Gary Waldhorn

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Gary Waldhorn
Born(1943-07-03)3 July 1943
Paddington, London, England
Died10 January 2022(2022-01-10) (aged 78)
OccupationActor
Years active1969–2013
Spouse(s)
Christie Dickason
(m. 1967)
Children1

Gary Waldhorn (3 July 1943 – 10 January 2022) was an English actor and comedian known for his roles in British television and theatre. He is particularly remembered for his work in the main casts of several British sitcoms. Notable roles and characters played by him included Councillor David Horton in The Vicar of Dibley and Lionel Bainbridge in Brush Strokes.

Early life

Waldhorn was born in London on 3 July 1943 to Liselotte (née Popper) and Siegfried Waldhorn.[1] His parents were Austrian Jews.[2][3] He studied acting at the Yale School of Drama (graduated 1967) where he notably performed in new works written by playwright Lillian Hellman in 1966.[4] While at Yale he met fellow student Christie Dickason, daughter of Indiana University academic David Howard Dickason, who became his wife and an active theatre director and choreographer in London and later a published playwright and novelist.[5] He is known for his work in West End theatre productions and for his collaborations with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1972 he toured Australia and New Zealand in Harry M. Miller's production of Sleuth playing opposite Richard Todd.[6][7]

Career

Apart from appearing in The Vicar of Dibley, Waldhorn also made many television appearances from the 1970s including Softly, Softly, The Sweeney, Space: 1999, The New Avengers, Brideshead Revisited, The Professionals, Minder, Robin of Sherwood, Rumpole of the Bailey, The Bill, Heartbeat, Gallowglass and Lovejoy. He also played Lionel Bainbridge in the first three series of Brush Strokes before the character was written out, and Richard Beamish in the first series of All at No 20.[7]

He also starred as Ralph Apsoland in the 1993 miniseries Gallowglass.[8] His other notable television credits include several recurring roles: Caulaincourt in the mini-series Napoleon and Love,[9] Greville in The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs, Henry Channon in Edward & Mrs. Simpson,[10] Teddy Lupus in Enemy at the Door,[11] John Fearnley in Moving, Gordon Lochhead in Campaign,[8] Cllr. Alec Radcliffe in The Chief,[1] Sergeant Bob Pulver in Lovejoy,[8] and Cmdre. Forrest in Longitude.[12] His film credits include the roles of Harlich in Zeppelin, Max in Sir Henry at Rawlinson End,[12] Hauptmann Rainer Mueller in Escape to Victory,[11] and Tornado in The Chain.[8] On stage he was particularly active with the Royal Shakespeare Company.[1][13]

Personal life

Waldhorn was a patron of Malawi Dream, a British registered charity working to help the people of Malawi in Africa.[14]

He married Christie Dickason on 2 April 1967; together they had one son, Joshua.[1]

Waldhorn died on 10 January 2022, at the age of 78.[15][16][17]

Selected filmography

Television

Year Film Role Notes Reference
1969 Take Three Girls Roger 1 episode [10][18]
1970 Armchair Theatre TV reporter 1 episode [19]
1970–1974 Softly, Softly: Taskforce Bruton / James / Watson [10]
1971 The Lotus Eaters Nat 1 episode [20]
Man at the Top Television Instructor 1 episode [21]
Crown Court Trevor Sanderson 1 episode [22]
1974 Napoleon and Love Caulaincourt 2 episodes [9]
The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs Greville 2 episodes [10][23]
1975 It's Just the Job Mike Sherman 1 episode [24]
The Sweeney Alan Fowler 1 episode [8][11]
1976 Space: 1999 Winters 1 episode [25]
Hadleigh Werner Von Hermsdorff 1 episode [12][26]
Maggie and Her Roger 1 episode [27]
The New Avengers Roach 1 episode [11]
1977
A Sharp Intake of Breath Denis 1 episode [28]
1978 Enemy at the Door Teddy Lupus 2 episodes [11]
The Professionals Turner 1 episode [11]
Return of the Saint Anonymous 1 episode [29]
Edward & Mrs. Simpson Chips Channon 3 episodes [10]
1980 The Gentle Touch Tom Scott 1 episode [8]
Hammer House of Horror Dr. Bacharach 1 episode [8]
1982 Minder Alex Rowan 1 episode [11]
1986–1991 Brush Strokes Lionel Bainbridge [8][11]
1987 After Pilkington Boris 1 episode [11]
1994–2013 The Vicar of Dibley David Horton [8][11]

