Richard Johnson…Star of Zombie Flesh Eaters dies aged 87

Posted: 8 June, 2015 in Obituary
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richard johnson Richard Johnson (30 July 1927 – 6 June 2015) was an English actor, writer and producer, who starred in several British films of the 1960sand also had TV roles and a distinguished stage career.Johnson was director Terence Young’s choice for the role of James Bond, but he turned the role down as he did not favour a lengthy contract. He also appeared in several Italian films, including Lucio Fulci’s cult classic, Zombi 2 and Sergio Martino’s L’isola degli uomini pesce (aka Island of the Fishmen).

Zombi 2 is better known in the UK as Zombie Flesh Eaters which earned a notable listing as a Video Nasty. Johnson played Dr Menard who tries to find a cure for a disease that zombifies the locals.

Johnson recent appearances included Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. He also appeared in several TV films: in 2005 he appeared as Stanley Baldwin in Wallis & Edward , in 2007 as Earl Mountbatten in Whatever Love Means , and in 2009 in Lewis . He contributed to British episodic TV, including Spooks, Waking the Dead , twice in Midsomer Murders , and twice in Doc Martin . From 2007, he led the cast of the BBC’s award-winning hit radio comedy series Bleak Expectations which attained its 4th series in 2010.[

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