Brian Hall (actor)

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Brian Hall
Born Brian Charles Hall
(1937-11-20)20 November 1937
London, England
Died 17 September 1997(1997-09-17) (aged 59)
Worthing, Sussex, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971–1994
Spouse(s) Marlene Hall

Brian Charles Hall (20 November 1937 – 17 September 1997) was an English actor perhaps best known for his role in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers where he played the hotel chef Terry Hugh.


Hall was probably most familiar playing hard-boiled tough guy Cockney roles: his role as the amiable chef Terry in Fawlty Towers was an enjoyable 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 established a very strong friendship 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.

Hall died on 17 September 1997, aged 59, after a three-year battle with cancer.

John Cleese expressed his sadness after his fellow Fawlty Towers star had died, saying, "I am very upset. I was particularly fond of Brian and had several conversations with him this year" (1997). "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."

One of Hall's closest friends, Billy Murray, also paid tribute. He said: "Brian and I grew up in the East End together. He was one of the most likeable, down-to-earth guys you could wish to meet and he confronted this terrible illness with the bravery and humour he showed throughout his life."[citation needed]


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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