Brian Hall (actor)

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Brian Hall
Brian Charles Hall

(1937-11-20)20 November 1937
London, England
Died17 September 1997(1997-09-17) (aged 59)
Years active1971–1994
Spouse(s)Marlene Hall

Brian Charles Hall (20 November 1937 – 17 September 1997) was an English actor. He played hotel chef Terry Hugh in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers.


Hall played many hard-boiled tough guy Cockney roles: his role as the amiable chef Terry in Fawlty Towers was a casting against type. He played leading roles in police drama Softly, Softly: Taskforce (1971–72), crime drama McVicar (1980), and sitcom You Must Be The Husband (1987). He also had several guest-starring roles in The Professionals, The Long Good Friday, The Bill, London's Burning, The Sweeney and Minder in Series 1 episode You Gotta Have Friends.

Personal life[edit]

Hall became friends with John Cleese when they appeared together in Fawlty Towers. Some years after the series had finished, Cleese sent Hall a personally signed autographed picture as a joke. Hall wrote back and demanded a "signed Rolls-Royce car" instead. Three days later, one arrived by mail - a children's toy.[citation needed]

Hall died on 17 September 1997, aged 59, after a three-year battle with cancer. John Cleese said "I am very upset. I was particularly fond of Brian and had several conversations with him this year". "I admire profoundly the way in which he dealt with his cancer. I do not know where he found the strength." A year before his death, Hall told the Mirror: "Cancer is a bully and I hate bullies. This old boy cancer will get about as much change out of me as all the other bullies I've met - nothing."


Year Title Role Notes
1972 Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall MP Sergeant
1973 Yellow Dog Bertram
1974 From Beyond the Grave Man on Phone Uncredited
1974 Confessions of a Window Cleaner 2nd Removal Man
1975 The Land That Time Forgot Schwartz
1976 Trial by Combat Policeman with Alsatian
1976 Voyage of the Damned Ship Waiter Uncredited
1978 Sweeney 2 Haughton
1980 Sweet William
1980 McVicar Terry Stokes
1980 The Long Good Friday Alan
1991 The Grass Arena George

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