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Martha Parsey was born on November 8, 1973 in England. She is an actress, known for Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), Supergirl (1984) and Behind the Bike Sheds.
In Crossbow she lives with a whole group of children in a cave. The children have to steal to survive. What they find is often taken away by soldiers. Parker, the man who
took care of orphans, was put into darkness (in the rebellion) and gets help from the girl. She is his right hand and tells him everything she sees.
Roland, 6 episodes, 1987
Valentine Pelka as Roland a champion of the rebellion. Roland appeared in the first season in 6 episodes as a rable rousing, tough talking rebel leader. When he arrives in
Clairemont his farm and family had been destroyed by Gessler's men and he had to flee for striking a soldier and was thus a wanted man. He is full of hatred for
the empire and has now taken to preaching rebellion. It is from listening to Roland that Matthew's fervour for rebellion first arises.
Following the destruction of Claremont, Roland and Blade flee to the hills and spread sedition.
His ideals are high but his methods are not the wisest. In trying to raise a rebel army Roland takes Tell's name in order to gain more followers. In doing this he compiles
a following of rebels and outlaws, which ends with him dragging Tell's name through the mud. The name of William Tell becomes the name of a notorious theif and pillager.
A reputation Tell himself is none to happy about. Roland's lust for power and action puts him in way over his head among ruthless cutthroats who soon betray him.
Valentine Pelka is known for his roles on television in The Highlander, The Queen of Swords, Ivanhoe, If Tomorrow Comes, and Life Force. Film roles include First Knight,
King David, the Plant, the last of the Blonde Bombshells, and Sabotage.
He played Sarak in sheriff of Nottinham Robin of Sherwood, Ivan Hoe 1997
Valentine Pelka is an actor and producer, known for The Pianist, First Knight, Under the Tuscan Sun and Highlander.
Brother of 'Kazia Pelka' (qv)
Fluent in French and Italian.
Supports Leeds United FC.
The son of an Irish mother, Alma, and a Polish father, Tad.
When he auditioned for the role of Kronos on Highlander, producer Ken Gord didn't want him to get the role because he considered Valentine 'too pretty'
to play Kronos. A long scar on the face was added to Kronos' appearance to fix that (photo left below).
Middle photo: Valentine Pelka as Sarak in "The Sheriff of Nottingham", Robin of Sherwood. Kronos, Highlander
After Katrina was murdered by Gessler and his son ran away from him, Tell seems depressed. During a black knight disarmament, Tell turns in his weapon
and reveals his identity, but they don't believe him. This woman stands by and gets pity. Tell is looking for work and she could use him on the farm
and the smithy. Her husband is sick and is not able to do the heavy work anymore. Until her husband starts to see Tell as a threat and reports him.
Lally Percy is an actress, known for Mum's List (2016), The Rose Medallion (1981) and Juliet Bravo (1980). She is married to David Schofield.
They have two children.
Captain of the Guard in Handmaiden en The Emperor part 1 and 2
Episodes 23 'The Handmaiden' and 33+34, 'The Emperor' - plays the Captain of the Imperial Guard who is greatly agitated by the interference
of Gessler's men in the Emperor's affairs.
Robert Pereno was born on April 4, 1957 in Torino, Italy. He is an actor, known for Crossbow (1987), Xtro (1982), Episode Demsey and makepeace as Eddie Dean
(1986) In Bird of Pray and The Little Drummer Girl (1984) Click here for a site about him. To see his television work, you can click here
Dorothea Phillips was born in 1928 in Penygraig, Rhondda, Glamorgan, Wales. She is an actress, known for 102 Dalmatians
(2000), Under Milk Wood (1971) and Jane Eyre (1983).
Click here here to see the telvision work.
Due to a dropout in the theater group, who is going to do a performance for the nobles, they see a good replacement in Tell.
Polly Jo Pleasence
Gessler's Mistress, 1 episode, 1989
Polly Pleasence, episode 51, 'Insurrection' - The daughter of Donald Pleasence and half-sister of Angela plays Gessler's mistress. You can say it's an actor's family!
And they are quite similar. I also added a piece about her sister and father.
Her devotion to Gessler, leads her to spy on Tell for him. Poor misguided girl, but she does have very good eyesight.
Balding, quietly-spoken, of slight build and possessed of piercing blue eyes -- often peering out from behind round, steel-rimmed glasses -- Donald Pleasence had the necessary physical
attributes which make a great screen villain. In the course of his lengthy career, he relished playing the obsessed, the paranoid and the purely evil. Even the Van Helsing-like psychiatrist
Sam Loomis in the Halloween (1978) franchise seems only marginally more balanced than his prey. An actor of great intensity, Pleasence excelled on stage as Shakespearean villains.
