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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
Sir Donald Sinden has died, aged 90.
The Plymouth-born actor was known for his Shakespearean stage roles but also for appearing in more than 70 movies and television shows throughout his career.
Donald rose to prominence after appearing in '80s sitcom Never the Twain, as well as BBC crime drama Judge John Deed in the '00s.
He was awarded a Cbe in 1979, followed by a knighthood in 1997 for his services to drama.
The actor had been battling prostate cancer for several years and passed away at his home in Kent, his son Marc Sinden confirmed.
"Even though his death was expected, it is still a huge loss to his family and we, his brother, his son, his four grandchildren and great-grandchild will all miss his humour and knowledge," he said.
"We would all like to share our appreciation for the Pilgrims Hospice and the carers that looked after him and us with such dignity, »
Honour is Shan’s first feature film as writer – director, he has been part of the industry for many years. Training first as an actor, then moving into theatre and TV, with both, acting, writing and directing. Shan trained as an actor at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and on leaving took parts at The Bristol Old Vic, The National Theatre and The Traverse to name a few. In TV Drama he took the lead in Channel 4′s Bombay Blue and notable roles in Trial & Retribution and Judge John Deed.
Shan has written several projects for TV including The Vice for Carlton TV, River City, Maryhill Jihad and Glasgow Dreams for BBC. He currently has a single drama Five Pillars in development with BBC.
In his main passion film, Shan made his directorial debut with Candy Bar Kid, a 4 minute short, which was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Short Film. »
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The Judge John Deed star remembers the 60s at the Royal Court, and being discovered by the great auteur
By 1969 I'd done a few roles for Sidney Bernstein's Granada Television, which was the place for new, dangerous drama, and a couple of plays at the Royal Court. I was in their first revival of Look Back in Anger. John Osborne came along to rehearsals a lot – he was shocked at how gritty and visceral we'd made the production. It was an incredibly exciting time – I felt part of a movement of dissent. I did the premiere of David Storey's The Contractor, with the great Lindsay Anderson, and then I did a play called Cancer, which was later renamed Moonchildren.
Cancer was based on the experiences of its writer, Michael Weller. It's about a group of students who rent a flat. It's a very funny and very realistic play, »
- Martin Shaw
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