Peter (Ohm) Vaughan

Peter Ewart (Ohm) Vaughan (1923 - 2016)

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Peter Ewart Vaughan formerly Ohm
Born in Wem, Shropshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married (to ) in Kensington, London, Englandmap
Husband of [private wife (1930s - unknown)]
[children unknown]
Died in Mannings Heath, West Sussex, Englandmap
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Peter Vaughan was an English character actor, known for many supporting roles in British film and television productions.


Peter E. Ohm was born on April 4, 1923 in Wem, Shropshire, England. [1] [2]

He attended Uttoxeter Grammar School. [2] He later joined the Wolverhampton Repertory Theatre. [2]

He served in the army during WWII. [2]

He returned to performing on the stage after the war. [2]

He married Billie Whitelaw in 1952 in Kensington, London, England. [3] They divorced in 1966. [2]

He married Lillias Walker in 1966. [4]

Peter made his first film appearance in 1959. [2] In 1964 he gained popularity with the film "Smokescreen". [2]

Research Notes

  • father Max Ohm[5] worked at a bank [2]
  • mother Eva Wright[5] was a nurse [2]
  • parents did not have a happy marriage [2]
  • when did he change his name? Article in Shropshire Star implies that this happened between 1940 (when he started working at the Wolverhampton Repertory Company) and 1942 (when he joined the Army).
  • parents: I don't have cast-iron proof yet but I believe his parents were Oscar Max Ohm (11 Aug 1890, Wem, Shropshire - 17 Feb 1968, Shrewsbury, Shropshire) and Marion Evelina (Eva) Wright (9 Dec 1897 where? - 23 Oct 1972, Shropshire). Many biographies state that Max was Austrian but I think this is a misunderstanding - Max's grandfather Gothard was born in Prussia, which included Austria, but later generations were English.


  1. "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 2 October 2014), Peter E Ohm, 1923; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Wem, Shropshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Obituary: Peter Vaughan, BBC News, 6 December 2016.
  3. "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 October 2014), Peter E Ohm and null, 1952; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1952, quarter 4, vol. 5C, p. 2092, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  4. Peter Ewart Ohm & Lillias Frances Walker, ref. ref. 377/ 1.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Peter Vaughan obituary", The Guardian, 6 Dec 2016,

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