Web. 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. Beatrice Blackhurst née Boyce – Farmer’s daughter, domestic servant, solicitor’s wife, mother, suffragist and founder of the Preston Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Free Buffet. BRITISH ACTORS HEAD FILM POLL: BOX-OFFICE SURVEY', The Manchester Guardian (1901–59) [Manchester (UK)] 27 December 1957: 3. 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. 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 … [36] He left a widow, Thea Gregory, and six children. During this time, he became interested in amateur dramatics, joining first the local Catholic church theatre group at St Anthony's in Mossley Hill. Thea Gregson  is still alive and living in the South Cotswolds at Wotton Under Edge,  and until recently made twice-yearly pilgrimages to Creek House. It has been essential to the rapid growth of the company to assemble a qualified team, which includes the Gregson brothers, Dave and John, as well as key operation managers, locally and in the field. Kindest regards to Thea and Nick. Married 1)Linda Rose Bianche They were the parents of John Gregson, Jr. Married 2) Lydia Sackler. [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. [18] He did a comedy with Diana Dors, Value for Money, and a drama Jacqueline (both 1956). Born 4th January in Bombay, India, John Gregson GC was educated at Nautical College, Pangbourne and was brought up near Whitby in Yorkshire. [3] At one point, his minesweeper was torpedoed and he was rescued from the sea with a knee injury. [7][8], He was promoted to leading man for The Brave Don't Cry (1952), about a mining disaster. His film career faded after ten good years [1952–1962]'. son. Joseph Garstang I really did enjoy this movie. [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). Despite being based around the London-Brighton veteran car run, parts of the film were actually shot in Spelthorne, along Stanwell Moor Road and at Stanwell Mill in Horton Road! Genealogy profile for John Gregson Genealogy for John Gregson (c.1813 - d.) family tree on Geni, with over 200 million profiles of ancestors and living relatives. In 1959 they sold the house to actor John Gregson and his wife Thea, who lived there with their six children. Also of course he was in such classics as The Titfield Thunderbolt at the start of his film career, and that certainly puts him high on a list of actors of that classic era. [5], Gregson could also be seen in Ealing's Whisky Galore! Gregson … [31], TV work became increasingly important to him from the mid-60s. He was credited in 40 films between 1948 and 1971, and on television from 1960 until his death. John Gregson attended the Roman Catholic church of St. John Fisher in Wood Road, Shepperton Green. 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. 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. He starred as Commander George Gideon in the 26 episodes of the series Gideon's Way (1965–66) (known as Gideon C.I.D. [16] He followed this with To Dorothy a Son (1954), a comedy co-starring Shelley Winters; and Three Cases of Murder (1955), an omnibus film co-starring Orson Welles. Neil. If people want to find out more about my dad, they can visit my website: http://gregsonimages.co.uk/john-gregson-the-actor/, John. "To Dorothy, A Son" AKA "Cash on Delivery" Classic 1954 Film starring Shelley Winters, John Gregson and Peggy Cummins. ... son. From 1963 onwards, Gregson never played another leading film role. A lifelong, devout Roman Catholic, John B. left this world on the morning of June 25.John B. was born in Burnley, Lancashire (E As you will see his son has read this and commented before on here and will no doubt be very appreciative of the words you wrote. Biography A former telephone engineer who dabbled in amateur dramatics, John Gregson served aboard a minesweeper with the Royal Navy during World War II. He never seems overawed by the more famous actors in his early films – after that of course he was one of the top stars. Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Thanks for your comment here about the article on your father and family and your former home at Creek House. John Charles Gregson, 73, of Portsmouth, RI, succumbed to cancer surrounded by his family on May 3, 2020. John Gregson was born on November 4, 1940, in Blackpool, England. [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. 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. They eventually had three daughters and three sons. Web. The Private Life of ‘Mrs Dale’, Sir Donald Wolfit – One of the Greatest Stage Actors of the 20th Century. in America).[32]. They were married in London in 1947 and had three daughters and three sons.] 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 photos are lovely! It was one of Shelley Winters better classic films. 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. 11 July 2012. Robert Gregson. The film you worked on together is not one that I know at all. Gregson also worked on TV. In 1959  John Gregson and his wife Thea puercahed Creek House from Bernard Braden and Barbara Kelly and lived there with their six children. John and his lovely family were often at parties in The Square at Shepperton. Shelley gets a large inheritance under strict guidelines of her late Uncle's death. 