After last week’s blog, so many people suggested others to include, I’ve rounded a few of them up. Here they are, and remember, these are just a drop in the ocean of talent that’s now Gone, but not forgotten.
The lively, fast-talking fidgety master of comedy, most well known for Reggie Perrin and Rising Damp, but also for spilling glasses of wine across Joan Collins’s lap in adverts, and I believe he had a long lively acting career long before those roles, and after. His face, voice and mannerisms were tailor-made for comedy. He was a perfectionist, always striving for the best, and he certainly achieved it.
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Funny voices, funny faces, and manic zany acting style, he was the leading light in all the ‘Carry On’ films. He was camp before it became fashionable, was the voice of ‘Rambling Sid Rumpole’ and so many others on the ground-breaking radio show Round the Horne. Who could forget his amazing nose, or his inquisitive expressions, or his genuine mateyness?
The joker half of Morecambe and Wise, Wise always played stooge to Eric’s devilry. Famous for his ‘spectacle waggle’ and his off the cuff asides, and the way famous celebrities were cut down to size – but always in a humorous way.
The rakish devil-may-care charmer who cut a dash in whatever film he was in. His memoirs make very interesting reading, he was a war hero, and loved the service life. Friends with all the famous stars of his day, Marlon Brando, Errol Flynn and others he personifies an era of handsome English film stars who were real-life heroes.
The original ‘smooth operator’, handsome James Mason always played the supremely clever kind of man, perhaps a mysterious character, often a villain. With his perfect manners and cut-glass accent he never failed to impress.
Best remembered as one of the ‘Two Ronnies’, he also played a host of comedy parts, most notably as the mean shopkeeper in Open all Hours, and the old lag Fletch in Porridge. He was also an accomplished scriptwriter, and his skill at anything to do with comedy is legendary.
Wonderful masterful Hattie Jacques took parts of the large female who was always trying to hook a man, and she always struck the perfect note of liveliness, comedy timing and confidence. Married to the great John le Mesurier, she was in fact an extremely attractive woman, with a wealth of admirers. Lively, warm hearted and with a lovely kind face and beautiful smile, she’s the kind of comedy actress with personality that the world will never forget.