Fran­cis Xavier's Col­lege. [9] Gregson had the second lead in Rank's Venetian Bird and supported in The Holly and the Ivy (both 1952). Neil, John Gregson – His Family Home at Creek House, Shepperton, http://gregsonimages.co.uk/john-gregson-the-actor/, The Secret of Treasure Mountain 1956 – More pictures from the film print, Solomon and Sheba 1959 – Tyrone Power – sadly not the star, Ellis Powell – Mrs Dale. Gregson starred in 40 films, including Ealing comedies Whisky Galore! His film career faded after ten good years [1952–1962]'. John Charles Gregson, 73, of Portsmouth, RI, succumbed to cancer surrounded by his family on May 3, 2020. [14][15], He was loaned to Adelphi Films for The Crowded Day (1954). 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