Brian Hall (actor)

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Brian Hall
Born Brian Charles Hall
(1937-11-20)20 November 1937
Brighton, Sussex, 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.

Career[edit]

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, The Sweeney and Minder in Series 1 episode You Gotta Have Friends.

Personal life[edit]

Hall had made a very strong friendship with John Cleese when they appeared 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 told of 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]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1972 Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall MP Sergeant
1973 Yellow Dog Bertram
1974 Confessions of a Window Cleaner 2nd Removal Man
1975 The Land That Time Forgot Schwartz
1978 Sweeney 2 Haughton
1980 McVicar Terry Stokes
1980 The Long Good Friday Alan
1981 Break in the sun Stepfather
1989 London's Burning Engine Driver
1991 The Grass Arena George

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