Bernard Bresslaw Poster


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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 25 February 1934Stepney, London, England, UK
Date of Death 11 June 1993Regent's Park, London, England, UK  (heart attack)
Nickname Bernie
Height 6' 7" (2 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A RADA scholar who was spotted by Laurence Olivier, Bernard Bresslaw got professional security from the "Carry On" films but was typecast (as TV's The Army Game (1957) had done earlier). He was beginning to extend himself through stage work when, in 1993, just before a performance in "The Taming Of The Shrew" in Regent's Park, London, he had a heart attack and died at the age of 59.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: van_whistler@hotmail.co.uk

Spouse (1)

Betty Wright (1959 - 11 June 1993) (his death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Towering height
Often played well-meaning but dimwitted characters

Trivia (10)

A frequent gag in the "Carry On" movies was his character bumping into low hanging objects. He was seen hitting exit signs, chandeliers and light fixtures due to his height of 6' 7".
Although officially starring in 14 Carry On films, Bresslaw did appear in one other: Carry on Nurse (1959). The legs of Terence Longdon were deemed to be too thin and scrawny looking, so Bresslaw's were used as stand-ins for the scene where Joan Sims gives him a bath.
He featured as Varga, the lead villain in the 1967 Doctor Who (1963) story The Ice Warriors. Even though all the actors playing the aliens were over six feet tall, Bresslaw towered over them. Sonny Caldinez, who played an Ice Warrior in the story, stated in a 2004 interview that Bresslaw "was the only man that could make me feel small.".
He made great efforts to prepare for roles, for example learning genuine Swahili phrases for Carry on Up the Jungle (1970).
Bresslaw was the author of a privately published volume of poetry, Ode to the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Bresslaw, together with Miriam Margolyes, appeared with English comedienne Maureen Lipman in a series of British Telecom advertisements in the late 1980s. Bresslaw and Margoyles played Gerald and Dolly, a nervous couple who drop in unannounced on Lipman's character Beattie and her husband Harry.
Was considered to play The Monster in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), but lost out to Christopher Lee.
At 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), was the tallest of the Carry On cast, head and shoulders over fellow Carry On regular, Barbara Windsor, who is 4 ft 10 in (1.47 m).
Was offered the role of King Ferdinand of Spain in Carry on Columbus (1992), but turned it down. The role went to Leslie Phillips.
In his fleeting appearance as an angry lorry driver in Spring and Port Wine (1970), his character was dubbed.

Salary (13)

Carry on Cowboy (1965) £750
Carry on Screaming! (1966) £900
Carry On... Follow That Camel (1967) £2,000
Carry on Doctor (1967) £2,000
Carry on Camping (1969) £2,500
Carry on Up the Jungle (1970) £2,000
Carry on Loving (1970) £200
Carry on at Your Convenience (1971) £3,000
Carry on Matron (1972) £1,800
Carry on Abroad (1972) £2,500
Carry on Girls (1973) £2,500
Carry on Dick (1974) £2,500
Carry on Behind (1975) £2,500

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