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Overview (3)

Born in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Died in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Birth NameNorman Colin Dexter

Mini Bio (1)

Colin Dexter was born on September 29, 1930 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England as Norman Colin Dexter. He was a writer and actor, known for Endeavour (2012), Inspector Lewis (2006) and Inspector Morse (1987). He was married to Dorothy Cooper. He died on March 21, 2017 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.

Spouse (1)

Dorothy Cooper (31 March 1956 - 21 March 2017) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (8)

He was awarded an O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to literature in the 2000 Queen's Birthday Honours List. He was presented with the O.B.E. by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on 27 October 2000.
Two children: daughter Sally and son Jeremy.
Made a Hitchcock-like cameo appearance in almost every episode of Inspector Morse (1987).
He was diabetic, like the character Inspector Morse that he created.
He drew on his own experiences of deafness in writing his novel "The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn".
He became a close friend of Inspector Morse (1987) star John Thaw and admired his performance so much that he stated that while his estate owns the copyright to the Inspector Morse stories, which extends to 70 years after his own death, no other actor will be allowed to play the role on screen. However, Colin Baker was allowed to play the role for a stage production in 2010.
He studied classics at Cambridge University. He was a Latin and Greek teacher before moving to Oxford to become a full-time writer.
When, after appearing in silent walk-ons in most "Inspector Morse" episodes, he was actually given a line to utter in the seventh series (two words), he claimed it as the fulfilment of a long-held ambition and often mentioned it in the biographical note he would append to his books.

Personal Quotes (4)

I met Agatha Christie. People say she couldn't write, but I doubt they've read her beautiful autobiography. She had more imagination than the rest of us by far, misleading you from page one. Tremendous achievement. I've tried to do that in a way. But I can't stick some writers - Dorothy L. Sayers. Wouldn't have worried if she'd written nothing.
Morse was popular because of his foibles.
A huge part of Morse's attraction was John Thaw. Dear old John. So modest. He told me he couldn't understand his fame, that the only thing he could do better than anyone else was learn his lines.
I think Morse, if he had really existed ...... would probably say to me, "Well, you didn't do me too bad a service in your writing." He might say "I wish you'd made me a slightly less miserable blighter and slightly more generous, and you could have painted me in a little bit of a better light." If he had bought me a drink, a large Glenfiddich or something, that would have been very nice, but knowing him I doubt he would have done - Lewis always bought all the drinks.

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