He was an unrelenting prosecutor in Jean Anouilh's "Poor Bitos" and made his theatrical reputation in the title role of the seedy, scheming tramp in Harold Pinter's
The Caretaker" (1960). On screen, he gave a perfectly plausible interpretation of the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, in The Eagle Has Landed (1976). He was a convincingly devious
Thomas Cromwell in Hendrik VIII and his 6 wifes (1972), disturbing in his portrayal of the crazed, bloodthirsty preacher Quint in De Bende van Quint (1967); and as sexually
depraved, alcohol-sodden 'Doc' Tydon in the brilliant Aussie outback drama Wake in Fright (1971).
And, of course, he was Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice (1967). These are some of the films, for which we may remember Pleasence, but there was a
great deal more to this fabulous, multi-faceted actor.
was an English actor. His best known film roles include psychiatrist Dr. Samuel Loomis in Halloween (1978) and four of its sequels, the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the
James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967), RAF Flight Lieutenant Colin Blythe in The Great Escape (1963), SEN 5241 in THX 1138 (1971), Clarence "Doc" Tydon in Wake in Fright (1971),
and the President of the United States in Escape from New York (1981). Pleasence was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to the acting
profession by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994.
Pleasence married four times and had five daughters from his first three marriages. The names of his daugthers: Angela Pleasence, Jean Pleasence, Polly Jo Pleasence,
Lucy Pleasence (1962) and Miranda Pleasence. He had Angela and Jean with Miriam Raymond (m. 1941–1958); Lucy and Polly with Josephine Martin Crombie (m. 1959–1970);
and Miranda with Meira Shore (m. 1970–1988). His last marriage was to Linda Kentwood (m. 1988–1995; his death) the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967)
Much more to read about him here Wikipedia click here and for imdb here.
He was considered for many guest roles in Doctor Who (1963) - General Grugger in "Meglos", Richard Mace in "The Visitation", Griffiths in "Attack of the Cybermen", Shockeye in
"The Two Doctors" and De Flores in "Silver Nemesis". He was also considered for Borusa in Doctor Who (1996) before the character was dropped from the script.
Quete: I treat all film roles one way - very seriously.
On Halloween (1978) There are parts of the script which I couldn't accept. I believe people are behaving in a way in which they couldn't possibly in real life behave. And that's
always difficult because if you're one of the people, then you are the one who's going to look like an idiot.
John Carpenter is the best director I ever worked with. One of the main reasons is his bravery in the way he's cast me in his films. By casting me as the president in Escape from
New York (1981) and as the essentially good Dr. Loomis in the original Halloween (1978), he gave me the opportunities that might have been missed had I stayed a
stereotypical madman. That casting against type is what made Prince of Darkness (1987) such a lovely bit of business for me. People were walking into the theaters expecting me
to be bad, and I ended up representing all the good in the universe.
in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, France (complications from heart valve replacement surgery)
And Sister Angela looks a lot like her and is also actress. She is on the photos below.
Symptoms – UK, 1974 The daughters of Donald Pleasence
Hugh Pollard (born 29 October 1975) is a former British child actor, most recognised for his role as Simon in the Children's BBC show Simon and the Witch (1987–88).
He is also known for playing the role of Hansel, in the movie Hansel and Gretel (1987).
Pollard attended the Christ Church C of E School in Finchley, North London, before leaving in 1992. He graduated from the University of Kent, with a degree in radio, film and television.
Following his role in Simon and the Witch, Hugh won the role as Hansel in the film Hansel and Gretel (1987). His role in the film saw him team up with Simon and the
Witch co-star Nicola Stapleton, who played GretelPollard gave up his acting career, working briefly as a broadcaster for the BBC before gaining a job as a video tape operator.
This job has taken him across the world, and involves him creating slow motion replays in sporting events, that include both the Olympics and Wimbledon. He married Nicola Skyes in 1999,
and has lived on the shore off Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire since August 2001.
The Father of the family is frustrated. He can no longer do much himself and is strict with his son. As soon as Tell is working in the smithy, the boy likes to come and have a look at him.
As soon as father realizes that mother is also coming, he wants to get rid of Tell.
His mother in Crossbow is Lally Percy
Nicola Stapleton and Hugh Pollard in Hansel and Gretel Ilan Ostrove, Hugh Pollard, and David Crane in Simon and the Witch (1987)
Guest Appearances: The Bill (1991) ("Black Mark" ep. 07.044, as Sobbing Boy)
The Bill (1992) ("Well Out of Order" ep. 08.094, as Allan Greaves)
It's difficult to say.. there is one name left in the end titles (in episode Amnesty) that I can link on this man below. This solder is the only actor (with a little text) who can carry
this name. There is no photo to find on the internet to verify. Perhaps because he died before the internet became big. So if there is anyone who knows more, pease tell us.
Jean-Jacques Preau is an actor, known for Train d'enfer (1985) and Black Mic Mac (1986). No photos can be found.
