Birth Date: August 23, 1933 / Age: 81
Birth Place: Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Biography: Cyril Louis Goldbert (born August 23, 1933), more commonly known as Peter Wyngarde, is a British actor best known for playing Jason King in the 1970s TV series.
He was born in Marseille, France, the son of an English father and a French mother. His father worked for the British Diplomatic Service, and as a result his childhood was spent in a number of different countries. In 1941, while his parents were away in India, he went to stay with a Swiss family in Shanghai. When the Imperial Japanese Army invaded the city, they were captured and placed in the Lung-hai concentration camp. Conditions in the camp were sometimes harsh - on one occasion Peter had both his feet broken and spent two weeks in solitary confinement after being caught taking messages between camp huts.
Peter Wyngarde as Jason KingAs a young man he went into acting. He became a British household name after starring in the thriller series Department S. He then had his own series playing the suave Jason King, his character in Department S. In 1975 he was arrested and convicted for an act of "gross indecency" with a truck driver in the toilets of Gloucester bus station. His career never recovered.
After losing his TV celebrity status, Wyngarde worked in Austria, acting and directing at the English Theatre in Vienna, South Africa and Germany. He also landed the role of General Klytus in the film version of Flash Gordon, although its perhaps significant the part required him to wear a metal mask throughout.
During the 1980s and 1990s he made a number of TV appearances, including the Doctor Who serial Planet of Fire (1984, and appeared in the film Tank Malling (1989).