Birthday: February 12, 1952
Died At Age: 58
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Also Known As: Simon Charles Pendered MacCorkindale
Born Country: England
Born in: Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Famous as: Actor
Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males
Spouse/Ex-: Susan George (m. 1984), Fiona Fullerton (m. 1976 – div. 1982)
father: Peter MacCorkindale
mother: Gilliver MacCorkindale
Died on: October 14, 2010
place of death: Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom
Cause of Death: Cancer
education: Haileybury Imperial Service College
Who was Simon MacCorkindale?
Simon MacCorkindale was a well-known British actor, director, writer and producer. He was born in Cambridgeshire, England. He studied acting at the Studio 68 drama school at the Theatre of Arts in London. He initially appeared in stage productions such as ‘A Bequest to the Nation’, and ‘Pygmalion’. He made his acting debut in the British crime film ‘Juggernaut’ in a minor role. He next had a supporting role in the British mystery film ‘Death on the Nile’. He continued to appear in several other successful films such as ‘The Sword and the Sorcerer’, and ‘Jaws 3-D’. He has also appeared in several TV shows. He had a main role in the French-Canadian TV series ‘Counterstrike’, where he was seen in all three seasons. He also appeared in many episodes of the long-running British medical drama series ‘Casualty’. Other than acting, he also produced, directed and written a few films and TV programs. MacCorkindale died of bowel cancer in 2010.
Childhood & Early Life
Simon MacCorkindale was born on 12 February 1952, in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England. His parents, Gilliver Mary and Peter Bernard MacCorkindale, were of Scottish origin. His father was an officer at the Royal Air Force.
Simon studied at the Haileybury and Imperial Service College, where he was Head Boy, as well as member of the Air Training Corps. Though he wanted to join the RAF like his father, he had to cancel his plan as he had problems with his eyesight.
He soon developed an interest in theatre, and decided to become a stage director instead. He had already appeared in several school and theatre group productions, in his childhood. He attended the Studio 68 drama school, at the Theatre of Arts in London, to hone his acting and direction skills
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Simon MacCorkindale began his acting career in 1973, with the play ‘A Bequest to the Nation’, at the Belgrade Theatre. He also made his television debut the same year, in the miniseries ‘Hawkeye, The Pathfinder’.
In 1974, he made his film debut with a small role in the crime film ‘Juggernaut’. In 1978, he played his first important role in the mystery film ‘Death on the Nile’. The film was a commercial success and won the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for ‘Best Costume Design’.
In 1979, he was seen in the spy thriller film ‘The Riddle of the Sands’. He was next seen in the films ‘Caboblanco’ (1980), ‘Macbeth’ (1981) and ‘The Sword and the Sorcerer’ (1982).
Meanwhile, Simon MacCorkindale also continued his works on television, appearing in the TV film ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (1976), the TV miniseries ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ (1977), as well as other miniseries, such as ‘Quatermass’ (1979) and ‘The Manions of America’ (1981).
In 1983, he was seen in the American thriller film ‘Jaws 3-D’, an American thriller film. The film did quite well at the box office.
Between 1984 and 1986, he played the role of Greg Reardon, one of the main characters in the soap opera ‘Falcon Crest’. He also directed one of the episodes of the series.
In 1988, he co-produced the romantic drama film ‘Stealing Heaven’. The next year, he produced as well as wrote the film ‘That Summer of White Roses’.
Between 1990 and 1993, he appeared in all three seasons of the espionage series ‘Counter Strike’. His performance earned him a nomination for the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor.
In 1995, he wrote and directed the TV film ‘The House that Mary Bought’,. He also acted in several TV films such as ‘Running Wild’ (1998), ‘The Girl Next Door’ (1998), and ‘The Dinosaur Hunter’ (2000).
In 1998, he co-produced the Indian-Canadian film ‘Such a Long Journey’, which was based on a novel of the same name by Rohinton Mistry. The next year, he played a minor role in the film ‘Wing Commander’.
He co-produced the adventure series ‘Adventure Inc’, which aired in 2002 and 2003. Between 2002 and 2008, he also played the role of Dr. Harry Harper in the long-running medical drama ‘Casualty’.
In 2010, he was seen in the British film ‘A Closed Book’, in an important role. Based on the novel of the same name by Gilbert Adair, the film revolved around a blind author who hires an assistant, to aid him in writing. The same year, he was also seen in the horror film ‘13 Hrs’ (also known as ‘Night Wolf’), which was the last work of his career.
One of Simon MacCorkindale’s popular works on the big screen is the 1983 thriller film ‘Jaws 3D’ where he played the role of Philip FitzRoyce. Directed by Joe Alves, the film was the third installment of the popular Jaws film series. The film did well at the box office, earning $ 88 million on a budget of $ 18 million.
MacCorkindale also appeared in several seasons of the British medical drama ‘Casualty’. The show is known for being the longest-running emergency medical drama throughout the world. The story revolves around the staff and patients of a fictional Holby City Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department. Over the years, the series also won several awards such as the British Academy Television Award and the Royal Television Society Award.
Family & Personal Life
Simon MacCorkindale was twice married t. Between 1976 and 1982, he was married to Fiona Fullerton.
In 1984, he married Susan George, with whom he remained till his death in 2010. He was also known to be romantically involved with actress Linda Purl.
Simon MacCorkindale died of bowel cancer on 14 October 2010, in London.