Born in 1950, Jean-Jacques Préau is a translator, director, actor and playwright. He was first a teacher before being an actor at the Théâtre de l'Aquarium. From 1986,
he works with Jacques Nichet as a playwright, translator and assistant director at the National Center of Languedoc-Roussillon. Among his translations are La Savatière
prodigieuse and Miss Rose de Federico Garcia Lorca, The prodigious Magician of Pedro Calderón de la Barca, The Bel Habit of the deceased of Ramón de Valle-Inclán and
The Siege of Numbers of Miguel de Cervantes (in collaboration with Philippe Minyana). He is the co-founder of the Maison Antoine -Vitez, International Center for
Theatrical Translation. He died in 1997 at 47 years.
Gessler comes back after worksvisit. This is the scene the soldier's words make Gessler realize the Emperor changed course.
Cassius 1 episode, 1989
Episode 61, 'The Lost City' - Best known as the man inside the Darth Vader suit, though the voice was James Earl Jones', in Star Wars. He dawned cape and high-boots again
(no mask or breathing problem this time) to play Cassius the warrior slave and defender of a Princess Flavia (Karen Tungay), the last ruler of an empire that fell hundreds of years before.
Above: Darth Vader in Starwars. Below right: David with Harrison Ford on the set of The Empire Strikes Back.
Prowse, a personal trainer, and his brother were responsible for starting some of the first gyms in England
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies, said he was "so sad" to hear the news.
"He was a kind man and much more than Darth Vader," Hamill said on Twitter. "He loved his fans as much as they loved him."
Prowse's career as an actor spanned 50 years, but it was his role as the Sith Lord in Star Wars that brought him international fame.
Unfortunately, his West Country accent was not deemed suitable for the part of a menacing Hollywood villain and his lines were dubbed.
However, Prowse was a definitive presence in all three of the early films, thanks to his hulking 6ft 6in (1.98 m) frame, honed by the weightlifting skills which saw him
represent England at the Commonwealth Games in the early 1960s.
During this period, he reportedly became close friends with rival bodybuilding competitors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno (later better known
as TV's Incredible Hulk) - long before their on-screen fame.
Behind the scenes in Hollywood circles, Prowse prepared the late Christopher Reeve for the physical demands of his role as Superman, as the actor's personal trainer.
Spotted by director George Lucas in the 1971 film Clockwork Orange, in which he played a bodyguard, Prowse was invited to audition for the roles of Darth Vader
and Chewbacca in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
David Prowse was the body inside that shiny black Vader suit. He was a body builder by profession, and brought great physicality to
the role – throwing around imperial officers by the throat and whatnot.
As well as his body-building career Prowse also played the Green Cross Code Man in a British road-safety campaign that ran from the 1970s to the 1990s.
He’s been married since 1963 and has three children.
Over the past decade-and-a-half Prowse has suffered severe health issues. In 2001 he was diagnosed with septic arthritis and became paralysed in both arms.
He was also diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. An article in 2014 claimed Prowse (now aged 79)
Last year he reprised his role as the Green Cross Code Man to warn adults about the dangers of texting and using a smartphone when crossing the road. Source.
He is in one episode 'Message from Geneva.'
David Quilter was born on June 11, 1942 in Northwood, London, England. He is an actor, known for The Story of the
Treasure Seekers (1982), War & Peace (2016) and Doctor Who (2005).
Below the remarkable story about his grandfather.
He is the grandson of a survivor of the Titanic is getting ready to step back in time and relive the notorious night that the infamous ship sank.
Actor David Quilter’s grandfather, Lawrence Beesley, was a second class passenger on the giant vessel when it struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912. He wrote an account of his experience
entitled The Loss of the SS Titanic, while he also advised on the 1958 Kenneth More film A Night to Remember. Mr Quilter, who lives in Snape, near Aldeburgh, will soon be reading
exerts from the book as part of a fundraising effort for the RNLI. The 69-year-old said: “I will be giving a reading of his account and what happened to him on the course of the journey.
“Interestingly he never spoke to us about what happened, I think he had a strong survivor’s guilt about it. He never said a word to any of us.” According to accounts Mr Beesley
was in his cabin when the collision with the iceberg occurred. He only noticed a slight heave in the engines and the regular dancing movement of his mattress seemed to stop.
A steward informed him that everything was OK and he went up to the deck where the boats were being loaded before returning to his cabin, putting on a lifejacket and
stuffing some books into this pocket. When he returned to the deck the list was worse and he found men were now being allowed to board a lifeboat. He boarded the boat,
which had 64 people aboard, and as it descended it came perilously close to an outfall that was discharging water.
