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Helen Worth

Helen Worth & Chris Quentin

Helen Worth (born Cathryn Helen Wigglesworth; 7 January 1951) is an English actress. She is known for portraying the role of Gail Platt in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, a role that she has played since 1974. For her 40 years on the show, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2014 British Soap Awards.

Cathryn Helen Wigglesworth was born to Alfred and Gladys Wigglesworth in Ossett and grew up in MorecambeLancashire.

Worth’s grandmother lived in Bradford and ran a boarding house for music hall performers, which prompted her desire to perform. She took dancing lessons from the age of three, and took part in many school theatrical productions. At the age of ten, she read stories on Granada Television‘s Scene at 6.30, and appeared in an episode of BBC‘s Z-Cars. At the age of twelve she played one of the von Trapp children in a stage production of The Sound of Music, at the Palace Theatre in London, a role that kept her in London for nine months. Following this she returned to Morecambe to finish her education and later attended the Corona Theatre School in London.

After graduating from drama school, Worth worked in repertory theatre, which included a year with the BBC Radio repertory company. She has had roles in films such as Oliver! (1968) and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969 – she is clearly visible in the assembly scene at about 1hr 49mins), and has appeared on television in the  Doctor Who story Colony in Space(1971), The DoctorsHelen: A Woman of Today (1973), Within These Walls (1974) and The Carnforth Practice (1974). She joined Coronation Street in 1974 and has remained with the soap since then.

Worth stated she doesn’t plan on leaving Coronation Street, saying she’s happy with Gail’s never ending drama, and that it’s a job she loves. In an interview with GMTV in January 2010, Worth said she loves Gail’s storylines and praised the writers for giving her some great plots over the years, and which she hopes will continue. On 9 June 2014, a one-off special about Worth, Gail & Me, aired on ITV. The 30-minute documentary celebrated Worth’s 40 years as Gail.

Worth has been honoured twice with the Outstanding Achievement Award” at awards ceremonies for her performance as Gail in Coronation Street. In September 2006, Worth won the “Outstanding Achievement Award” at the Inside Soap Awards. Then, on 25 May 2014, Worth won the “Outstanding Achievement Award” at The British Soap Awards 2014[6] Worth received the British Soap Award for Scene of the Year in 2019 for a monologue she performed, which was also nominated for a BAFTA TV Award.

Worth has been honoured twice with the Outstanding Achievement Award” at awards ceremonies for her performance as Gail in Coronation Street. In September 2006, Worth won the “Outstanding Achievement Award” at the Inside Soap Awards. Then, on 25 May 2014, Worth won the “Outstanding Achievement Award” at The British Soap Awards 2014[6] Worth received the British Soap Award for Scene of the Year in 2019 for a monologue she performed, which was also nominated for a BAFTA TV Award.

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John Anthony Hayes

John Anthony Hayes

John Anthony Hayes was born in 1936. He featured in Hollywood films of the 1960s including “Straitjacket” starring Joan Crawford and “Ride the Wild Surf” with Fabian, Tab Hunter and Peter Brown.

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Stephen McNally

Susan Peters & Horace McNally

Stephen McNally. Wikipedia.

Stephen McNally (born Horace Vincent McNally, July 29, 1911 – June 4, 1994) was an American actor remembered mostly for his appearances in many Westerns and action films. He often played hard-hearted characters or villains.

Born in New York City, McNally attended Fordham University School of Law and was an attorney in the late 1930s before he pursued his passion for acting. He was a one time president of the Catholic Actors Guild.

He started his stage career using his real name, Horace McNally, and began appearing uncredited in many World War II-era films. In 1948, he changed his stage name to Stephen McNally (taking the name of his then-2-year-old son)[3] and began appearing credited as both movie villains and heroes. In 1940, as “Horace McNally,” he played Dr. Richardson in the Broadway stage production of Johnny Belinda. 

He played menacing roles in such films as Johnny Belinda (1948)[6] and the James Stewart Western Winchester ’73 (1950). He co-starred in the Burt Lancaster film noir Criss Cross(1949). Other notable 1950s films included No Way Out (1950), Split Second (1953) and Johnny Rocco (1958).

McNally was cast in three episodes of the ABC religion anthology series Crossroads. He portrayed Monsigneur Harold Engle in “Ringside Padre” (1956) and Father Flanagan of the Boys Town orphanage in Nebraska in “Convict 1321, Age 21” (1957). In between, he was cast as United States Army General George S. Patton, in “The Patton Prayer” (also 1957). McNally also appeared in the episode “Specimen: Unknown” from the anthology series The Outer Limits.

