Bill Travers

William Lindon-Travers (3 January 192229 March 1994) was an English actor, screenwriter, director and an animal rights activist.

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England he and his sister Linden (1913-2001) both became actors.

Bill Travers began his acting career on the stage in 1947 then three years later made his motion picture debut. Travers co-starred with his second wife, Virginia McKenna, in a number of films, most memorably as the conservationist George Adamson in the highly successful 1966 film Born Free. The experience made him and his wife very conscious of the many abuses of wild animals in captivity that had been taken from Africa and other natural environments around the world. Together they made a number of motion pictures around the subject such as 1969's Ring of Bright Water and An Elephant Called Slowly in 1973 for which he wrote the screenplay and acted. In 1976 he wrote, directed, and produced the film, "Christian the Lion" (also known as "The Lion Who Thought He Was People").

The importance of animal rights led to Travers and his wife becoming involved in the "Zoo Check Campaign" in 1984 that evolved to their establishing the "Born Free Foundation", in 1991.

Bill spent his last three years traveling around Europe's slum zoos and a TV documentary that he made exposed the appalling suffering of thousands of animals. Bill Travers died in Dorking, Surrey, aged 72. His wife and best friend Virginia McKenna carries on his work to help the many suffering animals.

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