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George Cole

Biography

Portrayed Mr. Poole in Mary Reilly, which starred Julia Roberts. In 1966, he made an appearance in THE FANTASTIC St Trinian’s Teach Robbery and in 1970, he made an appearance in The Vampire Fans. He first made an appearance in the 1941 film, Cottage to Allow. He played younger edition of Scrooge in the 1951 edition of A Xmas Carol. He previously two kids and was wedded many times. His last relationship was to Cent Morrell in 1964. He made an appearance in the film Henry V alongside Laurence Olivier.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth April 22, 1925
Died January 31, 1945, Myanmar, August 5, 2015, Reading, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality British, English
Children Tara Cole, Crispin Cole, Toby Cole, Harriet Cole
Parents George Cole, Florence Cole
Awards Victoria Cross
Nominations British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Movies Cleopatra, The Belles of St Trinian's, The Vampire Lovers, Scrooge, Blue Murder at St Trinian's, Mary Reilly, Cottage to Let, The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery, The Green Man, Laughter in Paradise, The Pure Hell of St Trinian's, The Adventures of Quentin Durward, Too Many Crooks, Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow, Our Girl Friday, Morning Departure, Where There's a Will, Will Any Gentleman...?, The Bridal Path, A Prize of Gold, The Constant Husband, One Way Pendulum, Happy Ever After, It's a Wonderful World, The Anatomist, Take Me High, The Blue Bird, My Brother's Keeper, Fright, Gone to Earth, Lady Godiva Rides Again, Gone in 60 Seconds, Deadline Auto Theft, Miss Marple: Nemesis, The Demi-Paradise, The Weapon, The Ghost of Greville Lodge, The Intruder, Minder on the Orient Express, An Officer and a Car Salesman, Station Jim, Flesh and Blood, Quartet, Top Secret, Who Goes There!, Don't Panic Chaps!, Those Kids from Town, The Clue of the Missing Ape, The Caramel Crisis, A Class Apart, The Wild Heart
TV Shows Minder, A Life Of Bliss, Blott on the Landscape, The Bounder, Dad, Root Into Europe, Comrade Dad, Diamond Geezer, Village Hall, My Good Friend, A Man of our Times, Don't Forget to Write!, An Independent Man, Diamond Geezer 2, Tony
Star Sign Taurus

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#Fact
1 The Minder (1979) theme song, "I Could Be So Good for You", was played at his funeral at Reading Crematorium on 13 August 2015, where his co-star Dennis Waterman gave a eulogy and said of the time they worked together on Minder "We laughed all day long, every day".
2 Along with Michael Ripper, he is one of only two actors to appear in all four of the original "St. Trinian's" films: The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954), Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957), The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1960) and The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery (1966).
3 He appeared in nine films with Alastair Sim: Bombsight Stolen (1941), The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950), Bikini Baby (1951), A Christmas Carol (1951), Folly to Be Wise (1952), An Inspector Calls (1954), The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954), The Green Man (1956) and Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957).
4 With the death of Renée Asherson on October 30, 2014, he was the last surviving cast member of Henry V (1944).
5 He was considered for the roles of Dr. Armstrong and Sir Percy Heseltine in Lifeforce (1985).
6 Joined RAF in 1943 training as a wireless operator at Cardington until it was discovered that his eyesight wasn't good enough. Transferred to Coastal Command H.Q. in Northwood for a year then posted to Germany where he ran the officers' mess bar.
7 He was a front runner for the role of Angus Hudson on Upstairs, Downstairs (1971).
8 He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1992 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama.
9 Became a pop star in 1983 when his duet with Dennis Waterman, "What Are We Gonna Get 'Er Indoors?", reached the number 21 position on the UK chart.
10 Was taken in (along with his mother) by Alastair Sim and his wife Naomi. Alastair then took over his education and trained him as an actor.
11 Accompanied a pal to an audition but finished up getting the part instead of his pal. That was for the play "Cottage to Let", which led to his appearance in the film, Bombsight Stolen (1941). [1940]


