Howard Pays

Active - 1957 - 1968  |   Born - Jun 11, 1927 in Hampshire, England  |   Died - Apr 12, 2002   |   Genres - Crime, Comedy, Drama, War

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Biography by Jason Buchanan

A popular actor who rose to prominence as one of London's most successful talent agents in his later years, Howard Pays appeared frequently onscreen in the late '50s and early '60s before focusing his energies on promoting the skills of up-and-coming young actors. Born in England in 1927, Pays served in the British armed services before making his television debut in the popular series Sixpenny Corner in 1955, where he met his future wife, Jan Miller. Pays went on to appear in such films as the Titanic drama A Night to Remember and such Edgar Wallace mysteries as Urge to Kill (1960) and Never Back Losers (1962) before retiring from acting to open London-based talent agency CCA with partner Freddy Vale soon thereafter. With such well-known industry figures as actor John Rhys-Davies and cinematographer Tony Pierce-Roberts as clients, CCA's popularity and respectability soared. The father of actress Amanda Pays, Howard's career as a talent agent flourished until his death resulting from cancer in April of 2002. He was 74.

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