Screen and stage thesp James Aubrey who broke into showbiz as Ralph in “The Lord of the Flies” died April 6 of pancreatitis in Cranwell, Lincolnshire, England. He was 62.
Born James Aubrey Tregidgo he was spotted at swimming pool on a British Army base in Jamaica at age 13 and cast in William Golding’s 1963 pic as the boy who protects the asthamatic Piggy from the other schoolboys.
Aubrey followed up that shocking pic with his Broadway debut in “Isle of Children” with Patty Duke at the Cort Theater. Training at London’s Drama Center, Aubrey acted in a number of Royal Court productions including the Albert Finney-helmed “Loot.” In 1973-74 he toured with the Cambridge Theater Company and the following season with the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in “The Tempest” and “Measure for Measure” among other plays.
His TV credits include ITV’s “Bouquet of Barbed Wire” and its sequel “Another Bouquet.” In film he appeared in “Galileo,” “The Hunger” and “Cry Freedom.”
Aubrey is survived by a daughter and a sister.