Larry Taylor

Character & Episode: Man in Phone Booth in A Sentimental Journey
Born: 13/07/1918, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England (as Laurence Taylor)
Died: 06/08/2003, Johannesburg, South Africa


A busy character actor, instantly recognisable due to his swarthy, gap-toothed appearance, who often played heavies, but was also cast in a variety of foreign roles. Most frequently a supporting actor in small roles, Larry Taylor notched up well over one hundred television and film appearances in his career.

His debut came in 1946 in an uncredited role as a sergeant in the film Captive Heart. His career was slow to start and regular screen work did not materialise until 1952 when he began to gain bit-part roles mainly in film which included Lady in the Fog (1952), Sea Devils (1953) and Breakaway (1955). In 1956 Larry was cast as Perdicus in the historical film Alexander The Great which also starred Richard Burton and Frederic March. By the late Fifties, he began to break into television, appearing in programmes that included Sword of Freedom (1957) and Sheep's Clothing (1957). Meanwhile, he continued to gain film roles in productions such as Robbery Under Arms (1957), The Gun Runners (1958) and First Man Into Space (1959).


Larry's television work increased during the Sixties, with contributions to programmes such as Sir Francis Drake (1962), Danger Man (1965), Man in a Suitcase (1967), The Prisoner (1967-68), The Avengers (1968) and Department S (1969). He could also be spotted regularly between 1963 until 1969 in the The Saint, a popular television series in which he appeared six times. Sixties film work included the historical war drama Zulu (1964), two Carry On appearances (in ...Follow That Camel (1967) and ...Up the Khyber (1968)) and the Morecambe and Wise comedy The Magnificent Two (1967). In 1970 he starred in the films The Wife Swappers and The Last Valley.


He continued to appear in television series, which included UFO: Mindbender (1971), Jason King: As Easy as ABC (1971) and The Adventurer: Love Always, Magda (1972). Larry also played Captain Birdseye in a series of South African commercials in the Sixties and Seventies (the British version was played by John Hewer from 1967 to 1998). By the Eighties, Larry's career had slowed down, and he made his final screen appearance in 1995 playing Sheriff Hughes in the horror film The Mangler.

Larry Taylor died of a heart attack in South Africa at the age of eighty-four in 2003. His son is the well-known stuntman Rocky Taylor, who was regularly employed on Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).


Tony Thawnton

Character & Episode: Fernandez in That's How Murder Snowballs
Born: 1920, London, England


Like several actors who appeared in That's How Murder Snowballs, Tony was generally a minor supporting actor. He made his debut in 1955 in the television play Richard of Bordeaux, and the following year he was regularly used in minor walk-on parts in The Buccaneers which featured a young Robert Shaw in the lead role. He would also perform similar regular roles in The Aventures of Robin Hood, which starred Richard Greene.


Tony remained busy over the next few years on several film and television projects, but again his roles were not significant. He did appear in several well-known shows in the Sixties and early Seventies and these included The Plane Makers (1963), Zero One (1965), Danger Man (1965), The Avengers (1968), and The Baron (1966), Department S (1969) and Jason King (1972) for ITC. He also made a notable supporting appearance in the feature film The Wrong Box (1966), which starred Michael Caine, Tony Hancock, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.


His last appearance was in the detective series Special Branch in 1973. Tony was at one time married to actress Gabrielle Blunt (1919-2014), but the couple divorced after nine years in 1950, the marriage producing two children.


Hilary Tindall

Character & Episode: Cynthia Seaton in The Smile Behind the Veil
Born: 14/08/1938, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Died: 05/12/1992, Selbourne, Hampshire, England


Hilary was born in Manchester in 1938 and broke into showbusiness in her early twenties. She trained at RADA and worked at the Old Vic, and despite her eventual success on television, would later express a preference for the stage. She appeared for ITC in The Baron, The Champions and of course, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and went on to even greater mainstream success by starring in The Brothers, the highly popular BBC television drama series centred around a road haulage firm. Appearing as one of the major characters, Anne Hammond, Hilary stayed with the series for the first four runs and returned for three further episodes in the seventh series (coincidentally, Mike Pratt featured in ten episodes of Series 6). Her role in The Brothers brought her to international recognition, notably in Sweden, where the series was remade as The Ship Owner. She was offered a major part in this remake but turned the opportunity down.


