Stratford Johns

Active - 1955 - 1993  |   Born - Feb 22, 1925   |   Died - Jan 29, 2002   |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction, Crime, Mystery

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Character actor Stratford Johns was best known for his unusual "half head of hair." The South African-born Johns spent most of his forty years before the camera in villainous, unsympathetic characterizations. Some of his better-known film roles include Bradshaw in Cromwell (1970) and Piso in the British TV miniseries I, Claudius. Stratford Johns gained a whole slew of fans when he was "humanized"as the police inspector in the immensely popular BBC cop series Z Cars; he repeated this character (now promoted to police superintendent) in the spin-off series Softly Softly.

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