Jack Hawkins

John Edward Hawkins, CBE (14 September 1910 – 18 July 1973) was an English actor who worked on stage and in film from the 1930s until the 1970s. One of the most popular British film stars of the 1950s, he was best known for his portrayal of military men in films like Angels One Five (1951), The Cruel Sea (1953), Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Ben Hur (1959) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

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The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

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The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  William Holden  •  Alec Guinness  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Sessue Hayakawa

The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  William Holden  •  Alec Guinness  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Sessue Hayakawa

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

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The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Alec Guinness  •  Anthony Quinn  •  Jack Hawkins

The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Alec Guinness  •  Anthony Quinn  •  Jack Hawkins

Ben-Hur (1959)

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In 25 AD,Judah Ben-Hur, a Jew in ancient Judea, opposes the occupying Roman empire. Falsely accused by a Roman childhood friend-turned-overlord of trying to kill the Roman governor, he is put into slavery and his mother and sister are taken away as prisoners. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Haya Harareet  •  Stephen Boyd

In 25 AD,Judah Ben-Hur, a Jew in ancient Judea, opposes the occupying Roman empire. Falsely accused by a Roman childhood friend-turned-overlord of trying to kill the Roman governor, he is put into slavery and his mother and sister are taken away as prisoners. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Haya Harareet  •  Stephen Boyd

Malta Story (1953)

In 1942 Britain was clinging to the island of Malta since it was critical to keeping Allied supply lines open. The Axis also wanted it for their own supply lines. Plenty of realistic reenactments and archival combat footage as the British are beseiged and try to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Desmond Hurst
CAST:  Alec Guinness  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Muriel Pavlow  •  Anthony Steel

In 1942 Britain was clinging to the island of Malta since it was critical to keeping Allied supply lines open. The Axis also wanted it for their own supply lines. Plenty of realistic reenactments and archival combat footage as the British are beseiged and try to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Desmond Hurst
CAST:  Alec Guinness  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Muriel Pavlow  •  Anthony Steel

Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

Tsar Nicholas II, the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franklin J. Schaffner
CAST:  Michael Jayston  •  Janet Suzman  •  Roderic Noble  •  Ania Marson

Tsar Nicholas II, the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franklin J. Schaffner
CAST:  Michael Jayston  •  Janet Suzman  •  Roderic Noble  •  Ania Marson

No Highway (1951)

James Stewart plays aeronautical engineer Theodore Honey, the quintessential absent-minded professor: eccentric, forgetful, but brilliant. His studies show that the aircraft being manufactured by his employer has a subtle but deadly design flaw that manifests ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Koster
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Marlene Dietrich  •  Glynis Johns  •  Jack Hawkins

James Stewart plays aeronautical engineer Theodore Honey, the quintessential absent-minded professor: eccentric, forgetful, but brilliant. His studies show that the aircraft being manufactured by his employer has a subtle but deadly design flaw that manifests ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Koster
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Marlene Dietrich  •  Glynis Johns  •  Jack Hawkins

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

Satire about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Maggie Smith  •  John Mills

Satire about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Maggie Smith  •  John Mills

The Cruel Sea (1953)

At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Frend
CAST:  Jack Hawkins  •  Donald Sinden  •  Denholm Elliott  •  Stanley Baker

At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Frend
CAST:  Jack Hawkins  •  Donald Sinden  •  Denholm Elliott  •  Stanley Baker

The Elusive Pimpernel (1950)

A British aristocrat goes in disguise to France to rescue people from The Terror of the guillotine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  David Niven  •  Margaret Leighton  •  Cyril Cusack  •  Jack Hawkins

A British aristocrat goes in disguise to France to rescue people from The Terror of the guillotine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  David Niven  •  Margaret Leighton  •  Cyril Cusack  •  Jack Hawkins

The Fallen Idol (1948)

Phillipe, the son of an ambassador in London, idolizes Baines, his father's butler, a kind of hero in the eyes of the child, whose perception changes when he accidentally discovers the secret that Baines keeps and witnesses the consequences that adults' lies can cause.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  Ralph Richardson  •  Michèle Morgan  •  Sonia Dresdel  •  Bobby Henrey

Phillipe, the son of an ambassador in London, idolizes Baines, his father's butler, a kind of hero in the eyes of the child, whose perception changes when he accidentally discovers the secret that Baines keeps and witnesses the consequences that adults' lies can cause.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  Ralph Richardson  •  Michèle Morgan  •  Sonia Dresdel  •  Bobby Henrey

The Small Back Room (1949)

At the height of World War II, the Germans begin dropping a new type of booby-trapped bomb on England. Sammy Rice, a highly-skilled but haunted bomb-disposal officer, must overcome his personal demons to defeat this new threat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  David Farrar  •  Kathleen Byron  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Leslie Banks

