Brian Hall (actor)
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|Born||Brian Charles Hall
20 November 1937
Brighton, Sussex, England
|Died||17 September 1997
Worthing, Sussex, England, UK
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.
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, three years after getting 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 the 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."
|1972||Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall||MP Sergeant|
|1974||Confessions of a Window Cleaner||2nd Removal Man|
|1975||The Land That Time Forgot||Schwartz|
|1980||The Long Good Friday||Alan|
|1981||Break in the sun||Stepfather|
|1989||London's Burning||Engine Driver|
|1991||The Grass Arena||George|