Jonathan Adams

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Jonathan Adams as Dr. Everett V. Scott
Jonathan Adams as The Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show - Original London Cast - 1973
Jonathan Adams (February 14, 1931 – June 15, 2005) was an English actor known for his role as Dr. Everett V. Scott (A Rival Scientist) in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Adams originated the The Narrator role in the original 1973 London Cast production of The Rocky Horror Show.


Originally trained as a painter, Jonathan Adams studied art at Chelsea Art School and London University, with a special interest in Surrealism and Dada. He taught art to school boys for five years his hometown of Northhampton after spending time in the RAF Medical Corps, and then turned to acting. He spent three years as a member of the Northampton Repertory Theater, followed by an affiliation with the London's Children's Theater Company. As a result, he began getting roles in several productions in London's West End, most notably a two-year run in the show Alibi For A Judge. Additionally, he played in occasional music-hall productions at the Player's Theater at Charing Cross while breaking into small roles in television and movies.

At age 42, he originated the role of the Narrator in first version of The Rocky Horror Show. Adams dry, dramatic delivery of the Narrator was based on a famous English Criminologist, Edgar Lustgarten, who had a true-crime radio show in the UK at the time of the original play. Adams was asked to join the cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975, though this time in the role of Dr. Everett V. Scott. Post Rocky, Adams went on to have a healthy career in television, film and on stage, mainly in British productions, including a sting in Richard O'Brien's third musical, Disaster in 1978. In 1990, he reprised his role of the Narrator in the West End Revival of Rocky Horror Show at the 1200-seat Piccadilly Theatre, which was released on a double-LP as The Rocky Horror Show: The Whole Gory Story. Adams passed away on June 13, 2005 as the result of a stroke. He was 74 years old.


2000: Animated Tales of the World (TV Series) - Ewenn Senior (voice)
1997: Kavanagh QC (TV Series) - Karol Somper
1992: Maigret (TV Series) - Dr. Bouchardon
1992: Screen Two (TV Series) - Physician
1990: Moon and Son (TV Series) - Etienne
1990: The Bride in Black (TV Movie) - Lee
1990: The Piglet Files (TV Series) - KGB Secretary
1990: Two Evil Eyes (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar") - Hammer
1989: A Beginners Guide to Freud (TV Movie) - Meynet
1989: A Tale of Two Cities (TV Mini-Series)¬ - Stryver
1989: Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World (TV Movie) - Samways
1989: Forever Green (TV Series) - John Hasty
1988 Yes, Prime Minister (TV Series) - Professor Marriott
1987: London Embassy (TV Mini-Series) - Zeller
1987: Howards' Way (TV Series) - Coastguard
1987: Star Cops (TV Mini-Series) - Alexander Krivenko
1987: Screenplay (TV Series) “The Trial of Klaus Barbie” - Lawyer
1987: Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Nemesis (TV Movie) - Carter
1986: First Among Equals (TV Mini-Series) - Kenneth Hollander
1986: The Collectors (TV Series) - Skipper
1986: The Day After the Fair (TV Movie) - Parnell
1985: Exploits at West Poley (TV Movie) - Miller Griffin
1985: Revolution - Chaplain
1985: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series) - Jonas Oldacre
1985: Summer Season (TV Series) - Mr. McGregor
1985: Bulman (TV Series) - Tutor
1985: Dramarama (TV Series) - Crocodile
1984: Mitch (TV Series) - Peter Allison
1984: The Invisible Man (TV Mini-Series) - Teddy Henfrey
1984: Squaring the Circle (TV Movie) Gwiazda
1981-1983: Bergerac (TV Series) - Dr. Lejeune
1983: Reilly: Ace of Spies (TV Mini-Series) - British Ambassador
1982: The Barchester Chronicles (TV Mini-Series) - Mr. Quiverful
1982: I Remember Nelson (TV Series) - Doctor
1981: Strike: The Birth of Solidarity (TV Movie) - Andrzej Gwiazda
1981: Funny Man (TV Series) - Brendan Sykes
1981: Antony & Cleopatra (TV Movie) Ventidius
1978-1979: The Mill on the Floss (TV Mini-Series) - Luke Moggs
1979: Flat Bust (TV Movie) - Lionel
1978: Richard II (TV Movie) - Gardener
1978: The Devil's Crown (TV Series) Hubert de Burgh / Hubert de Bourgh
1978: Adventures of a Plumber's Mate - Rent Collector
1978: A Bunch of Fives (TV Series) - Max Grant
1977-1978: BBC Play of the Month (TV Series) - Collot d'Herbois / Desmond Curry
1977: 1990 (TV Series) - The PCD Officer
1977: It Could Happen to You - Henry VIII
1977: Here I Stand (TV Series) - John Clitherow
1977: Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series) - Adam
1977: Adventures of a Private Eye - Inspector Hogg
1976: The Emigrants (TV Series) - Stan
1976: Hunter's Walk (TV Series) - Joe Tanner
1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Dr. Everett V. Scott - A Rival Scientist
1975: Edward the King (TV Series) - Sergeant Ballantyne
1975: Three for All - Dr. Sparks
1975: Eskimo Nell - Lord Coltwind
1974: Special Branch (TV Series) - Duty Officer
1974: Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series) - Special Branch Officer
1973: The Donati Conspiracy (TV Series) - Det. Sgt. Cole
1973: New Scotland Yard (TV Series) - DS Keynes
1973: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series) - Serg. Finch
1973: Crown Court (TV Series) - Det. Inspector Robert CID
1967-1972: Z Cars (TV Series) – Pinker (1972) / PC Brabbin (1967)
1972: Villains (TV Series) - Det. Sgt. Rice
1972: The Man Outside (TV Series) – unknown
1971: The Last of the Baskets (TV Series) - Crematorium attendant
1971: A Family at War (TV Series) - QMSI Briggs
1969: Pegasus (TV Movie) - Capt. Julius Belwether RN
1969: ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series) - Pewter Potts
1969: Rogues' Gallery (TV Series) Pewter Potts
1968-1969: ITV Playhouse (TV Series) - Jacobs (1969)/ Escort Captain (1968)
1969: The Assassination Bureau - French President (uncredited)
1968: Triton (TV Movie) - Captain Julius Belwether
1968: Coronation Street (TV Series) - Mr Parker
1968: Spindoe (TV Series) - River Policeman
1967: Mogul (TV Series) – Doctor
1965: The Wednesday Play (TV Series) - First Policeman
1965: The Man in Room 17 (TV Series) - DCS Cannon

Stage Productions

1989: Metropolis (London Cast) - Warner
1973: The Rocky Horror Show (West End Revival) - Narrator
1980: Tom Foolery - Jonathan (London Cast)
1978: Disaster - The Villain
1973: The Rocky Horror Show (London Cast) – Narrator
1965: Alibi For A Judge(London Cast)

Other Works

1978: One Man Comedic Art Show at the Duplex Cabaret Theater in Manhattan 1981: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Radio Show) – Majikthise, Cheerleader