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John Clyde: Scotland's first film star

SCOTLAND’S leading stage actor of his generation, John Clyde, who died at his daughter’s home at 34 John Street, Helensburgh, on November 1 1920, also had the accolade of being Scotland’s first film star.

Father of film actors Andy and David Clyde, and stage star Jean Clyde, John was the best known actor-manager of the 19th century in his home country — but only the most ardent film buff is aware of his place in cinema history.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 April 2013 17:09 )

 

Jean Clyde: Stage actress

THE most famous stage star of the children of actor John Clyde was his daughter Jean, who spent some of her childhood and much of her later life in Helensburgh.

From joining her brothers David and Andy on stage in childhood, she went on to become known all over Scotland, having appeared in many of her father’s productions, and later as the star of other plays.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:19 )

David Clyde: Stage and film actor

THE oldest of the three children of a Helensburgh family who became international stars was David Clyde.

Brother of Andy and Jean Clyde, he did not quite became as famous as they did, but he did make a very good career out of stage and film acting.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:50 )

Andy Clyde: Film star

A STAR of Western films, Andy Clyde, who was born in New Rattray, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, was brought up in Helensburgh where his uncle, Bob Clyde, had grocery shops on Sinclair Street and West Princes Street.

Born Andrew Allan Clyde on March 25 1982 the fifth of six children of Scottish theatrical actor, producer and manager John Clyde and his wife Mary, Andy joined his siblings David and Jean on stage in childhood.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:52 )

Jack Buchanan: The Entertainer

THE great entertainer, Jack Buchanan, was born on April 2 1890 in Helensburgh and died on October 20 1957 in London.

A major UK musical comedy, revue and film star, choreographer, director, producer and manager with a disarming, casual style, Buchanan's career spanned 40 years.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 April 2010 09:52 )

David MacDonald: Film director

HELENSBURGH-BORN David MacDonald was a director of British films who trained in Hollywood.

Born in 1904, he made some good thrillers — and the occasional comedy — in the late 1930s and immediate post-war years, but seemed to lose his touch after the Christopher Columbus (1949) disaster.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:55 )

Gregor Ian Smith: 75 minute portrait

A MUCH admired feature of the exhibition held by Helensburgh Heritage Trust in April 2007 to mark the centenary of the birth of burgh artist Gregor Ian Smith was an excellent portrait of him by Jon Peaty.

The property of Helensburgh and District Art Club, it was lent to exhibition organisers Helensburgh Heritage Trust for display and also for use as a publicity image.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:56 )

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