Here his grandfather on the photo Ewan Hooper and David Quilter in Poirot (1989)
Only the shouts of the boats occupants prevented them from being flooded. Mr Quilter’s reading, which is happening next Saturday at the Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station, coincides
with the 100th anniversary of the disaster. The 69-year-old continued: “My grandfather was 35 when he went on the Titanic. “I feel like I’m doing it partly for him and partly
for the 1,500 people who died. It’s certainly not a commercial enterprise. The aim is to raise as much money as possible for a very worthy cause and I would encourage everyone to come
along and take a look. It’s a fascinating story and captures the imagination.” Mr Quilter has also made three 15 minute films based on his grandfather’s story which he has posted on
video sharing website, YouTube, entitled, Titanic - A Survivor’s Story. His reading is taking place at 7pm and tickets are £3, with all proceeds going to the Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station.
The Titanic set off on its maiden voyage on Wednesday, April 10, 1912. It was the largest passenger ship ever assembled and it claimed that it was “unsinkable”. The height of
luxury and class, the vessel began its journey from Southampton to New York. In compliance with the safety standards of the time, the Titanic did not possess enough lifeboats
to accommodate everyone on board. When the large vessel struck an iceberg in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, one of the largest maritime disasters in history took place,
claiming 1,500 lives. Only 700 people survived. Source
Terence in imdb. In episode Seekers of the Soul, 1 episode, 1988
Daniel Quinn, episode 38, 'The Soul Seekers' - as Terence a young man heading for a monastery, whom Tell meets on the road. When the path splits, they going their own way.
Later that evening Tell got a warning about his friend, who just joined the monastery.... Tell decide to visit his friend but he is kept away from him. Strange things are happening...
Will they succeed in discovering evil in time and eliminating it?
in X files
Daniel Quinn is from Milwaukee, where his father Roger worked for Pabst Brewing Company as a sales manager and his mother Rosemary owned and operated an employment
agency. He was raised in Wisconsin with his two older sisters, Kathleen and Colleen. He began performing at the age of eight, appearing as Kurt in The Sound of Music.
That same year he formed his first garage band, on drums. At the age of 10 he appeared as Winthrop in The Music Man and started marching in a drum and bugle corps,
eventually joining the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from La Crosse, Wisconsin. He also appeared in commercials, starring as the "Big Boy" for the hamburger chain's
local franchise, Marc's Big Boy. The stage was set.
Part of the Quinn family owned dairy farms outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin, where Daniel spent many days as a child. He began riding horses at the age of 6, sparking hi
s lifelong passion for horses - Daniel would make good use of his equestrian skills later in his acting career, as he has starred in four western film productions.
At 17, he became a member of the International Thespian Society and traveled to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. While in Europe, he also studied at
the Royal Shakespeare Company school at Stratford-upon-Avon. Then he return to London. Look at his IMDB for much more about his career. Click here for his IMDB.
In Crossbow he played one of The Dukes of Zharlingen in episode 8. Click here to see the movies here
André Raffard is an actor, known for Silas (1981) Les visiteurs (1993), Le Comte de Monte Cristo (1998) and Le retour de Casanova (1992)
1 episode, 1988 Caspari, episode 36, 'Exit the Dragon.'
Caspari invents a canon. It is a gift to the emperor but Gessler is also interested. The invention needs some final adjustments to perfection
and Gessler is waiting impatiently. As soon as Caspari suspects that Gessler wants to get away with his invention, he feels cheated and takes revenge on him.
He started his career in the tv series 'The guiding Light' (1952 as Spence Jeffer in 1976) and was still acting in 'Conviction' (tv series in 2006), Path (2008) and The Blind (in 2009).
As One of the Orphaned scarvengers Children who steel
Tell's horse. Episode 4 The Scarvengers, 1987
Ben Robb is an actor, known for Brand meester (1988),
Crossbow (1987) and The Firm (2009)
The inguisitor as a lawyer
Scott Renderer is an actor, known for Poison (1991), The Fertilichrome Cheerleader Massacre (1989)
and Last Song (1987) Is a drummer for the band Monsterbuck.
"If it's art-related, we do it," Renderer said. "I'm open to the idea of doing almost anything."
How did this actor from the Pacific Northwest find his way to Upper Jay? As a child in Olympia, Washington, Renderer's first love was painting. At around the age of 5, he took an oil painting class
"in the back of a hardware store," and he enjoyed the freedom he found in expressing his creativity and the positive reaction it brought from the people in his life. "There is nothing more
affirmative than making a drawing or painting as a little kid and all the grown-ups telling you how amazing it is, whether it is or it isn't," he said. "That's where it all started.
Hopefully, they weren't all lying to me."
When Renderer was a teenager, he began acting in his high school's plays, but it was a field trip to see a performance of Peter Shaffer's "Equus" by the Seattle Repertory Theatre that
really ignited his interest in the theater. "It was such an intense play, and it just sold me on it," Renderer said. "I'll never forget that moment. People do this, and people pay money to come
and see it as well." Renderer majored in theater at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. "The head of the department took me to New York, actually physically bought me a ticket,
physically took me to New York and said, 'This is where you have to come if you want to be a professional actor. Forget about L.A.,'" he said. "And so I moved to New York right out of college
and started what you do there, working from the ground up."
