Tough-looking New Zealander, with a long string of credits as an actor in Australian films and theatre. He was also prolific on radio as actor, announcer and compère. In August 1952, Doleman won a £300 prize for his performance in an Actor's Choice half-hourly play, entitled "The Coward". He used this as a travelling fund for a trip to Hollywood and was duly cast in a supporting role in the adventure film Le roi des îles (1954). That was followed by an uncredited bit in Alfred Hitchcock's Le crime était presque parfait (1954). More substantial roles, however, failed to materialise. Doleman consequently returned to Australia, where he found regular work on radio and on stage in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, between 1957 and 1960.Doleman had his best spell in Britain in the 1960's: fondly remembered as SPECTRE operative Count Lippe in the James Bond movie Opération Tonnerre (1965), and as the hard-edged spook Colonel Ross in the Harry Palmer trilogy, beginning with Ipcress - Danger immédiat (1965). In a similar vein, he also made a worthy antagonist for Patrick McGoohan as the first 'Number 2' in Le prisonnier (1967). Doleman eventually settled in Los Angeles, where he died of lung cancer in January 1996.
BirthdayNov 22, 1923
Place of BirthHamilton, New Zealand