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flesh & Blood 1951 John Hannah
Gone to Earth 1950 Cousin Albert
Mr. Gillie 1950 TV Movie Tom Donnelly
The Happiest Days of Your Life 1950 Junior Assistant Caretaker at Ministry of Education (uncredited)
Operation Disaster 1950 E.R.A. Marks
The Spider and the Fly 1949 Marc, detective
The Three Kisses 1949 TV Short Rev. Hamish Mavor
The Anatomist 1949 TV Movie Walter Anderson
Quartet 1948 Herbert Sunbury (segment "The Kite")
My Brother's Keeper 1948 Willie Stannard
Dr. Angelus 1948 TV Movie Dr. Johnson
Journey Together 1945 Curley, Bomb Aimer, Lancaster Crew
Henry V 1944 Boy
Adventure for Two 1943 Percy (uncredited)
Those Kids from Town 1942 Charlie
Bombsight Stolen 1941 Ronald
Heartbeat 2005-2008 TV Series Albert Hallows
Midsomer Murders 2008 TV Series Lionel Hicks
The Dinner Party 2007 TV Movie George
New Tricks 2007 TV Series Sir Edward Chambers
Diamond Geezer 2007 TV Series Gerald
A Class Apart 2007 TV Movie George
Agatha Christie's Marple 2007 TV Series Laurence Raeburn
Family Business 2004 TV Series Pat Williams
Bodily Harm 2002 TV Mini-Series Sidney
Station Jim 2001 TV Movie Stationmaster Pope
The Sleeper 2000 TV Mini-Series George
The Ghost of Greville Lodge 2000 Great Uncle
Dad 1997-1999 TV Series Brian Hook
My Good Friend 1995-1996 TV Series Peter Banks
Mary Reilly 1996 Mr. Poole
An Independent Man 1995 TV Series Freddie Patterson
Minder 1979-1994 TV Series Arthur / Arthur Daley
Root Into Europe 1992 TV Series Henry Root
Life After Life 1990 TV Movie Eric Burt
Tube Mice 1988 TV Series Vernon
Natural Causes 1988 TV Movie Vincent
Comrade Dad 1984-1986 TV Series Reg Dudgeon
Blott on the Landscape 1985 TV Mini-Series Sir Giles Lynchwood Sir Giles
Deadline Auto Theft 1983 Atlee Jackson
The Bounder 1982-1983 TV Series Trevor Mountjoy
Perishing Solicitors 1983 TV Movie
ITV Playhouse 1969-1979 TV Series Willie / Harry / David Carter
Don't Forget to Write! 1977-1979 TV Series Gordon Maple
Return of the Saint 1978 TV Series Fred
The Voyage of Charles Darwin 1978 TV Series Josiah Wedgewood / Josiah Wedgwood
Good Neighbors 1978 TV Series Mr. Downs, Bank Manager
Double Nickels 1977 George
The Sweeney 1976 TV Series Dennis Longfield
The Blue Bird 1976 Tylo
Quiller 1975 TV Series Mays
Lloyd George Knew My Father 1975 TV Movie Hubert Boothroyd MP
Affairs of the Heart 1974 TV Series Mr. Prodmore
Village Hall 1974 TV Series Ernest Groves
Dial M for Murder 1974 TV Series Pearce
Take Me High 1973 Bert Jackson
Away from It All 1973 TV Series Leonard
Madigan 1972 TV Series Constable Lumpton
Six Faces 1972 TV Series Arthur Drew
Fright 1971 Jim
The Ten Commandments 1971 TV Series Peter
Jackanory 1969-1971 TV Series Storyteller
Shadows of Fear 1971 TV Series Gordon
UFO 1971 TV Series Paul Roper
Menace 1970 TV Series Douglas Willet
Play for Today 1970 TV Series Mr. Newbold
The Vampire Lovers 1970 Roger Morton
Armchair Theatre 1959-1970 TV Series Edwin
A Room in Town 1970 TV Movie Edwin
The Root of All Evil? 1968-1969 TV Series Gordon Maple / Syd Swope
ITV Saturday Night Theatre 1969 TV Series Tod
The Gold Robbers 1969 TV Mini-Series Barry Porter
Out of the Unknown 1969 TV Series James Hale
The Sex Game 1968 TV Series
Thirty-Minute Theatre 1966-1968 TV Series Paul Bishop / Caramel
A Man of our Times 1968 TV Series Max Osborne
The Green Shoes 1968 Short
Half Hour Story 1967 TV Series Cyril / Mr. Hicks
Seven Deadly Virtues 1967 TV Series Arnold Roberts
ITV Play of the Week 1956-1967 TV Series Frank Cockburn / Walter
Vendetta 1966 TV Series Jacques Bavar
Blackmail 1966 TV Series Len Grantham
The Informer 1966 TV Series Baxter
Comedy Playhouse 1963-1966 TV Series Charles / Mossy
The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery 1966 'Flash' Harry
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1963-1966 TV Series Mr. Mipps / Hellspite / William Evans
A World of Comedy 1965 TV Mini-Series Adams
One Way Pendulum 1965 Defense Counsel Fred
Gideon C.I.D. 1964 TV Series Bishop
Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow 1963 Mr. Sexton Mipps / Hellspite
Cleopatra 1963 Flavius
A Life of Bliss 1960-1961 TV Series David Bliss
The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's 1960 'Flash' Harry Cuthbert Edwards
Don't Panic Chaps 1959 Finch
The Bridal Path 1959 Police Sgt. Bruce
ITV Television Playhouse 1959 TV Series Tegeus-Chromus (corporal)
Too Many Crooks 1959 Fingers
Blue Murder at St. Trinian's 1957 'Flash' Harry
Suspicion 1957 TV Series GeorgeWillis
The Green Man 1956 William Blake
The Weapon 1956 Joshua Henry
It's a Wonderful World 1956 Ken Millar
The Anatomist 1956 TV Movie Dr. Walter Anderson
Quentin Durward 1955 Hayraddin
The Star Without a Name 1955 TV Movie Jacques Thomas
A Phoenix Too Frequent 1955 TV Movie Tegeus-Chromis
Marriage a la Mode 1955 Luigi Sopranelli
Where There's a Will 1955 Fred Slater
A Prize of Gold 1955 Sergeant Roger Morris
The Belles of St. Trinian's 1954 Flash Harry
Tonight's the Night 1954 Terence
An Inspector Calls 1954 Tram Conductor (uncredited)
The Adventures of Sadie 1953 Jimmy Carrol
The Clue of the Missing Ape 1953 Gobo
The Intruder 1953 John Summers
Will Any Gentleman...? 1953 Henry Sterling
Folly to Be Wise 1952 Soldier in Brains Trust audience (uncredited)
Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow 1952 George
The Passionate Sentry 1952 Arthur Crisp
The Wild Heart 1952 Cousin Albert
Rainy Day 1952 TV Movie George Willis
Mr. Lord Says No 1952 Cyril
A Christmas Carol 1951 Young Ebenezer Scrooge
Bikini Baby 1951 Johnny
Laughter in Paradise 1951 Herbert Russell

