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Leonard Rossiter (1926–1984)


Leonard Rossiter was born on October 21st, 1926 in Liverpool. Unable to afford to go to university, he worked in an insurance office until he was 27, when he joined Preston repertory company and made his professional stage debut in "The Gay Dog". After Preston, he starred in productions at Wolverhampton, Salisbury and The Old Vic Company at ... See full bio »

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(age 57) in London, England, UK

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2001: A Space Odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey Dr. Andrei Smyslov
(1968)
Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon Capt. John Quin
(1975)
Oliver!
Oliver! Sowerberry
(1968)

Filmography

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 1985 The Moon Over Soho (TV Movie)
Max von Konigsberg
 1985 Water
Sir Malcolm
 1975-1984 Play for Today (TV Series)
Arthur / Harry Meadows / Dawson
- Dog Ends (1984) ... Arthur
- The Factory (1981) ... Harry Meadows
- After the Solo (1975) ... Dawson
 1979 The Perishers (TV Series)
Boot
- Episode #1.20 (1979) ... Boot (voice)
- Eyeballs (1979) ... Boot (voice)
- Nose (1979) ... Boot (voice)
- Bone (1979) ... Boot (voice)
- Dog Whistle (1979) ... Boot (voice)
 1978 The Waterloo Bridge Handicap (Short)
Charles Barker
 1978 The Losers (TV Series)
Sydney Foskett
- Sitting on a Goldmine (1978) ... Sydney Foskett
- All Down in Black and White (1978) ... Sydney Foskett
- Out of the Strong (1978) ... Sydney Foskett
- The Naming of Parts (1978) ... Sydney Foskett
- A Star Is Born (1978) ... Sydney Foskett
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Frank Harris
- Fearless Frank (1978) ... Frank Harris
 1977 The Galton & Simpson Playhouse (TV Series)
Jim
 1976 Machinegunner (TV Movie)
Cyril Dugdale
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Commander Von Bonin
 1975 Barry Lyndon
Capt. John Quin
 1974 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Smithy
- Pygmalion Smith (1974) ... Smithy
 1974 Masquerade (TV Series)
Leslie Lewis
- Mützen ab! (1974) ... Leslie Lewis
 1974 The Carnforth Practice (TV Series)
Aaros Boswell
- The Last Roman (1974) ... Aaros Boswell
- The Aristocrat (1974) ... Aaros Boswell
 1974 Luther
Brother Weinand
 1967-1973 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Sergeant Tax / Andrew / Mike Schofield
- The Baby's Name Being Kitchener (1973) ... Sergeant Tax
- The Unquiet Man (1968) ... Andrew
- Taste (1967) ... Mike Schofield
 1973 After Loch Lomond (TV Movie)
Mickey Grant
 1966-1972 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Colonel Lukyn / The Prime Minister
- The Devil's Eggshell (1966) ... The Prime Minister
 1964-1972 Steptoe and Son (TV Series)
Johnny Spooner / Welsh Hughie
- The Desperate Hours (1972) ... Johnny Spooner
- The Lead Man Cometh (1964) ... Welsh Hughie
 1971 Thick as Thieves (TV Movie)
Eddie
 1969-1971 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Harry / 'X'
- Hari-Kari and Sally (1971) ... Harry
- The Garbler Strategy (1969) ... 'X'
 1967-1970 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Mr. Jeffs / Mr. Marcus
- The Italian Table (1970) ... Mr. Jeffs
- Drums Along the Avon (1967) ... Mr. Marcus
 1967-1969 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Nikolai Krobnevsky / Fred Tomlinson
- Double Agent (1969) ... Nikolai Krobnevsky
- Day of the Tortoise (1967) ... Fred Tomlinson
 1969 Otley
Johnston
 1968 Diamonds for Breakfast
Inspector Dudley
 1968 Deadfall
Fillmore
 1966-1968 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Co-Ordinator Ugo Priest / Voltaire / Fred Midway / ...
- The Year of the Sex Olympics (1968) ... Co-Ordinator Ugo Priest
