Brian Hall (actor)
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|Born||Brian Charles Hall
20 November 1937
|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, London's Burning, The Sweeney and Minder in Series 1 episode You Gotta Have Friends.
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."
|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|
|1976||Trial by Combat||Policeman with Alsatian|
|1980||The Long Good Friday||Alan|
|1991||The Grass Arena||George|