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Eric Portman (1903-1969)

ONE of Britain's top film stars during the golden age of cinema, Eric Portman appeared in such classics as The Prince and the Pauper, One of Our Aircraft is Missing and We Die at Dawn.
[Not to mention 49th Parallel (1941) and A Canterbury Tale (1944) (starring roles in both). He was also in quite a few other films written (or co-written) by Emeric Pressburger such as Abdul the Damned (1935) {Eric's first film}, Squardon Leader X (1942) and Wanted for Murder (1946)]

He was born in Chester Road, Akroydon, the third of four children and after leaving Rishworth School, went to work in his father's outfitters shop in Halifax.

After he made his debut on the professional stage in 1924, he appeared mainly in Shakespearean plays usually with the Old Vic Company at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith. His first screen appearance was in 1934.

The lifelong bachelor died at his cottage in St Veep, Cornwall.

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