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. 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. This includes a mechanics and welding shop in Nanaimo, a yard in Kelowna and an office in Rossland. Your father had a very successful film career and watching him on screen, he seemed well able to hold his own no matter who he was acting with. 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[28][29], Gregson's final film roles of note were Live Now, Pay Later (1962) and Tomorrow at Ten (1962).[1]. 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. [14][15], He was loaned to Adelphi Films for The Crowded Day (1954). Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. He was credited as 'John Gregson' in 40 films between 1948 and 1971 and on television from 1960 until his death. Times [London, England] 7 December 1956: 3. John Gregson. 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. He appeared alongside Alec Guinness in the play The Human Touch in the West End. [33][34] He took over from Kenneth More in long-running TV adverts for coffee on British television. 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. Shown on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The Times Digital Archive. Bell. Birth of John Gregson. I got to know john while working as a young actor. John Borman GregsonDied peacefully at home after a long illness, age 88. His body was interred at Sunbury Cemetery, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey near his family home at Creek House, Chertsey Road, Shepperton.[37]. John Gregson appeared in 40 films between 1948 and 1971, including ‘Angels One Five’ (1952)’, ‘Above us the Waves’ (1955) and ‘The Battle of the River Plate’ (1956), as well as the Ealing Comedies ‘Whisky Galore!’ (1949), ‘The Lavender Hill Mob’ (1951)’, and ‘The Titfield Thunderbolt’ (1953). 1813 1813. Publicity Listings John Gregson (The Actor) If you are looking for information about my dad, John Gregson the actor, then look no further! 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. She and Gregson were married in Hampstead, London in 1947 and had three daughters and three sons. I personally remember him more for being in The Titfield Thunderbolt a year or two after Genevieve. He married the actress Thea Gregory in 1947, and moved to the London area, eventually having a family of three sons and three daughters. 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. 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 In Ivor Brown's BBC TV play William's Other Anne he played William Shakespeare revisiting his first girlfriend Anne Whateley. Gregson starred in 40 films, including Ealing comedies Whisky Galore! 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. Genealogy profile for John Gregson. The original had said that Sheridan and Hanley first met on the set of Salute John Citizen in 1942. They eventually had three daughters and three sons. He was educated in Britain and … 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. The Most Popular Film Star In Britain." He was credited as ‘John Gregson’ in 40 films between 1948 and 1971 and on television from 1960 until his death. [21] That year he … [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). John Gregson – Plasterer’s son, brother, cotton mill worker, soldier in India, husband, father, tram driver, reservist, corporal, sergeant. After demobilisation, he joined the Liverpool Old Vic, making his stage debut in 'The Knight of the Burning Pestle'. After being demobilised in 1945, he joined the Liverpool Playhouse for a year, before going on to Perth Theatre in Scotland. They eventually had three daughters and three sons. [20], He followed it with True as a Turtle (1957), a comedy;[21] and Miracle in Soho (1957), a drama. [19] This film helped British exhibitors vote him the eighth-biggest British film star in the country for 1956. Topics As you have put it far better than I can, John was a very nice, kind person with a lovely family. One of his first appearances was in the film Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948), a tearjerking romance starring Joan Greenwood and Stewart Granger. She appeared in nine British films between 1954 and 1957, including The Weak and the Wicked (1954) with her husband, John Gregson. Film Actor John Gregson lived at Creek House, from 1958 until his premature death, aged 55, in 1975. John was an architect who practiced in Manchester, Lagos, Edmonton, London, Vancouver and … John Charles Gregson, 73, of Portsmouth, RI, succumbed to cancer surrounded by his family on May 3, 2020. 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. In 1969 onthe film hans brinker. Ellen Gregson. 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. John helped him with the loss of Wood because she too had lost a spouse fairly young, and eventually, the children came to accept St. John in their father’s life. For several years British exhibitors listed Gregson as one of the most popular local stars at the box office. John Gregson 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 Berryville, Arkansas, at the age 50. view all John Gregson's Timeline. The Gregsons held parties at Creek House  where they played host to stars such as Peter O’Toole, Peter Ustinov and Vivien Leigh. [10][11] He also had a leading role in another Ealing comedy, The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953). My great grandfather, William John Gregson, son of Samuel and Margaret Gregson, came to the U.S. in 1906. 