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Born in Rochester, Kent, England, UK
Died in Denville Hall, Northwood, Hillingdon, London, England, UK  (cancer)
Birth NameDavid William Frederick Lodge
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David Lodge was born on August 19, 1921 in Rochester, Kent, England as David William Frederick Lodge. He was an actor, known for The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), Carry on Dick (1974) and Lovely Couple (1979). He was married to Marilyn Garcia. He died on October 18, 2003 in Denville Hall, Northwood, Hillingdon, London, England.

Spouse (1)

Marilyn Garcia (1963 - 1996) (her death)

Trivia (16)

First film part was in Orders Are Orders (1954), but this was cut before release.
His father was a well-known orator and his mother a singer who won competitions as a child.
Educated at St. Nicholas School in Golden Square, London where he enjoyed singing comic songs in school concerts.
Roughhewn, mustachioed British character actor whose versatility was well admired in both military and comic roles.
Was a friend of Peter Sellers and appeared frequently in his films.
Before becoming an actor he worked as a circus clown and a ringmaster.
He met Peter Sellers in the last days of the war when they were both posted to Gloucester. He later recounted that he was poking life into an ancient stove when he heard Sellers arguing fiercely at the far end of the hut with an airman "considerably larger than himself". Lodge removed the red-hot poker from the fire, walked down the hut and told the airman to "leave off or come outside with me". It ended the argument and began a lifelong friendship. "Pete just looked at me with those lovely sad eyes of his," Lodge told Sellers's biographer Peter Evans, and something just happened. I was a couple of years older than him, no more, but I became his big brother, father confessor, favourite uncle, the lot. Pete was the kind of a bloke who always needed somebody there. There always had to be somebody in his life he could telephone at three o'clock in the morning and know they'll be a friendly voice. (David Lodge Obituary, The Independent, Friday, 24th October 2003).
Was best man at Peter Sellers' wedding to Britt Ekland in 1964.
In 1986 he wrote his autobiography, "Up the Ladder to Obscurity".
Staunchly defended Peter Sellers when Sellers' own son Michael wrote a scathing memoir.
Wartime service with the RAF.
His early jobs, while still at school, included being a paper boy, a butcher's assistant and delivering telegrams for the Post office.
His roles in After the Fox (1966) (After the Fox) and Hoffman (1970) were done as favours for his friend Peter Sellers.
He was originally cast as a detective in Never Let Go (1960) but after one day's filming he was told the part had been recast. Two days later he was cast in the role of Cliff.
Prior to his acting career he was an entertainment manager for Pontins holiday camps.
For many years he lived as a bachelor with his parents and a budgerigar in Winchmore Hill, north London. However, in June 1963, while working in Yugoslavia on the Viking epic The Long Ships (1964) he surprised everyone. After a whirlwind 24-hour courtship, he proposed to a French journalist and ex-model, and they married soon afterwards.

Personal Quotes (1)

"This ugly mug of mine gets me the meaty parts".

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