Monday, December 29, 2003

Three Times A Malady

Parallax View pays its respects to three people who were household names in the British entertainment industry during Dead Kenny's formative years, and who all died over the weekend -

Sir Alan Bates was a prominent actor in the 60s and 70s, his best work including Far From The Madding Crowd; Women In Love; A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg; John Frankenheimer's oft-overlooked Story Of A Love Story and Jerzy Skoliminowski's The Shout which remains to this day one of the most bonkers films ever made. His performances in latter years have been more idiosyncratic, become increasingly twitchy and hammy in style, typified in his turn as the butler in his last major film of note: Robert Altman's country-house murder mystery Gosford Park. Sir Alan died of cancer aged 69.

Bob Monkhouse is probably best known for his role as gameshow host on the likes of The Golden Shot and Celebrity Squares but he was a comedian who valued being funny over being lovable, and there aren't many of those about. He was also an under-rated actor and in recent years hit headlines when some would-be joker stole his book of gags. Bob died from cancer aged 75.

Actor Dinsdale Landen was a regular face in comedies and light entertainment shows in the 70s and 80s. He died, yet again from cancer, aged 71.


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