So sad to learn that the wonderful George Cole is no longer with us.
He died on 5th August 2015 and I cannot understand why I did not hear of this before today, some 11 days after his death. Today I discovered it because I recently heard Dennis Waterman say something that indicated George Cole was no more and decided to check on Google.
George Cole was one of my favourite actors. He was born in Tooting, South London, not far from my home town of Croydon. He left school at age 14, (same as I did). At age 18 he joined the RAF, again as did I. He even seemed to speak a bit like me at times!
He is best remembered as Arfur Daley, the wheeler dealer dodgy car bloke in "Minder", along with Dennis Waterman as Terry, the 'minder'.
But he was a great character actor in many other roles and he was befriended by the comedic actor Alastair Sim and his wife Naomi after appearing in the film "Cottage to Let". Cole played a cheeky young Cockney evacuee in this film and lived with the Sims in their Oxfordshire house during the Blitz. He would have been about 15 when he played this part.
75 years as an actor, a highly respected one too, for a lad who left school with no qualifications, is what makes him one of the greatest, in MY book.
He leaves behind his wife, Penny Morrel, (aka 'Er indoors), whom he married in 1967.
R.I.P. dear chap, and thanks for all the laughter you gave us over the years.