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Burnell Tucker


B: 1934 in Newfoundland

Now and again we’re confronted by a minor issue of nationality. Burnell Tucker is one such case. You would think being born in Newfoundland would qualify him as Canadian, but he was born in the mid-1930s, some 15 years before the British colony became a Canadian province and even then by a slim vote. In the first referendum only 41.1% of the vote was for confederation with Canada. That increased to only 52.3% in the second and final referendum in July 1948. Newfoundland officially joined Canada at midnight, March 31, 1949. Tucker’s career began in England and he appeared, usually in small, often uncredited roles, in some of the most popular movies ever made, including Dr. Strangelove, a couple of Star Wars features, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the first two Superman movies and more. Many of his early credits were in the era of live drama on television. We have listed those productions as made-for-TV movies, and the title of the main series follows the year of broadcast.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

The Stone Faces (TV-1957, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre)

The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (1958, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre)
The Man Upstairs (TV-1958, Saturday Playhouse)
The Myth Makers (TV-1958, ITV Play of the Week)

The Key (TV-1962, Drama 62)
Flight Into Danger (TV-1962, Studio 4)
Dial M for Murder (TV-1962, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Devils of Darkness (1965)
Dateline Diamonds (1965)
The Bedford Incident (1965)
Finders Keepers (1966)
A Countless from Hong Kong (1967)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Some May Live (1967)
After Many a Summer (TV-1967)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1972)
Ooh… You Are Awful (1972)
Rollerball (1975)
The Omen (1976)
Star Wars (1977)
Valentino (1977)
Superman (1978)

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Shining (1980)
Flash Gordon (1980)
Superman II (1980)
Priest of Love (1981)
Ragtime (1981)
Reds (1981)
Scream for Help (1984)
Lifeforce (19850
Honour Bound (1988)

The Affair (TV-1995)
On Dangerous Ground (TV-1996)
Operation Delta Force 4: Deep Fault (1999)

U.S. Seals (VR-2000)
U-571 (2000)
The Last Minute (2001)
U.S. Seals II (VR-2000)
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006)
W.M.D. (2009)

TV Series – Cast:
Epitaph for a Spy (1963, mini-series)
Crossroads (1967, mini-series)
The Martian Chronicles (1980, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Huntingtower (1957)
The Silver Sword (1957)
Run to Earth (1958)
Little Women (1958)

Suspense (1962)
The Saint (1963, 1965)
Court Martial (1966)
The Spies (1966)
The Champions (1968)
The Jazz Age (1968)
The Ugliest Girl in Town (1969)

Codename (1970)
The Flaxton Boys (1973)
Crown Court (1974)
Second Verdict (1976)
Life at Stake (1978)

Tales of the Unexpected (1983)
Theatre Night (1985)
Lovejoy (1986)

The Paradise Club (1990)
99-1 (1994)
Space Precinct (1995)
Strange But True? (1995)

I Shouldn’t Be Alive (2006)

Doctor Who (2012)