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Fine Malawi-born British character actor with a powerful, distinctive voice.
Allen made his film debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder (1954) and later films include 1984 (1956), Dunkirk (1958), I Was Monty’s Double (1958), Tread Softly, Stranger (1959), Night of the Big Heat (1967), The Night of the Generals (1967), The Body Stealers (1969), When Dinosaurs Rukled The Earth (1970), Puppet On A Chain (1971), The Wild Geese (1978), and Who Dares Wins (1982). His superb voice was also heard as the narrator in a large number of films, including Carry On, Don’t Lose Your Head (1966), The Devil Rides Out (1968), Carry On Up The Khyber (1968), The Eagle Has Landed (1976), Force Ten From Navarone (1978).
Allen also worked extensively on stage, often with his wife, Sarah Lawson and enjoyed huge success on television as Richard Crane in the eponymous Crane (1963-1965). Crane was a businessman who had escaped the London rat race to run a bar in Casablanca, complete with an exotic helper, Halima, played by Laya Raki, and his partner in export/import/smuggling business, Orlando (Sam Kydd).During the 1970s Allen was the visible voice of the helicopter pilot extolling the virtues of Barratt Homes, and the invisible voice behind commercials for, among others, Aquafresh, Boots the Chemist, the Sunday People and the Ministry of Defence. To further his voiceover work he also set up and ran a recording studio as well as a video post-production house. Allen made a large fortune from this work, which earned him Rolls-Royces, Bentleys and, at one time, homes in London (in a mews near Hyde Park Corner), Brighton (a five-storey Regency property) and Portugal.
This is a very fine black and white photograph (5.5" x 3.25"), boldly signed to the lower white margin in blue ink. In very good condition.