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5 items from 2015


Warren Mitchell: there was more to him than Cockney foghorn Chairman Alf

14 November 2015 12:52 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor, who has died at 89, was best known for playing foul-mouthed racist Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part but went on to stage acclaim in Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter plays

The seven-decade acting career of Warren Mitchell, who has died at the age of 89, was defined by a paradox and a frustration.

The former was that he was a highly-intelligent liberal who was celebrated for playing the right-wing moron, Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part on television. The latter was that the durability of that character over-shadowed Mitchell’s considerable talent as a stage actor; his theatre CV including landmark performances in plays by two of the greatest 20th century playwrights, Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter.

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Related: To most people he's Alf Garnett, foul-mouthed racist. His daughters call him Bully Bottom

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- Mark Lawson

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Warren Mitchell obituary

14 November 2015 9:16 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor best known for his TV role as the comic monster Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part

Warren Mitchell, who has died aged 89, was the supreme example of a good actor kidnapped by one character. Until he was 40, he was one of television’s reliable, unsung performers who could pop up in a comedy sketch one week and be playing Oliver Cromwell in a teatime children’s serial the next. But then he was cast as Alf Garnett, the hectoring, foul-mouthed London dockland bigot of Till Death Us Do Part and its derivatives.

Johnny Speight’s original BBC series ran intermittently from 1966 to 1975, with repeats following. In 1981 the show briefly moved to ITV under the title Till Death ... From 1985 until 1992 it was back on the BBC as In Sickness and in Health, with Alf and his stoical wife Else (Dandy Nichols) rehoused in a council maisonette and some »

- Philip Purser

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R.I.P. Warren Mitchell (1926 – 2015)

14 November 2015 4:37 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning British actor Warren Mitchell has passed away today aged 89, with his family announcing that, “He has been in poor health for some time, but was cracking jokes to the last.”

After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Mitchell worked steadily throughout the 1950s and early 1960s with roles in the likes of the BBC’s Requiem for a Heavyweight, Manuela, Carry On Cleo and Help!, but his big breakthrough came in 1965 when he was cast as Alf Garnett.

First starting as a Comedy Playhouse pilot, Till Death Us Do Part saw Mitchell earning a BAFTA TV Award for his role as the bigoted cockney. The BBC show ran between 1965 and 1975, and also spawned the feature films Till Death Us Do Part (1969) and The Alf Garnett Saga (1972), before being revived under the title of Till Death… by ITV in 1981. He would then return to the »

- Gary Collinson

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Warren Mitchell dies aged 89

14 November 2015 4:16 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor known for starring in Till Death Us Do Part and In Sickness and in Health has died after long period of illness, says his family

Warren Mitchell, the actor closely identified with his comedic character, Alf Garnett, has died at 89. A spokesman said the star of the long-running and controversial BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part had been “cracking jokes to the last”.

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- Vanessa Thorpe Arts and media correspondent

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Leigh Day on TCM: From Southern Belle in 'Controversial' Epic to Rape Victim in Code-Buster

18 August 2015 7:35 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Vivien Leigh ca. late 1940s. Vivien Leigh movies: now controversial 'Gone with the Wind,' little-seen '21 Days Together' on TCM Vivien Leigh is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 18, '15, as TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” series continues. Mostly a stage actress, Leigh was seen in only 19 films – in about 15 of which as a leading lady or star – in a movie career spanning three decades. Good for the relatively few who saw her on stage; bad for all those who have access to only a few performances of one of the most remarkable acting talents of the 20th century. This evening, TCM is showing three Vivien Leigh movies: Gone with the Wind (1939), 21 Days Together (1940), and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Leigh won Best Actress Academy Awards for the first and the third title. The little-remembered film in-between is a TCM premiere. 'Gone with the Wind' Seemingly all »

- Andre Soares

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