George Hemmings is an English actor and director, best known for his roles in several films and television programmes.
George Hemmings began his career as a child actor and eventually directed films. Additionally, he owned an auto parts business before passing away on February 25, 2019 at 88 years old.
Early Life and Education
George Hemmings’ early life was an enthralling one. He grew up in Priory St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica and enjoyed a close bond with his family and many close friends.
Hemmings developed an affinity for cricket from an early age and continued playing throughout his life.
Hemmings began his acting career in the 1960s, appearing in several films. He played Mordred in ‘Camelot’, Sharon Tate’s brother in ‘Eye of the Devil’ and rebel leader Dildano in ‘Barbarella’.
Hemmings was one of the greatest surfers in history during the 1960s. In 1966 he won his first men’s title and appeared in both surf films The Endless Summer and Golden Breed.
At the age of eight, Hemmings began surfing in Waikiki. As part of the Hawaiian juniors team, he won both Makaha International contests (1961 and 1963) as well as finishing second in 1965.
After retiring from competitive surfing, Hemmings focused on creating professional surf events and contests. In 1971, he founded the Pipeline Masters and later the International Professional Surfers Association (IPS), which would later become known as ASPT – The Association of Surfing Professionals tour.
Hemmings’ passion for music was matched by his commitment to school leadership and social justice. He organized Wakefield High School’s Minority Student Achievement Network and hosted a middle school event specifically tailored towards students of color.
Achievements and Honors
George Hemmings has earned a great deal of accolades throughout his life. He is a highly decorated historian with expertise on Amazonia, as well as an accomplished surfer, author, and businessman.
He has earned awards from both the Royal Geographic Society and Brazilian government, as well as being inducted into the International Surfing Hall of Fame.
In 1976 he co-founded the International Professional Surfers (IPS) tour, creating the first professional surfing circuit. This 12 event series takes place around the world but is headquartered primarily in Hawaii.
He served as a politician and held a seat on the Denver Broncos Board of Directors. Additionally, he has been featured as a television color commentator for ABC’s Wide World of Sports and CBS’ Sports Spectacular programs.
George Hemmings was a legendary member of one of music’s most beloved boy bands, 5 Seconds of Summer. For nearly a decade, he served as their front man.
He was an acclaimed actor, appearing in numerous films and television shows.
Hemdale founded Hemdale Film Corporation in 1967, alongside his acting career. He produced and directed several films such as ‘Running Scared’ (1972), ‘The 14’ (1973) and ‘Lone Justice: Showdown at Plum Creek’ (1996).
Hemings was born to enslaved parents in the Caribbean. He spent his formative years with his sisters and brothers before being taken away at nine years old by his enslaved parents to Monticello, Virginia.
Hemmings was an English actor, director and producer best known for his role as the photographer in Michelangelo Antonioni’s mystery-thriller Blowup (1966).
On November 18, 1941, he was born in Guildford, Surrey, England and educated at Alleyn’s School, Glyn Grammar School at Ewell and the Arts Educational Schools.
In his teenage years, he performed as a boy soprano in several works by composer Benjamin Britten. It was during this period that he formed an intense friendship with Britten.
Hemmings achieved fame as an actor and one of the UK’s most beloved stars during the 1960s. He appeared in films such as Barbarella and Alfred the Great, plus television programs like Magnum P.I. and Airwolf. Furthermore, Hemmings enjoyed great success behind the camera, directing several action movies for Warner Bros. Pictures.