Over the next 20 years, Renderer lived the life of an actor in the city. He began performing with the Wooster Group, "a company of artists who make work for theater, dance and media"
that has included celebrated members such as Spalding Gray, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand and Maura Tierney.
And then, one day, he had enough. Recovery Lounge. When Renderer's son was born, he and his wife spent a year raising him in the city before deciding they needed a change of scenery.
"I was ready to retire from acting," Renderer said. "A year was enough of having him in that environment. I couldn't relate to it because I grew up in the country, and both my wife and I
decided, 'Maybe we should move.' "We'd always loved the Adirondacks and thought this would be a great place to raise a kid." Renderer couldn't stay away for long, though. When he
and Byron opened Upper Jay Upholstery, and the duo, both musicians, began using the venue for musical events. "We just started hosting small events here, parties, and it just caught on,
" Renderer said. "This is a great place to have a concert and to have people come and listen to music. A friend of mine suggested maybe I should do a play, which I did, and that became
the beginning really of everything we do now." Renderer said the center's programming quickly expanded. "I became ambitious and encouraged and realized that it was a pretty
great environment here, not just the building, but the Adirondacks, for audiences," he said. "There are a lot of people here that like plays and like music and that responded favorably
to the kind of stuff I was doing."Although Renderer has been with the center since the beginning, he only recently became its sole salaried employee thanks to a state grant the center received.
Band member of Monsterbuck, Scott Renderer describes their sound as “a really spare kind of sound that comes from a garage and a barn and has a lot of space in it..."
Among other places, you can sometimes catch Monsterbuck at Recovery Lounge in Upper Jay.
"The position is now official, and it's great to actually be able to sit here and talk to you and be paid for it," he said. And, in a curious case of symmetry, Renderer has begun acting with the
Wooster Group again, right on cue, playing Bert in Harold Pinter's "The Room."
"I told the Wooster Group that I would be available in 18 years when my son goes to college, and I might come back down and do a play with you guys, so don't hesitate to call me,"
he said. "That's what happened. "It's really great work that they do, so I'm actually really blessed to be able to participate with a group at that level."
Just like that production of "Equus" inspired him to pursue a life in the theater, Renderer hopes to inspire young people today with his work at the center. "I'm trying to encourage younger
people to come here, too, which is challenging," he said. "In this day and age, it's hard to pull kids away from their gadgets. "I'd like to expose as many young people to art, theater and
music as possible. That's really important, especially around here, where they may not get into a city or something to see really good stuff that might inspire them (or) point them in a
direction. That stuff really does happen to kids. They see something in that moment and think, 'That's what I want to do!' That's what happened to me." For more information on the
Upper Jay Art Center and the Recovery Lounge, visit upperjayartcenter.org Source
She had a double role.
Episodes 31,' The Taking of Castle Tanner' and 59, 'Gorian, the Spider' - Another two timer, she appeared firstly as a Anna, the tomboyish daughter of a woodcutter who helps
Tell and the young Lord Tanner defeat Horst. Secondly she plays Mina, an orphaned girl who is admired and protected from afar by a spiderlike recluse.
Rachel Robertson was born in 1972 in the UK. She is an actress, known for Mack the Knife (1989), Heartbeat tv series as Susan Rawlings in episode: Wall of Silence (1993)
The Jungle Book as Rose (1994) and For Sale by Owner (2006). She has been married to Nick Berry since 1994. Touch of Frost tv series (1995) They have two children.
She is married to popular British television actor Nick Berry
Raul Julia and Rachel Robertson in Mack the Knife (1989) Me and My Dog (solo)
In The Taking of Castle Tanner. Anna, second season, Crossbow In The Spider, third season, Crossbow
Heartbeat: Watch a part of it here
Love Song (duet)
Perpendicular Song (Barbara Song)(duet)
Uncertainity of Human Condition (contains solo lines)
Polly's Song (contains solo lines)
Jealousy Duet (duet)
The Emperor, About 6 episodes, 1988-1989
Appeared sporadically throughout the second series as the aging Emperor, whose ill health, both physical and mental, causes him to lose some of his stronge hold over
the empire to Gessler. This continuing his tendency for medieval costume pieces. His career includes films like Ivanhoe, Young Bess, and Taras Boulba.
Below with Will's daugther: Georgia Lyman in episode The Emperor
The Emperor promotional shot Yesterday's Enemy 1959
Tony Curtis and Guy Rolfe in Taras Bulba (1962) A chat with Conrad Phillips
Edwin Arthur Rolfe - Guy Rolfe was born in Kilburn, London (27 December 1911 – 19 October 2003, aged 91). Before turning to acting
at the age of 24 he was a professional boxer and racing driver, making his stage debut in Ireland in 1935. Repertory theatre led to
his screen debut in 1937 with an uncredited appearance in Knight Without Armour.
