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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 3:51 am    Post subject: Warren Mitchell 1926-2015 Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34820371

Mitchell of course played:

Captain Jason in The Golden Fleece
Keller in The Charmers
Brodny in Two's a Crowd
Brodny in The See-Through Man

Brodny may not be especially popular with fans but Mitchell showed what a great actor he was. It would have been so easy to make Keller and Brodny the same yet they both come across as individuals.

RIP to a great actor
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mitchell's Brodny will always split opinion. However, people often forget his ability to play roles with far more depth. His performances on stage in Death of a Salesman, The Caretaker and The Homecoming were spellbinding. I hope people won't remember him solely for his lighter roles, such as the bigoted Alf Garnett.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked Brodny a lot and I thought that Warren Mitchell was a fine actor who became typecast as his Alf Garnet character, although he did various other things including The Saint and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

Sadly another loss.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely interview with him from the Scotsman in 2004. Gives a real flavour of his complex personality.

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/the-pride-of-prejudice-1-1398276
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very fine actor who after his success as Alf Garnett was pigeonholed more than he deserved.

For the record, I adore Brodny.

I had the good fortune to see Mr Mitchell, albeit very briefly, at a BAFTA event a few years ago.

RIP.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I met him many years ago in Sydney after a one-man play he was performing.
The perfect gentleman, he stayed and talked to us for an hour after the show.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's as the likeable Brodny in 'Two's A Crowd' that I instinctively think of him. To me, in his portayal of Alf Garnett, Warren Mitchell cleverly parodied such a bigot. RIP an actor who brought a warmth to the screen.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another sad loss this year. Sad

Most recently seen a movie "All the Way Up" and was again impressed by his acting and energy. He was able to transform any corny jokes into something funny with the help of his facial expressions (balancing on the brink of aestheticism and without falling into vulgarity) and his style often reminded me more about the Russian clowns as Oleg Popov and Yuri Kuklachev.
He was incomparable as Ambassador Brodny and he made many of the Russian Avengers fans to believe that his roots have something Russian.
It's quite difficult for actor to play the role of a foreigner with another culture, that you can believe it, and Warren Mitchell was one of those people.
His characters were often simple, but at the same time often you could not make a clear distinction between positive and negative 'persons', which he portrayed - he enriched all this cheerful paints, which were understandable to each viewer.

Great actor, great charm in many films, including The Avengers.
And I will remember him exactly fun man:



Blessed memory.

Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely post, Denis. Summed it up nicely.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:06 pm    Post subject: Alf Garnett/Archie Bunker Reply with quote

Wasn't Alf Garnett the precursor to Archie Bunker?
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