Gary James Bond was an English actor and singer, born in Liss, Hampshire, in 1940. Although his father and uncles were all in the Army, he always had ambitions to become an actor, and trained at Central School of Speech and Drama on a scholarship in the late 1950s.
His professional debut was in ‘Not By The Book’ at the Connaught Theatre in 1962. Seasons with the Royal Court, the Prospect Theatre Company, and the Royal Shakespeare Company followed, and in 1966 he made his musical debut in ‘On the Level’, followed by leading roles in Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ (as Joseph) and ‘Evita’ (as Che).
On television he made his debut in 1963 in ‘War and Peace’ and played a number of leading roles through the 1960s-80s, including Pip in ‘Great Expectations’ in 1967. He also appeared in three films, ‘Zulu’ (as Private Cole), ‘Anne of the Thousand Days’ (as Mark Smeaton), and ‘Wake in Fright’ (in which he played the lead, John Grant).
Gary Bond died in Ealing Hospital, West London, at the age of 55 following a long battle with HIV/AIDS. He left behind his long-term partner of sixteen years, the American artist E.J. Taylor.
- George Dillingham, Aspects of Love
- The Count, The Rehearsal, Almeida Theatre Company and The Theatre Division
- Arnold Champion-Cheney, The Circle
- Mr Lycett Green, The Royal Baccarat Scandal
- Otto, Design for Living, Birmingham Repertory/Greenwich Theatre Co-Production with Triumph Apollo Productions
- Otto, Design for Living, Birmingham Repertory/Greenwich Theatre Co-Production
- Che, Evita, Robert Stigwood in association with David Land
- Toby, Alice’s Boys
- Paluche, The Scenario, Triumph Theatre Productions Ltd
- Willie Oban, The Iceman Cometh, Royal Shakespeare Company
- Hevern, Zykovs, Royal Shakespeare Company
- Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance
- Afore Night Come
- Lock Up Your Daughters
- The National Health or Nurse Norton’s Affair
- Edward, Old Flames, Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company
- Simon Harford, More Stately Mansions, Greenwich Theatre
- Joseph, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Antipholus of Edinburgh, The Comedy of Errors, National Theatre Young Vic
- A Talent to Amuse
- Giles Cadwallader, The Man Most Likely To…, Windsor Theatre Company
- Joe, On the Level, Martin Landau for Marlan Productions
- Adam, Bible One: The Creation to Jacob