Patrick Allen Overview:

Character actor, Patrick Allen, was born John Keith Patrick Allen on Mar 17, 1927 in Nyasaland [now Malawi], Africa. Allen appeared in over 130 film and TV roles, mostly TV. His most notable film role is probably that of Detective Pearson in Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder starring Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings. Allen died at the age of 79 on Jul 28, 2006 in London, England .

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Tall, long-jawed and tough-looking, Patrick Allen often played villainous characters whose inimitable resonant voice guaranteed him a juicy income from voice-overs in TV commercials after a long and varied career in British films and television. He was married to actress Sarah Lawson since 1956.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

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Narrator: Paris, 1789. The Great Revolution has begun. The hands of the masses are smeared with the blood of the poor bleeding aristocracy. Every day the tumbrels run a regular half-hour service between the Bastille and the many guillotines around the city. The growing mounds of noble heads are only matched by the growing mounds of unused return tickets. No-one is spared. Madame La Guillotine claims them all. Dukes and Duchesses, Lords and Ladies, men and women of both sexes. A dozen times an hour the drums roll, the blade falls, and the heads roll. Yes, every five minutes, a freshly sliced loaf.


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Probably more famous for his distinguished voice which has narrated many television adverts and films for over 30 years.

He and actress wife Sarah Lawson had two sons.

Provided the voiceovers for the British Government's "Protect and Survive" series of information films in the mid 70s. These were produced to inform the public on how to prepare for nuclear war.

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