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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 9 March 1939Paddington, London, England, UK
Date of Death 22 August 2011Blewbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK  (cancer)

Mini Bio (1)

Juvenile actor in British films; later TV director (e.g. "Monty Python's Flying Circus").

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Linda (? - 22 August 2011) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (9)

As a TV producer, presided over the birth of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969); as a TV executive, presided over the 1989 demise of The Benny Hill Show (1969).
The son of Jack Davies and Dolores Davies, both of whom were writers.
After childhood movie acting, most famously playing the title role in Oliver Twist (1948), he followed his writer father's lead and moved into television. But prior to that he served in the Royal Navy and held a variety of jobs, which included city clerk, carpet salesman, and lubricating oil salesman.
In 1973, he left the BBC to become the managing director at EMI Television Productions, returning to the BBC within a year.
Head of BBC Comedy (1977 - 1982).
Cherubic, fair-haired, vulnerable-looking London-born child actor, briefly in post-war British films, and best remembered for his 1948 portrayal of Charles Dickens' beloved orphan Oliver Twist.
Survived by his third wife Linda, whom he married in 2005, and two children, William and Georgina.
Son of Jack and Dorothy Davies.
Met first wife Leonie in Melbourne, Australia, when he returned to acting as an adult. They were both appearing in a production of "The Sound of Music" at the time.

Personal Quotes (3)

My initial reaction to this remake was the same as quite a lot of people: why? I don't like remakes of programmes anyway. It's unimaginative. It's much better to start afresh with a blank sheet of paper. I think Martin Clunes is wonderful and he may save the day, but I'm pessimistic. I probably won't watch it. Comedy is like wine - it improves with age. And Leonard Rossiter was Reggie Perrin. He was the catalyst for the show's success. (On Reggie Perrin (2009))
There are too many people involved in making the decisions at the BBC now. In the Seventies, one or two made the decisions, now it's all done by committees and focus groups. (Speaking in 2009)
All the best sitcom characters are relentlessly horrible.

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