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David Hemmings

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David Hemmings in the late 1960s

David Hemmings (November 18 1941December 3 2003) was a British movie actor, whose most famous role was the photographer in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up (1966), one of the films that best represented the spirit of the 1960s. He also appeared in Barbarella.

Born in Guildford, Surrey, he started his career as a boy soprano, appearing in several works by Benjamin Britten, then moved on to an acting and directing career in the cinema. He made his first film appearance in 1954, but it was in the mid-sixties that he first became well-known as a pin-up and film star. Following Blow-Up, he appeared in a string of major British films, including Camelot (1967), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) and Alfred the Great (1969) (in which he played the title role). He provided the narration for a rock album, Rick Wakeman's adaptation of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Living up to his glamorous image, Hemmings married four times, the most famous of his wives being the actress, Gayle Hunnicutt, mother of his son, Nolan Hemmings. He continued to act, appearing in many TV dramas. Throughout the '80s he also worked extensively as a director on programmes including The A-Team and Airwolf, in which he played the role of Dr. Charles Henry Moffett. In 1984 he directed the puzzle contest video Money Hunt: The Mystery of the Missing Link. He also had a role in the film Gladiator in 2000.

He died of a heart attack at the age of 62, in Romania, on the film set of Samantha's Child, after playing his scenes for the day.

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