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5 items from 2014


Malcolm Tierney obituary

21 February 2014 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stage and screen actor who excelled in playing authority figures and appeared in TV shows such as Brookside and Lovejoy

Malcolm Tierney, who has died aged 75 of pulmonary fibrosis, was a reliable and versatile supporting actor for 50 years, familiar to television audiences as the cigar-smoking, bullying villain Tommy McArdle in Brookside, nasty Charlie Gimbert in Lovejoy and smoothie Geoffrey Ellsworth-Smythe in David Nobbs's A Bit of a Do, a Yorkshire small-town comedy chronicle starring David Jason and Gwen Taylor.

Always serious and quietly spoken offstage, with glinting blue eyes and a steady, cruel gaze that served him well as authority figures on screen, Tierney was a working-class Mancunian who became a core member of the Workers' Revolutionary party in the 1970s. He never wavered in his socialist beliefs, even when the Wrp imploded ("That's all in my past now," he said), and always opposed restricted entry to the actors' union, »

- Michael Coveney, Vanessa Redgrave

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Malcolm Tierney obituary

21 February 2014 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stage and screen actor who excelled in playing authority figures and appeared in TV shows such as Brookside and Lovejoy

Malcolm Tierney, who has died aged 75 of pulmonary fibrosis, was a reliable and versatile supporting actor for 50 years, familiar to television audiences as the cigar-smoking, bullying villain Tommy McArdle in Brookside, nasty Charlie Gimbert in Lovejoy and smoothie Geoffrey Ellsworth-Smythe in David Nobbs's A Bit of a Do, a Yorkshire small-town comedy chronicle starring David Jason and Gwen Taylor.

Always serious and quietly spoken offstage, with glinting blue eyes and a steady, cruel gaze that served him well as authority figures on screen, Tierney was a working-class Mancunian who became a core member of the Workers' Revolutionary party in the 1970s. He never wavered in his socialist beliefs, even when the Wrp imploded ("That's all in my past now," he said), and always opposed restricted entry to the actors' union, »

- Michael Coveney, Vanessa Redgrave

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Christopher Malcolm obituary

19 February 2014 10:07 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor and producer who played Brad Majors in the original Rocky Horror Show in 1973 and Saffy's gay dad in Ab Fab

Christopher Malcolm, who has died of cancer aged 67, played Brad Majors in the original production of The Rocky Horror Show in 1973 and, as his life as an actor started to overlap with an interest in producing the shows themselves, he became, after co-producing the West End revival of Rocky Horror in 1990, the executive in charge of all subsequent worldwide productions.

His death came just a few days after his latest project, the revival of Oh What a Lovely War at Stratford East, opened to enthusiastic notices, probably sealing a West End transfer. The way the show turned out was a good example of the kind of creative partnerships he enjoyed and nurtured throughout his career. For more than 30 years, he worked as an "insider" producing link between such London »

- Michael Coveney

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Christopher Malcolm obituary

17 February 2014 12:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor and producer who played Brad Majors in the original Rocky Horror Show in 1974 and Saffy's gay dad in Ab Fab

Christopher Malcolm, who has died of cancer aged 67, played Brad Majors in the original production of The Rocky Horror Show in 1974 and, as his life as an actor started to overlap with an interest in producing the shows themselves, he became, after co-producing the West End revival of Rocky Horror in 1990, the executive in charge of all subsequent worldwide productions.

His death came just a few days after his latest project, the revival of Oh What a Lovely War at Stratford East, opened to enthusiastic notices, probably sealing the West End transfer he was hoping for. The way the show turned out was a good example of the kind of creative partnerships he enjoyed and nurtured throughout his career.

For more than 30 years, he worked as an "insider" producing »

- Michael Coveney

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Roger Lloyd Pack: the perfect Pinter performer

16 January 2014 10:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

His TV work might have upstaged his distinguished career in theatre, but the actor best known as Trigger excelled in plays by Bennett, Marber and, especially, Pinter

You can often tell the quality of an actor by the company he keeps. Roger Lloyd Pack, who has died of pancreatic cancer, aged 69, was one of those actors who only ever seemed to work with the very best. He became internationally famous by playing Trigger in TV's Only Fools and Horses, but he had a long and distinguished stage career: one that, typically, began with the democratic Joint Stock company under William Gaskill and Max Stafford-Clark in the early 1970s and ended with his memorable performances as Aguecheek and Buckingham in the Shakespeare's Globe productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, respectively.

I never saw Lloyd Pack do any rubbish. He worked with many of our best contemporary writers (Michael Frayn, Alan Bennett, »

- Michael Billington

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