Popular character actor John Carson, a doyen of many classic Hammer horror films and a regular face on British TV for nearly three decades, passed away on November 5th at the age of 89.
Born in Ceylon in 1927, John Carson first appeared on screen in 1946 and in 1965 he made the first of several appearances for Hammer when he starred as Squire Clive Hamilton in Plague of the Zombies followed by roles in Taste the Blood of Dracula in 1970 and Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter in 1972. He also starred alongside Roger Moore in the memorable 1971 thriller The Man Who Haunted Himself. One of his final feature film credits saw him featuring in Neil Marshall’s 2008 viral horror Doomsday.
On television, the distinguished and well-spoken Carson starred as Dr Donald Latimer in ground-breaking British medical drama Emergency Ward 10 in the early 1960s and also made numerous guest appearances in series as diverse as Dixon of Dock Green, The New Avengers, Secret Army, The Professionals, Tales of the Unexpected and, appropriately, Hammer House of Horror. Doctor Who fans will remember his role as fussy archaeologist Ambril in the 1983 Peter Davison serial ‘Snakedance’ by Christopher Bailey.
John Carson passed away peacefully in Cape Town in South Africa and STARBURST sends its condolences to his family and friends.
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