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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 7:42 am    Post subject: Piggy Warren/ Terence Alexander Reply with quote

Terence Alexander

Terence Alexander, the actor, who died on May 28 aged 86, played the bustling Charlie Hungerford in the television detective series Bergerac.

Supporting John Nettles in the title role, Alexander brought humour and suavity to Bergerac as the detective's millionaire ex-father-in-law. His lightness of touch was perfect for the slim, silver-haired Charlie, constantly puffing a cigar and often in a flap.

It was his best-known and financially the most successful of Alexander's many light character roles in a career spanning more than 50 years. The Bergerac series was shown in more than 35 countries.

He had previously made numerous appearances on stage, screen and radio although as a supporting rather than a leading player. With his long, straight face, faintly bumptious air, toothy grin and jovial personality, Alexander built a line in upper-class charmers, beguiling rogues and, occasionally, twits. "Some directors see me as an idiot," he reflected, "some as a villain, so I've always had a range of some sort to fall back on."

His many West End performances in comedies and farces included Jim Hudson in Fringe Benefits (Whitehall, 1976), in which he starred with Brian Rix, Henry Lodge in Move Over Mrs Markham (Vaudeville, 1971), Jack in Two and Two Make Sex (Cambridge, 1973), and Bill Shorter in There Goes The Bride (Criterion, 1974, then Ambassadors, 1975).

He also played Dr Wicksteed in Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus (Nottingham Playhouse, 1980).

Alexander's numerous films included the comedies The Square Peg (1958) with Norman Wisdom, and Carry On Regardless (1961). He also appeared in the epic Waterloo (1970) and the thriller The Day Of The Jackal (1974).

But probably his best film role was as an ex-officer turned bank robber in the comedy adventure The League Of Gentlemen (1960).

Terence Alexander was born in London on March 11 1923, educated at Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire, and entered the theatre at 16 as an assistant stage manager on 10 shillings [50p] a week with the White Rose Players, Harrogate.

His first professional stage appearance as a young journalist in JB Priestley's The Good Companions (Opera House, Harrogate, 1939) ignited a lifelong passion for the stage. "I was absolutely hooked," he confessed. "When I was up to 2 a week, I left home."

Wartime service from 1942 as a lieutenant with the 27th Lancers interrupted his career. He was seriously wounded by artillery fire in Italy and on leaving the army in 1947 was awarded a 50% disability pension.

As late as the mid-1970s Alexander had to undergo surgery to remove a piece of shrapnel from his foot, and he was left with a constant ringing in his ears.

But he continued his acting career and made his first film appearance in Comin' Thro' The Rye in 1947. Widespread experience in repertory led to his first London stage appearance as Tom Williams in Val Gielgud's comedy, Party Manners (Princes, now Shaftesbury, 1950).

He also began his successful television career in the 1950s and subsequently appeared in many plays, shows and series including The Forsyte Saga, the Les Dawson and thingy Emery shows, Terry and June, and The New Statesman.

Terence Alexander appeared in the Armchair Theatre series of plays and his other television work included Churchill And The Generals (1979). The Bergerac series began in 1981.

His radio work included several plays as well as the series Law and Disorder and The Toff.

A shy and sensitive man in private life, Alexander was reputedly superstitious, and required his wife to say: "I love you, good luck" three times whenever he left the house.

His great loves were golf and wine. Asked to name his favourite hobby, he replied: "Searching for drinkable wine at a reasonable price." Questioned further about the one person in the world he would like to meet, he declared: "The owner of Chateau Mouton Rothschild - to help him drink some of it."

Terence Alexander's first marriage to Juno Stevas, the sister of Lord St John of Fawsley (formerly the Conservative MP Norman St. John Stevas) was dissolved after 23 years. He then married the actress Jane Downs, with whom he lived in Fulham, west London. She survives him, with two sons from his first marriage.

Published June 2 2009
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/tv-radio-obituaries/5428471/Terence-Alexander.html
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another great Avengers guest artist leaves us.

He was always wonderful (Town of No Returns, Correct Way to Kill, Love All, Angels of Death) in the series.

Loved in him Bergerac. He had a good solid and long career.

RIP.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'As late as the mid-1970s Alexander had to undergo surgery to remove a piece of shrapnel from his foot, and he was left with a constant ringing in his ears.' I really don't understand that!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rodney wrote:
'As late as the mid-1970s Alexander had to undergo surgery to remove a piece of shrapnel from his foot, and he was left with a constant ringing in his ears.' I really don't understand that!


Some medications can cause a ringing in the ears, i.e., aspirin, diabetic medications, blood thinners. It's rare and usually temporary, but it can happen. On even rarer occasions it can become permenent. There is also the chance that it was just coincidence.
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