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Railway Children director Jeffries dead

Jeffries, famed for directing kids’ classic The Railway Children and for his role as Grandpa Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, passed away at a nursing home in Poole, England this week (begs15Feb10).

Jeffries served in World War II and was awarded the Burma Star for his bravery before training as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He started his stage career in the theatre before moving into films, mainly portraying comedic characters.

His movie career peaked in the 1960s, with leading roles in a range of films including Camelot, Two-Way Stretch, and The Trials of Oscar Wilde.

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In the 1970s, he turned his attention to writing and directing, and helmed several acclaimed children’s movies including The Amazing Mr Blunden and The Railway Children.

No further details of Jeffries’ death were available as WENN went to press.

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