John Forgeham

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John Forgeham
Born John Henry George Forgeham
14 May 1941
Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
Died 10 March 2017(2017-03-10) (aged 75)
Worthing, West Sussex, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1963–2012
Spouse(s) Georgina Hale (actress/divorced)[1]
Fiesta mei Ling (actress/divorced)[2]
Arlene Garciano (2004–2006)[3]
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John Henry George Forgeham (14 May 1941 – 10 March 2017[4]) was an English actor who is probably best known for playing businessman Frank Laslett in the ITV series Footballers' Wives.[5]

Born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, Forgeham moved to Erdington, Birmingham as a child,[6] and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) on a two-year scholarship (1962–64) and graduated with a RADA Silver medal for Best Performance student. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) (from 1966 until 1972) and toured with the company both nationally and internationally. Whilst on tour in Australia he decided to stay longer than anticipated and founded the Globe Shakespeare Theatre in Sydney.

His many TV credits include: The Avengers, Z-Cars, The Stone Tape, Crossroads (as Jim Baines) The Sweeney, Ivanhoe, Beau Geste, Minder, The Professionals, Shoestring, Juliet Bravo, C.A.T.S. Eyes, Lovejoy, Bergerac, The Governor, Pulaski, Making Out, Nice Work, Prime Suspect, London's Burning, Casualty, The Bill and Doctors

Film appearances include: The Italian Job (1969), Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1973), Spy Story (1976), Sheena (1984), Pope John Paul II (1984), The Laughter of God (1990), King of the Wind (1990), The Young Americans (1993), Staggered (1994), The Road to Ithaca (1999), Kiss of the Dragon (2001), Mean Machine (2001), Pledge of Allegiance (2007), Torture Room (2007) and Dead Man Running (2009).

In 2004 he appeared in the second series of the ITV weight loss show, Celebrity Fit Club. He replaced Freddie Starr as team captain, but was demoted five weeks later, the role being taken by James Whitaker.

Forgeham died suddenly from internal bleeding after breaking a collarbone after falling out of bed at his home in Worthing, West Sussex on 10 March 2017, aged 75.[7]



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  3. ^ "Sunday People - News, views, gossip, pictures, video". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  4. ^ "The Italian Job and Footballers' Wives actor John Forgeham dies aged 75". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Footballers' Wives interview
  6. ^ John Forgeham obituary The Guardian, 13 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  7. ^ Paddy Dinham (11 March 2017). "Italian Job star John Forgeham dies aged 75 after suffering a fall at home and breaking his collarbone". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 

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