John Neville (1925-2011) b. Willesden, London, England.
John Neville was born in Willesden, north-west London in 1925, the son of a truck driver. He attended local schools in Chiswick and Willesden and upon leaving school aged 16 he worked as a stores clerk in a garage. During WWII he served with the Royal Navy, before making his way to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for formal acting training. He made his professional acting debut as Lysander in an outdoor production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Regent’s Park in London.
During the 1950s he appeared with London’s Old Vic Company in numerous Shakespearean roles. He received the Order of the British Empire in 1965. In 1961, Neville turned his back on the West End stage and moved to the Nottingham Playhouse, where he served as joint director, however in 1967 he resigned after a row with the Arts Council over funding.
After emigrating to Canada in 1973 and eventually taking up citizenship, he continued working in theatre and over the next 16 years was artistic director at the Citadel in Edmonton, Alberta, the Neptune theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Festival theatre, Stratford, Ontario,
During the 60s Neville moved into television and film. His more memorable film roles include the excellent sci-fi b-movie Unearthly Stranger (1964) and the role of Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Terror (1965). Neville reached a broader audience when he played the lead role in Terry Gilliam‘s epic fantasy-adventure The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen (1988). On television, he appeared in “The First Churchills” on BBC2 in 1969 and later took the t recurring role of the mysterious Well-Manicured Man on the long-running series “The X-Files” from 1995.