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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2021 3:19 am    Post subject: Ian Gardiner (1928-2021) RIP Reply with quote

Actor Ian Gardiner, who played a policeman in the Avengers episode Girl on the Trapeze (1961), died on August 17, aged 92.



The Stage Obituary

https://www.thestage.co.uk/obituaries--archive/obituaries/obituary-ian-gardiner

Ian Gardiner described himself as a jobbing actor who never made the heights but was fortunate enough to keep working for 45 years until osteoarthritis forced him to retire.

Born in Maidstone, he began acting at school where, aged 14, he played Henry V. After graduating from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art with the Margaret Rutherford Shakespeare Medal, he made early professional appearances on the London fringe before spending two seasons in Ipswich.

Gardiner made his West End debut in the 1953 Lancastrian comedy The Love Match playing the son to Arthur Askey and Thora Hird’s parents at the Palace Theatre. He reunited with Askey two years later for Love and Kisses for a summer season at the Blackpool Grand, where it was also filmed for television. At London’s Savoy Theatre in 1957, he appeared alongside Betsy Blair in Bayard Veiller’s The Trial of Mary Dugan, and was twice seen as Henry II (Canterbury) and in Jean Anouilh’s Becket (Swansea Rep) in the early 1960s before television dominated his career for the rest of the decade.

Minor roles in The Avengers, Compact and Dr Finlay’s Casebook were followed by a long stint in the BBC Schools department’s Television Club as father to Judy Geeson and as a teacher in Anthony Buckeridge’s school drama Jennings. Gardiner enjoyed a flourishing career in television commercials and achieved minor fame as Reginald Molehusband, a nervous car owner struggling with and eventually overcoming various challenges on the road and learning how to park in a long-running public information film.

Gardiner returned to the stage in the early 1970s as a member of Richmond Rep before touring the UK in Ray Cooney’s Move Over Mrs Markham, as well as Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and South Africa in the French farce Birds of Paradise.

In 1977 he understudied Kenneth More in Frederick Lonsdale’s On Approval at London’s Vaudeville Theatre, and spent the following summer in Weston-Super-Mare with Bob Monkhouse and David Jason in She Done It Again. He ended the decade in The Merchant of Venice (1979) at the Cheltenham Everyman, to which he regularly returned in the decade ahead. He also appeared at the Crucible Sheffield and supported Leonard Rossiter’s Tartuffe at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre in 1983. By then, he had enjoyed two West End runs: alongside Donald Sinden and Dinah Sheridan in Noël Coward’s Present Laughter (Vaudeville, 1981) and as Mr McTeazle in Tom Stoppard’s Dirty Linen (Arts, 1982).

After touring Italy with The Rocky Horror Show, later theatre work included UK tours of Hobson’s Choice with Bill Maynard, and as the manservant Frith in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.

Although increasingly debilitated by arthritis, he maintained a presence on television, appearing in Brookside, Howard’s Way and John Osborne’s You’re Not Watching Me, Mummy.
For his stage swansong, Gardiner reprised Frith in a six-month-long tour of Rebecca, after which he retired, proud that he had been a life-long member of Equity.

Ian Keith Gardiner was born on October 12, 1928 and died on August 17, aged 92. From 1954 until her death in 1986 he was married to Janet Davies, who found fame as Mrs Pike in Dad’s Army. He is survived by a son from that marriage and his second wife, Teresa Forsyth.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2021 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rest in Peace, Reginald Molehusband. May your indicator lights never fail.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RIP Ian Gardiner.

Thanks Denis.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

long career...thanks Denis, for posting this...RIP, sir..
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lately I've started to get used to getting some fresh news from social media, but in the case of Ian Gardiner, the first news (at least for me) came from the The Stage website. The Stage staff continues to do a great job on various materials - pleasure to study (although The Times is still in first place for more accurate information in the content). Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 11:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Ian Gardiner (1928-2021) RIP Reply with quote

I remember the name Reginald Molehusband. RIP.
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... he was married to Janet Davies, who found fame as Mrs Pike in Dad’s Army... [/b]
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