GC's Entry in Who's Who in the Theatre, 1972

COULOURIS, George. Actor. b. Oct. 1, 1903, Manchester, Eng., to Nicholas and Abigail (Redfern) Coulouris. Father, merchant. Grad. Manchester Grammar Sch. Studied with Elsie Fogerty at Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art. Married to Louise Franklin. Member of AEA, British AEA, AFTRA. Address: Chestnut Cotta,ge, Vale of Health, London, N.W.3, Eng., tel. Hampstead 8647. Theatre. Mr. Coulouris first performed on stage as Rev. William Duke in Outward Bound (Rusholme Repertory, Manchester, Eng., May 1926) made his London debut as Sir Thomas Grey in Henry V (Old Vic, Oct, 18, 1926); continued with the Old Vic company in small roles; subsequently appeared as Giuseppe in Sirocco (Daly's, Nov., 1927); joined (Oct. 1928) the Cambridge Festival Th., playing Yank in The Hairy Ape, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and Jaques in As You Like It; appeared as Petronius in The Theatre of Life (Arts, London , Apr. 1929) and Jacques Bonalie in The Black Ace (Globe, May 1929).

He made his Bway debut as Friar Peter in The Novice and the Duke, a modern dress version of Measure for Measure (Assembly, Dec. 9, 1929); succeeded Rex O'Malley as Sempronius ( 1930)
in The Apple Cart (Martin Beck Th., Feb. 24, 1930); played Tarant in The Late Christopher Bean (Henry Miller's Th.. Oct. 31, 1932); Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Embassy, London, Feb. 1932); the Bank Manager in From Morn To Midnight (Gate, May 1932); Julian Mosca in Best Sellers (Morosco, N.Y.C., May 3. 1933); Lord Burleigh in Mary of Scotland (Alvin, Nov. 27, -933); Lt. Cutting in Valley Forge (Guild, Dec. 10, 1934): Dr. Shelby in Blind Alley (Booth. Sept. 24, 1935); John de Stogumber in Saint Joan (Martin Beck Th., March. 9, 1936); and Zacharey in Ten Million Ghosts (St. James, Oct. 23, 1936).

With the Mercury Th., N.Y.C., Mr. Coulouris appeared as Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (Nov. 11, 1937), the King in Shoemaker's Holiday (Jan. 1. 1938), and Boss Mangan in Heartbreak House (Apr. 29, 1938); subsequently played Mirabeau in Madame Capet (Cort,Oct. 25, 1938). Father Shaughnessy in The White Steed (Jan. 10, 1939); John Elliott in Cue for Passion (Royale, Dec, 1940); Teck de Brancois in Watch on the Rhine (Martin Beck Th., Apr. 1, 1941) in which he also toured; produced, directed and appeared in the title role of Richard 1II (Forrest, Mar. 24, 1943); performed in Blind Alley (Hollywood, Calif.); appeared as Waldo Cruikshank in the pre-Bway tryout of Bonanza Bound (opened Shubert, Philadelphia, Dec. 26, 1947; closed there Jan. 3. 1948); and with the New York City Th. Co. (NY City Cntr,1948). appeared as Subtle in The Alchemist (May 6-16), The Donkey Man in The Moon of the Caribees (May 20-30), and The Vagrant in The Insect Comedy (or The World We Live in) (June 3-13).

He joined the Bristol (Eng.) Old Vic Co. (Jan. 1950) to Play Jaques in As You Like It, the title role in Tartuffe, in The Admirable Crichton, Brutus in Julius Caesar, and Sir John Brute in The Provok'd Wife; played the title role in Tartuffe (Lyric, Hammersmith, London, June 27, 1950); Ulric Brendel in Rosmersholm (St. Martin's. Aug. 22, 1950); at the Edinburgh, (Scot.) Festival, performed in The Man in the Overcoat (1950); and played the title role in King Lear (Glasgow Citizens' Th. Scot., 1952).

He portrayed King James I in Fool's Mate (Criterion, London, Jan. 11, 1953); Clumber Holmes in The Full Treatment ("Q," Feb. 3, 1953); Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Embassy, May 20, 1953): Claudius in Hamlet (Embas May 26,1953); Smiley Coy in The Big Knife (Wimbledon, Nov,. 30, 1953); toured as the General in The Soldier and the Lady (Spring, 1954); appeared as Paul Finch in The Ghost Writers (Arts, London, Feb. 9, 1955): Charles Touchdown in Moonshine ("Q" Oct. 10, 1955); Hawkshaw in The Ticket of Leave Man (Arts, Cambridge, Dec. 20, 1956), John Pope, in A Hatful of Rain (Prince's, Mar., 1957: return engagement Prince's, Aug. 12, 1958); Dr. Stockmann in Arthur Miller's version of The Enemy of the People (Arts, Cambridge Feb. 1959); Squeezurn in Lock Up Your Daughters (Mermaid ' Aug. 1962); performed in scenes from Tartuffe and The Way of the World (Georgian Th., Richmond, York,shire, May 1963): and as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (Flora Robson, Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1963).

Films. Since 1933. Mr. Coulouris has appeared in 50 pictures, including Lady in Question (Col., 1940); All this and Heaven Too (WB, 1940); Citizen Kane (RKO, 1941); This Land Is Mine (RKO, 1943); Assignment in Brittany (MGM, 1943); For Whom the Bell Tolls (Par., 1943); Watch on the Rhine (WB, 1943); Between Two Worlds (WB, 1944); Mr. Skeffington (WB, 1944); None But the Lonely Heart (RKO, 1944); Master Race (RKO, 1944); A Song to Remember (Col., 1945); Confidential Agent (WB, 1945); The Verdict (WB, 1946); Lady on a Train (U. 945); Hotel Berlin (WB, 1945); California (Par., 1946); Steep My Love (UA, 1948); Kill or Be Killed (Eagle Lion 1950); Outcast of the Islands (UA, 1952~; Doctor in the House (Rep., 1955); Doctor at Sea (Rej, 1956): St. Joan (UA, 1957); Doctor at Large (U, 1957); Surprise Package ( . Col., 1960).

Recreation. Tennis, music.