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Thursday 6th December 2007
Obituary | ANTON RODGERS

Buy Theatre Tickets from Ticketmaster Written by Patrick Newley
Anton Rodgers | 10 January 1933 - 1 December 2007

Anton Rodgers was one of Britain's leading television and stage actors as well as being a noted director. On television he is best remembered for playing William Fields in Fresh Fields, Alec Callender in May to December, vet Noah Kirby in Noah's Ark and Ronald Kegworthy in Up Rising. Born on 10 January, 1933, he trained for the theatre at the Italia Conti School and LAMDA and had repertory experience in Birmingham, Northampton and Hornchurch.

He appeared in the cast of The Boy Friend at Wyndham's Theatre in 1959 and then played Fingers in The Crooked Mile (Cambridge 1959), a musical by Peter Wildeblood. He appeared in several intimate revues before winning acclaim in John Osborne's Plays for England (Royal Court 1962). Later notable stage work as an actor included the title role in Henry V (Belgrade, Coventry), Dr Rank in A Doll's House (Criterion 1973), Lord Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray (Greenwich, 1975), Jack Manningham in Gaslight (Criterion, 1976) Jim in Peter Nichols' Passion Play (Aldwych 1981) and was a longstanding member of the National Theatre Company. More recently he was Grandpa Potts in the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium).

He was one of TV's most prolific actors, appearing in over 100 dramas and comedies. In 2006 he played the Tory politician Willie Whitelaw in the TV drama Longford.

He was married to the actress Elizabeth Garvie. He died on 1 December, 2007.

Patrick Newley 2007

 
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