British character actor John Standing has a pedigree in performing that spans seven generations and includes his grandfather Sir Guy Standing, the son of actress Kay Hammond, and Sir Ronald George Leon. Considered one of his country's most important actors, he has appeared frequently on British television and also guest starred in many American television series, including L.A. Law, Murder She Wrote, and Civil Wars. He is a distinguished stage actor in both London and New York. Standing made his feature film debut in The Wild and Willing (1963). In film, Standing primarily works as a supporting actor. When not performing, Standing has earned a reputation as a fine painter.