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Jack Buchanan (1891-1957)

a portrait of Jack Buchanan

Actor and Producer. Born in Helensburgh. Like fellow Scot David Niven (1909-83), Buchanan was renowned for his portrayal of the quintessential Englishman on stage and screen.

He worked on Broadway and the West End and took roles in several Hollywood musicals, including The Band Wagon (1953). Other roles included Smash and Grab (1937), The Gang's All Here (1939). He also produced several films including Happidrome (1943) and The Sky's the Limit (1938), which he also directed.

Jack Buchanan also provided financial backing for that other son of Helensburgh, John Logie Baird, in his work to develop his television system.

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