At the height of World War II, the Germans begin dropping a new type of booby-trapped bomb on England. Sammy Rice, a highly-skilled but haunted bomb-disposal officer, must overcome his personal demons to defeat this new threat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  David Farrar  •  Kathleen Byron  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Leslie Banks

Young Winston (1972)

This historical drama is an account of the early life of British politician Winston Churchill, including his childhood years, his time as a war correspondent in Africa, and culminating with his first election to Parliament.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Robert Shaw  •  Anne Bancroft  •  Simon Ward  •  Jack Hawkins

This historical drama is an account of the early life of British politician Winston Churchill, including his childhood years, his time as a war correspondent in Africa, and culminating with his first election to Parliament.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Robert Shaw  •  Anne Bancroft  •  Simon Ward  •  Jack Hawkins

Zulu (1964)

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In 1879, during the Anglo-Zulu War, man-of-the-people Lt. Chard and snooty Lt. Bromhead are in charge of defending the isolated and vastly outnumbered Natal outpost of Rorke's Drift from tribal hordes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cy Endfield
CAST:  Stanley Baker  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Ulla Jacobsson  •  James Booth

In 1879, during the Anglo-Zulu War, man-of-the-people Lt. Chard and snooty Lt. Bromhead are in charge of defending the isolated and vastly outnumbered Natal outpost of Rorke's Drift from tribal hordes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cy Endfield
CAST:  Stanley Baker  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Ulla Jacobsson  •  James Booth

Waterloo (1970)

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Rod Steiger  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Orson Welles  •  Jack Hawkins

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Rod Steiger  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Orson Welles  •  Jack Hawkins

The League of Gentlemen (1960)

Involuntarily-retired Colonel Hyde recruits seven other dissatisfied ex-servicemen for a special project. Each of the men has a skeleton in the cupboard, is short of money, and is a service-trained expert in his field. The job is a bank robbery, and military ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden
CAST:  Jack Hawkins  •  Nigel Patrick  •  Roger Livesey  •  Richard Attenborough

Involuntarily-retired Colonel Hyde recruits seven other dissatisfied ex-servicemen for a special project. Each of the men has a skeleton in the cupboard, is short of money, and is a service-trained expert in his field. The job is a bank robbery, and military ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden
CAST:  Jack Hawkins  •  Nigel Patrick  •  Roger Livesey  •  Richard Attenborough

Theatre of Blood (1973)

A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Hickox
CAST:  Vincent Price  •  Diana Rigg  •  Ian Hendry  •  Harry Andrews

A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Hickox
CAST:  Vincent Price  •  Diana Rigg  •  Ian Hendry  •  Harry Andrews

Kidnapped (1971)

Scottish orphan David Balfour is betrayed by his wicked uncle Ebeneezer, who arranges for David to be kidnapped and sold into slavery so that he cannot claim his inheritance. The boy is rescued and befriended by Alan Breck, a Scottish rebel fighting on behalf of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delbert Mann
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Lawrence Douglas  •  Vivien Heilbron  •  Trevor Howard

Scottish orphan David Balfour is betrayed by his wicked uncle Ebeneezer, who arranges for David to be kidnapped and sold into slavery so that he cannot claim his inheritance. The boy is rescued and befriended by Alan Breck, a Scottish rebel fighting on behalf of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delbert Mann
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Lawrence Douglas  •  Vivien Heilbron  •  Trevor Howard

Judith (1966)

A Jewish woman is recruited to help track down a German commander who was her former husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Mann
CAST:  Sophia Loren  •  Peter Finch  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Hans Verner

A Jewish woman is recruited to help track down a German commander who was her former husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Mann
CAST:  Sophia Loren  •  Peter Finch  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Hans Verner

Jane Eyre (1970)

Jane Eyre is an orphan, sent to Lowood school, and eventually becomes a governess at Thornfield hall to a girl named Adele. While she is there, many strange things happen and eventually she and Edward Rochester, owner of Thornfeild and Adele's guardian, fall in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delbert Mann
CAST:  George C. Scott  •  Susannah York  •  Ian Bannen  •  Jack Hawkins

Jane Eyre is an orphan, sent to Lowood school, and eventually becomes a governess at Thornfield hall to a girl named Adele. While she is there, many strange things happen and eventually she and Edward Rochester, owner of Thornfeild and Adele's guardian, fall in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delbert Mann
CAST:  George C. Scott  •  Susannah York  •  Ian Bannen  •  Jack Hawkins

Guns at Batasi (1964)

An anachronistic martinet RSM on a remote Colonial African army caught in a local coup d'etat must use his experience to defend those in his care.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Guillermin
CAST:  Richard Attenborough  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Flora Robson  •  John Leyton

An anachronistic martinet RSM on a remote Colonial African army caught in a local coup d'etat must use his experience to defend those in his care.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Guillermin
CAST:  Richard Attenborough  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Flora Robson  •  John Leyton
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