82 (passed away Jul. 22nd, 1998)
Nov. 1st, 1915
Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, UK
Michael Denison's Main TV Roles[no roles found]
Main Movie Roles1993 - Shadowlands
1952 - The Importance of Being Earnest
Guest TV Roles
One of the finest exponents of the art light comedy acting Michael Denison enjoyed a highly successful career both on stage and screen. He and his wife actress Dulcie Gray appeared in over 100 West End shows and their marriage, which lasted nearly sixty years, was regarded as one of the happiest in British show business.
Denison was born in Doncaster, the son of a paint manufacturer, and was brought up by aunt and her husband. He was educated at Harrow and Magdalen College where he read modern languages. He trained for the stage at Webber Douglas School in London where he met and married Dulcie Gray in 1939.
During World War Two he served in the Royal Intelligence Corps and by the time he had returned to the theatre his wife was already a major film star in Britain. She secured him a role in the 1947 film My Brother Jonathan. The following year they appeared together in The Glass Mountain which became an international hit.
Throughout the 1950s and 60s the couple were rarely off the West End stage where they attracted a loyal following. Denison appeared solo with great success in the TV series Boyd QC (1956-63).
He appeared on Broadway in Wilde's An Ideal Husband and shortly before he died he and his wife appeared in a two-hander production Curtain Up in a London fringe theatre.
Denison published two volumes of memoirs Overture and Beginners (1973) and Double Act (1985). He also contributed many entries to the Dictionary of National Biography. He and Dulcie Gray were appointed CBE in 1983.
- Served in British Intelligence during World War II
- Appeared in several movies and stage plays with his wife, Dulcie Gray.
- He and his wife, Dulcie Gray, were both awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1983 for their services to Drama.
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