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Reginald Jessup obituary

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An actor for over 50 years, Reginald Jessup collapsed and died on February 1 after suffering a heart attack outside the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Jessup did his National Service with the Parachute Regiment and trained as an actor at the Old Vic School. Never a star name, he nevertheless had an interesting and varied career, having two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, including a tour of the United States and Europe when the company featured Alan Howard, Ben Kingsley and Charles Dance.

He played in repertory and made countless tours. In the West End he appeared in Balthazar at the Duke of York's with Simon Callow, Licence to Murder at the Vaudeville and The Moon is Blue, also at the Duke of York's. Other notable stage engagements were Henry V at the Ludlow Festival, Twelfth Night at York Festival, a tour of Canada with Hayley Mills in Rebecca, Long Day's Journey Into Night in Frankfurt, Kiss Me, Kate at both the Old Vic and the Savoy, and a subsequent long tour, and Pickwick with Harry Secombe at Chichester, Sadler's Wells and on the tour.

He also appeared frequently on television and radio. In the former he was in the BBC's cycle of Shakespeare's plays, and was in numerous series, among them Shine On Harvey Moon, Dr Who, Z Cars, Softly, Softly, Gideon's Way, The Saint and Coronation Street. His radio credits were very diverse, including The Likely Lads, Woman's Hour and numerous series and single plays.

He was also in two films, The Man Who Had Power Over Women and Vengeance of Robin Hood.

His wife, the actress and director Janet Brandes, who had her own company for a time, died several years ago, but Jessup had a number of interests which kept him occupied. For instance he was a keen tennis player right up to the end of his life, and he was a member of several organisations, including the Shakespeare Society. He is survived by two younger sisters.

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