British actors died in 2000

Here are 20 famous actors from United Kingdom died in 2000:

Alec Guinness

Alec Guinness (April 2, 1914 Maida Vale-August 5, 2000 Midhurst) a.k.a. Alec Guinness de Cuffe, Alec Guiness, Sir Alec Guinness, Mystery Guest Star or Sir Alec Guinness, CH, CBE was a British actor. He had one child, Matthew Guinness.

Alec Guinness began his acting career in the theater, performing in a number of productions throughout the late 1930s and early 1940s. He made his film debut in 1946's "Great Expectations" and went on to star in many notable films, including "The Bridge on the River Kwai," for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. Guinness was widely regarded as one of Britain's finest actors, known for his versatility and ability to play a wide range of characters, from the comedic to the dramatic. He was also known for his work in the Star Wars franchise, playing the iconic role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original trilogy. In addition to his acting work, Guinness was a published author, penning his memoir "Blessings in Disguise" in 1985. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1959 and was awarded the Companion of Honour in 1994. Guinness passed away in 2000 at the age of 86.

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Robin Day

Robin Day (October 24, 1923 London-August 6, 2000 London) a.k.a. Sir Robin Day or The Grand Inquisitor was a British presenter, journalist and actor.

He is best known for his coverage of British politics, including hosting the BBC's flagship program, "Question Time" for over a decade. Day was renowned for his sharp interviewing style, quick wit and incisive questioning, earning him the nickname "The Grand Inquisitor." Beyond his television career, Day was also a noted actor, appearing in several films and stage productions. Later in life, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor for his contributions to broadcasting and journalism.

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Morris Barry

Morris Barry (February 9, 1918 Northampton-November 5, 2000 Surrey) also known as Morris Randolph Barry was a British television producer, television director and actor.

Barry began his career as an actor, appearing in several stage productions and films during the 1940s. He later transitioned into producing and directing for television, and is best known for his work on popular British programs such as "Z Cars," "Compact," and "Doctor Who." He produced and directed several episodes of "Doctor Who" during the 1960s and 1970s, including the iconic serial "The Tomb of the Cybermen." In addition to his work in television, Barry also directed a number of feature films, including "The Four Just Men" and "The Shakedown." He was awarded a BAFTA for his contributions to British television in 1992.

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John Abineri

John Abineri (May 18, 1928 London-June 29, 2000 Bath) also known as John Frederick Abineri was a British actor. He had four children, Daniel Abineri, Sebastian Abineri, Jasmine Abineri and Robert Abineri.

Abineri began his acting career on stage in the late 1940s before moving on to television and film in the 1960s. He is perhaps best known for his role as General Neusel in the 1965 film "The Guns of Navarone". He also appeared in a number of popular British television shows, including "Doctor Who", "The Avengers" and "The Saint". In addition to his acting work, Abineri was also a linguist and spoke several languages fluently. He passed away in 2000 at the age of 72 due to complications from a stroke.

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Bill Dean

Bill Dean (September 3, 1921 Everton, Liverpool-April 20, 2000 Upton) also known as Billy Dean, Patrick Connolly or Patrick Anthony Connolly was a British actor and soldier.

During World War II, Dean served in the British Army and fought in the Battle of Normandy. After the war, he turned to acting and appeared in over 200 films and TV shows, including "Zulu," "Doctor Who," and "EastEnders." He was also an accomplished stage actor, performing in numerous productions in London's West End. In addition to his acting career, Dean was actively involved in charity work and was a supporter of various veterans' organizations. He was awarded the MBE for his services to drama and charity in 1999, shortly before his death.

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Andrew Faulds

Andrew Faulds (March 1, 1923 Tanganyika Territory-May 31, 2000 Stratford-on-Avon District) also known as Andrew Matthew William Faulds or Andrew Foulds was a British politician and actor.

He was born in the Tanganyika Territory, which is now part of Tanzania, and later moved to England where he became known for his work in film and television. He appeared in many popular TV shows and films such as "The Great Escape," "Doctor Who," and "The Curse of the Werewolf." He was also a member of the British Parliament from 1966 to 1974, representing the Labour Party. During this time, he spoke out against the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa. After leaving politics, he continued to act in both films and theater productions. Faulds was a distinguished figure in both the entertainment industry and politics and his contributions to both will be long remembered.

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Eric Christmas

Eric Christmas (March 19, 1916 London-July 22, 2000 Camarillo) also known as Eric Cuthbert Christmas was a British actor and teacher. He had one child, Stephen Christmas.

Eric Christmas began his acting career in the late 1940s in England, where he appeared in various films, television shows and stage productions. He moved to Canada in the 1960s and worked extensively in Canadian television and film, including a regular role on the popular TV series "Road to Avonlea".

