Henry Davies

Character & Episode: Police Sergeant in Car in Vendetta for a Dead Man

 

IMDB incorrectly lists this actor as having been born Henry Howell Davies in Merton, Surrey, England in 1895 - at the very least the date is plainly wrong. There is another actor, Howell Davies, born in 1885 in Wimbledon, who also had the birthname Henry Howell Davies according to IMDB

 

A minor supporting actor with just over a dozen screen appearances over a twenty-six-year career. He made his television debut in Eye for an Eye, the first episode of Alfred Shaughnessy's drama serial A Place of Execution, which was transmitted live by the BBC on 26th September 1953. Henry's most notable appearances include playing Skinner in two episodes of the BBC comedy Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School (1955), as William, Prince of Orange, in The Black Tulip (a 1956 BBC period drama serial), a carpenter in the film comedy Raising the Wind (1961), which was a Carry On film in all but name, featuring many of the series regulars and was produced by Peter Rogers, who produced all the Carry On films. His last screen appearance came in January 1979 in Wedlock's West, an episode of Sounds of Britain.

 
 

Noel Davis

Character & Episode: Pawnbroker's Clerk in All Work and No Pay
Born: 01/03/1927, Liverpool, England (as Edgar Joseph Davis)
Died: 24/11/2002, London, England

 

As well as being a reliable supporting actor, Noel Davis was also a casting director. He made his debut in the BBC television series Captain Brasshound's Conversion in 1953. Other appearances included The Adventures of Sir Lancelot and Treasure Island (both in 1957), The Plane Makers (1964) and as Percy Poopdeck in the Rediffusion children's adventure series Orlando, alongside Sam Kydd in the lead role in 1967. Noel would eventually notch up in excess of sixty screen credits. As a casting director, he worked on such productions as Macbeth (1971), Young Winston (1972) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). Sadly, he died in 2002 of emphysema, aged 75.

 
 

Ivor Dean

Character & Episodes: Inspector Large in
Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying
, When the Spirit Moves You,
Money to Burn
, When Did You Start to Stop Seeing Things
and Could You Recognise the Man Again?
Born: 21/12/1917, London, England (as Ivor Donald Dean)
Died: 10/08/1974, Truro, Cornwall

 

Deceptively small and slightly plump Ivor Dean was an imposing presence in many films and television shows, did not make his screen debut until the age of 38 when he appeared in The Mulberry Accelerator for the BBC in 1955. However, due to his lugubrious demeanour, he was often cast as world-weary police officers or butlers, and indeed it is for the role of Chief Inspector Claud Eustace Teal in the 1960s series The Saint, opposite Roger Moore, that he is best remembered. To all intents and purposes, the role that Ivor played in five episodes of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – Inspector Large – was Teal reprised, the only significant difference being the name, not that this was met with complaint, for he brought great colour to both series.

 

From his debut until his early death from heart failure in 1974, Ivor became a familiar face, mainly on television, in numerous well-known series and registered nearly eighty appearances. Other contributions included Taxi!, Coronation Street, The Avengers, Doctor at Large and Both Ends Meet. Ivor was also a memorable Long John Silver in a French/German television adaptation of Treasure Island in 1966. He contributed to a follow-up script with Saint producer Robert S. Baker, but it never materialised before his death. However, Baker continued to develop the project and it was finally made as the 10 part serial Return to Treasure Island in 1986. It was scripted by John Goldsmith and the part of Long John Silver was played by Brian Blessed. Other notable films include horror Theatre of Death and the comedy The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins. In his personal life, Ivor was married to the Canadian actress Patricia Hamilton (1938-).

 
 
 

Roy Desmond

Character & Episode: Kevin O'Malley in Money to Burn

 

An actor infrequently seen on television, with a modest number of credited appearances stretching for a decade from the mid-Sixties. Even Roy’s role in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) did not turn out too well for him as his voice was dubbed by the well-known Irish actor T.P. McKenna. The reason for this substitution remains unclear.

 

Roy’s first known appearance was in Camino Real an entry in ITVs Play of The Week strand in 1964. Generally, most of his appearances were minor roles such as a police sergeant in Public Eye (1969) or a businessman in the BBC adaptation of A Christmas Carol (1977), his last appearance in a career which barely registered a dozen television appearances. He had also worked on the stage, being a member of the Players Theatre, London in the late 1950s. He also appeared as an uncredited dancer in both Hammer's The Witches (1966) and Polanski's Macbeth (1971), suggesting a proficiency in that field. His one credited film role as 'The Mask' came in Anthony Newley's controversial Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969).

 

Desmond's highest profile role appears to have been his one in Randall and Hopkirk – sadly it did not lead to a more substantial television career.
 

 

Arnold Diamond

Character & Episode: First Poker Player in The Trouble with Women
Born: 18/04/1915, London, England
Died: 18/03/1992, Bournemouth, Dorset, England

 

Arnold began his professional career as a librarian, acting in the evenings in local amateur productions. He was injured and captured during the war in Italy and, as a Prisoner of War, started writing and directing plays for the prisoners he was with. After the war, he decided to try and make his living as an actor, so he joined RADA. On completion of his course, he worked in various repertory companies throughout the country, later spent a time with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford.

 

From 1947, Arnold started to pick up screen roles, beginning with Cairo Road. By the end of his career he had notched up well over one hundred screen appearances in films and television. Through never a household name, he contributed to numerous well-known films and programmes, often in suave roles. His film roles included The Revenge Of Frankenstein (1958), two Carry On films (...Sergeant and ...Constable), The Italian Job (1969) and Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978). He also featured in a prominent role in the Children's Film Foundaton chapter serial Masters of Venus (1962) as a benevolent Venusian.

