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Dalek

George Cole - RIP

A long lived actor of many roles - TV and film.  An entertaining chap and apparently very well respected by other actors he worked with.  I heard an article on the radio today that when tv series were filming in London, it could be difficult to get "ordinary" workers to stop so that filming could take place - but if Minder was being filmed, there was no problem.

Arthur Daley E's Alright - RIP George.
Frazier Cranium

Yeah, one of the greats of British cinema and TV.  And i mean that, about him being a great, I got a bit of criticism for describing Roger Lloyd Pack as a great too, but he was in plenty more than just OFAH.

Alright Dave.

George Cole's life story is v interesting too, courtesy alastair Sim.
Dalek

It is well documented that George Cole learnt a lot from Alistair Sim in his early days and that they had a good friendship.

Very few up and coming artistes these days appear to want to serve their apprenticeship and learn from the old hands. Many seem to want it all at once and see themselves as the instant star to eclipse all others. I think that this is promoted by the immediacy of the current media options.

Those people who do take their time, learn their trade in the shadow of another are the polished and enduring performers of our age, and George Cole was just such a professional.
Dock

Dalek wrote:
It is well documented that George Cole learnt a lot from Alistair Sim in his early days and that they had a good friendship.

Very few up and coming artistes these days appear to want to serve their apprenticeship and learn from the old hands. Many seem to want it all at once and see themselves as the instant star to eclipse all others. I think that this is promoted by the immediacy of the current media options.

Those people who do take their time, learn their trade in the shadow of another are the polished and enduring performers of our age, and George Cole was just such a professional.


Good post D. Re: Wanting it all at once. Same goes for many in music and sport. I totally agree with your observation on the media angle.
Heyho

Tom Courtenay was on Radio 4 last week and he was saying that he was plucked from being nothing to stardom and it went to his head. It was only during the twilight years after that when he didn't get the work that he said he actually matured and developed as an actor and learnt his trade as well as humility.

He also said he got Omar Sherif into supporting Hull City and the two of them went to Wembley the other year to see them play.

As for Cole - great bloke. Loved his character in Minder.

Perhaps he could have done more - a sort of similarity to David Jason springs to mind. But Cole will be remembered for one role in one series whilst Jason will be remembered for one role on loads of series.
Frazier Cranium

Cole was in loads of films though, he was possibly in danger of being typecast THEN.

I keep thinking about his Flash Harry character and then get mixed up (or maybe it happened) with the casting for Dads Army, Private Walker specifically.  Was GC offered the role or was it based on his Flash Harry character?
Heyho

Frazier Cranium wrote:
Cole was in loads of films though, he was possibly in danger of being typecast THEN.

I keep thinking about his Flash Harry character and then get mixed up (or maybe it happened) with the casting for Dads Army, Private Walker specifically.  Was GC offered the role or was it based on his Flash Harry character?


I know he was in loads of films but mostly bit parts - a tram conductor in An Inspector Calls for example. I'm not sure what part he played in the Vampire Lovers Of course Minder on the Orient Express is an exception to this LOL

What I was alluding to was that unlike David Jason who has a very monolithical portrayal of anything he plays from Del Boy to Detective Frost Cole never really shared that TV success yet was probably as good, if not better than Frost as an actor. He probably never wanted to be in the Luvvie brigade.
Grind

I guess that's not so good for Dennis Waterman.

As others have already said, a quality actor, although no longer a go-er.



RIP George.
fartcatcher

I still laugh at those early St Trinian's films. Him, Alastair Sim and Joyce Grenfell.

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