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Midsomer Murders 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The One Show 2013 TV Series Himself
Outbreak 1939 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself - Actor
Mark Lawson Talks to... 2008 TV Series Himself
British Film Forever 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
That's What I Call Television 2007 TV Series Himself
Must See TV 2006 TV Series documentary Himself / Arthur Daley
The 100 Greatest Family Films 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Spivs 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Drama Connections 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
ITV 50 Greatest Shows 2005 TV Movie Himself
The Spirit of Christmas Past: George Cole Remembers Alastair Sim 2005 Video documentary short Himself
TV's Greatest Cars 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Memories of Minder: The Early Years 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Memories of Minder: The Gary Webster Years 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Memories of Minder: The Middle Years 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The Best of British 1999 TV Series Himself
Heroes of Comedy 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
A Night of Comic Relief 2 1989 TV Special Himself
Aspel & Company 1986 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1983 TV Series Arthur Daley
The Royal Variety Performance 1982 1982 TV Movie Himself
Heggerty Haggerty 1982 TV Series Himself
Night of One Hundred Stars 1980 TV Movie Himself
Celebrity Squares 1975 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
BAFTA Televsion Awards 2016 2016 TV Special
5 News 2015 TV Series Himself
Verity Lambert: Drama Queen 2008 TV Movie documentary Arthur Daley (uncredited)
Evolution of the Invasion 2006 Video documentary James Hale
The Greatest 2001 TV Series documentary Arthur Daley
The 100 Greatest TV Ads 2000 TV Special
To See Such Fun 1977 Documentary Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1985 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor Minder (1979)
1983 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor Minder (1979)


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#Quote
1 [on the success of Minder (1979)] It's a bit worrying really. After all, Arthur is a crook. He nearly always lets Terry down and yet he's one of the most popular characters on television.


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