McNally also co-starred on the 1958 episode, “The Ben Courtney Story” on Wagon Train as a former Union soldier turned sheriff. In 1959, he portrayed Clay Thompson, a bounty hunter, with Myron Healey as a sheriff, in the CBS Western series, The Texan, starring Rory Calhoun.

In the 1960 episode “The Mormons” on the CBS western, Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theatre McNally played Matt Rowland, who tries to block a wagon train of Mormons from entering his town, as they are suspected of carrying cholera. Things change quickly, when Rowland’s son, Tod (Mark Goddard), becomes interested in a young lady on the train, Beth Lawson (Tuesday Weld).

In another 1960 role, McNally was cast in the episode “Moment of Fear” of the CBS/Four Star Television anthology seriesThe DuPont Show with June Allyson, with episode co-stars Edgar Bergen and Darryl Hickman. Thereafter, he appeared in the NBC anthology series The Barbara Stanwyck Show, and in the Darren McGavin western series Riverboat. In 1961, he portrayed the part of Sky Blackstorm in the episode “Incident of the Blackstorms” on CBS’s Rawhide.

In the 1961–62 season, McNally and Robert Harland had their own crime drama on ABC, another Four Star Production called Target: The Corruptors!. The program aired on Friday in a good time slot after the popular 77 Sunset Strip, but it failed to gain renewal for a second season. McNally played a crusading newspaper reporter in the series, with Harland cast as his undercover agent. In 1971 McNally appeared as Gus Muller in “The Men From Shiloh” (rebranded name for the TV western The Virginian) in the episode titled “The Angus Killer.” During the 1970s, McNally guest starred on television programs such as Fantasy IslandStarsky & HutchCharlie’s Angels, and James Garner‘s The Rockford Files and Police Story.

McNally died of a heart attack June 4, 1994, at age 82, at his home in Beverly Hills, California. He and his wife, Rita, had eight children.

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Mark Eden

Mark Eden

Mark Eden was born in London on 14th February 1928. After leaving school he had a variety of jobs including a tailor’s presser, an adding machine clerk, a door-to-door salesman, a fairground barker and a vocalist with bands at seaside resorts before becoming an actor. In 1958 he joined the Swansea Repertory Company and in the same year he made an early television appearance in the classic serial Quatermass and the Pit. Further repertory work followed in Llandudno and London as well as appearances in an Arnold Wesker trilogy of plays at the Royal Court Theatre. On the big screen he was in the 1962 film The L-Shaped Room (in which Patricia Phoenix also had a small part) and on television appeared in The AvengersDoctor WhoThe Prisoner and a regular role as Detective Inspector Parker in the BBC’s early 1970s adaptations of Dorothy L. Sayers Lord Peter Whimsey mysteries.

Mark first appeared in Coronation Street in March and April 1981 as Wally Randle, a lorry driver who attracted Elsie Tanner in a big way but who rejected her because he felt she was too old for him. In January 1986 he returned to the programme as Alan Bradley, a love interest for Rita Fairclough who over the next three years developed into one of the most famous villains in the programme’s history, meeting his famous end when hit by a Blackpool tram when pursuing a by now mentally-broken Rita across the promenade in December 1989

His third connection with the programme is that at the time of appearing as Alan he was living with Sue Nicholls(Audrey Roberts) and the two were happily married in 1993.

After leaving the Street he has continued appearing on stage and television and has appeared on several programmes to talk fondly about his time as Alan Bradley.

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Marjorie Fielding

Marjorie Fielding

Marjorie Fielding. Wikipedia.

Doris Marjorie Fielding (known as Marjorie) (born 17 February 1892, GloucesterGloucestershire – d. 28 December 1956, London) was a British stage and film actress.

Marjorie Fielding was the second daughter of John & Ellen Fielding (née Miles). She was born on 17 February 1892 in Gloucester.m The family were well to do and her father was a partner in the engineering firm Fielding and Platt

She attended Cheltenham Ladies College and then obtained a place as an actor in the Liverpool Playhouse as part of the Liverpool Repertory Company She then went on to play in West End productions such as Quiet Wedding, a Quiet Weekend and Modern Triangle. She lived in London during the 1940s and ’50s  acting in a number of British films. Most of her roles were as elderly women with an aristocratic demeanor.

She was friends with the young Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud who attended her memorial service.

