Jack Gold
Born(1930-06-28)28 June 1930
London, England, UK
Died9 August 2015(2015-08-09) (aged 85)
London, England, UK
Spouse(s)Denyse Alexander

Jack Gold (28 June 1930 – 9 August 2015) was a British film and television director. He was part of the British realist tradition which followed the Free Cinema movement.[1][2]


Gold was born in London, the son of Charles and Minnie (née Elbery) Gold.[3] He attended University College London. After leaving UCL, he began his career as a film editor on the BBC's Tonight programme. Gold became a freelance documentary filmmaker, making dramas as a platform for his social and political observations.[citation needed]

For television, his best known work is The Naked Civil Servant (1975), based on Quentin Crisp's 1968 book of the same name and starring John Hurt.[2] He had previously directed the 1964 crime series Call the Gun Expert for the BBC.

Other television credits include The Visit (1959), the BBC Television Shakespeare productions of The Merchant of Venice (1980) and Macbeth (1983) - the latter starring Nicol Williamson - as well as the made-for-TV adaptation of Graham Greene's The Tenth Man (1988), starring Anthony Hopkins and Charlie Muffin (1979, USA: A Deadly Game). In 1998, he directed an award-winning-adaption of the 1981 children's book Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian, featuring John Thaw in the lead. He also directed films such as The National Health (1973), Man Friday (1975),[4] Aces High (1976), The Medusa Touch (1978), The Chain (1985) and Escape from Sobibor (1987).[5]

Gold directed the final episode of ITV's television detective drama Inspector Morse. Other work includes the television drama series Kavanagh QC and The Brief.[5]

Gold was an Honorary Associate of London Film School.

Personal life

Gold married actress Denyse Alexander (née Macpherson) in 1957, with whom he shared a birthday - she was born in 1932. The couple had three children: Jamie, Nicholas and Kathryn.[3]



  1. ^ Purser, Philip (11 August 2015). "Jack Gold obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Goodnight Mister Tom director Jack Gold dies". BBC. 12 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Jack Gold profile". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (12 March 1976). "Man Friday". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b Jack Gold at IMDb

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