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Wednesday, July 22, 1998 Published at 12:44 GMT 13:44 UK


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Screen gent Denison dies

Denison: one half of acting's best-loved partnership

The actor Michael Denison has died at home aged 82 at the end of a battle with cancer.


BBC News' Branwen Jeffreys talks to those who best knew him
Denison was best known as half of one of the most enduring and famous marriages in showbusiness.

Alongside Dulcie Gray, he became a screen idol to an early generation of film-goers.

He was 23 when he married Gray, four years his junior. The couple were due to celebrate their 60th anniversary next year.

Besides their on-screen appearances, the pair had starred in more than 100 West End productions.

Their agent Barry Burnett said: "His [Denison's] last appearance was with Dulcie in their two-person show Curtain Up - an evening of reminiscences at the Jermyn Street theatre in London in April.

"They were due to present at another theatre again soon.

"Before that Michael had been in a production of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband both in the West End and on Broadway for three-and-a-half years up until last year."

Denison took his first acting role while at Oxford University studying modern languages in a production of Richard II.

From there, he went on to the Webber-Douglas drama school where he met Gray. They married in 1939.

Their first film together, My Brother Jonathan, established the couple in the minds of the British public. Later successes, including The Glass Mountain, extended their fame around the world.

Denison also worked in television, most notably in the series Boyd QC, which ran from 1957 to 1963, and as PG Woodehouse's Jeeves butler.

In 1983, both Denison and Gray were awarded CBEs for their contribution to theatre.



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