Gerald Harper

A profile of the actor Gerald Harper

Gerald Harper began his career in the acting profession with a season of one-act plays by George Bernard Shaw at the Arts Theatre in London. He spent a year in repertory at the Liverpool Playhouse, after which he returned to the Arts Theatre for productions including The Father, by Swedish playwright August Strindberg. Gerald's next production was in Charley's Aunt with Frankie Howerd at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London.

Gerald Harper's other West End work includes, Ross, by Terence Rattigan, at the Haymarket, Suddenly At Home, at the Fortune, Baggage, at the Vaudeville and The Little Hut at the Duke Of York's. Gerald appeared in Jean Louis Barrault's production of Rabelais, in the role Barrault played in Paris. The 1980s saw Gerald as Sherlock Holmes at the Haymarket Theatre, a long run at the Globe in House Guest and A Personal Affair at the Savoy.

Gerald Harper has appeared in four musical productions: Free As Air, Bless The Bride, Me & My Girl and The Corsican Affair. He has also starred in Murder By Misadventure at the Vaudeville, The Royal Baccarat Scandal at the Haymarket, and Mrs Warren's Profession at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. Also in Manchester, Gerald appeared in Dion Boucicault's London Assurance and at the Criterion Theatre in The Countess.

Gerald Harper's classical work includes two years at the Old Vic Company, this involved touring the United States from coast-to-coast, in productions Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Henry V. This was followed by Lago at the Bristol Old Vic, and by Benedick at the Chichester Festival Theatre. He later returned to Broadway to star in Boeing, Boeing with Ian Carmichael.  As well as acting, Gerald has also directed many plays in his career, these include Blithe Spirit in Hebrew at the Israeli National Theatre in Tel Aviv.

Gerald's many film appearances include: The Admiral Crichton (1950), The Dambusters (1954), The League of Gentlemen (1959), Tunes of Glory (1960), Shoes of The Fisherman (1968) and The Lady Vanishes (1979).

Gerald is probably best known for his television work, most notably as Adam Adamant in Adam Adamant Lives! (BBC, 1966 - 1967). In Adam Adamant, Gerald plays an Edwardian crime-fighting adventurer, who has been in a state of suspended-animation for sixty four years, after being injected with a drug which paralysed him and then frozen in a block of ice by his arch-nemesis, The Face. In 1966, demolition workers discover Adam in his frozen state in the building where he has languished for over half a century,  he is subsequently revived. Adam later discovers that The Face (Peter Ducrow) has also made the transition into the middle of the twentieth century.

The Yorkshire Television series Gazette stars Gerald Harper in the role of James Hadleigh, a Yorkshire newspaper proprietor (the newspaper is actually owned by Hadleigh's father). Gazette was originally screened in 1968 and was created by Robert Barr. Gerald Harper reprised the Hadleigh character in the 1969-1976 Yorkshire Television series Hadleigh, also created by Robert Barr. James Hadleigh is by now a wealthy Yorkshire landowner after he inherited his father's estate, including the Westdale Gazette. Hadleigh ran for 52 x 60- minute episodes over its seven seasons.

Gerald Harper's other television work includes guest-starring roles in series such as The Avengers, The Champions, Public Eye, The Protectors, Gideon's Way and Hancock. In 1980 Gerald was the subject of This is Your Life.

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