She died of cancer on 28 December 1956 at St Martin in the Fields.

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Moray Watson

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Moray Watson. Obituary in “The Guardian” in 2017.

Moray Watson, who has died aged 88, had a long career as an actor in the theatre and cinema, but may be best remembered as the retired brigadier in The Darling Buds of May (1991-93), the popular ITV series based on the HE Bates novel and starring David Jason as Pop Larkin, Pam Ferris as Ma and Catherine Zeta-Jones as their daughter Mariette. Watson, who had two British army majors as brothers and had been an army officer himself, found this part to be familiar territory. He reflected at the time that he was really just like the brigadier in the programme, and was quite comfortable living in country seclusion, knowing no more than half a dozen people.

On stage Watson could hold an audience even when he was the only player. In the 1970s he performed in a one-man show, The Incomparable Max, about the witty writer and cartoonist Max Beerbohm, for which he was highly praised. Some 30 years later, another one-man show again earned him plaudits, this time as the architectural historian and novelist James Lees-Milne in Ancestral Voices (2003), by Hugh Massingberd. In the meantime, Watson had been constantly in work, on stage and screen.

Son of Gerard Watson, a ship broker, and his wife, Jean (nee McFarlane), Moray was born in Sunningdale, Berkshire, into a thoroughly genteel family, and went to Eton. He always wanted to be an actor, and once his national service was out of the way – from 1946 to 1948 he served in the Northamptonshire regiment, reaching the rank of captain – he went to London to study acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

His first stage appearances were with the Nottingham repertory company and his first London role came in 1955 when he appeared in Small Hotel at the St Martin’s theatre. He played Trevor Sellers, a novel-writing butler, in The Grass is Greener (St Martin’s, 1958), and when this play by Hugh and Margaret Williams became a film, Watson took the same role. The 1960 movie, directed by Stanley Donen, starred Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons.

Watson appeared at the Haymarket theatre in George Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma (1963) and, with Ralph Richardson, in You Never Can Tell (1966) and Sheridan’s The Rivals (1967). He proved his versatility in the Brian Rix farce Don’t Just Lie There, Say Something (1972) at the Garrick. In the 1983 revival of Noël Coward’s Hay Fever, he played the writer David Bliss to capacity audiences at the Queen’s theatre.

His film career had been launched with Find the Lady (1956), which, after The Grass Is Greener, was followed by The Valiant (1962), about a battleship and its stiff-upper-lipped captain and crew. Both were made for American film companies. He played the very British Colonel Kenneth Post in Operation Crossbow (1965), also for a US company, in which British scientists were parachuted into Europe to destroy a Nazi rocket-making operation. He also appeared in the British comedy Every Home Should Have One (1970), starring Marty Feldman. He returned to Hollywood for the second world war film The Sea Wolves (1980).

He most endeared himself to a wider public through TV. He played Peter Marsh in the BBC sci-fi serial The Quatermass Experiment (1953) and had a long-running role in a soap opera about magazine publishing, Compact (1962-65), as the art editor Richard Lowe – the character was eventually written out of the show because Watson said he wanted a more challenging and varied life.

He was Lord Collingford in 12 episodes of the children’s show Catweazle(1971), played the politician Barrington Erle in the BBC’s The Pallisers (1974), Angus Kinloch in the spy drama Quiller (1975), Mr Bennet in a 1980 version of Pride and Prejudice and Judge Frobisher in nine episodes of Rumpole of the Bailey (1978-88). He made guest appearances in Doctor Who (1982) and Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984). In 2002 he was Lord Dawson in the television play about the life of the Queen Mother, Bertie and Elizabeth.

In 1999 Watson returned to the stage, starring with Edward Fox in a touring revival of William Douglas-Home’s breezy 1940s political comedy The Chiltern Hundreds, and took the role of the rascally father in the comedy Nobody’s Perfect (2002), written by and starring the actor Simon Williams (son of Hugh, who had written The Grass is Greener).

Watson met his wife, the actor Pamela Marmont, at the Webber Douglas Academy, and they married in 1955. She died in 1999; he is survived by their daughter, Emma, and son, Robin, both of whom are actors, and by four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

• Moray Watson, actor, born 25 June 1928; died 2 May 2017

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Daniel Truhitte

Daniel Truhitte

Daniel Truhitte. Wikipedia.

