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Your Showbiz Snippets, Please!

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  • Your Showbiz Snippets, Please!

    Hi, sprocket jockeys! How about this thread for little showbusiness nuggets that maybe do not merit an individual thread of their own!

    I can start zee ball rolling with...

    Daleks measure time in rels

    And Postman Pat's surname is Clifton

    LOL! I really should get out more!

    Johnny

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    Before his mainstream career in comedy, Charles Hawtrey appeared in a short advertising film from Shell-Mex and BP, called How To Refuel A 2-Stroke Motorcycle.

    Dan Leno's real name was George Galvin.

    Charlie Drake's real surname was Springall. Drake was his mother's maiden name.

    Bob Monkhouse's father was one of the owners of the Monk & Glass custard powder factory.
    Last edited by Judge Foozle; 9th December 2017, 09:37 PM. Reason: add a snippet

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    • #3
      Original Davros actor and sometime Dalek voice Michael Wisher was an expert carpenter and when "resting", used to make kitchens and furniture for fellow thesps.

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      • #4
        Actor Martin Freeman's Brother Tim' was once the lead singer and songwriter with the moderately successful Band Frasier Chorus' an unusual band in that they didnt use the usual guitarist, bassist or drummer etc but used flute, Clarinet'bongos.



         

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        • #5
          Ian McShane's dad Harry McShane was a Manchester United footballer!

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          • #6
            Apparently actor Bernard Lee liked a drink..or two, to the point at Merton Park they would lock him in his 'dry' dressing room between takes-.however he had an arrangement with a young minion who would pass a straw through the keyhole - In contrast producer Jack Greenwood would always start the day with a bottle of milk.
            Colour was not always kind to Bernard's nose..

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            • #7
              On the subject of Bernard Lee, apparently he and William Hartnell hated each other. Hartnell in particularly always resented Lee got the plum role of the sergeant in The Third Man instead of him. Allegedly, both seriously drunk, they encountered one another in a pub and had a fist fight with them ending up on the floor squabbling like children.

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              • #8
                Genevieve, a film about vintage cars and driving starred John Gregson, an actor who couldn't drive..

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                • #9
                  Tee hee, love these little nippets of knowledge!

                  Two more...

                  Tex Tucker, from Four Feather Falls, was voiced by...Nicholas Parsons!

                  Miss Piggy was originally named Piggy Lee, after the singer Peggy Lee, who was very not amused. Hence the name change to Miss Piggy.

                  Johnny

                  LOL!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Tigon Man View Post
                    Genevieve, a film about vintage cars and driving starred John Gregson, an actor who couldn't drive..
                    I understand the director Henry Cornelius wasn't happy during the making of this film. Dirk Bogarde was apparently his first choice for the lead role but Bogarde turned it down.

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                    • #11
                      Yes, you'd think they'd have picked an actor who could drive for the role!

                      I remember reading that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was fitted with a Borg-Warner automatic transmission - because Dick Van Dyke couldn't handle a manual gearbox!

                      Quiztime: Which famous person is licensed to drive commercial vehicles?

                      Johnny
                      Last edited by Panavision; 15th December 2017, 07:07 PM. Reason: Spelling error due to too much whisky

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Panavision View Post
                        Yes, you'd think they'd have picked an actor who could drive for the role!


                        Quiztime: Which famous person is licensed to drive commercial vehicles?

                        Johnny
                        Eddie Stobart.

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                        • #13
                          Good answer, Judge! I was thinking of Peter Lorre! LOL! ROLF!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Panavision View Post
                            Good answer, Judge! I was thinking of Peter Lorre! LOL! ROLF!
                            Oh dear...and I so nearly said Rowan Atkinson or Vin Diesel. Perhaps we should write an ARTICle on the subject.
                            Reg Varney passed the bus-driving (PSV) test in preparation for On The Buses, but fellow actor Bob Grant had actually been a bus driver before he went into showbiz and joined the series
                            Matt Monro and Des O'Connor had also been bus drivers.
                            Hal Roach had been a truck driver before he started his famous studios, that made stars of so many British-born actors.

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                            • #15
                              Reg Varney was the first person in the UK to use a cash machine.

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