Years active: 1937–1999
After the Second World War he re-appeared in a number of bit parts throughout 1947 in films like Hungry Hill and Odd Man Out, which in turn led to larger roles in movies
such as Uncle Silas (1947), Easy Money (1948) and in particular Ken Annakin's Broken Journey (1948), where he played the pilot of an aeroplane that crashes in the Alps. He then
graduated to leading man status in Terence Fisher's Portrait from Life (1948), as a British army officer who helps an Austrian professor track down his missing daughter. 1949
saw perhaps his best role, that of safe cracker turned spy Philippe Lodocq in Robert Hamer's The Spider and the Fly.
He was cast as a British Army major dying of tuberculosis for the film Trio (1950), but actually contracted the disease and had to be replaced by Michael Rennie. He recovered
his health in less than a year, but his time away from the screen hurt his career, and he starred in less prestigious B movies such as Home to Danger (1951) and Operation Diplomat
(1953), as well as the Hammer films Yesterday's Enemy and The Stranglers of Bombay (both 1959). This period also saw him play a number of Hollywood roles, such as
Prince John in Ivanhoe (1952), Ned Seymour in Young Bess (1953), Caiaphas in King of Kings (1961) and Prince Grigory in Taras Bulba (1962).
One of his most famous parts was the title role in William Castle's cult horror film Mr. Sardonicus (1961), which several decades later led director Stuart Gordon to cast
him in his horror film Dolls (1987) (He starred in it with Hilary Mason, in Crossbow Gessler's mother). The 1990s saw him continue in a similar vein when he appeared in
five films of the Puppet Master series as Andre Toulon.
His television credits include Thriller, Armchair Theatre, The Saint, The Avengers, The Champions, Department S, The Troubleshooters, Space: 1999, Secret Army and Kessler.
Personal life: He was married to the Scottish actress Jane Aird until her death in 1993, and then to Margret Allworthy until his death in 2003 in Ipswich, Suffolk.
He is buried in the churchyard of St Mary's in Benhall, Suffolk
Dolls 1987 with Hilary Maison (Gessler's mother, in episode Actors) The veils of bagdad 1953
- He made his screen debut in 1937 with an uncredited appearance in Knight Without Armour. Notable roles include: King John in Ivanhoe (1952), Ned Seymour in Young Bess (1953),
Caiaphas in King of Kings (1961), and Prince Grigory in Taras Bulba (1962). He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Andre Toulon in the Puppet Master film series,
appearing in the third, fourth, fifth, and seventh movies, with archive footage in the eighth.
- His television credits include: The Saint, The Avengers, The Champions, Department S, The Troubleshooters, Space: 1999, Secret Army, and Kessler.
- Was once a professional race car driver and boxer. Although he was married, he never had any children. Gaunt and saturnine British character actor of stage, screen and television,
Guy Rolfe first made his stage debut in 1936, the same year he had a small uncredited bit part in "Knight Without Armour".
- In 1952 he starred in Ivanhoe with Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor Rolfe's characters ranged from wealthy businessmen, to romantic leads, to sinister villians and heroes,
starring in the over thirty motion pictures His important film roles include playing Cauphas in "The King of Kings, "Taras Bulba" and "Mr. Sardonicus". Although he was always
recognized in such classic pictures, Rolfe became a familiar presence when he took over the role of toy maker Andre Toulon in the Slasher film franchise "Puppetmaster".
First appearing in the third installment, he made brief appearances in most Puppet Master movies since then. Guy Rolfe passed away of 'natural causes' at the British Film Hospital in London,
England at the age of 91. - Was the original choice for the role of Major Templeton in the segment "Senatorium" of the film Trio (1950). Ironacally, he was diagnosed with the very disease, tuberculosis,
which was the background to the story and the lost almost a year's work at a critical point in his career.
- Is most famous for the rol of Andre Toulon in the Puppetmaster (1989(V) sequels Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991)(V, Pupper Master 4 (1993)(V), Puppet Master 5:
The Final Chapter (1994) (V) and Retro Puppet Master (1999) (V). Rolfe also appears in Puppet master: The legacy (2003)(V) in archive footage taken from previous installments.
- He was a direct descendant of John Rolfe, the man who married Pocahontas in 1614. Lived in Spain for many years. To see his television work, click here
Derek Isaac Rossignol ( born
Rosenberg) 14/03/1923 Kimberley, South Africa.
Died 26/12/2010 Malérargues, France.
As a shephard. He warns Tell not passing the wall, nobody returned. Here he is calling his dog Bayard
I decided to post the whole story about Rossignol because this is the only story we have and to get to know the man. It comes from Roy Hearet Theatre
This was a man who lived an incredibly full and rich life that began beside the diamond mines of Kimberley , S. Africa, and ended in a château in the beautiful Cevennes, S. of France.
