Mike Sarne

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Mike Sarne
Born Michael Scheuer
(1940-08-06) 6 August 1940 (age 74)
Paddington, London, England, UK
Alma mater School of Slavonic and East European Studies
Occupation Actor, writer, film director, singer
Years active 1960-
Notable work(s) Come Outside
Joanna (director)
Myra Breckinridge (director)

Michael Sarne (born 6 August 1940) is a British actor, writer, producer and director, who also had a brief career as pop singer Mike Sarne. He is of Czechoslovakian descent.[1]

Music career[edit]

Sarne was born Michael Scheuer at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London. Active in the 1960s as singer, he is best known for his 1962 UK novelty chart topper, "Come Outside" (produced by Joe Meek), which featured vocal interjections by Wendy Richard.[2] He had three more releases which made the UK Singles chart. "Will I What?" in 1962 which featured Billie Davis, "Just For Kicks" in 1963 and "Code of Love", also in 1963.[3]

TV and film career[edit]

In the mid-1960s Sarne introduced the ITV children's quiz series, Junior Criss Cross Quiz.

Films he has directed include: Joanna (1968) and most notably Myra Breckinridge (1970), an adaptation of Gore Vidal's book of the same name, starring Raquel Welch, Rex Reed, Mae West and Farrah Fawcett in her first big screen role. A more recent film is The Punk and the Princess (1994) an adaptation of Gideon Sams' young adult novel The Punk, about the romance between a teenage punk rocker and a Sloane Ranger girl. He also directed a documentary about the Glastonbury Music Festival in 1995.

As an actor, he has appeared on television, in British series including The Avengers, Man in a Suitcase, Jonathan Creek, and The Bill. He starred in the 1963 film A Place to Go with Rita Tushingham, directed by Basil Dearden. Sarne also appeared in an episode of "Minder" as Billy Beesley, a amateur safe blower. In 2007 he appeared as Valery in the crime thriller "Eastern Promises". In 2011 Sarne was the voice of "Karla" in the spy film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and in 2012 he played Father Mabeuf in the film of Les Miserables.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He attended the School of Slavonic and East European Studies earning a BA.[5] Sarne had a relationship with Brigitte Bardot only a few days after her honeymoon with Gunter Sachs.[6] He has 5 children: Claudia and William from his 1969-1978 marriage to Tanya Sarne, founder of the designer label Ghost; and Emma, Abigail and Sarah with second wife Anne Musso, whom he married in 2004 in Chelsea, London.[7] His brother, David Scheuer, had a brief acting career in the 1960s and '70s.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Sarne". Oxford reference. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 481. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Official charts Mike Sarne". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Michael Sarne - Rotton Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Michael Sarne - Resume". www.michaelsarne.net. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  6. ^ 6:26PM BST 9 May 2011 (2011-05-09). "Gunter Sachs". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  7. ^ Marriages England and Wales 1984-2005

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