As a young man he started work at age 18 in a sporting goods store as a salesman and then management trainee; he later went on to work as a timber-loader on the railways.
Burly character actor whose acting career began in amateur repertoire theatre in Ireland. His first professional acting job was with the Group Theatre in Belfast and he also joined theatre groups in Wales before moving to London.
Considered for the role of "Doctor Logan" in "Space: 1999" (1975), episode "Journey To Where". Freddie Jones won the role. (source Chris Bentley Gerry Anderson Books).
He was married to British actress Margaret Whiting [not the American singer] and they had three sons (including a set of twins).
Played rugby and football for Northern Ireland.
Starred in 2 movies about Agatha Christie's famous detective "Hercule Poirot", Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Evil Under the Sun (1982).
The names of his three sons are Drummond, Cameron and Hamish.
Was on the possible list for Doctor Fendelman in Doctor Who: Image of The Fendahl (source Doctor Who Magazine).
Worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Old Vic and the Royal Court among other prestigious companies before making a dent in film and TV.