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Harry Baird (May 12, 1931 - February 13, 2005) was a black Guyanian actor, of British fame in popular television shows and movies of the 1960s.

Earl lifeEdit

Harry Baird was born in Georgetown, British Guiana, and educated in Canada and England. He reportedly had been obsessed with cinema since his childhood.[1]

CareerEdit

CinemaEdit

Being seventeen, Baird moved to London like his brother, and then Harry studied acting at the YMCA.[1] By one of the young students of there, Joe Robinson, Baird was recommended for his breaking role in A Kid For Two Farthings of Carol Reed (1954); Baird there incarnated a boxer, Jamaica. In subsequent dramas, Baird incarnated some streetwise characters, either good or bad.[1]

After his successful role of television of the late 1950s, Harry Baird starred some low-cost films, generally set at jungle environments. Disregarding, in 1959 Baird starred Sapphire, a celebrated racial drama of Michael Relph-Basil Dearden.

In the 1960s Baird had to cope with the difficulties for finding job,[2] and so he looked for opportunities at continental Europe. In Italy, he starred spaghetti westerns; in France he had the leading role in The Story of a Three-Day Pass (La permission, 1968), as a French soldier who gets enamored of a Parisian woman.

Also in this decade, Harry Baird filmed for the Hammer Studio, starring The Oblong Box (1969) with Vincent Price; then he filmed The Italian Job in 1969, with Michael Caine (who would become Harry Baird's personal friend).

Harry Baird left his active career after his glaucoma rendered him blind.[2]

TelevisionEdit

Harry Baird debuted, as 'Atimbu', in the White Hunter television show of 1958. Later, he would provide a supporting role for the Danger Man series.

However, Baird is well remembered also by the followers of popular British shows of the 1970s. In UFO (1970), as Lieutenant Bradley, Baird had been hired for a major role, but the producers weren't much satisfied with his performance,[2] and so he left the series midway through the run. Disregarding, Baird was a regular character in Cosmos 1999.

TheaterEdit

Harry Baird's career was mostly of television and cinema; disregarding he did important works.

Personal life and deathEdit

Harry Baird got married once, divorcing later, whereas he had a stepdaughter.

In the 1970s, Harry Baird had been diagnosed with a glaucoma, and it would ultimately render him blind, marking the end of his artistic career.

Baird passed away in 2005, at London, owing to a cancer.

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