Simon MacCorkindale

Actor + Director and Producer
Born Feb 12, 1952

Simon Charles Pendered MacCorkindale was a British actor, film director, writer and producer. MacCorkindale spent much of his childhood moving around due to his father's commission with the Royal Air Force. Poor eyesight prevented him from following a similar career in the RAF, so he instead planned to become a theatre director. Training at the Theatre of Arts in London, MacCorkindale started work as an actor, making his West End debut in 1974.… Read More

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1952 Birth MacCorkindale was born on 12 February 1952 in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, to Scottish parents Gilliver Mary (née Pendered) and Peter Bernard MacCorkindale OBE, who died in September 2007. … Read More


1965 13 Years Old MacCorkindale attended Haileybury and Imperial Service College in Hertfordshire from 1965 to 1970, where he was Head Boy and a member of the Air Training Corps. … Read More


1973 21 Years Old 1 More Event
MacCorkindale started his acting career in theatre, touring the UK with a repertory theatre group. His first professional stage performance was in a 1973 run of A Bequest to the Nation at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.
…  Training at the Theatre of Arts in London, MacCorkindale started work as an actor, making his West End debut in 1974. … Read More
1976 24 Years Old MacCorkindale was married twice. His first wife was actress Fiona Fullerton; the couple married in 1976 and divorced in 1982.
1977 25 Years Old Following his divorce from Fullerton, MacCorkindale began a relationship with actress Susan George, whom he had first met in 1977; they married secretly in Fiji on 5 October 1984 and later held a second ceremony with family and friends in Berkshire, England. … Read More
1978 26 Years Old He was cast as Simon Doyle in the 1978 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile at the age of 25. … Read More
1980 28 Years Old Following the success of Death on the Nile, MacCorkindale moved to the United States in 1980. … Read More


1983 31 Years Old He was eventually cast in the adventure series Manimal for NBC in 1983, in which he played the lead character Professor Jonathan Chase, an Englishman who assists police in the fight against crime with his ability to transform into animals. … Read More
1984 32 Years Old 1 More Event
He married actress Susan George in 1984 and died of colorectal cancer in 2010.
1986 34 Years Old 1 More Event
He rejected a contract extension after appearing in 59 episodes and left the series in 1986 because he "felt that the work I was doing was fun and lucrative but not as stretching as I felt I wanted or needed. … Read More
1988 36 Years Old He subsequently directed, wrote and produced a number of projects for Amy International, including the 1988 film Stealing Heaven (concerning the medieval French philosopher Abelard and his passion for Heloise), and the 1989 film Djavolji Raj (That Summer of White Roses), which stars George and features romantic theme music composed by MacCorkindale. … Read More


1995 43 Years Old Working in partnership with Chris Bryant, MacCorkindale wrote and directed the TV film The House That Mary Bought in 1995, and with Paul Stephens co-produced the 1998 film Such a Long Journey, for which he was nominated for the Genie Award for Best Motion Picture.
1996 44 Years Old MacCorkindale then wrote the screenplay for a biographical film of the missing peer Lord Lucan, which he also planned to produce and act in, although financial problems resulted in the cancellation of the project in 1996.
2000 48 Years Old He served as co-executive producer for the 2000 syndicated TV series Queen of Swords, and as co-producer for the 2002 series Adventure Inc..


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2007 55 Years Old MacCorkindale continued to act during his treatment, returning to film his final series of Casualty in late 2007; he did not disclose his illness to his colleagues, and found it surreal when scripts required his character to inform patients that they had cancer or another incurable disease. … Read More
2009 57 Years Old In November 2009, he publicly revealed that the disease was terminal, and he died on 14 October 2010 at a clinic in London.
2010 58 Years Old 1 More Event
…  After small parts in the films 13 Hrs and A Closed Book, he returned to TV as Sir David Bryant in the 2010 series of New Tricks, in what proved to be his final TV appearance. … Read More
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