George A. Cooper

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George A. Cooper
George Alphonsus Cooper

(1925-03-07)7 March 1925
Died16 November 2018(2018-11-16) (aged 93)
OccupationActor and voice artist
Years active1946–1995
Spouse(s)Anne Shirley Jones
(m. 1955–2000; (her death)

George Alphonsus Cooper (7 March 1925 – 16 November 2018[1]) was an English actor and voice artist.[2] He died in Petersfield, Hampshire in November 2018 at the age of 93.[3][4]


Cooper played Geoffrey Fisher, the stern father of the eponymous antihero Billy Liar, in both the original West End stage version (1960) and the later sitcom (1973–74).[5] He also had a recurring role in Coronation Street as Willie Piggott, between 1964 and 1971.[6] One of his other regular roles was as the caretaker Mr. Griffiths in the long-running children's TV series Grange Hill.[7]

Among Cooper's other television credits are roles in Danger Man, Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, No Hiding Place, Doctor Who (in the serial The Smugglers), Softly, Softly, The Avengers, The Saint, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Troubleshooters, Steptoe and Son, Doomwatch, Public Eye, Budgie, Bless This House, Sykes, Rising Damp, The New Avengers, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, All Creatures Great and Small, Juliet Bravo, When the Boat Comes In, Terry and June, Taggart, Casualty and Heartbeat.[8]

Cooper had roles in many films including: Violent Playground (1958), Hell Is a City (1960), The Cracksman (1963), Nightmare (1964), Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) with Christopher Lee and the film version of Bless This House (1972) with Sid James.[9][10]

Selected filmography[edit]


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  2. ^ "George A. Cooper". BFI.
  3. ^ George Alphonsus Cooper obituary
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  5. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "About Billy Liar - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide.
  6. ^ "Billy Liar".
  7. ^ "Staff 1978-1990 - Grange Hill Cast".
  8. ^ "George A. Cooper".
  9. ^ "George A. Cooper movies, photos, movie reviews, filmography, and biography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  10. ^ "George A. Cooper". TV Guide.

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