Daniel Lee Truhitte (born September 10, 1943 in SacramentoCalifornia) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Rolfe Gruber, the young Austrian telegraph delivery boy who performed “Sixteen Going on Seventeen“, in the film The Sound of Music (1965). Truhitte is a singer, actor, dancer, and teacher of young performers.

Daniel Truhitte began dance training at the age of 6 and began taking voice lessons at the age of 10. When he was 15 years old, he received a scholarship to The Sacramento Ballet. After high school, Truhitte received a scholarship to the Pasadena Playhouse. He also attended Ambassador College in Pasadena, California. After filming The Sound of Music, he joined the Marine Corps. In 1989, Truhitte moved to Weddington, North Carolina, and then finally to Concord, North Carolina, and began teaching young performers. He appeared in an episode of Entertainment Tonight titled “A Day in the Life of Dan Truhitte” on September 10, 1993, after The Old Courthouse Theatre of Concord, North Carolina asked him to play Captain Von Trapp in their production of The Sound of Music. Truhitte portrayed Captain von Trapp once again in the Hudson, North Carolina Dinner Theatre Production of The Sound of Music in October 2013.

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Stephen Young

Stephen Young

Stephen Young was born in Toronto in 1939.   While travelling in Europe he obtained small parts in films such as “The Leopard”,  “Cleopatra” in 1963 and “The Fall of the Roman Empire”.   On returning to North America, he starred in the courtroom television drama “Judd for the Defense” with Carl Betz in 1967.   He continues to act and recent work includes “The Rendering” in 2002 and “Charlie Bartlett” with Robert Downey Jnr in 2008.

Gary Brumburgh’s entry:

Born Stephen Levy in Toronto, Canada, solid character actor Stephen Young is the son of a Toronto-based financier. Directly following high school, the naturally-gifted teen athlete signed on the dotted line for a career with the Cleveland Indians, but his professional bid ended before the first ball was even thrown when he seriously injured his knee playing ice hockey. He spent the next few years as a salesman, then wound up in radio and TV commercial production.

While traveling with a friend on a European excursion in the early 60s, he was given by chance a bit part in the monumental film Cleopatra (1963), then landed similar minor assignments in such other European-lensed epics as 55 Days at Peking (1963), The Leopard (1963) [The Leopard] and The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964). Upon returning to Toronto, Young decided to become a full-time actor, originally billing himself under his given name of Stephen Levy and appearing in leads on both daytime and primetime TV dramas. He headed the cast of one adventure series Seaway (1965) in which he played Nick King, part of a special police force that protected the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Moving to Hollywood in 1966, he subsequently scored as young, hot-shot legal eagle Ben Caldwell, top assistant to flamboyant, high-profile criminal attorney Clinton Judd (Emmy winner Carl Betz) in the contemporary series drama Judd for the Defense (1967). The series was abruptly canceled despite its critically-lauded marks after only two seasons. He progressed to high-ranking character actor mixing work in such prestigious 70s films as Patton (1970) and Soylent Green (1973) with more standard filming in Rage (1972) and Lifeguard (1976). A reliable player in mini-movies, he continued to return to his homeland from time to time where he was handed film leads in the lowbudget horror thrillers The Clown Murders (1976) and Deadline (1984). Into the millennium he continues to appear in sturdy, authoritarian roles as shown by his recent work in the crime dramas The Rendering (2002) and The Skulls II (2002) and his output on Canadian TV.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

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Jan-Michael Vincent

Jan-Michael Vincent

Jan-Michael Vincent. Obituary in “The Guardian” in 2019

The actor Jan-Michael Vincent, who has died aged 73 of cardiac arrest, had the formidable, sun-bleached good looks and strapping physique to be a successful leading man, but only some of the talent required and precious little of the wisdom or luck.

His most notable work was as one of a trio of blond Malibu surfer buddies in John Milius’s mythic and highly regarded coming-of-age drama Big Wednesday (1978). The film follows its characters from the start of the 1960s to the mid-70s as they variously confront maturity, fatherhood, Vietnam and the eternal allure of the Pacific ocean. Vincent, a passionate surfer himself, came to Milius’s attention after the film’s co-writer Dennis Aaberg saw him catching waves at Topanga. Though stunt doubles were involved in the filming, he and his co-stars, Gary Busey and William Katt, did some of their own surfing on screen.

In the same year, Vincent was charismatic as a hotshot young stuntman snapping at the heels of a veteran, played by Burt Reynolds, in the action comedy Hooper. He was one of Robert Mitchum’s sons in the TV mini-series The Winds of War (1984), for which he earned his second Golden Globe nomination; coincidentally, his first had also been for playing Mitchum’s son in the drama Going Home (1971).

