Luton is best known for its London Luton Airport, Luton City Football Club, University of Bedfordshire and the Luton Carnival in May. But there are some famous and outstanding people who are closely associated with Luton, especially in the fields of entertainment, sports and literature. Here are some samples.
1. Arthur Hailey
The writer, Arthur Hailey, was born on April 5, 1920 in Luton and died on November 24, 2004. He served in the Royal Air Force between 1939 and 1947, later moving to Canada and then to California. His novels, presented in various industrial and commercial contexts, are known for their dramatic human conflict and well-researched information.
Hailey was such a good novelist that many of his books became an instant bestseller. Many were ranked number one on the New York Times bestseller list. In total, his books have sold over 170 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 40 languages. Some of his books made films, including "Airport", which became a blocker. Her novel "Hotel" has become a long-running TV series.
At the time of writing a book, Hailey has been researching for a year, studying notes for six months, and writing about 18 months. For these reasons, his books had a strong sense of realism that attracted many readers.
2. John Badham
The film was directed by John Badham on August 25, 1939 in Luton. He was raised in Alabama in the United States and in 1946 became an American citizen. His graduate film at Yale University was a strike on Saturday Night Fever. In 1977, he introduced the world to John Travolta.
Badham has a number of credits in both film and television. His most famous films include Saturday Night Fever (1977), Dracula (1979), Who Life is Anyway? (1981), Blue Thunder (1983), WarGames (1983), American Flyers (1985), Short Circuit (1986). Stakeout (1987), The Hard Way (1991), No No Return (1993), Drop Zone (1994). Nick of Time (1995), Incognito (1997) and The Jack Bull (1999).
3. Phil Read
Phillip was born under the name William Read in Luton on January 1, 1939. It came to the forefront when Phil Read was a former Grand Prix racing racer with the impressive nickname "The Prince of Speed." He was the first person to win the World Championships in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc classes.
Reading first became the focus of attention in 1964 when it won the world champion in the 250cc, a feat that gave Yamaha its first world title. In total, he won 50 Grand Prix Tour victories between 1963 and 1976. He has appeared seven times in the world in the 125cc or 250cc class, including 1964, 1965, 1968 (both 125cc and 250cc), 1971, 1973 and 1974. Yamaha, in the top five rankings, and MV Augusta in 1973 and 1974 -in.
The final race was in 1982 at the age of 43 when he participated in the Isle of Man TT. In 2002, FIM called the Grand Prix "Legend."
4. Colin Salmon
Born in Luton in 1952, Colin Salmon is known for his role in the best-known three James Bond films, where he played Charles Robinson as Bond opposite Pierce Brosnan.
When Brosnan left the Bond franchise, Salmon became a strong contender when he replaced James Bond, even if Brosnan approved his successor. However, he did not receive the part. Salmon would have been the first black actor to portray Bond, described by writer Ian Fleming as half Scottish, half Swiss Caucasian.
Most recently, David Tyrel starred in the Sky One British Hex television series. Dr. Rowan Dunlop is also a part of ITV UK television series Bad Girls. She appeared on the sixth episode of BBC Three Comedy, Little Miss Jocelyn, where she played herself.
Salmon's most popular films include Match Point (2005) as Ian; Alien vs. Predator (2004) as Maxwell Stafford; Trial & Retribution VIII (2004), Colin Thorpe; Keen Eddie (2003-2004) Supp. Nathanial Johnson; Die Another Day (2002) as Charles Robinson; Resident Evil (2002) as one; The World Is Not Enough (1999), like Charles Robinson; Tomorrow He Will Never Die (1997) as Charles Robinson and Prime Suspect 2 (1992) as Sergeant Robert Oswalde.
Some of Luton's popular personalities include Kevin Blackwell, Danny Cannon, Stu Riddle, Kenneth Williams, Paul Young, Billy Schwer, Ian Dury and many more.