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==Career==
He was born at 45 Lyndhurst Road, [[Wood Green]], in what is now [[Haringey]], London, the son of a builder. He was educateeducated at stWood MichaelGreen's primary[[Woodside schoHigh School, Wood Green|Trinity County Grammar SchooSchool]], where, aged eight, he joined the school choir.<ref name="Brit">{{Cite web |url=http://www.britmovie.co.uk/actors/Jack-Hawkins |title=Profile of Jack Hakwins at britmovie.co.uk |access-date=7 March 2015 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150325194647/http://www.britmovie.co.uk/actors/Jack-Hawkins |archive-date=25 March 2015 |url-status=dead |df=dmy-all }}</ref>
aged eight, he joined the school choir.<ref name="Brit">{{Cite web |url=http://www.britmovie.co.uk/actors/Jack-Hawkins |title=Profile of Jack Hakwins at britmovie.co.uk |access-date=7 March 2015 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150325194647/http://www.britmovie.co.uk/actors/Jack-Hawkins |archive-date=25 March 2015 |url-status=dead |df=dmy-all }}</ref>
 
By the age of ten Hawkins had joined the local operatic society, and made his stage debut in [[Patience (opera)|Patience]] by [[Gilbert and Sullivan]]. His parents enrolled him in the [[Italia Conti Academy]] and whilst he was studying there he made his London stage debut, when aged eleven, playing the Elf King in ''[[Where the Rainbow Ends]]'' at the [[Holborn Empire]] on Boxing Day, December 1923, a production that also included the young [[Noël Coward]].<ref name="Brit"/> The following year aged 14 he played the page in a production of ''[[Saint Joan (play)|Saint Joan]]'' by [[George Bernard Shaw]].<ref name="jack"/> Five years later he was in a production of ''[[Beau Geste]]'' alongside [[Laurence Olivier]].<ref name="guardian"/>
Films in the late 1930s included ''[[Beauty and the Barge (1937 film)|Beauty and the Barge]]'' (1937), ''[[The Frog]]'' (1937) (which Hawkins played on stage), ''[[Who Goes Next?]]'' (1938), ''[[A Royal Divorce (1938 film)|A Royal Divorce]]'' (1938), ''[[Murder Will Out (1939 film)|Murder Will Out]]'' (1939) and ''[[The Flying Squad (1940 film)|The Flying Squad]]'' (1940).
 
Theatre appearances included ''A Winter's Tale'' (1937), ''[[Autumn (play)|Autumn]]'' by Margaret Kennedy and Gregory Ratoff (1937, with [[Flora Robson]] for [[Basil Dean]]), ''The King's Breakfast'' by Rita Welman and Maurice Marks (1937–38), ''No More Music'' by Rosamund Lehman (1938), ''Can We Tell?'' by Robert Gore Brown (1938), ''Traitors Gate'' by Norma Stuart (1938) and ''[[Dear Octopus]]'' by [[Dodie Smith]] (1938–39).
 
===Second World War===
During the [[Second World War]] Hawkins served as an officer with the [[Royal Welch Fusiliers]].<ref name=ww2 /> He became a [[colonel]] in [[ENSA]] for India and Southeast Asia.<ref name=ww2>{{cite web|url=http://ww2gravestone.com/general/hawkins-john-edward-jack|title=Hawkins, John Edward "Jack"|work=ww2gravestone.com}}</ref> During his military service he made ''[[The Next of Kin]]'' (1942) for [[Ealing Studios]].
 
===Post-war career===
He turned down the role of ''Colonel Carne'' in ''The Glorious Gloucesters'' for [[Warwick Films]] and [[James Cook|Captain Cook]] for a project for the Rank organisation;<ref name="jack">{{cite news |url=http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article161613230 |title=JACK HAWKINS |newspaper=[[The Newcastle Sun]] |issue=11,178 |location=New South Wales, Australia |date=1 April 1954 |accessdate=30 October 2016 |page=27 |via=National Library of Australia}}</ref> neither movie was made.
 
"I'm tired of playing decent fellows", he said in a 1954 interview, "with stiff upper lip and even stiffer morals. I'm going to kill them off before they kill me as an actor. And I want stories written for me, not rejects intended for other fellows... I just inherit them from other people. Often, I find they've left the name of the actor originally suggested for the role. Always the same old names ... Errol Flynn, Gregory Peck ... five or six others. Before the script reaches them, somebody remembers me — especially if it's one of those infernally nice characters."<ref>{{cite news |url=http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article163335136 |title=I Want To Be Evil |newspaper=[[The Newcastle Sun]] |issue=11,357 |location=New South Wales|date=9 December 1954 |accessdate=30 October 2016 |page=33 |via=National Library of Australia}} {{cite news |url=http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article163335136 |title=I Want To Be Evil |newspaper=[[The Newcastle Sun]] |issue=11,357 |location=New South Wales|date=9 December 1954 |accessdate=30 October 2016 |page=33 |via=National Library of Australia}}</ref>
 
===International star===
Hawkins got his wish when he received a Hollywood offer to play a pharaoh for [[Howard Hawks]] in ''[[Land of the Pharaohs]]'' (1955).
 
He returned home to make an [[Ealing comedy]], ''[[Touch and Go (1955 film)|Touch and Go]]'' (1955), which was not particularly popular. He was more comfortably cast as a police officer in ''[[The Long Arm (film)|The Long Arm]]'' (1956) and a test pilot in ''[[The Man in the Sky]]'' (1957). He was an insurance investigator in Sidney Gilliat's ''[[Fortune Is a Woman]]'' (1957).<ref name=britmovie /><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2013/aug/06/land-of-the-pharaohs-reel-history|title=Land of the Pharaohs: the plot won't triangulate – reel history|author=Alex von Tunzelmann|work=the Guardian}}</ref>
*''[[Murder Will Out (1939 film)|Murder Will Out]]'' (1939) as Stamp
*''[[The Flying Squad (1940 film)|The Flying Squad]]'' (1940) as Mark McGill
*''[[The Next of Kin]]'' (1942) as Brigade Major Harcourt
*''[[The Fallen Idol (film)|The Fallen Idol]]'' (1948) as Detective Ames
*''[[Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948 film)|Bonnie Prince Charlie]]'' (1948) as Lord George Murray
*''[[Mandy (1952 film)|Mandy]]'' (1952) as Dick Searle
*''[[The Planter's Wife (1952 film)|The Planter's Wife]]'' (1952) as Jim Frazer
*''[[The Cruel Sea (1953 film)|The Cruel Sea]]'' (1953) as Ericson
*''[[Malta Story]]'' (1953) as Air CO Frank
*''[[Twice Upon a Time (1953 film)|Twice Upon a Time]]'' (1953) as Dr. Mathews
*''[[The Seekers (1954 film)|The Seekers]]'' (1954) as Phillip Wayne
*''[[The Prisoner (1955 film)|The Prisoner]]'' (1955) as the Interrogator
*''[[Land of the Pharaohs]]'' (1955) as Pharaoh Khufu
*''[[Touch and Go (1955 film)|Touch and Go]]'' (1955) as Jim Fletcher
*''[[The Long Arm (film)|The Long Arm]]'' (1956) as Detective-Superintendent Tom Halliday
*''[[She Played with Fire]]'' (1957) as Oliver Branwell
*''[[The Man in the Sky]]'' (1957) as John Mitchell
*''[[Fortune Is a Woman]]'' (1957) as Oliver Branwell