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Formidable actor who embraced equally tragedy and farce, stage and screen
"To hear him in full spate is not unlike being shot between the eyes by the world's largest plum," said the journalist John Preston of Donald Sinden, who has died aged 90. The remark was applicable to the actor's vocal delivery both on stage and off. No review was ever penned without "fruity" appearing somewhere near "voice" in the text. Judi Dench, who played a notable Beatrice to his Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing in 1976, said he had "a Christmas pudding of a voice, soaked in brandy"; while the director Peter Hall, who played a very big part in his career, likened it to a bassoon that could be terribly tragic, terribly moving and extremely funny. Physically, too, Sinden was both imposing and endlessly, sometimes outrageously, inventive. In all, Michael Billington averred, he was a critic's dream, because he »
- Michael Coveney
London — British actor Donald Sinden, who was known best for his comedy roles, has died at the age of 90.
Sinden had more than 70 credits for film and TV productions since the late 1940s, but also had a stellar stage career.
His son, actor and director Marc Sinden, said his father only had a total of five weeks unemployment between 1942 and 2008.
Sinden’s first film perf was in 1953 naval drama “The Cruel Sea,” and he went on to appear in some 30 films. He was best known as the star of hit comedies such as “Doctor in the House” and “Doctor at Large.”
The TV series in which he appeared included the sitcoms “Never the Twain” and “Two’s Company.” More recently he played in crime drama “Judge John Deed.”
- Leo Barraclough
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