Michael Allinson

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Michael Allinson
Michael Allinson 1964
Allinson in 1964.
Born (1920-12-30)30 December 1920
London, England, UK
Died 30 December 2010(2010-12-30) (aged 90)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1958-2005[1]

Michael Allinson (30 December 1920 – 30 December 2010) was an English stage and film actor.


Allinson was born on 30 December 1920, in London. He was the son of British painter and sculptor Adrian Allinson, founding member of the avant garde London Group of painters. He was the grandson of doctor and nutritionist Thomas Allinson, the founder of the Allinson Bread Company.

Allinson attended Ryeford Hall, Wycliffe College, Gloucestershire and the University of Lausanne. Allinson was trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[2] Allinson served as a Captain during World War II. Allinson emigrated to the United States in the summer of 1958.[3] He understudied both Rex Harrison and George Rose in the production of the Kignfisher and did a 1 man show about George Orwell in his later years.

Acting career

Allinson performed extensively on Broadway, where he took over the role of Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady during the 1960 season opposite Pamela Charles as Eliza Doolittle, having toured as standby for Rex Harrison. On Broadway he also created the role of "Warnie" in the original production of Shadowlands, starring Nigel Hawthorne and Jane Alexander. He appeared as Hobson in the short lived Arthur the musical based on the hit Dudley Moore/John Gielgud film.

He appeared in Broadway productions of An Ideal Husband, Oliver!, Angel Street (opposite Dina Merrill), Coco (with Katharine Hepburn), Sleuth, Come Live with Me, and Hostile Witness (with Ray Milland). He was President Emeritus of the Players' Club, installed after the exit of Lynn Redgrave.[4]

He also appeared in many films, his last role being "Sir David" in Syriana.[5]


His wife, the late Judi Schiver, was a dancer in the original Broadway production of Camelot; they had two sons.


Michael Allinson died on his 90th birthday in 2010, in Los Angeles, California.


  1. Michael Allinson at the Internet Movie Database
  2. "Students Of The R.A.D.A." The Times. 28 February 1940. p. 6. Retrieved 17 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>(subscription required)
  3. Ian Herbert, ed. (1981). "ALLINSON, Michael". Who's Who in the Theatre. 1. Gale Research Company. p. 13–14. ISSN 0083-9833.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Wilmeth, Don B. (2007). The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre (2 ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 172. ISBN 0521835380. In 1993 Lynn Redgrave became the club's president, the first woman in that position, but she was replaced in 1994 by Michael Allinson<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Syriana". British Film Institute. Retrieved 17 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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