James Cossins

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James Cossins
James Cossins.jpg
Born James Cossins
(1933-12-04)4 December 1933
Beckenham, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Died 12 February 1997(1997-02-12) (aged 63)

James Cossins (4 December 1933 – 12 February 1997) was an English character actor. Born in Beckenham, Kent, he became widely recognised as the abrupt, bewildered Mr. Walt in the Fawlty Towers episode "The Hotel Inspectors".[1] He played a magistrate in episodes of three different British sitcoms, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, The Good Life and Citizen Smith.

After serving in the Royal Air Force, he trained at RADA where he won the silver medal in 1952, later he appeared in repertory theatre[2] and played a wide range of characters throughout his colourful and extensive career on television and stage. He appeared in more than forty films,[3] including The Anniversary (recreating his West End stage role), and The Lost Continent (both 1968), Gandhi (1982), and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). On the small screen, he appeared as a guest in a variety of shows, including Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, The Likely Lads and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Minder, Bergerac, The Sweeney, Shadows, All Creatures Great and Small, Citizen Smith, Just William, The Good Life, L for Lester, Neville Dennis in Callan "Rules of the Game" (1972), Z-Cars, and as the regular character Bruce Westrop (in 1979) in Emmerdale Farm. He also played Major Bagstock in Dombey and Son (1983), and appeared in the first series of All in Good Faith in 1985. His later appearances were limited by ill health, and he lived in semi retirement in Surrey, with his beloved dog Oscar. Cossins died from heart disease at the age of 63, in 1997.[4]

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  1. ^ "Fawlty Towers Mr Walt/James Cossins". Thefawltytowersguide.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  2. ^ Eddie Pedder (1985). Who's Who on Television, 3rd Edition. Michael Joseph. ISBN 0-907965-31-8. 
  3. ^ "James Cossins". Britmovie.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  4. ^ https://www.google.com/search?q=james+cossins+photos&client=gmail&rls=gm&tbm=isch&source=iu&imgil=ZioOk86kb_nI5M%253A%253Bhttps%25

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