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To mark the release of Wolcott on 17th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. Displaying the same rough, streetwise vibe as The Sweeney, Wolcott stars the charismatic George William Harris (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Layer Cake) as a tough, loner detective with a gift for rubbing people up the
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Minder’s wheeler-dealer opportunist charmed his way on screen just as the actor won the hearts of viewers with his crooked comic turn
“Right at the top,” said George Cole when asked where he placed his role as crooked second-hand car dealer Arthur Daley in Minder in his distinguished career. He was right. When first broadcast, it felt like a vehicle for Dennis Waterman, fresh out of The Sweeney, and given further opportunity to dish out right-handers to some of London’s nastiest villains.
Today, The Sweeney looks inadvertently comical and dated on repeated viewing. Minder might too, were it not for Daley, a timeless, silken comic creation. For a certain type of “bloke”, heaven can be found in a surprise Sunday-afternoon repeat of Minder, alone on a sofa with a sneaky can of lukewarm lager. It’s not the vicarious thrill of watching Terry punch his way out of trouble that they enjoy, »
- David Stubbs
British character actor Aubrey Morris, best known for playing the probation officer in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 cult film “A Clockwork Orange” has died, his agent confirmed on Friday. He was 89. During his five-decade career, Morris also appeared as a grave-digger opposite Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward in the cult horror film “The Wicker Man” as well as such films as “Lisztomania,” Woody Allen’s “Love and Death” and “My Girl 2.” His many TV credits include “The Saint,” “The Sweeney,” “The Prisoner,” “The Avengers” and BBC drama “Cold Comfort Farm.” Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos) Born in Portsmouth, »
- Debbie Emery
Morris died Wednesday, his agent told the BBC.
The character actor had a memorable scene in “A Clockwork Orange” in which his probation officer character cautions the protagonist, Alex (played by Malcolm McDowell), about getting into trouble. “I’m warning you, little Alex, being a good friend to you as always, the one man in this sore and sick community who wants to save you from yourself,” Morris says in the scene (below).
The British actor’s other movie credits include Robin Hardy’s horror film “The Wicker Man,” the musical “Lisztomania,” Woody Allen’s comedy “Love and Death” and the dramedy “My Girl 2,” with Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis.
His five-decade long career also included TV work. He made his first TV appearance in »
- Leo Barraclough
Character actor Aubrey Morris has died, aged 89.
Morris, who passed away yesterday (July 15), had roles in numerous cult classics on the big and small screen over a 50-year period.
He was perhaps most widely known for his brief but memorable part in A Clockwork Orange, as Alex's unnerving probation officer Mr Deltoid.
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