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. 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. After the conflict he made acting his profession. John Monins (#4023 on the family tree). John Ed served as Arvest Bank President of Carroll County. [1][17], Gregson had a big hit with a war film, Above Us the Waves (1956), playing an Australian, in support of John Mills. His final television role was in the Southern Television serial Dangerous Knowledge, which was broadcast posthumously in 1976. John Gregson GC J ohn Sedgwick Gregson, the son of an architect, was born in Bombay on January 4 1924. He was born as Harold Thomas Gregson in Wavertree, Liverpool, England, of Scottish descent, where he was educated at the St Francis Xavier School. 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. John Gregson. John Gregson, was an English actor of stage, television and film, with 40 credited film roles. Ivan, Thanks for this comment from someone like you, who knew John well. 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 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 … 1841 1841. Times [London, England] 7 December 1956: 3. “John Gregson (15 March 1919 – 8 January 1975) was a British actor. He also appeared in The Saint with Roger Moore and a popular comedy adventure series with Shirley MacLaine, Shirley's World. 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. (1949) and Train of Events (1949), as well as The Hasty Heart (1949), Cairo Road (1950), Treasure Island (1950) and The Lavender Hill Mob (1951). His family moved to the United States in 1952, settling in Santa Monica, Calif. [22] That year he was the fourth-biggest British star. [4] In the popular Scott of the Antarctic (also 1948) he played Tom Crean. He leaves his sons, Chris(Shawna), Simon(Martha) and Jonathan(Leanna)–semicolon– grandchildren, Kira(Reed), Tessa, Tyler, Jenna and Phoebe. Son of William Samuel Gregson of England and Josephine (Stowe) Gregson of Arkansas. John died aged 83 years after a brief illness. 11 July 2012. It was lovely to see this article. They moved to London in 1947, and married there. John Gregson also appeared in several TV programmes, notably as Inspector Gideon in the 1960s series ‘Gideon’s Way’. Genealogy for John Gregson (c.1546 - 1607) family tree on Geni, with over 200 million profiles of ancestors and living relatives. John Gregson had  become involved in amateur theatrical productions as a young man, before serving in the Royal Navy during World War Two. [9] Gregson had the second lead in Rank's Venetian Bird and supported in The Holly and the Ivy (both 1952). She and Wagner remained married until her death seven years later on November 29, 1981 at age 43. "The Most Popular Film Star In Britain." With John Gregson, Mary Thompson, Cathy Barclay-White, Sally Gregson. During this time, he became interested in amateur dramatics, joining first the local Catholic church theatre group at St Anthony's in Mossley Hill. Film Actor John Gregson lived at Creek House, from 1958 until his premature death, aged 55, in 1975. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1958, where his classmates remember him as “the English guy” and was a member of the Pen Pushers Club. [6] He had a lead role in Angels One Five (1951), a war film. 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. 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. The Times Digital Archive. When war broke out, Gregson was called up and joined the Royal Navy as a sailor on minesweepers. Many happy memories ofCreek House, next door to where I lived. 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 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. [1] He was best known for his comedy roles. He appeared in It's the Geography That Counts, the last play at the St James's Theatre before its closure in 1957.[35]. Funeral Home Services for John are being provided by Duggan's Serra Mortuary. daughter. Last evening I watched an episode of Gideons Way on Talking Pictures – with John Gregson as Inspector Gideon – and it got me to looking more into John Gregson and his life. 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] He was credited as ‘John Gregson’ in 40 films between 1948 and 1971 and on television from 1960 until his death. 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. 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. 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. That was the year of their marriage, and their first film together was Landscape (1937). John Gregson passed away in San Francisco, California. Thea Gregson stayed on in the house for several years after John’s death. [12], Gregson became a star when cast in the comedy Genevieve (1953), also starring Kenneth More, Dinah Sheridan and Kay Kendall. It was the second-most popular film of the year in Britain. [13], He was second-billed to Glynis Johns in a prison drama, The Weak and the Wicked (1954), another hit, and played the lead in a light drama, Conflict of Wings (1954). 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