Valentine Dyall

Valentine Dyall (7 May 1908 – 24 June 1985) was an English character actor, the son of veteran actor Franklin Dyall. Dyall was especially popular as a voice actor, due to his very distinctive sepulchral voice, he was known for many years as "The Man in Black", narrator of the BBC Radio horror series Appointment With Fear. In his early career, he appeared in one movie with his father, the spy thriller Yellow Canary (1943), which starred Anna Neagle and Richard Greene. His part was that of a German U-boat commander attempting to kidnap a British agent from a ship in the Atlantic, Franklin Dyall playing the ship's captain. He also played the Duke of Burgundy in Olivier's wartime film of Henry V and had a small role as a German officer in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.He was also the (uncredited) Stephen Lynn in the 1946 clssic romantic drame Brief Encounter, Alec’s friend whose unexpected return home spoils his opportunity of consummating his romance. Dyall also made guest appearances in several episodes of The Goon Show, parodying his familiar radio persona, including "The Canal" where he played "The Man in Grey" (due to a very cheap dry cleaners).


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