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The actor talks about his mechanical engineer father and how he held his hand as he died, the birth of his children and how his cockapoos are his surrogate grandchildren
I was born five days before D-Day in 1944. My father was a mechanical engineer, which was a reserved occupation so he didn't have to enlist. My mother was a housewife. She worked in a bank before marrying my father. My elder brother Harry was born in 1941, around the time of the Battle of Britain. I vaguely remember we had an air-raid shelter in our yard. We lived in a semi-detached house with a small garden in the suburbs of Salford, a couple of miles from the docks.
I was an active, sporty boy. In the 1950s, as food rationing ended, I remember a plentiful supply of sweets for the first time. In the summer holidays, I'd play in Buile Hill »
Although Hammer Films will always be associated with British horror, the studio did have stiff competition. Amicus specialised in the successful horror anthologies and Us counterparts American International Pictures established a permanent UK base in the mid sixties. Other smaller independents took their own bite from the cherry tree of horror with some success, the best known being Tigon Films.
Tigon has received some belated recognition in recent years. Andy Boot’s book on British horror Fragments of Fear devotes a chapter to the company while John Hamilton’s excellent book Beast in the Cellar covers the varied career of Tigon’s charismatic founder Tony Tenser.
Like Hammer’s Sir James Carreras, Tenser was one of the British Film Industry’s great entrepreneurs. Born in London to poor Lithuanian immigrants and a movie fan since childhood, he was an ambitious man with a natural talent for showmanship. Combining shrewd business »
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