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Daniel Raymond Massey

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: City of Westminster, Greater London, UK
Death: March 25, 1998 (64)
London, England (Hodgkin's Lymphoma)
Immediate Family:

Son of Raymond Massey and Adrianne Whitney
Ex-husband of Adrienne Corri; Penelope Wilton and <private> Massey (Wilton)
Father of <private> Massey and <private> (Wilton)
Brother of Anna Massey

Occupation: actor, performer
Managed by: Gene Daniell
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About Daniel Massey

Daniel Massey was an English actor and performer. He is possibly best known for his starring role in the British TV drama The Roads to Freedom, as Daniel, alongside Michael Bryant. He is also known for his role in the 1968 American film Star!, as Noël Coward, for which he won a Golden Globe Award.

Birth Name

Daniel Raymond Massey


Lindy Wilton (1984 - 25 March 1998) (his death)

Penelope Wilton (1975 - 1984) (divorced) 1 child

Adrienne Corri (1961 - 1967) (divorced)


Son of actors Raymond Massey, who appeared with him in 'The Queen's Guards' (1960) and Adrianne Allen. Nephew of Vincent Massey. Brother of Anna Massey, who appeared with him in 'Vault of Horror' (1973). One-time brother-in-law of Jeremy Brett. Has a daughter, Alice (by his second marriage) and a son, Paul.

Godson of Noel Coward.

Golden Globe winner for 'Star!' (1968) in which he played Noel Coward, his real-life godfather.

Was diagnosed as having Hodgkin's Disease in the early 1990s

Daniel's first film was at age 9 in In Which We Serve (1942) wherein he played the son of Noel Coward, his real-life godfather. Decades later he played Coward in the film Star! (1968) with Julie Andrews for which he won a Golden Globe award.

His parents broke up when he was quite young. Both he and sister Anna Massey were brought up by their British mother, Adrianne Allen. Their father Raymond Massey returned to the US and built a formidable acting career, rarely seeing his children. Anna reported seeing her father perhaps six times during her entire life.

He was awarded a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1982 (1981 season) for Best Actor in a Revival, Man and Superman.

He was awarded the 1995 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre) for Best Actor for his performance in Taking Sides.

He divorced his actress/wife Penelope Wilton, his co-star on stage in such stage productions as "Bloomssbury" (1974), "The Betrayal" (1978), "The Philanderer" (1979) and "Man and Superman" (1981) (for which he won an Olivier Award), and almost immediately married her sister Lindy.

Daniel Massey's parents, Raymond Massey and Adrianne Allen, were seeking a divorce and hired longtime friend and international lawyer, William Dwight Whitney, who was divorced from his wife, Dorothy Whitney. in 1939, Dorothy married Raymond, and Adrianne married William Whitney. Both couples lived happily 'ever after'. Daniel and his sister Anna spent most of their childhood time in London with Adrianne and Bill, and during WWII enjoyed many visits with their uncle, Roger Sherman Baldwin Whitney, M.D.

Daniel Raymond Massey (10 October 1933 – 25 March 1998) was an English actor and performer. He is possibly best known for his starring role in the British TV drama The Roads to Freedom, as Daniel, alongside Michael Bryant. He is also known for his role in the 1968 American film Star!, as Noël Coward, for which he won a Golden Globe Award.

Personal life

Massey was born in London in 1933. He was educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge. He was a member of the noted Massey family, which included his father, Raymond Massey, his sister, Anna Massey and his uncle Vincent Massey, a Governor General of Canada. His mother was the actress Adrianne Allen.

Living with his mother after his parents' divorce, Massey rarely saw his father through most of his adult life; however, they were cast as father and son in The Queen's Guards (1961).

Massey was married three times, two of his wives being well-known actresses:

Adrienne Corri (1961–1967)
Penelope Wilton (1975–1984); one daughter, Alice Massey
Linda Wilton (1986–1998)

He died after a three year battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma, aged 64 in London, and was buried at Putney Vale Cemetery. Massey worked in theatre throughout his cancer treatments rarely missing a performance.


Massey made his film debut as a child in Noël Coward's flag-waver, In Which We Serve (1942) - Coward being his godfather. He would later play Noël Coward in the 1968 Julie Andrews vehicle, Star!, a performance for which he won a Golden Globe Award and received his sole Academy Award nomination. He first made a major impression as an adult as Laurence Olivier's son-in-law in the stage and screen versions of John Osborne's The Entertainer. Massey appeared in numerous British films from the 1950s onwards, including Cromwell, The Cat and the Canary, The Jokers, The Vault of Horror, Mary, Queen of Scots, Victory!, and In the Name of the Father.

Other highlights of his career were his stage roles, especially that of the German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler in Ronald Harwood's Taking Sides; Massey won the 1995 Olivier Award for his performance. He recreated the role for Broadway a year later earning a Tony nomination. His other stage appearances included musicals such as She Loves Me, Gigi (as Gaston), and Stephen Sondheim's Follies (as Benjamin Stone), for which he won another Olivier Award. In the 1980s and 1990s, he also appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in productions such as Love's Labours Lost, Measure for Measure and The Time of Your Life, the latter alongside John Thaw. On television, highlights include The Crucible (1980) as Reverend Hale, The Golden Bowl (1972) as the Prince and his performance as an AIDS patient in Intimate Contact (1987).

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Daniel Massey's Timeline

October 10, 1933
City of Westminster, Greater London, UK
March 25, 1998
Age 64
London, England