Films

Radio

  • "The Carrara Cherub", BBC Radio 4, Saturday Night Theatre, 21 August 1982 - Ray Damon (Private Detective)[34]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Shennan, Rhona (12 January 2022). "'We will miss him terribly': Vicar of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn dies age 78". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  2. ^ Lister, David (16 April 1994). "Shylock, unacceptable face of Shakespeare?". The Independent. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  3. ^ Schafer, Elizabeth (19 May 2000). Ms-Directing Shakespeare: Women Direct Shakespeare. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 120. ISBN 978-0-312-22746-3.
  4. ^ Lillian Hellman (1986). Conversations with Lillian Hellman. University Press of Mississippi. p. 73. Gary Waldhorn.
  5. ^ Merritt Lawlis and Willis P. Porter (22 October 1974). "Memorial Resolution On The Death Of David Howard Dickason". Indiana University Bloomington Faculty Council Circular.
  6. ^ Todd, Richard (1989). In Camera: An Autobiography Continued. Hutchinson. p. 318. ISBN 9780091735340.
  7. ^ a b c "The Big Interview: Gary Waldhorn". OfficialLondonTheatre.com. 22 March 2004. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Gary Waldhorn". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  9. ^ a b Mattei, Jean-Pierre (1998). Napoléon & le cinéma: un siècle d'images. Editions Alain Piazzola. ISBN 9782907161329. (in French)
  10. ^ a b c d e Morris, Lauren (11 January 2022). "Gary Waldhorn – The Vicar of Dibley star – dies, aged 78". Radio Times. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Gary Waldhorn List of Movies and TV Shows". TV Guide. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  12. ^ a b c d "Gary Waldhorn". British Film Institute. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  13. ^ Stolworthy, Jacob (12 January 2022). "Gary Waldhorn death: Vicar of Dibley actor who played councillor David Horton dies, aged 78". The Independent. London. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  14. ^ "Our patron". Malawi Dream. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  15. ^ Evans, Chris, ed. (14 January 2022). "Obituary - Gary Waldhorn". The Daily Telegraph. No. 51, 838. p. 29. ISSN 0307-1235.
  16. ^ "Vicar of Dibley actor Gary Waldhorn dies". BBC News. 11 January 2022. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  17. ^ Chao-Fong, Léonie (11 January 2022). "Vicar of Dibley actor Gary Waldhorn dies aged 78". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  18. ^ Vahimagi, Tise (1996). British Television: An Illustrated Guide. Oxford University Press. p. 183. ISBN 9780198159278.
  19. ^ "Up among the Cuckoos (1970)". BFI. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  20. ^ Radio Times. Vol. 195. George Newnes Ltd. 1972. p. 23.
  21. ^ "Man at the Top, Season 2 – Episode 12: Winners are Losers". Radio Times. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  22. ^ "A Stab in the Front Part 1 (1973)". BFI. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  23. ^ Lewisohn, Mark (2003). "The Top Secret Life Of Edgar Briggs". BBC Comedy Guide. Archived from the original on 19 May 2006.
  24. ^ "It's Just the Job (1975)". BFI. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  25. ^ Fulton, Roger (1990). The Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction. Boxtree. p. 369. ISBN 9781852832773.
  26. ^ A for Andromeda to Zoo Time: Television Holdings of the National Film and Television Archive, 1936–1979. Bloomsbury Academic. 1994. p. 51. ISBN 9780851704203.
  27. ^ "Poppy and Her (1976)". BFI. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  28. ^ "A Sharp Intake Of Breath: Series 3, Episode 3 – Look Who's Coming For Ever". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  29. ^ Barer, Burl (1993). The Saint: A Complete History in Print, Radio, Film, and Television of Leslie Charteris' Robin Hood of Modern Crime, Simon Templar, 1928–1992. McFarland & Company. p. 343. ISBN 9780899507231.
  30. ^ ""Hanover Street" (1979)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  31. ^ "Dirty Money (1988)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  32. ^ "Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  33. ^ "The Chain (1984)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  34. ^ "Saturday-Night Theatre: The Carrara Cherub". BBC Genome. Retrieved 13 January 2022.

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