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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:36 am    Post subject: Guest stars post Avengers who became famous Reply with quote

Can you name guest stars on TA whose later work became famous post Avengers? Especially of interest are parts that were similar.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's loads. One of the many reasons I love The Avengers is seeing who pops up. No less than 4 actors later became household names in Dad's army a year or two after their Avengers appearances, playing roles that though different to their later more famous roles had similar characteristics (Arthur Lowe, John le Mesurier, Clive Dunn and especially John Laurie). Ian Ogilvy played a charmer in They keep killing Steed, not unlike The Saint role. Most of the guest stars in The Avengers were extremely well cast I think. Very Happy Rich.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter Bowles became famous for To The Manor Born and a few other comedies/comedy dramas he did in the 80's.

Penelope Keith (Take Me to your Leader/Murder Market) likewise for To the Manor Born (which got some of the highest ratings of any 70's TV) with The Good Life beforehand (with Paul Eddington who she almost shared an episode with but got edited out - Something funny in the Nursery).

Michael Robbins (Mr Teddy Bear/Take Me to your Leader) later became a regular in comedy On the Buses.

Ronnie Barker (Hidden Tiger) of course became famous for The Two Ronnies and numerous other comedy series like Porridge and Open All Hour.

Gerald Harper (Homicide and Old Lace, Hour That Never Was) became well known for Hadleigh in the 70's (17 million viewers at its peak).
Peter Wyngarde became hugely know for Jason King (and then his indiscretion).

Fulton Mackay (Bizarre/ You'll catch your death) became popular for Mr. Mackay in prison comedy Porridge.

It seems to be pretty common for solid character actors becoming known for comedy series.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ronnie Barker (Hidden Tiger) of course became famous for The Two Ronnies and numerous other comedy series like Porridge and Open All Hour.
Fulton Mackay (Bizarre/ You'll catch your death) became popular for Mr. Mackay in prison comedy Porridge.
It seems to be pretty common for solid character actors becoming known for comedy series.


Also Brian Wild (The Fear merchants) was in Porridge. Yes, there's loads of actors from The Avengers who became stars in sitcoms. Something nasty in the nursery has so many Exclamation Yootha Joyce (George and Mildred), Trevor Bannister (Are you being served) as well as Paul Eddington and Clive Dunn. And not forgetting Look stop me with John Cleese, Bernard Cribbins and Jimmy Jewell.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cyberrich wrote:
Darren wrote:


Ronnie Barker (Hidden Tiger) of course became famous for The Two Ronnies and numerous other comedy series like Porridge and Open All Hour.
Fulton Mackay (Bizarre/ You'll catch your death) became popular for Mr. Mackay in prison comedy Porridge.
It seems to be pretty common for solid character actors becoming known for comedy series.


Also Brian Wild (The Fear merchants) was in Porridge. Yes, there's loads of actors from The Avengers who became stars in sitcoms. Something nasty in the nursery has so many Exclamation Yootha Joyce (George and Mildred), Trevor Bannister (Are you being served) as well as Paul Eddington and Clive Dunn. And not forgetting Look stop me with John Cleese, Bernard Cribbins and Jimmy Jewell.
Perhaps I should not ask this. Laughing What indiscretion when referring to Peter Wyngarde? BTW your list could not be more than complete. Most interesting!. Thanks. Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

His wikipedia page shares a few details - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Wyngarde
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks Darren. He sounds a bit eccentric but that makes him all the better for TA! Laughing ( In America they might call you weird but in England it is a compliment to be eccentric.) Sad to know he was in an internment camp.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charlotte Rampling of course. Probably one of the biggest names later in life.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As we mentioned on another thread dealing with The Superlative Seven, the cast list for this episode was quite impressive with Donald Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling and Brian Blessed going onto big things.

The episode that The Superlative Seven was based on Dressed to Kill also had an impressive cast including Leonad Rossiter, Anneke Wills, Richard Leech, John Junkin, Alexander Davion and stuntman Frank Maher.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robert Gillespie (lift attendant in 'Have Guns...') got the lead in TV sitcom 'Keep it in the Family' (80-83). Born in 1933 in Lille he was last seen in 'New Tricks'.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am quite impressed with all the details and knowledge of all on this thread. Am learning a lot myself from reading the posts. The guest stars were certainly an impressive lot.

Tette Lemkow, Romo Gorraro and Ronald Lacey were my favorite trio playing in Legacy of Death and then rejoining in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark, along the exact same theme.
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