In the 1980s, Christmas moved to the United States and continued his acting career, appearing in numerous films and TV shows. He is perhaps best known for his roles in movies such as "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and "Mr. Mom".

Aside from acting, Christmas was also a respected teacher of drama, and he taught at prestigious institutions such as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and the Juilliard School in New York City.

Christmas passed away in 2000 at the age of 84, leaving behind a legacy as both a talented actor and a dedicated educator.

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Hugh Paddick

Hugh Paddick (August 22, 1915 Hoddesdon-November 9, 2000 Milton Keynes) also known as Mr. Hugh Paddick or Hugh William Paddick was a British actor, musician, singer, pianist and organist.

He began his career as a church organist and pianist before moving on to acting. Paddick was known for his work in a number of classic British TV shows, including "Round the Horne," "Doctor Who," and "The Avengers." He also appeared in a number of films, including "Carry On Regardless" and "The Magic Christian." In addition to acting, Paddick was a talented musician, playing both the piano and organ. He continued to work in film and television throughout his career, and was well-regarded by his peers for his talent and professionalism. Paddick was survived by his partner, the actor and director Graham McAlpine.

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Brian Rawlinson

Brian Rawlinson (November 12, 1931 Stockport-November 23, 2000 Exeter) was a British actor and writer.

He trained at RADA and began his career on stage, performing in productions across the UK and on the West End. Rawlinson also appeared in several films and television shows, including "The Avengers" and "Elizabeth R". In addition to acting, he also wrote for television and theatre, including the play "The Old Boy Network". Rawlinson was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed in several of their productions. He was also a founding member of the National Theatre of Great Britain.

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Michael Ripper

Michael Ripper (January 27, 1913 Portsmouth-June 28, 2000 London) a.k.a. Michael George Ripper was a British actor and character actor.

He is best known for his work in horror films, having appeared in over 200 films including "The Curse of the Werewolf" (1961), "The Plague of the Zombies" (1966), and numerous films in Hammer Horror's Dracula and Frankenstein series. Ripper often portrayed working-class characters with a rugged and tough exterior. Although horror films were his bread and butter, he also appeared in other genres such as adventure and comedy films. He worked consistently in film and television throughout his career and was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1993 for his services to drama.

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Charles Gray

Charles Gray (August 29, 1928 Bournemouth-March 7, 2000 London) a.k.a. Donald Marshall Gray, Gray, Charles, No Neck, Oliver Gray or Marshall was a British actor and voice actor.

He was primarily known for his roles in the James Bond films, portraying the characters of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in "Diamonds are Forever" and "You Only Live Twice," and Dikko Henderson in "The Man with the Golden Gun." Gray also appeared in the film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," playing the role of the Criminologist.

Aside from his film work, Gray had an extensive career on stage, performing in numerous productions in London's West End and on Broadway. He was also a prolific voice actor, lending his distinctive voice to a variety of animated television shows and films, including "The Beastmaster," "Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School," and "The Shoe People."

Gray was also a proficient linguist and spoke several languages fluently, including French, German, Italian, and Russian, which served him well in his acting career. He passed away in London in 2000, at the age of 71.

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Gary Olsen

Gary Olsen (November 3, 1957 London-September 12, 2000 Melbourne) also known as Gary Olson was a British actor. He had two children, Jake Olsen and India Olsen.

Olsen was best known for his role as Ben in the British sitcom "2point4 Children," which ran from 1991 to 1999. Prior to his acting career, Olsen worked as a musician and songwriter, even performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He also appeared in other TV shows and films such as "Casualty," "The Bill," and "Dalziel and Pascoe." Olsen was diagnosed with cancer in 1999 and passed away the following year at the age of 42.

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Adrian Henri

Adrian Henri (April 10, 1932 Birkenhead-December 20, 2000 Liverpool) was a British poet, painter, actor, teacher, musician, playwright and librettist.

He was one of the founders of the "Liverpool Scene" along with Brian Patten and Roger McGough, which was a group of poets with a unique style characterized by their use of humor, irony, and everyday language. Henri's poetry and art were influenced by a wide range of sources, including pop culture, jazz music, surrealism, and the Beat Generation. He published numerous collections of poetry, including "The Mersey Sound" (1967), which became one of the best-selling poetry anthologies of all time. Henri also collaborated on several musical and theatrical projects, including the rock opera "The Liverpool Passion" (1968) and the musical revue "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" (1970). In addition to his artistic pursuits, Henri was a dedicated and popular teacher of art and literature at various institutions in England.

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Eddie Powell

Eddie Powell (March 9, 1927 London-August 11, 2000 Berkshire) was a British stunt performer and actor.

He began his career as a stuntman in the 1950s, working on films such as The Guns of Navarone (1961) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Powell was known for his work on the James Bond film franchise, where he performed stunts in eight of the films, including Live and Let Die (1973) and GoldenEye (1995).

