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Terence Christopher Gerald Rigby
2 January 1937
|Died||10 August 2008 (aged 71)|
Terence Christopher Gerald Rigby (2 January 1937 – 10 August 2008) was an English RADA trained actor with a number of film and television credits to his name. In the 1970s he was well known as police dog-handler PC Snow in the long-running series Softly, Softly: Taskforce
Notable TV roles include Dixon of Dock Green, Softly, Softly: Taskforce; Z-Cars, The First Lady, Callan, The Saint, Public Eye, Edward & Mrs. Simpson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; Airline, Rumpole of the Bailey, Boon, Lovejoy, Our Friends in the North, Born to Run, Holby City, Midsomer Murders, Crossroads, Kings Oak (playing the part of motel boss, Tommy Lancaster), The Beiderbecke Affair and The Beiderbecke Connection.
Among his stage credits was the role of Joey in the original Peter Hall production of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming (1965), which he repeated on Broadway in 1967. Hall later cast him as Briggs in the première of No Man's Land at the Royal National Theatre in 1975, alongside John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson. The production played on Broadway the following year. Rigby received considerable acclaim for his portrayal of Joseph Stalin in another National Theatre production, Robert Bolt's State of Revolution in 1977, opposite Michael Bryant. He returned twice more to Broadway, first in 1995, doubling as the Ghost, the Player King, and the Gravedigger in Jonathan Kent's Almeida production of Hamlet, starring Ralph Fiennes; and then again in 1999 as Count Orsini-Rosenberg in Peter Hall's production of Amadeus, starring David Suchet and Michael Sheen.
Segments from Rigby's abbreviated autobiography, begun shortly before his death, are included in the book by his long-time friend, the television and radio dramatist Juliet Ace, Rigby Shlept Here: A Memoir of Terence Rigby 1937–2008. Along with correspondence and interviews with his friends and theatrical colleagues, Ace's memoir draws on her own diaries and shows much of the working actor and private man who remained a mystery to those close to him. It was published in November, 2014.
Rigby died at home in London on 10 August 2008 of lung cancer.
- Accident (1967) – Plain Clothed Policeman
- Get Carter (1971) – Gerald Fletcher
- The Homecoming (1973) – Joey
- Watership Down (1978) – Silver (voice)
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979, TV Mini-Series) – Roy Bland
- The Dogs of War (1980) – Hackett
- Anyone for Denis? (1982, TV Movie) – Major
- The Sign of Four (1983, TV Movie) – Inspector Layton
- Testimony (1988) – Joseph Stalin
- Scandal (1989) – James Burge
- The Children (1990) – Duke of Mendip
- The Young Americans (1993) – Sidney Callow
- Funny Bones (1995) – Billy Man
- England, My England (1995) – Captain Henry Cooke
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) – General Bukharin
- Elizabeth (1998) – Bishop Stephen Gardiner
- Plunkett and Macleane (1999) – Harrison
- Simon Magus (1999) – Bratislav
- The Strange Case of Delphina Potocka of The Mystery of Chopin (1999) – Sydow
- Essex Boys (2000) – Henry Hobbs
- Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War (2002) – Henry Caldicot
- Mona Lisa Smile (2003) – Dr. Edward Staunton
- Colour Me Kubrick (2006) – Norman
- Flick (2008) – Creeper Martin (final film role)
- Barker, Dennis. "Terence Rigby". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
- CORK, JOHN (1 January 2007). JAMES BOND ENCYCLOPEDIA. DORLING KINDERSLEY. p. 137. ISBN 978-1405334273.
- "Terence Rigby," Internet Broadway Database, https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/terence-rigby-70996.
- Terence Rigby at IMDb
- BBC News, actor Terence Rigby has died
- Terence Rigby website – now archived
- Obituary in The Telegraph
- Obituary in The Guardian
- Obituary in The Times
- Obituary in The Stage
- Obituary in The Independent
- Terence Rigby interview, Theatre Archive Project, British Library
- Rigby Shlept Here: A Memoir of Terence Rigby 1937–2008, Amazon, 2014, ASIN: B00Q25491I