Guy Standing

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Sir Guy Standing
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Sir Guy Standing in Lloyd's of London (1936)
Born (1873-09-01)1 September 1873
London, England
Died 24 February 1937(1937-02-24) (aged 63)
Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death Rattlesnake bite
Years active 1914-1937
Spouse(s) Isabelle Urquhart (1893-1899) (divorced)
Blanche Burton
Dorothy Hammond (?-1937) (his death) (3 children)
Children Kay Hammond
Guy Standing Jr.
Michael Standing

Sir Guy Standing KBE RNVR (1 September 1873–24 February 1937) was an English actor.[1]


Standing served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve throughout the First World War, reaching the rank of Commander. In 1918, he was part of the British War Mission to the United States. For this service, he was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1918 and raised to Knight Commander (KBE) the following year.

After becoming a noted actor in British and American theatre, he moved to Hollywood in the early 1930s appearing in Paramount films. His best-known role is probably that of Colonel Stone, autocratic father of Lieutenant Stone (played by Richard Cromwell), in Henry Hathaway's Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935).

He was the son of Herbert Standing (1846–1923), a noted actor from the stage and in silent films. His brothers Jack Standing, Herbert Standing Jr., Percy Standing and Wyndham Standing were also actors, as was his second wife Dorothy Hammond, (née Plaskitt; died 1950), his son Guy Standing Jr. and his daughter, Kay Hammond (née Dorothy Katherine Standing) and grandson John Standing.

His son by Dorothy Hammond, and brother of Kay Hammond, Michael Standing (died 1 December 1984), was the first live BBC cricket commentator and live radio commentator, known particularly for his "Standing on the Corner" slot in "In Town Tonight". After a distinguished war record as Head of Outside Broadcasting, he went on to become Director of Variety. In this role he was responsible for commissioning such classics as The Goon Show, The Navy Lark, Hancock's Half Hour and Round the Horne. His later roles in radio management included the negotiation with the Musicians' Union to provide sufficient airtime for both recorded artists and live orchestras. The agreement he made enabled the start of Radio 1. Michael also wrote "The Green Book", a book of rules and principles put into practice by the BBC of Lord Reith.

Standing's first wife was American stage actress Isabelle Urquhart, several years his senior. They divorced and she died in 1907 aged 42.


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