Mostly Credited As: Sam Kydd
Birth Name: Sam Jonathan Kydd
Date Of Birth: February 15, 1917 (Age 65)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Date Of Death: March 26, 1982
Cause Of Death: Respiratory Ailment (London, England)
Sam was born in Belfast on February 15, 1915, but as a young boy moved with his parents to London. After leaving Dunstable Grammar School in Bedfordshire, he worked in a number of occu-pations, including a department store bed salesman and at a hire-car business.
However, his heart was in showbusiness and at nights he would appear on stage in a number of guises. This included stints as master of cere-monies for the big bands, during which he would do a bit of singing, tap dancing and even impressions.
Sam’s father had been a soldier, and as the war clouds gathered over Europe he followed suit by joining the Territorial Army.
With the outbreak of the Second World War he was sent to France with the British Expeditionary Force, but his part in the campaign was to prove shortlived.
Taken captive in the early fighting, he was sent back to Germany where he was forced to sit out the rest of the conflict in a prisoner-of-war camp. His war experiences, which he turned into a book - For You The War Is Over - led him virtually by accident into the movie business.
Answering an advert for advisers to help in a film being made about prisoners-of-war, he ended up in front of the cameras, delivering a few lines of dislogue, in Captive Heart. For the next 35 years, up almost until his death on March 26, 1982, he was rarely off the screen, whether it be at the cinema or the telly.
The Kydd name hasn’t disappeared from screen credits, however. His son Jonathan followed him into the profession and is still working