- The Fanatics (1968) ... Voltaire
- Semi-Detached (1966) ... Fred Midway
- Doctor Knock (1966) ... Dr. Knock
 1968 Half Hour Story (TV Series)
Owen
- A View from the Obelisk (1968) ... Owen
 1967 The Whisperers
Assistance Board Officer
 1967 The Revenue Men (TV Series)
Ormerod
- The Benefactor (1967) ... Ormerod
 1967 Deadlier Than the Male
Bridgenorth
 1966 The Witches
Dr. Wallis
 1966 Death Is a Good Living (TV Mini-Series)
Norman Lynch
- Episode #1.4 (1966) ... Norman Lynch
- Episode #1.3 (1966) ... Norman Lynch
- Episode #1.2 (1966) ... Norman Lynch
- Episode #1.1 (1966) ... Norman Lynch
 1966 The Wrong Box
Vyvyan Alistair Montague
 1966 Hotel Paradiso
Inspector
 1963-1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Leslie Harmon / Man / Patrick / ...
- Mr. Fowlds (1965) ... Leslie Harmon
- Between the Two of Us (1965) ... Man
- Flight from Reality (1964) ... Patrick
- The Buried Man (1963) ... Robert Bailey
 1965 King Rat
McCoy
 1965 Cluff (TV Series)
Wilkie
- The Fireraiser (1965) ... Wilkie
 1965 Thursday Theatre (TV Series)
Frank Broadbent
- Celebration (1965) ... Frank Broadbent
 1964 Redcap (TV Series)
Sgt. Rolfe
 1964 Love Story (TV Series)
Sgt. 'Tubby' Watson
- Beggars and Choosers (1964) ... Sgt. 'Tubby' Watson
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
Daudet
- Justin Thyme (1964) ... Daudet
 1964 They All Died Laughing
Dr. Fisher
 1964 The Long Ships
Persian Soldier Who Falls On Sword To Prove Loyalty (uncredited)
 1964 House of Glass (TV Movie)
Sgt. Golto
 1963 The Avengers (TV Series)
Robin Hood
- Dressed to Kill (1963) ... Robin Hood
 1963 First Night (TV Series)
Sammy Love
- It's All Lovely (1963) ... Sammy Love
 1962-1963 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
William Acton / Harry
- The Morning After (1962) ... Harry
 1963 Maupassant (TV Series)
Emile Vallin
- The Story of a Farm Girl (1963) ... Emile Vallin
 1963 Jezebel ex UK (TV Series)
Pritchard
- The Four-Legged Stowaway (1963) ... Pritchard
 1963 Suspense (TV Series)
Alan Treece
- Walk in Fear (1963) ... Alan Treece
 1963 Z Cars (TV Series)
Det. Insp. Bamber
- Enquiry (1963) ... Det. Insp. Bamber
- Matter of Conviction (1963) ... Det. Insp. Bamber
- Members Only (1963) ... Det. Insp. Bamber
- Follow My Leader (1963) ... Det. Insp. Bamber
- The Listeners (1963) ... Det. Insp. Bamber
 1963 This Sporting Life
Phillips, Sports writer
 1962 A Kind of Loving
Whymper
 1962 Studio 4 (TV Series)
Gerard Moustier
- The Intrigue (1962) ... Gerard Moustier
 1961 You Can't Win (TV Series)
Fenny
- The One That Got Away (1961) ... Fenny
 1959 The Nightwatchman's Stories (TV Series)
Joe Stocks
- The Constable's Move (1959) ... Joe Stocks
 1956 Story Conference (TV Short)
Leo Borowitz
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Other Works:

He acted in Luigi Pirandello's play, "The Rules of the Game," at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, Surrey, England with Nigel Nobes, Mel Martin, and Ken Wynne in the cast. Anthony Quayle was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | See more »

Alternate Names:

Len Rossiter

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

Partly because of my lack of interest in history and partly because of an in-built conviction that too much research leads to cranky performances, I never dug too deeply into the private lives of any historical characters I've attempted - Voltaire, Hitler, Giordano Bruno or Richard III. If the author doesn't achieve his aim between pages 1 and 80 no amount of research by an actor will do it. See more »

Trivia:

Died of heart attack in his dressing room during a performance of 'Loot'. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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