In the course of his life he touched many people’s hearts in so many different ways. He was a special man and artist, who, though he took the name of that most poetic of birds,
the nightingale, in 1973, was definitely not flighty. He was one of the most constant, dignified, open people you could ever hope to meet. He could be infuriating at times and his
peculiar sense of humour with its acid, grating edge that upset more than a few sensitive souls was not always welcome. But teasing aside, he was a man of great integrity with
no axes to grind. He was warm , outgoing , and open to everyone and everything. How many times were we greeted by a smiling Rossignol leaning out of his bedroom window to
see who had just arrived at the château, or hear him calling out ‘hello’ or ‘who’s that?’ from his open sitting room door as we walked up the main staircase in the château. The
students who met him socially over a coffee or at a lunch out the back were always impressed by his theatrical charm and his easy way of connecting. And as a teacher right
to the end he gave out an incredible energy and vitality that belied his advancing years. With age he did become less confrontational and more systematic. What student over
the past 20 years has not played with Boris, Antonio, Delila and Violetta, his version of violin, viola, cello and double bass? But he still demanded a lot of the pupil with a mixture
of warmth and technical precision. He was known all over the world, and I love the story told me by a French pupil of his, who whilst travelling in Italy, got talking with a Dutch
nun he had met in the gardens of a monastery. When he told her that he was going back to the South of France to continue working on his voice, she replied with a smug
look on her face ‘to work with Rossignol, I bet’. He was understandably taken back by this miraculous intuition!
Rossignol was a man of many parts and many passions. At school he was an excellent athlete who when only 16 set a South African junior record for long jump of over 20 feet
( 6 metres +) and used to ‘soar over the hurdles with astounding grace ‘ according to one of his classmates with whom he used to roller skate to school quite frequently.
In his late teens he took up the piano again after a break of many years and taught himself to play the most complicated of piano pieces by Lizt, Schumann , Beethoven and co.
His younger cousin Lin Freeman remembers many happy hours spent with Rossi when she was a teenager, with him playing the piano and she dancing. By then Rossi himself
had discovered dancing and would secretly climb out of his bedroom window every evening, whilst supposedly revising for his engineering exams at
university, to go and rehearsewith the ballet company he had joined. He rapidly became one of the company’s leading male dancers with the stage name of Serge
Dimitrov and a fantastic leap. Only after he had passed his exams at the third or fourth attempt was his cousin allowed to take one of the uncles, who had been paying for
his education following the early death of both his parents, to see a dance performance. When the uncle proclaimed early on in the evening ‘ but that dancer looks
extraordinarily like Derek !’ his cousin replied ’ It is Derek!’ You can imagine the shock!
Thus dancing became his passion and brought him to London where he dreamed of becoming a top Ballet dancer. However the competition was much tougher than
he had expected and he never made it to the top but he did dance with many different companies, notably the Ballet Rambert, run by a tyrannical Mme. Rambert who
often used to exclaim disparagingly ‘ look at those kipper feet’ ( a reference to his very flat feet, which in later years became so sensitive he could only wear a certain
type of sandal. In that respect he was a true Pisces.) He also danced with the Sadlers Wells company and eventually went into musicals where he met Barry Irwin and
Robert Harvey. It was because he was required to sing (he himself later said he had no voice at all) that he and Robert decided to take lessons with a certain Roy Hart.
They both had their first lesson on the same day in 1955, one after the other. And for both of them it was an encounter that was to change the direction and the meaning of their lives.
He loved living at Malérargues with its trees, its flowers, its hills, and for many years he was a keen gardener planting irises, daffodils, forsythia, lilacs and many other bushes
and trees. This autumn for the first time the persimmons tree that he had planted on the front terrace some years ago bore many golden fruit much to his immense satisfaction.
His favourite tree was of course the purple flowering jacaranda and the last time he went back to South Africa to visit his brother in Johannesburg he burst into tears when he
saw whole avenues of them in bloom. His big regret was that it is almost impossible to get them to grow here.
Another enormous passion of Rossignol’s in the second half of his life were stones and sculptures. Many years ago in London he had had a dream in which he had found some
magic stones that if spoken to could turn into human beings. Then one day in the ‘80’s the dream became reality. And from then on when he wasn’t teaching, performing or just
socializing, he would be busy putting bodies and faces onto stones, shells and sometimes pieces of wood. Hours would be spent on visits to beaches around Montpellier collecting
stones that spoke to him with faces already apparent or waiting to be revealed. He would then carry them back to the car in several very full and heavy plastic bags , usually with
help from friends. Once home they would be added to the pile of stones on his bedroom floor and at the earliest possible opportunity he would start working on his next
creation, filing , scraping, drilling, plastering and painting. Gradually his apartment became filled with a rich world of characters, both human and animal ( and also a lot of dust!)
and every birthday that came up was an occasion for him to choose one to give as a present. I think we must have all received at least one sculpture over the years!
But most of all Rossi was a wonderful performer with a very expressive vocabulary of dance and mime movements and gestures, allied to a beautiful deep, soulful bass baritone voice.