In addition to his stunt work, Powell also had a successful acting career, appearing in films such as Ben-Hur (1959) and The Italian Job (1969). He served as a stunt coordinator on several films, including the Richard Donner-directed Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980).

Powell retired in the early 1990s and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures in 1997. He passed away in 2000 at the age of 73.

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Chuck Faulkner

Chuck Faulkner (October 21, 1922 Belfast-December 4, 2000 Virginia Beach) a.k.a. Charles Stephen Faulkner was a British actor.

He began his career in the British Army in World War II before pursuing acting. Faulkner appeared in numerous British television shows throughout the 1950s and 1960s, including "The Avengers" and "Doctor Who." He also had a successful stage career, performing in productions such as "The Mousetrap" and "Arsenic and Old Lace." In the 1970s, Faulkner moved to the United States and continued his acting career, appearing in films such as "The Sentinel" and "You Light Up My Life." He also appeared on American television shows, including "Kojak" and "Columbo." Faulkner was married twice and had two children.

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Ian Dury

Ian Dury (May 12, 1942 Harrow, London-March 27, 2000 London) a.k.a. Dury, Ian or Ian Robins Dury was a British singer, guitarist, singer-songwriter, actor and lyricist. He had four children, Jemima Dury, Baxter Dury, Billy Dury and Albert Dury.

Ian Dury first rose to fame as the lead singer of the punk rock band, Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Their hit songs include "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick" and "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll." Dury was known for incorporating elements of funk, reggae, and jazz into his music, and for his witty and often provocative lyrics.

In addition to his music career, Dury also acted in films and on television. He appeared in the movies "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover" and "Judge Dredd," among others. On television, he appeared in the British drama series "Rock Follies" and hosted the music program "Revolver."

Dury was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 1996, but continued to perform and record music until his death in 2000 at the age of 57. He is remembered as a pioneering figure in British punk and new wave music, and as a talented and charismatic performer.

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John Baskcomb

John Baskcomb (February 7, 1916 Purley, London-March 29, 2000 Helston) was a British actor.

He appeared in a number of films, including "The Blue Lamp" (1950), "The Lavender Hill Mob" (1951), and "Room at the Top" (1959). He was also a regular on British television, appearing in shows such as "Dixon of Dock Green" and "Z-Cars". Baskcomb was known for his distinctive voice and often played authority figures such as judges and police officers. In addition to his acting career, he was also a radio announcer for the BBC during World War II. Baskcomb was married to actress Marjorie Rhodes and they remained together until her death in 1979. He continued acting into his later years, and passed away at the age of 84.

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Walter Sparrow

Walter Sparrow (January 22, 1927 Eltham-May 31, 2000 England) also known as Walter Leonard Sparrow was a British actor.

He was born in Eltham, London, and started his acting career in the late 1940s, appearing in several stage productions before transitioning to television and film. Sparrow is best known for his roles in the British soap opera "Crossroads," and in the 1971 film "Escape from the Dark."

Throughout his career, Sparrow appeared in over 50 films, including "Sweeney Todd" and "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde." He was also a regular cast member on several television series, including "The Troubleshooters" and "The Newcomers."

Outside of his acting career, Sparrow was known for his love of cricket and was an avid fan of the game. He passed away in May 2000 in England, leaving behind a career that spanned over five decades.

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Charles Morgan

Charles Morgan (March 23, 1909 Tredegar-March 1, 2000 United Kingdom) was a British actor.

He was born in Tredegar, Wales and grew up in a family of performers, as his father was a music hall comedian and his mother a singer. Morgan began his acting career in the 1930s, appearing in numerous plays and films throughout his career. He was best known for his roles in the films "The Man in the White Suit" (1951) and "The Mirror Crack'd" (1980), as well as for his role in the television series "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1955-1958). Morgan was also a successful stage actor in both London's West End and on Broadway, and received critical acclaim for his performances in productions such as "The Grass is Greener" and "Separate Tables." In addition to his acting career, Morgan was also a respected author, publishing several books including a biography of his father called "My Father Was Me." He passed away in 2000 at the age of 90.

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Eric Dodson

Eric Dodson (December 1, 1920 Peterborough-January 13, 2000 Cheltenham) also known as Eric Norman Dodson was a British actor.

He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his stage debut in 1949. Dodson appeared in numerous stage productions, including several productions at the Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company. In addition to his stage work, he appeared in several films, including "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" (1970), "Dombey and Son" (1983), and "101 Dalmatians" (1996). Dodson was also a prolific television actor, appearing in many popular programs like "Doctor Who," "Coronation Street," and "The Onedin Line." Outside of acting, he was an accomplished painter and sculptor.

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