Hilary also appeared in the high-rating ATV hospital soap opera Emergency Ward 10, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Tales of the Unexpected and the Channel 4 pilot episode Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future.


Hilary Tindall was regarded a fine actress with consummate camera technique. She had both vivacity, charm and a warm laugh, and liked to do impersonations at script readings, which had everyone laughing and endeared her to her colleagues. Her career was tragically cut short by bowel cancer, a disease she fought for six years before succumbing to it at just 54 in 1992. She was married to theatrical agent Rob Lowe, with whom she had two children (one son, one daughter).


John A. Tinn

Character & Episode: Sung Lee Crackan in It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water
Born: 10/06/1913, Bhamo, Burma (as John Ali Tinn)
Died: 1978, London, England


A minor supporting actor whose thirty film and television credits are limited mainly to the Fifties and Sixties decades. He contributed, in often incidental roles, to such series as The Vise, Theatre Royal and More Than Robbery. His last appearance was in 1978 in the comedy series A Soft Touch which featured Maureen Lipman.


Frederick Treves BEM

Character & Episode: Inspector in The Trouble with Women
Born: 29/03/1925, Cliftonville, Kent, England
Died: 30/01/2012, Mitcham, London, England


Frederick Treves had a long and distinguished career in the acting profession in which he made over one-hundred and fifty television and film appearances. Before he embarked on his career he served in the British Navy his first voyage was aboard the freighter Waimarama, which was part of the 'Pedestal' convoy to Malta, and was sunk on 13th August 1942 by German bombers. He saved a number of his crewmates which included the only ship officers to survive the sinking. As a result, Frederick, then only 17 was awarded the British Empire Medal and the Lloyd's War Medal for his actions. He would later write a play about this experience for BBC Radio in 1974, called Operation Pedestal.


After the war he went to RADA and upon graduation went into theatre. He made his screen debut in 1953, in Wheel of Fate. In 1956 he appeared in minor roles in ten episodes of the television series The Adventures of Sir Lancelot. In 1960 he was the radio announcer in Carry On Constable, his only contribution to the famous film series. Most of his Sixties roles were for television and included A for Andromeda (1961), An Enemy of the State (1965), The Avengers (1967), The Baron (1967) and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969). The Seventies continued in a similar vein, with television guest appearances in The Liver Birds (1972), The Protectors (1972) and the following year he was cast as Colonel Cranleigh-Osborne in eight episodes of the drama series The Regiment alongside Christopher Cazenove and Dennis Lill.


By the mid-Seventies Frederick's profile on television had heightened with prominent roles in well-regarded series including The Naked Civil Servant (1975) with John Hurt, and The Sweeney (1976). In 1980 he featured as an alderman in the film The Elephant Man which starred John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins. Frederick's great uncle was Sir Frederick Treves, the surgeon who became famous for discovering John Merrick ('The Elephant Man') and was played in the film by Anthony Hopkins. Appearances in the Eighties included a Doctor Who serial, Meglos, in which he played the colourful intergalactic kleptomaniac Brotadac, a role which saw him cast very much against type, and The Jewel In The Crown (1984), Inspector Morse (1987) and as Frank Harrington in eight episodes of the drama series Game, Set and Match (1988). During the Nineties, Frederick appeared in such programmes as Lovejoy (1993), The Chief (1995) and Kavanagh QC (1997). His last screen appearance was in 2003 in an episode of Rosemary & Thyme.


Frederick married Jean Stott in 1956 and their eldest son Simon Treves (1957- ) is also an actor who played 'Stinker' Pinker in Jeeves and Wooster with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.


Section compiled by Darren Senior

Additional research and presentation by Alan Hayes and Denis Kirsanov

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