Harry Landis

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Harry Landis
Born25 November 1931 (1931-11-25) (age 87)
Years active1954–present

Harry Landis (born 25 November 1931) is a British actor. He has had a long career in British television and film, spanning over 50 years.[1]

He began acting with London's politically minded Unity Theatre. In 1956, Landis had an important supporting role as a Cockney soldier in A Hill in Korea.[2] Michael Caine, who made an unnoticed screen debut in the film, recalled in his autobiography that great things were expected of Landis at the time, but didn't materialise.[3]

Indeed, Landis' other film roles have been fairly minor, as in Bitter Victory (1957), Dunkirk (1958), Operation Bullshine (1959), Private Potter (1962), Ransom (1974) with Sean Connery, and Edge of Sanity (1989).[1]

However, he kept active in other media, returning to the Unity Theatre to help out the largely amateur casts, and occasionally directing there, such as a well-praised late 1960s production of Death of a Salesman. On television he appeared in Dixon of Dock Green (1955–1976), The Avengers (1964), The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964), The Long Street (1965), The Saint (1966), Locate and Destroy (1966), Irish-Greek, Man in a Suitcase (1967), Jason King (1971), Angels (1975), Bar Mitzvah Boy (1975), Z-Cars (1968–1974) and Law and Order (1978).[4] He also acted in one of Jeremy Brett's last appearances as Sherlock Holmes in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994), amongst many other roles.[5]

His part in Jack Rosenthal's Bar Mitzvah Boy (BBC, 1976), was more typical of his roles; he also played one of Arthur Daley's crooked cronies in Minder (1982), and has had roles in Bergerac (1987), Howards' Way (1985), You Rang, M'Lord? (1990), Jeeves and Wooster (1991) and Lovejoy (1993).

He is more recently remembered as being a regular in the BBC soap opera EastEnders (1995–1997), in which he played the friendly barber, Felix Kawalski.[6] The character was killed off in 2005, off-screen. He continues to act and has made appearances in the ITV police drama The Bill (2003), Casualty (2004 and 2018), BBC comedy My Family (2004) BBC hospital drama Holby City (2006) and the Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner (2012). Landis is credited as Old Man 3 in the 2014 film Edge of Tomorrow.

He was elected as President of Equity, the British actors' union, in July 2002.[7]



  1. ^ a b "Harry Landis". BFI.
  2. ^ "Harry Landis | Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  3. ^ Caine, Michael (July 7, 2010). What's it All About?. Arrow Books. ISBN 9780099553199 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Harry Landis". www.aveleyman.com.
  5. ^ "The Mazarin Stone (1994)". BFI.
  6. ^ Dowd, Vincent (July 12, 2017). "Dunkirk spirit revives Ealing memories". BBC News – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Jewish East End of London veteran actor Harry Landis". www.jewisheastend.com.

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