Who amongst us can forget his last public performance at Malérargues in June 2007 when he sang “Old Man River” with such feeling and depth. The words ‘tired of living and
scared of dying’ struck home in such a poignant and palpable way . Here was this 84 year old man , already suffering unbeknownst to him self from fibrositis of the lungs, singing
his heart out in a very generous and dignified way about the approaching end to his life. Totally giving, totally unsentimental. A huge lesson in life. Rossignol probably performed
in more RHT performances than any other RHT member to date. He was good to work with. But with all his talents and gifts he always remained utterly humble. There was never a
sense of arrogance or ego about him. If anything rather the opposite. He tended to downplay himself and his gifts both as a teacher and as a performer. Without doubt his favourite
role as a performer was the role of the hunchback in “Pagliacci”, where he was able to fully use his gifts for mime and comedy and where his voice could be heard in all its richness
and its rawness. Whenever we showed our 5 week students extracts of the
“Pagliacci” video he would always become tearful watching himself and the others
Rossignol was a dear friend to me for over thirty years and I miss him a lot. When I think of him now I see the easy smile, and the sparkle in his eyes that so many others
mentioned in their letters of condolence. I see his elegant and expressive arm and hand gestures and above all I hear his lovely deep bass voice and his laugh. Right up to
the end his voice stayed clear and resonant ,both on the phone and when ever you knocked on his door. The ‘come in’ would sound firm and even angry sometimes, especially
if you happened to be the fourth person in a row to knock on the door that morning. Yes, he was a tough old bird, ‘un rossignol solide’ who fought to the bitter end to maintain
his dignity in the
face of overwhelming odds. Only once did he say to me that he felt like giving
He has left us quite a legacy for which I for one am grateful. Today we moved the piano he was given by the RHT for his 60th birthday out of his apartment and into Studio 3.
May his commitment and his humanity live on in our work.
As Nasir in Robin of Sherwood in the middle. In Crossbow: He played a barbarian in episode Lost City 61.
Best known for his role as Nasir on the popular series 'Robin of Sherwood'. Once again he played a medieval forest
dwelling bandit only this time he steals from the rich and gives to himself.
In 2003, Ryan worked as a swordmaster and fight director on the film King Arthur directed by Antoine Fuqua. His duties included consulting with the director and
writer regarding designing all aspects of the knights fighting styles, training all the principal actors including Keira Knightley, Clive Owen and Stellan
Skarsgård, planning and choreographing their action.
In 2015 Ryan was nominated for the award for best vocal performance in a supporting role in a feature film by Behind The Voice Actors for voicing Lockdown in Transformers:
Age of Extinction. The award eventually went to Stanley Tucci for his work in Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Mark Ryan, episode 61, 'The Lost City' - Best known for his role as Nasir on the popular series 'Robin of Sherwood'. Once again he played a medieval forest dwelling
bandit only this time he steals from the rich and gives to himself.
Early life: Ryan was born in Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. Coming from a family with a strong military tradition, Ryan combined his career in the entertainment industry with his
work as a member of the British Army's Intelligence Corps, attached to DSF (Director Special Forces) and later as a Licensed Private Investigator in the United States.
Above Marc Ryan episode 'Lost City."
- a concept that carried over to later productions such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and the 2006 Robin Hood TV series.
followed by a series of open-air concert performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
asked him to play John Challenger during the filming.
Before moving to Los Angeles in 1997 Ryan guest starred in many British TV shows including The Bill, Harry, Dempsey and Makepeace, Casualty and Peak Practice.
continued throughout filming and into editing, before the actual casting of voice-over talent. He was then cast as the voice of the character Bumblebee. Ryan also voices Ironhide
and Hoist for the Activision video game based on the film. When Ryan was in the studio recording his lines for the actors on set, Michael Bay used the lines Ryan recorded for
\Bumblebee in the film. But Ryan didn't know that it would be used, and if so he said he would have used a different younger voice. He returned to voice Bumblebee as well as
the fourth installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction. In 2014 the film broke worldwide records earning over $1.08 billion in box office receipts. Ryan was nominated in
Ryan is also an author and has written for DC Comics and Harper Collins as well as writing several screenplays. Ryan was also the co-creator, along
In his life he has been a secret soldier, a West End leading man, a cult TV icon, a Hollywood actor, a licensed private investigator and an advisor to the L.A. Police Department. He has written
two books about the history and psychology of tarot, taught intelligence officers how to uncover secrets and actors how to use a sword, as well as working with actors in Hollywood.
Here, in collaboration with New York Times bestselling author John Matthews, a long time friend, Mark tells his amazing story. (Source: TheMarcRyan.com)
His autobiography (2015), 'Hold Fast'.
For the Robin Hood, Marc Ryan and medieval fans. I found an interview with Marc Ryan about Robin Hood:
Source of the interview you'll find online: www.boldoutlaw.com, also for more information about Robin of sherwood.