Alec McCowen, the English actor, was born on May 26, 1925 in Tunbridge Wells, England. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his professional debut in 1942. He established his reputation in classical stage roles, appearing in the ensemble of Laurence Olivier’s famed duo-production of William Shakespeare’s “Anthony & Cleopatra” and George Bernard Shaw’s “Caesar & Cleopatra” at the 1951 Festival of Britain. McCowen transferred with the productions to New York that same year, making his Broadway debut.
McCowen made his film movie debut in The Cruel Sea (1953) (1953) and, but for his turn as “Police Inspector Oxford” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy (1972) (1972), his reputation is rooted in his stage work. “Frenzy” led to his one lead role in a major motion picture, that of “Henry Pulling” in George Cukor’s adaptation of ‘Graham Greene’s Travels with My Aunt (1972) (1972). Though the film won an Oscar for Costume Design and a Best Actress nod for co-star… read more