Paul Maxwell

Paul Maxwell

Paul Maxwell (Wikipedia)

Paul Maxwell was born in 1921 and was a Canadian actor who worked mostly in British cinema and television, in which he was usually cast as American characters.  In terms of audience, his most notable role was probably that of Steve Tanner, the ex-GI husband of Elsie Tanner in the soap opera Coronation Street from 1967 until 1968.

During World War II, Maxwell served in the Royal Canadian Artillery. He studied at Yale University, and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts.

Maxwell started as an actor in the U.S., appearing in series such as Dragnet and Alfred Hitchcock Presents before emigrating to Britain in 1960. In the next decade, Maxwell appeared in many TV series produced by ITC Entertainment, such as Danger Man and The Baron. He also voiced North American characters in series filmed by Gerry Anderson‘s production company Century 21, most prominently the leading character of Colonel Steve Zodiac in Fireball XL5 (1962) and the supporting character of Captain Grey in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967). Maxwell also made several appearances in UFO (1970).

Maxwell also starred as the “Man with the Panama Hat” in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989),  as a C.I.A chief in The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), and as General Maxwell Taylor in A Bridge Too Far (1977). His real passion, however, was theatre; he starred in the West End several times, with roles in Twelve Angry Menand the musical Promises, Promises.[2]

After the Second World War, Maxwell married Mary Lindsay. The couple had one daughter, named Lindsay. He died in 1991 at the age of 70.


  • Terry Christie

    The late Paul Maxwell Best Remembered as The Famous Voice of Steve Zodiac in Fireball XL5 Broadcast by ATV-ITC-APF Television from Sunday October 28th 1962.

    He Appeared in The Saint,Danger Man,Randall & Hopkirk(Deceased),Depatment S,Pink Panther Strikes Again wth The late Peter Sellers,UFO,Coronation Street,The Baron and Return of The Saint.

    The Great icon.

    Terry Christie,
    Sunderland,Tyne & Wear.

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