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Born in Chelsea, London, England, UK
Died in London, England, UK  (heart attack)
Birth NameWilliam George Rushton

Mini Bio (1)

William Rushton was born on August 18, 1937 in Chelsea, London, England as William George Rushton. He was an actor and writer, known for Nothing But the Best (1964), Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965) and Up Pompeii! (1969). He was married to Arlene Dorgan. He died on December 11, 1996 in London.

Spouse (1)

Arlene Dorgan (1968 - 11 December 1996) ( his death) ( 3 children)

Trivia (7)

Is an old Salopian, i.e. he went to top English public school Shrewsbury, where he founded what is now 'Private Eye' with Richard Ingrams and Paul Foot.
Had diabetes for many years.
He died two days after his last recording of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, where he had been a panel member since 1974. No permanent panel member was chosen to take his place.
The son of a publisher, he was noted as a humorist, illustrator and cartoonist. His cartoons were featured not only in "Private Eye", but in "The Daily Telegraph" and "Literary Review". He also published several satirical books with titles like "The Filth Amendment" (1981) and "Spy Thatcher" (1987).
Made his professional debut on the stage in Spike Milligan's satire "The Bed-Sitting Room" at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury (1961).
A lifelong member of the Labour Party, he opposed Alec Douglas-Home in a 1963 by-election for the seat of Kinross in 1963, but ended up with only 45 votes.
He was once invited to open the annual summer fete at his old school, a place he had hated. His speech consisted of just three words - "The bugger's open!" - after which he left.

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