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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good detective work, Denis Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks, Mariocki, for kind words! Wink At such rates, we will soon know the basic data of almost all Avengers/TNA cast. Wink Well... Rolling Eyes I hope! Smile Smile Smile

New arrival! Suddenly I managed to find out the data for Len Belmont (I looked for it many times before and almost lost hope).



Len, famous London Ventriloquist, appeared in role Himself in episode "Look - (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers...".

(Oh, the title of the episode is longer than the part of sentence itself before). Very Happy

Okay, below without jokes.

Len Belmont

Full real name: Leonard Alfred Brown

Aha, now this is clear why he came up with a stage name - too common real surname.

Born: August, 1930 in England, UK

Information is already posted in IMDb:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1477833/
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exciting news!!! Information for:

Rosemary Donnelly

Actress, played Miranda in episode "They Keep Killing Steed" (1968).



Born in 1944 or 1945, according to different newspapers or photo bases?

Turned, this was not very close.

Born: November 16, 1941 in Plymouth, Devon, England, UK

A lot of help was due to her Facebook page, where I discovered that her date of birth was mid-November.

Information is already posted on IMDb:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1478099/
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark London

Composer, also participated as an actor in two film works. One of film works is Avengers episode "Homicide and Old Lace" (1969), where he played Jackson.



Real name: Melvin Kirstein.

Born: January 30, 1940 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Was married on Marion Massey (music manager).

Information is already posted on IMDb:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0518749/
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lynn Taylor

British-born Australian actress, played in two Avengers episodes, as known on moment: "Box of Tricks" (1963) and "Concerto" (1964).



Born: June 16, 1938 in UK

As it turned out, the date of birth was indicated on her Facebook page.

Was married to Australian actor and writer John Faasen (since 1950s until his death).

Information will soon posted on IMDb:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0852809/
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile In parallel with the celebration of the anniversary of Diana Rigg - the actress turned 80 years old today - I found an information for some important people involved in the production of TNA in Canada.

1. Jim Hanley

Film producer and director.

Despite he only credited as producer for TNA episodes "Forward Base" and "Emily", he worked for all four Canadian episodes. For first time he mentioned as Canadian TNA producer of the planned production in Toronto already in the spring of 1977.
(As a fact, for example, there are no credits for Canadian producers in the episode The Gladiators. Who worked for? Maybe Hugh Harlow and Jim Hanley? Confused)

Jim Hanley also arranged for the sales of TNA to the CBS network (USA).

On pic below, Jim Hanley as a sort of Canadian Brian Clemens. Very Happy



Jim was a close friend of Don Thompson (who directed two episodes of The New Avengers) along with whom he worked on many projects earlier and later. They were teachers at school in 1960s and edited the different films for students. Jim and Don on pic below:



So, thanks to Jim Hanley, his two friends, director Don Thompson and cinematographer Dennis Miller, came to The New Avengers. Very Happy Moreover, Jim's wife, Carol Hanley, also worked on the series, I think as a company secretary.

Other pic with Jim Hanley from 1970s.



Born: January 31, 1936 in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada

Was married to Carol Hanley (since 1959 until 1981), with which after TNA he produced various documentary TV series.

Information is already posted on IMDb:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0360082/



2. Carol Hanley

Different activity, mainly known as a film producer.

Carol worked on the series in production period of all Canadian episodes. Wife of producer Jim Hanley on time.

Her name is present on many TNA documents, for examples:

http://avengersanew.com/About%20the%20Show/CTV%20And%20Nielsen%20Ferns%20Bring%20TNA%20to%20Canada.pdf

http://avengersanew.com/About%20the%20Show/TNA%20in%20Canada%20Episode%20Releases.pdf



Birth Name: Virginia Caroline Whiteley

Born: September 3, 1938 in Fort William, Ontario, Canada

Married:
Jim Hanley (1959 - 1981) ( divorced) (3 children)
Harry Taylor (200? - 9 December 2016) (his death)

Sadly, Carol died on May 26, 2018 in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada Sad

Sad Oh, Carol is another person connected with the series who was gone this year and about there was no word in the media. The same thing was about Robert Norris.

http://avengersfanforum.s2.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=3617

Information about Carol will soon posted on IMDb:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8998964/


3. Don Buchsbaum

Production manager, worked on Canadian TNA episodes "Complex" and "The Gladiators".

Birth Name: Donald Harold Buchsbaum

Born: February 11, 1934 in New York City, New York, USA

Died: April 12, 2000 in Santa Monica, California, USA

Part of information is already posted on IMDb:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0118276/
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Benny Nightingale

Actor, comedian and singer.

Played Grechio in episode "The Frighteners" (1961)



If calculate his age according to the newspapers, you can come to the conclusion that he was born in 1930 or 1931 (exactly these data - plus and minus two years - I took as a basis for search some years ago and it led me to a dead end). Strangely, I thought, he was a pretty known comedian in the 1960s. There mentioned that he was born in British Guinea, but this did not lead me to anything too. Confused I put my detective investigation on the shelf and only today decided to return to. I decided to work in the other direction and suddenly... found the information about his first wife. This led me to other threads.

Dear Avengers fans, who would have thought that Benny had very well reduced his age for media. Very Happy

So...

Birth Name: Hilbert Randolph Nightingale

Born: December 11, 1919 in British Guinea

He reduced his age by 11 years!!!

Was married to:

Iris Constance Hosier (1952 - ?) (divorced) (3 children)
Ann Christine Barker (1971 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Died: November 1995 in London, England, UK

Part of presented information is already posted on IMDb:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0631454/

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P.S./ I found out that TNA producer Jim Hanley, since winter 1977, was a vice-president of the company Nielsen-Ferns Entertainment, which co-produced the series. TNA producer Ross McLean was hired later, spring or summer 1977 See the post above.
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