Philip Stone

Philip Stone

Philip Stone was born at Kirkstall, Leeds on April 14 1924, his family name was Stones, but he later dropped the 's' when he entered the acting profession, Philip was the youngest of four sons. Philip Stone made his theatre debut in The Sleeping Clergyman in London's West End

Philip Stone 1924 - 2003

Philip Stone was born at Kirkstall, Leeds on April 14 1924, his family name was Stones, but he later dropped the 's' when he entered the acting profession, Philip was the youngest of four sons. Philip's father, together with other members of the Stones family formed an amateur concert party called The Musical Stones, with whom Philip performed as a young boy. Philip left school at the age of 14, he took a job at Jonas Woodhead & Sons, a local engineering company, and went on to serve in the R.A.F. in the latter part of the 1939 - 1945 world war.

Philip Stone made his theatre debut in The Sleeping Clergyman in London's West End, at the Criterion Theatre in 1947. Unfortunately Philip contracted T.B. later in that year, and after several years of treatment he quit acting and returned to work at Jonas Woodhead. It was in 1953 that Philip was asked to direct an amateur production at the Leeds Arts Centre and in the cast he met his future wife Margaret Pickard.

Margaret persuaded Philip to resume his professional acting career and his appearance in the series Top Secret with William Franklyn in 1962 marked Philip's return to the acting profession. In the episode of Top Secret entitled The Second Man, Philip plays a doctor, and he recalls it took about a week to film his role. Philip and William Franklyn were friends and played cricket together. Philip recalls "I worked for A.R. (Associated-Rediffusion) quite a lot at the time - the odd episode of 'No Hiding Place' - a chief of police I think!" He continues "My main job with A.R. was to feature regularly from Oct ' 65 to Jan ' 67 in 'The Rat Catchers' with Gerald Flood & Glynn Owen, I played the Brigadier - the head of the operation - of course! a very nice job - we filmed in Europe."

Philip Stone also appears in episodes of other top British television shows, including: The Saint, The Avengers, Z Cars, Armchair Theatre, Coronation Street and Softly, Softly. Also a prolific actor in the theatre, Philip has performed in numerous productions in his career, these include: Loot, Troilus and Cressida, The Man with a Flower in His Mouth (which he also directed) and The Royal Baccarat Scandal. Philip Stone also formed his own production Company - Philip Stone Productions.

Philip Stone's first film for Stanley Kubrick

Philip's film career includes: Carry on Loving (1975), It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (1975) and The Medusa Touch (1978), but the work of which he was most proud are the three consecutive films he made for director Stanley Kubrick: A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975) and The Shining (1980).

 

We were saddened to hear that Philip passed-away shortly after helping us with the above information in a lovely letter and the image for this page.