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David Bowie, Legendary Rocker And Actor, Dead At Age 69

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Bowie starred in the 1976 cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth.

David Bowie, one of the most iconic rock and rollers of all time, has died after an 18 month battle with cancer. He was 69 years old. Bowie exploded onto the British rock scene in 1969 and quickly became an international sensation. Over the decades he remained relevant by constantly reinventing himself and producing a wide range of music. He even created an alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, who simultaneously built an equally enthusiastic audience. Cinema Retro readers should also recall that Bowie had a successful career as an actor as well. His first appearance on screen was as an extra in the 1969 film "The Virgin Soldiers" but over the decades he won acclaim for his performances that afforded him leading roles and the chance to play memorable supporting characters as well. His film credits include "The Man Who Fell to Earth
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Warren Clarke 1947-2014

Warren Clarke 1947-2014
To some he will always be a Droog. To others, Dalziel. It’s a tribute to the acting abilities of Warren Clarke that he was able to inhabit such a diverse range of characters through his long career on screens both big and small. The actor has died at the age of 67.After leaving school at 15, he initially worked as a copy boy at the Manchester Evening News and had dreams of being a footballer before the acting bug bit and he began performing in amateur dramatics at the Huddersfield Rep and the Liverpool Playhouse. The Oldham-born actor soon took to the small screen, getting his start on venerable soap Coronation Street and appearing in ITV series such as Play Of The Week and Playhouse before moving to a wide range of guest shots on TV series including The Avengers, Softly, Softly, The Sweeney and Minder, among many others.He
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Geoffrey Hughes obituary

Actor known for his roles in Coronation Street, Keeping up Appearances, Heartbeat and The Royle Family

The actor Geoffrey Hughes, who has died of prostate cancer aged 68, played gormless Eddie Yeats in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 1974 to 1983, and thereafter was typecast on television as a lovable rogue.

Hughes contributed enormously to the comedy that Bernard Youens and Jean Alexander – as Stan and Hilda Ogden – brought to No 13 Coronation Street. His character, Eddie, a former Borstal boy and Walton Prison inmate, helped Stan on his window-cleaning round and was forever involved in money-making schemes – hiring out a timid guard dog and selling Albert Tatlock's allotment vegetables, dodgy watches and curtains run up by Hilda – before finding work as a refuse collector and becoming the Ogdens' lodger.

"He was always a softy," Hughes told the writer Daran Little in 1995. "His villainy had been opportunist nicking, or thinking of a
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question of the weekend: What’s the funniest book you’ve ever read?

A few weeks ago, I attended a taping of BBC Radio 4’s program Open Book. The topic was a debate to choose Britain’s funniest book, and the five books under discussion were: • 1066 And All That, by W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman (championed by John Sessions) • The Virgin Soldiers, by Leslie Thomas (championed by Tony Parsons) • The Loved One, by Evelyn Waugh (championed by A.L. Kennedy) • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged thirteen and three quarters, by Sue Townsend (championed by Jo Brand) • Swing Hammer Swing, by Jeff Torrington (championed by Christopher Brookmyre) The winner was chosen by the studio audience -- we voted through several elimination rounds -- which made for an interesting experience for me, since I haven’t read any of the books. (Though now I plan to read all of them.) I cast my votes based entirely upon the presentations by the writers, comedians,
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