Sandy-haired British leading man Nigel Patrick was the son of actors. On-stage from 1932 and in films from 1939, Patrick specialized in sardonic, dry-witted characters. His film career gained momentum after he returned from WWII service, with starring parts in the Somerset Maugham omnibus films Trio (1950) and Encore (1952) and with such roles as Mr. Jingle in The Pickwick Papers (1953). A busy theatrical director, Patrick also helmed two films, the brisk black comedy How to Murder a Rich Uncle (1958) and the offbeat religious allegory Johnny Nobody (1961). In 1963, Patrick starred as a special investigator for the British airlines in the TV adventure series Zero One, which was briefly syndicated in the United States. Nigel Patrick's last screen appearance was in John Huston's The Mackintosh Man.