Alexander Gauge    Friar Tuck

Born: 29th July 1914, Wenzhou, China.  Died: 29th August 1960, Woking, Surrey.

Alexander Gauge was born in a Methodist Mission in China and, before coming to Britain, went to school in California. He had been acting in plays on Broadway since 1945, often in Shakespearean roles. Although he often played sinister roles in his early films, he also seemed to display a gift for comedy. This was evident in his portrayal of Friar Tuck in ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’, a role he played in 89 of the episodes (including 2 as his own twin brother). Friar Tuck was the role for which he will always be best remembered. After the series ended he made a few more TV appearances, and played the title role in the TV series ‘The Adventures of Brigadier Wellington-Bull’. Sadly, Alexander died in 1960, after an overdose. He was 46.

 

Film Roles: -

The Interrupted Journey (1949) ... Jerves Wilding

Flesh and Blood (1951) ... Coutts

Murder in the Cathedral (1952) ... King Henry II

Mother Riley Meets the Vampire (1952) ... Police Constable

Penny Princess (1952) ... MacNabb, the Lawyer

The Pickwick Papers (1952) ... Mr. Tracy Tupman

The Great Game (1953) ... Ben Woodhall

House of Blackmail (1953) ... Markham

Martin Luther (1953) ... Tetzel

The Square Ring (1953) ... 2nd Wiseacre

Will Any Gentleman...? (1953) ... Mr. Billing

Counterspy (aka Undercover Agent) (1953) ... Smith

Fast and Loose (1954) ... Hankin

Scotland Yard: The Blazing Caravan (1954) ... Buxton

Double Exposure (1954) ... Denis Clayton

Fast and Loose (1954) (TV)

The Golden Link (1954) ... Arnold Debenham

Mystery on Bird Island (1954) ... Bronson

Before I Wake (aka Shadow of Fear) (1954) ... Police Sergeant

The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1954-55) (TV Series) ... George, the Prince Regent

Dance Little Lady (1955) ... Joseph Miller

The Hornet’s Nest (1955) ... Mr. Arnold

The Legend of Pepito (1955) (TV) ... Señor Gonzales

The Reluctant Bride (aka Two Grooms for a Bride) (1955) ... Humbold

Tiger by the Tail (aka Cross-Up) (1955) ... Fitzgerald

No Smoking (1955) ... Wellington-Simpson

Breakaway (1955) ... MacAllister

   

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955-60) (TV Series) ... Friar Tuck - 89 episodes

Port of Escape (1956) ... Inspector Levins

The Iron Petticoat (aka Not for Money) (1956) ... Senator Holly

The Green Man (1956) ...Chairman

The Passionate Stranger (aka A Novel Affair) (1957) ... MC at Dance

The Adventures of Brigadier Wellington-Bull (1959) (TV Series) ... Brigadier Garnet Wellington-Bull

Les Canailles (aka Take Me As I Am) (1960) ... Chalmers

Nothing Barred (1961) ... Policeman

TV Guest Appearances: -

Sherlock Holmes - ‘The Case of the Red Headed League’ (1954) ... Mr. James Wilson

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents - ‘Pattern for Glory’ (1954) ... Sam Kingston

Fabian of the Yard - ‘The Man from Blackpool’ (1955) ... Harry Disbrow

Fabian of the Yard - ‘The King’s Hat’ (1955) ... Nicholas Bardwell

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents - ‘Another Day’ (1955) ... Percival Haverstraw   

Theatre Royal (aka Lilli Palmer Theatre) - ‘Death Trap’ (1955) ... Leclerc

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents - ‘The Fast Buck’ (1955) ... Slotterly

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents - ‘Ship Day’ (1956) ... Mr. Marks

The Count of Monte Cristo - ‘Sicily’ (1956) ... Monevido

Assignment Foreign Legion - ‘The Glory That Was Meister’ (1956) ... Meister

Errol Flynn Theatre - ‘The 1,000th Night of Don Juan’ (1956)

The Third Man - ‘Dinner in Paris’ (1959) ... Coffier

Tales from Dickens - ‘A Christmas Carol’ (1959) ... Ghost of Christmas Present

Armchair Theatre - ‘Roman Gesture’ (1960)

Inside Story - ‘A Present for Penny’ (1960) ... Edgar Crabtree

 

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