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Richard Beckinsale (1947–1979)

Richard Beckinsale was born on July 6, 1947 in Carlton, Nottingham, England as Richard Arthur Beckinsale. He was an actor, known for Rising Damp (1974), Doing Time (1979) and Porridge (1974). He was married to Judy Loe and Margaret Bradley. He died on March 19, 1979 in Sunningdale, Berkshire, England. See full bio »

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Rising Damp
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 1980 Bloody Kids (TV Movie) (uncredited)
 1979 Bloomers (TV Series)
- Episode #1.5 (1979) ... Stan
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... Stan
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Stan
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Stan
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Stan
 1977 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
- Last Summer (1977) ... Johnny
 1974-1977 Rising Damp (TV Series)
- Suddenly at Home (1977) ... Alan
- The Cocktail Hour (1977) ... Alan
- Fawcett's Python (1977) ... Alan
- The Good Samaritans (1977) ... Alan
- Clunk Click (1977) ... Alan
 1975 Play for Today (TV Series)
Michael Robson
- The Floater (1975) ... Michael Robson
 1975 Three for All
Jet Bone
 1973 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Richard Frobisher
- The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway (1973) ... Richard Frobisher
 1972 Rentadick
 1971-1972 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Angus MacFee / Dermot / Pete
- Madly in Love (1972) ... Angus MacFee
- Consequences (1972) ... Dermot
 1971 Justice (TV Series)
Terry Watson
- No Flowers, by Request (1971) ... Terry Watson
 1971 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
- The Detective Waiting (1971) ... Lewis
 1971 Elephant's Eggs in a Rhubarb Tree (TV Series)
Various roles
- Episode #1.6 (1971) ... Various roles
- Episode #1.5 (1971) ... Various roles
- Episode #1.4 (1971) ... Various roles
- Episode #1.3 (1971) ... Various roles
- Episode #1.2 (1971) ... Various roles
 1970 A Family at War (TV Series)
Private Grey
- The Breach in the Dyke (1970) ... Private Grey
 1969 Coronation Street (TV Series)
PC Wilcox
- Episode #1.867 (1969) ... PC Wilcox
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He acted in Lillian Hellman's adaptation of Emmanuel Robles' play, "Montserrat," at the Vanbrugh Theatre Club in a RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) production in London, England with Hugh Ross, David Bradley, and Desmond McNamara in the cast. Heinz Bernard was director. See more »

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When I decided to become an actor, it wasn't actually to make money or to make a living. I wanted to be an actor because I wanted to act. I've always had this desire to communicate a great kind of beauty to other people, like a vicar or priest does, to transport people to the world where I live. I just appreciate living on earth at an artistic level. There's a great deal of satisfaction in living... See more »


Richard's paternal grandmother, Mary Mitchell, was born in Burma, to a white father, Thomas Mitchell, and a Burmese (Asian) mother, Ma Ninhe. See more »


A dry sense of humor.

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Could have gone on to great things Foz90
Richard mania SparklyPrincess
This Is Your Life Episode Mitch-Roarke
so glad to see his memory is still going on beth563
Was his last work 'Bloomers' or 'Bloody Kids'?? Twilightnight
richard in stage shows cordak
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