Ian Ogilvy is a British actor, playwright, and novelist. He is best known as the star of the television series Return of the Saint (1978–79), in which he assumed the role of Simon Templar from Roger Moore.
The role led to his being considered a leading contender for the role of James Bond in the early 1980s, when Moore announced his intention to leave the role. He never played the part (in part due to Moore’s reconsidering his resignation on several occasions), although he did play a Bond-like character in a series of North American TV commercials broadcast in the early 1990s. At least once, in an episode of Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, “Dragon’s Wing II,” he played a Bond-like British agent, complete with white dinner jacket.
Ogilvy has had an extensive career in the theatre playing leading roles in many London West End productions, including Design for Living, Happy Family, Three Sisters, Rookery Nook by Ben Travers, Run for Your Wife, The Millionairess by Shaw, The Waltz of the Toreadors, and others. He has also worked widely in the American theatre. Among his films, Ogilvy had a major part in the 1970 epic film Waterloo.
He co-starred with Boris Karloff in The Sorcerers, with James Mason, Bobby Darin, and Geraldine Chaplin in Stranger in the House (1967), with Vincent Price in Witchfinder General, with Tom Courtenay and Candice Bergen in The Day the Fish Came Out, with Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn in Death Becomes Her, with Peter Cushing in two films for horror specialists Amicus (And Now The Screaming Starts! and From Beyond The Grave) and with Richard Dreyfuss and Nia Vardalos in My Life in Ruins – among others.
He was a friend of the film-maker Michael Reeves and starred in all three of Reeves’s films: Revenge of the Blood Beast, The Sorcerers and Witchfinder General (also known as The Conqueror Worm). He also had a role in the short-lived 1990s American soap opera, Malibu Shores. He has had roles in over one hundred television shows, often appearing as a guest star. He appeared in the television series Upstairs, Downstairs (as Lawrence Kirbridge), and may be best known to American audiences for this role.
He guest-starred in The Avengers in the 1968 episode “They Keep Killing Steed” as Baron Von Curt, and on the BBC in Somerset Maugham’s The Door of Opportunity, opposite Marianne Faithfull.
In 1976, he featured in the pilot episode of the television comedy series Ripping Yarns, co-produced by former Monty Python members Michael Palin and Terry Jones. He also appeared in I, Claudius (as Drusus), and guest-starred in 6 episodes of Murder, She Wrote and 4 episodes of Diagnosis Murder. He appeared as Edgar Linton in the 1970 film version of Wuthering Heights and as Owen Gereth in 1970’s BBC dramatization of The Spoils of Poynton.
In the 1990s, he guest-starred in the American television series Babylon 5, in the 1998 episode “In the Kingdom of the Blind”.
Monsterama is thrilled to welcome Ian to this year’s convention!