Jan-Michael Vincent

At the height of his success, Vincent reportedly commanded $200,000 per episode for the TV series Airwolf (1984-86), in which he played the brooding, daredevil helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke. Hawke’s adventures in combat and espionage typically touched on routine preoccupations of the era (Libya, the cold war, the lingering irresolvable spectre of Vietnam) but this was not your ordinary action hero. He played the cello and he avoided red meat, as well as the wearing of underwear.Advertisement

When that series came to an end, due in part to the actor’s cocaine habit and his increasingly unreliable behaviour, so, really, did Vincent’s career, which plummeted faster than a falling chopper. There were many film and TV roles before his last recorded credit in 2002, but with the exception of a cameo in Vincent Gallo’s Buffalo ’66 (1998), they were confined largely to tacky straight-to-video thrillers with interchangeable titles: Deadly Embrace (1989), Sins of Desire, Hidden Obsession, Indecent Behavior (all 1993). Not one gave the slightest indication that his career had begun so promisingly.

Born in Denver, Colorado, Jan-Michael was the son of Doris Jane (nee Pace) and her husband, Lloyd Whiteley Vincent, who was a bomber pilot during the second world war before becoming a sign-painter. He was raised in Hanford, California, where his parents ran a successful billboard company. Jan-Michael’s grandfather Herbert had been a bank-robber who served time in the 30s for his part in holding up the First National Bank in Caruthers, California; he was also an alcoholic, an addiction passed on to his son and grandson in turn.

Jan-Michael went to Woodrow Wilson junior high and Hanford high school before fleeing to Ventura College when his father tried to pressure him into working for the family business: “I put my surfboard in the car and left,” he said. He stayed there for three years, then went to Mexico before serving with the California National Guard.

Struck by Vincent’s good looks, a talent scout secured him a contract with Universal Studios. “Jan was a ‘stand and deliver’ type of actor,” said the actor Robert Englund, who starred with him in the torrid drama Buster and Billie (1974), about troubled high-schoolers in 40s Georgia. “He could, in those short bursts, dominate the scene he was in, and he was very effective.”Advertisement

His acting career began in TV series including Lassie and Bonanza. From his film debut in the western The Bandits (1967), he was in work almost constantly for the next 20 years. He starred with John Wayne and Rock Hudson in the civil war drama The Undefeated (1969) and opposite Charles Bronson in the thriller The Mechanic (1972).

He was in the live-action Disney comedy The World’s Greatest Athlete (1973), Richard Brooks’s accomplished and sensitive western Bite the Bullet (1975), starring Gene Hackman and Candice Bergen, and the post-apocalyptic adventure Damnation Alley (1977).

But his post-Airwolf years amounted to a litany of misfortune, criminal behaviour and bad films – the only sort that would employ him once his addictions compromised even his ability to remember his lines. In the 90s, he was involved in three car accidents and was left with damaged vocal cords and broken vertebrae in his neck.

In 2000, he assaulted a former girlfriend and was ordered to pay $350,000. He went to jail for violating his probation for arrests relating to alcohol offences. Yet another car accident in 2008 led to an infection resulting in the amputation of the lower half of his right leg during an operation in which he nearly died.

He was married three times. The first two marriages, to Bonnie Poorman, then Joanne Robinson, ended in divorce. He is survived by his third wife, Patricia Ann (nee Christ), and by Amber, his daughter with Poorman.

• Jan-Michael Vincent, actor, born 15 July 1945; died 10 February 2019

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Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg. TCM Overview.

TCM overview:

The poised, effortlessly versatile veteran of stage, film and television for over five decades, Dame Diana Rigg was a rara avis: a flawless interpreter of Shakespeare and other classical stage work, as well as a thinking man’s sex symbol as Mrs. Emma Peel, the catsuit-sporting crime fighter on “The Avengers” (ITV, 1961-69). Rigg’s cool beauty and knack for witty banter made her an idol among male viewers during the 1960s, but she struggled to overcome the character’s superhuman charms after leaving the show. She instead found lasting fame and respect on Broadway and television, where she netted Tony and Emmy awards as formidable figures like Medea and Mrs. Danvers in “Rebecca” (ITV, 1996). Though fondly remembered for “The Avengers” decades later, Rigg’s body of work made her one of the most accomplished and respected actresses in the business.