Loose Cannon's Hall Of Fame:
David Weston


David Weston during the recording of the introduction to The Massacre reconstruction in 1999.

 


David Weston as Nicholas Muss.
(The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve, 1966.)

David Weston was born in Norwood, London in 1938. David's father died when he was only 13 years old at which time actor Michael Croft became a father figure and role model and inspired young David to become an actor. David attended Alleyns school in Dulwich and became one of the founder members of the National Youth Theatre. Two years at RADA followed completing David's formal training.

His first TV appearance was in a drama programme for schools television in which he and Jane Asher played the lead roles in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare has remained a favourite with David and he has the impressive statistic of having appeared in 24 of the 36 Shakespeare plays with Falstaff remaining the favourite of all the roles he has ever played on stage, film and television.

David recalls that his first film appearance was a small part in the Dirk Bogarde film The Mind Benders (1963). By the mid 1960s he had established himself as a notable actor and commanded several lead roles including playing hero against Vincent Price's villain in Masque of the Red Death (1964) and playing the title role in the Legend of Young Dick Turpin (1965). He has also played alongside many famous actors notably Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton and John Gielgud in Beckett (1964), with Lon Chaney Jr in Witchcraft (1964) and with Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris in Heroes of Telemark (1965)

David has always been a keen football fan and supporter of Chelsea. He remembers that during a recording break on The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve he picked up a copy of The Times to check the latest football scores. He later heard a very irate Andre Morell complaining that somebody had moved his newspaper. Director Paddy Russell offered him the part of Nicholas Muss after working with him on another BBC production.

Moving between stage and screen over the next few decades he returned to Dr Who in 1981 to play another heroic role as Biroc the time sensitive Tharil aiding Tom Baker's Doctor.

David is also a keen writer and has several successful writing projects under his belt ranging from short stories to the narration for audio talking books. He is currently undertaking a large writing project which will hopefully be published as a novel.

David can still be found in theatre in London's West-End which was where Loose Cannon caught up with him. We were delighted when David very kindly recorded an introduction for our reconstruction of Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve. David has subsequently seen the finished tape and speaks very highly of it. Many thanks to David for his help with this project.

David Weston provides the introduction for:
LC16 The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve




David Weston as Nicholas Muss.
(The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve, 1966.)




David Weston as Biroc, the Tharil.
(Warriors' Gate, 1981.)


David Weston as Gino.
(Masque of the Red Death, 1964.)


David Weston as Arne.
(The Heroes of Telemark, 1965.)


David Weston as Mitchell.
(UFO, 1970.)


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Edward de Souza
Mark Eden
Michael Elwyn
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Carole Ann Ford
Joseph Furst
Donald Gee
Julian Glover
Barry Jackson
George Layton
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Jean Marsh
Sylvester McCoy
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Peter Purves
Roy Spencer
Kevin Stoney
Donald Tosh
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Frances White
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