 

He was often used in ITC film series such as Danger Man (1964), The Baron (1966), Department S (1969) and of course Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). He also featured several times as Colonel Latignant in The Saint series (1963-1966). His other television roles included the Midlands soap opera Crossroads (1964), The Two Ronnies (various roles, 1973-1975) and Dad's Army (1975). One of his last roles was as a semi-regular in In Sickness and In Health (1985-1989) playing Mr Rabinsky. His final screen appearance came in 1992 in A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia. Shortly after he had completed work on this production, he died from injuries sustained when he had been hit by a car.

 
 

Carol Dilworth

Character & Episode: Girl (Vicar's Neice) in For the Girl Who Has Everything
Born: 01/12/1947, Harrow, Middlesex, England (as Carol Hilda Dilworth)

 

An occasional actress with roles confined mainly to the Sixties, Carol made her screen debut as a child in 1960, appearing in The Patchwork Quilt an ITV Play of the Week. The following year she played a teenage girl in Cliff Richard's film The Young Ones. Later in 1963 she co-starred in the two-part Associated-Rediffusion serial Mr Toby's Christmas, playing Sarah alongside Andrew Sachs (the eponymous Mr Toby), later to find fame as Manuel, the inept but lovable Spanish waiter, in Fawlty Towers. In 1969 Carol appeared in the horror film The Haunted House of Horror and made her final dramatic television appearance in 1971 starring in Budgie with Adam Faith.

 

Carol was at one time a hostess on The Golden Shot which was hosted by comedian Bob Monkhouse and in 2015 appeared as herself in Bob Monkhouse... The Million Joke Man, a documentary about him. In 1972, she also performed hostess duties on The Sale of the Century, another high rating game show which was presented each week by Nicholas Parsons.

 

In her personal life, Carol married Len Hawkes, a bassist and singer with pop group The Tremeloes, in 1969. The couple, who remain together today, had two children, Chesney and Keely Hawkes. Chesney had a successful solo career and is perhaps best remembered for his 1991 single The One And Only, which topped the UK charts in 1991.

 
 

Eric Dodson

Character & Episode: Vicar in For the Girl Who Has Everything
Born: 01/12/1920, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England (as Eric Norman Dodson)
Died: 13/01/2000, Gloucestershire, England

 

Working in theatre until war broke out, Eric joined the Royal Air Force in 1941. Following training in Canada he served in the RAF Coastal Command, flew bombers and was a liaison officer in Yugoslavia. After the war he went back into repertory theatre, initially in Edinburgh. He made his screen debut in 1951 and would remain busy making over one hundred film and television appearances until ill health forced him to retire in the mid-Nineties.

 

His film appearances include The Dock Brief (1962), Danger by My Side (1962), Strictly for the Birds (1963), Battle of Britain (1969), The Mirror Crack'd (1980), and television movies The Masks of Death (1984) and Jekyll and Hyde (1990). His numerous television credits include playing Jack Pomeroy in Series 3 to 5 of Rumpole of the Bailey. He also appeared in two first-year episodes of The Avengers, the second of which saw him playing One-Fifteen, one of John Steed's bosses. He could also be seen in the sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum as a Brigadier, the Doctor Who story The Visitation, in Porridge as Banyard and in many other roles. He married actress Rosaline Haddon (1926-2011) in 1970, and they remained together until his death in early 2000.

 
 

James Donnelly

Character & Episode: Detective in My Late, Lamented Friend and Partner
Born: 06/04/1930, Birkenhead, Merseyside, England (as James Heenan Donnelly)
Died: 02/08/1992, Hackney, London, England

 

A Birkenhead-born actor who made occasional screen and television appearances over a thirty year period starting in the early sixties. An early role was playing Reuben Ward in Coronation Street. Other appearances include The Avengers, The Champions and more recently Taggart, which starred Mark McManus. His last known screen appearance was in 1992 when he appeared as a police superintendent in the BBC Scotland mini-series drama Look At It This Way.

 
 

William Dysart

Character & Episode: Police Inspector in Vendetta for a Dead Man
Born: 26/11/1929, Glasgow, Scotland (as William Deacon McColl Dysart)
Died: 10/2002, London, England

 

William was a supporting actor who worked in television and film mainly the Sixties to the late Seventies. His career could have taken a different path as in 1949 he turned down the lead role of Michael Reynolds in the film Blue Lagoon, the lead eventually going to Donald Houston and the lead female role was played by Jean Simmons.

 

William would only notch up just over thirty film and television appearances in a long career which began - at least in television terms - with a short stint in the ITV medical soap opera Emergency – Ward 10 as David MacLean between May and July 1962. His career highlight was arguably his role as Alec Campbell in the third and final series of the popular Seventies science fiction drama series Survivors. Other notable television appearances included The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (1963), Doctor Who (The Highlanders with Patrick Troughton in 1966 and The Ambassadors of Death with Jon Pertwee in 1970), Z Cars (1967) and Strange Report (1970), a much-underrated ITC film series which featured Anthony Quayle and Anneke Wills. On film, he made minor contributions to Submarine X1 (1960), How I Won the War (1968) and The Last Shot You Hear (1969).

 

William used to live off the fashionable Kings Road in Chelsea, London, and had a lifelong love of poetry.

 

Section compiled by Darren Senior

Additional research and presentation by Alan Hayes and Denis Kirsanov

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