Marius Goring (1912-1998) was an actor and director.

At The Perse, he obtained a higher certificate from the Oxford and Cambridge schools examination board, and went on to study abroad at universities in Munich, Frankfurt, Vienna and Paris. He then trained at the Old Vic drama school and appeared on the London stage for the first time in 1927, at the Rudolph Steiner Hall.

He was admitted to the Old Vic Company in 1932 and made his West End debut in 1934, playing in The Voysey Inheritance at the Shaftesbury Theatre. In 1937 he played alongside Laurence Olivier and Alec Guinness as Feste in Twelfth Night.

During the Second World War, Goring served in the Queen’s Royal regiment. In 1941 he was seconded to the Foreign Office, which made him supervisor of BBC broadcasting to Germany. His time studying abroad had given him the ability to play foreign roles convincingly, and he provided the voice of Hitler in the BBC’s The Shadow of the Swastika (1940). After the war he toured Germany, acting in German.

Goring was a passionate believer in acting as a profession, and acted in the theatre until 1990. He was a co-founder of British Actors’ Equity in 1929 and was the organisation’s vice-president three times (1964-8, 1975-7, 1980-82).

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1979 and appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1991 for services to theatre. He died from cancer in 1998 at the age of 86.

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