William Squire

For other people with the same name, see William Squire (disambiguation).
William Squire
Born William Arthur Squire
(1917-04-29)29 April 1917
Neath, South Wales
Died 3 May 1989(1989-05-03) (aged 72)
London, England
Occupation Television/stage/film actor
Years active 1951–1988
Spouse(s) Betty Dickson
Juliet Harmer (1967-?)

William Squire (29 April 1917[1] – 3 May 1989) was a Welsh actor of stage, film and television.

Squire was born in Neath, South Wales, the son of William Squire and his wife Martha (née Bridgeman).[2]


As a stage actor, Squire performed at Stratford-upon-Avon and at the Old Vic, and notably replaced his fellow-countryman Richard Burton as King Arthur in Camelot at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. One of his first film appearances was in the 1956 film Alexander the Great, which starred Burton in the title role.[3]

His varied screen roles included Thomas More in the 1969 film version of Maxwell Anderson's play Anne of the Thousand Days, Sir Daniel Brackley in the 1972 television adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow, the voice of Gandalf in the 1978 animated version of The Lord of the Rings[4] and the Shadow in the 1979 Doctor Who serial The Armageddon Factor. Perhaps his best-known role was as Hunter, the superior of secret agent David Callan in the spy series Callan in the early 1970s; Squire took over the role from Derek Bond.[5]

In a set of Encyclopædia Britannica-produced educational films about William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Squire played the role of Macbeth. This was in keeping with his long career as a Shakespearean actor, which included roles in the classic 1960s TV series, An Age of Kings.

Personal life

He was first married to the actress Betty Dickson. He married the actress Juliet Harmer in 1967.

There is a park bench on Hampstead Heath dedicated to him.


External links


  1. Find My Past/Ancestry
  2. Film Reference: William Squire Biography. Accessed 19 April 2013
  3. Turner Classic Movies: Alexander the Great Accessed 19 April 2013
  4. Tolkien Gateway. Accessed 19 April 2013
  5. Television Heaven: The Callan File. Accessed 19 April 2013
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