(samkydd @ Dec 8 2005, 12:17 P
Mario Fabrizi was born in 1925, and was well known for his role as Corporal "Moosh" Merryweather in "The Army Game" in the late 50's. He also appeared in 22 of the 63 "Hancock's Half Hour" BBC television series, with in one of the ATV series, "The Assistant", as well as Hancock's two films "The Rebel" and "The Punch and Judy Man".
Mario Fabrizi collapsed and died at his Willesden, London home on April 6th 1963, aged 38. A week before his death he had announced that he was leaving show business to join an advertising firm selling screen space, because he had not had a job for four months.
At the time of his death his agent said "He was a man loved by everybody, and the sad thing about his death is that his last part - and his best part - was in Tony Hancock's latest film 'The Punch and Judy Man'. In that, he had virtually a star part and he was absolutely marvellous."
Mario Fabrizi had been in the entertainment business for around 20 years, and his lean and lanky appearance were familiar to television viewers of the period. He married Katherine Boyne, a beauty expert from Leeds in May 1960. They had a son in 1961.