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Don Henderson

1932-11-10 Leytonstone, London, England, UK

Image of Don Henderson


Born Donald Francis Henderson in Leystonstone, 1931, Don Henderson was an English actor of stage, television and screen. He was best known for playing both "tough guy" roles and authority figures, and is remembered for his portrayal of detective George Bulman between 1976 and 1987 in a trilogy of popular Granada Television police drama series; The XYY Man, Strangers, and Bulman. Following the end of Bulman, Henderson starred as the priest Frank Kane in the BBC drama series The Paradise Club, penned by Bulman creator Murray Smith. Henderson starred in several cult and sci fi serials and films, most notably in the first Star Wars movie in which he played General Tagge, and Doctor Who and Red Dwarf. Prior to acting, Henderson was a dental technician in the army and a detective sergeant in the Essex constabulary, but he resigned when he found he had sympathy for the criminals he was obliged to arrest. He was married twice, firstly to Hilary who died in 1977, and then to the actress Shirley Stelfox, whom he met filming The XYY Man. The pair set up home in Stratford-Upon-Avon and appeared together professionally many times until his death from throat cancer in 1997.


The Wind in the Willows The Sentry 1996-10-16
Danielle Steel's Zoya Feodor 1995-09-17
The Doctors: 30 Years of Time Travel and Beyond 1995-09-01
Pat and Margaret Billy 1994-09-11
No Escape Killian 1994-04-29
White Angel Inspector Taylor 1994-04-15
The Trial The Flogger 1993-06-18
Tomorrow Calling Mervyn Kihn 1993-01-01
The Baby of Mâcon The Father Confessor 1993-09-17
Carry On Columbus The Bosun 1992-10-02
As You Like It The Dukes 1992-10-09
My Friend Walter Bertie Borrowbill 1992-04-24
Black and Blue Daddy Brett-Smith 1992-09-27
How's Business Mr. Bailey 1991-01-12
Miss Queencake 1991-01-02
Tank Malling Percy 1989-12-01
The BFG Bloodbottler / Fleshlumpeater / Sergeant (voice) 1989-12-25
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Commander 1988-12-07
Maigret 1988-02-22
Blanc de Chine Malcolm 1988-04-20
Doctor Who: Delta and the Bannermen Gavrok 1987-11-16
Murder Elite Sgt Jessop 1985-01-01
Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire The Wednesday Man 1985-11-25
Brazil First 'Black Maria' Guard 1985-02-20
Squaring the Circle Kuron 1984-05-23
Atlantis Eddie 1983-03-29
The Kamikaze Ground Staff Reunion Dinner Tokkotai 1981-02-17
The Island Rollo 1980-06-13
Danton's Death Mercier 1978-04-23
The Finishing Line 1977-01-29
One Day at a Time Jack 1977-11-22
The Prince and the Pauper Burly Ruffian 1977-06-03
Gotcha / Campion's Interview Sellors 1977-04-12
Star Wars General Taggi 1977-05-25
Voyage of the Damned Engineering Officer 1976-12-22
The Saturday Party Jack Adams 1975-05-01
The Ghoul The Ghoul 1975-07-11
Brannigan Geef 1975-03-21
A Killer in Every Corner 1974-11-19
Regan Strip Club Heavy 1974-06-04
Callan George 1974-01-01