Leonard White, 99, British actor and producer, Died at 99

Leonard White was born on November 5, 1916, in Newhaven, East Sussex and died on January 2016, in Seaford, East Sussex.

He was a British actor and television producer.

During his late career for The Avengers and Armchair Theatre.

When Leonard left school, he pursued a career as a stage actor in London.

At the start, he supported himself with a clerical job while performing with the Tavistock Repertory Company (now the Tower Theatre Company).

In World War II, he served in the British Army in Signals; following the end of World War II in Europe, he did the remainder of his service acting in plays produced by the Army Bureau of Current Affairs.

When he had left in 1946, he made the transition to full-time professional acting.

White was one of the original leads of Christopher Fry’s A Sleep of Prisoners, alongside Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker, and Hugh Pryse, in 1951.

While he was an actor, acting he turned his hand to directing, which led to his career as a television producer.

White completed a training course in 1957, for television producer/directors run by the Canadian CBC Television.

Sydney Newman, a former CBC producer who had moved to Britain to be a producer at the Associated British Corporation (ABC), invited him to join the company as an associate producer, in 1960.

His credits include Police Surgeon and its spin-off The Avengers, which he co-created with Newman, as well as many episodes of the anthology series Out of This World, Armchair Theatre and ITV Playhouse.

Leonard White published a memoir, Armchair Theatre: The Lost Years, in 2003, and the first volume of his autobiography, Many Moons and a Few Stars, in 2010.

Leonard White passed away at 99 years old.