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Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding (July 23, 1912 – July 8, 1979) was an English actor. Born in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, Wilding was a successful commercial artist when he joined the art department of a London movie studio in 1933. He soon embarked on an acting career.

He appeared in numerous British motion pictures, often opposite Anna Neagle, but had a less productive career in Hollywood. Some of his most memorable screen performances are in Sailors Three (1940), In Which We Serve (1942), Piccadilly Incident (1946), Spring in Park Lane (1948), Hitchcock's Stage Fright (1950) and The World of Suzie Wong (1960).

Wilding had four wives, Kay Young (married 1937-divorced 1951), actress Elizabeth Taylor (married 1952-divorced 1957), Susan Neill (married 1958-divorced 1962), and actress Margaret Leighton (married 1964-her death 1976).

He and Taylor had two sons, Michael Howard Wilding (born January 6, 1953) and Christopher Edward Wilding (born February 27, 1955).

In the 1960s, he was forced to cut back on his movie appearances due to illness. His last appearance was in an uncredited, non-speaking cameo in Lady Caroline Lamb (1972), which co-starred his last wife, Margaret Leighton.

Michael Wilding died in Chichester, West Sussex, due to head injuries suffered from a fall down a flight of stairs during an epileptic seizure. He was cremated and his ashes scattered.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Michael Wilding Facts

BirthdayJuly 23, 1912
BirthplaceWestcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Date of deathJuly 8, 1979 (age 66)

Selected Filmography

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The World of Suzie Wong
The Glass Slipper
Stage Fright
Torch Song
The Law And The Lady
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