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John Carson obituary

Stalwart film and television actor with a talent for playing snarling villains

John Carson, who has died aged 89, was a busy actor whose velvet voice and distinguished looks could flit easily between cold villainy or testy eccentricity. This made him much in demand on screen in many popular television series and during his cinematic association with Hammer Films.

Having secured his big break (two shows a week for £40 per week) as Dr Donald Latimer in the popular hospital soap opera Emergency Ward 10 (1959), he was unable to use London Underground due to constant recognition by the public. In the final series of the long-running oil industry drama The Troubleshooters (1971), he played James Langley, the liberal deputy chairman of Mogul Oil who knocked heads with Geoffrey Keen’s scheming and hard-nosed autocrat Brian Stead.

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