"Len really loved Richard," recalls Don Warrington. Kate Beckinsale broke down in tears as she unveiled a plaque in honour of her late father Richard on Wednesday. That summer saw the release of the film version of Porridge. One can only wonder what Beckinsale might have achieved had he lived. Beckinsale left school at 16 already bitten by the acting bug but his first job was as an upholsterer at the local bus company. That same year, he landed a leading role in another sitcom which was to prove a massive hit. After a stint as a clerk at the gas board he worked as a pipe inspector at an ironworks. Richard Beckinsale. IT was a death that horrified and saddened the nation. And, in a change to his usual comedy casting, he was playing a detective in the Stephen Frears film Bloody Kids. RICHARD BECKINSALE, RONNIE BARKER, FULTON MACKAY & BRIAN GLOVER Television 'PORRIDGE' (1974) Directed By SYDNEY LOTTERBY 04 May 1974 SSG25399 Allstar Collection/BBC **WARNING** This photograph can only be reproduced by publications in conjunction with the promotion of the above TV Programme. He also woke up in a cold sweat having had a dream he was dying from a heart attack. Kate Beckinsale in Cold Comfort Farm (1995). Here's our favourite Lindex baby and kids clothing that we're adding to basket, Discover what it's REALLY like to work on a private islandâ¦. "But you're a member of the permissive society, you're supposed to know where the erogenous regions are!" Richard was making the transition from TV to film actor in the late 1970s when he died of a massive heart attack in 1979. "But you're a member of the permissive society, you're supposed to know where the erogenous regions are!" "It was such a shock," he recalls. Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox. His teacher said he was the best Dopey she had ever seen. The actor died in his sleep from a heart attack aged just 31, and left behind Kate, her older sister Samantha, and wife Judy Loe. Terms and conditions ~ A post-mortem revealed a congenital defect. Award-winning director Stephen Frears was working with him at the time of his death . The actor was also making a television film, Bloody Kids, which had to then re-cast. Many also believe it robbed the industry of a huge talent whose career could have gone all the way. His doctor found nothing wrong save an over-active stomach lining and a slightly high cholesterol level. Feb 1, 2019 - Explore Chester Drawers's board "Film memorbilia" on Pinterest. Alan protests. Richard Beckinsale and Ronnie Barker as Lennie Godber and Norman Stanley Fletcher. "He was adorable - a wonderful actor and a very nice man. "I know where the Himalayas are but I've never been up 'em!" Richard Beckinsale, father of Kate and star of hit TV shows Rising Damp and Porridge, died in his sleep on this day in 1979. He fell asleep and died from a massive heart attack. It’s so weird as a five-year-old to look out in the street and see people reading the paper and crying while you’re crying and your mum is crying and your granny’s crying. He would have been proud his two daughters Samantha and Kate, have both gone on to become highly successful actors. The five complete episodes were aired later that year. Shooting Fish (1997) PG - Director: Stefan Schwartz - Writers: Stefan Schwartz, Richard Holmes - Stars: Dan Futterman, Stuart Townsend, Kate Beckinsale - Two con artists' plan to steal enough for a house are twisted when a pretty girl enters the picture. Porridge. He made his TV debut in Coronation Street in 1969, as a policeman who arrested the redoubtable Ena Sharples. He made his TV debut in Coronation Street in 1969, as a policeman who arrested the redoubtable Ena Sharples. Alan protests. "The trajectory of his career was upwards. In Yorkshire TV’s Rising Damp, he was equally appealing as amiable but socially awkward medical student Alan Moore, staying in a bedsit in a run-down house owned by the miserly and over-inquisitive Rigsby – memorably played by Leonard Rossiter. Then, in 1977, Porridge ended (to be followed by its sequel, Going Straight) and Beckinsale decided to leave Rising Damp while the show was at its height. We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. By Chas Early Last updated: 15 March 2019 - 2.27pm The sense of loss was widely felt because Beckinsale was not only admired for his acting skills but loved by all who knew him. "Len really loved Richard," recalls Don Warrington. "He was a very fine actor who could turn his hand to anything. That night he went to a party for The Two Ronnies then returned to his house in Sunningdale, Berks. Activate HELLO! MORE: Holly Willoughby attacked online after taking her children to New York, Richard Beckinsale passed away aged just 31, READ: Kate Middleton and the Queen reveal sweet family bond during royal engagement, In 2013, a blue plaque in Richard's memory was unveiled at his former school, College House Junior School in Chilwell. He was a great loss.". One can only wonder what Beckinsale might have achieved had he lived. A touching and informative tribute to British comedy actor Richard Beckinsale, who died aged just 31 in 1979. "I think he would have gone on to be a movie star. His role was to arrest long-running character Ena Sharples, played by Violet Carson. "We didn't really know whether it was acting genius, or whether it was that he was so short-sighted.". Fills your phone with inspirational pictures. Much Ado About Nothing, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-viel-lrm-um-nichts-much-ado-about-nothing-usauk-1993-kenneth-branagh-113518158.html, Actor Richard Beckinsale with family Judy Loe and daughter Kate Beckinsale at home March 1977 msi, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-actor-richard-beckinsale-with-family-judy-loe-and-daughter-kate-beckinsale-20064684.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-television-porridge-108759906.html, Judy Loe kisses flowers before putting them with other wreaths at the funeral of husband Richard Beckinsale in 1979, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-judy-loe-kisses-flowers-before-putting-them-with-other-wreaths-at-20258136.html, RICHARD BECKINSALE, LEONARD ROSSITER, FRANCES DE LA TOUR, DON WARRINGTON, RISING DAMP, 1974, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-richard-beckinsale-leonard-rossiter-frances-de-la-tour-don-warrington-30932531.html, Judy Loe with daughter Kate Beckinsale widow and daughter of the late Richard Beckinsale at home in the garden msi, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-judy-loe-with-daughter-kate-beckinsale-widow-and-daughter-of-the-late-20258178.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-richard-beckinsale-leonard-rossiter-frances-de-la-tour-don-warrington-30932536.html, Richard Beckinsale Brian Wilde and Ronnie Barker filming christmas special of hit tv series Porridge msi, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-richard-beckinsale-brian-wilde-and-ronnie-barker-filming-christmas-20258185.html. His breakthrough came when starring opposite Paula Wilcox in the Granada sitcom The Lovers, which brought him an award as best television newcomer for 1971. That ended with the sack when he fell asleep at the job, and was found at a bus depot five miles away. Richard Beckinsale was a goodnatured, easy-going lad from Nottingham who made his first stage appearance at the age of eight in his school production of SnowWhite. And Beckinsale's legacy lives on, with repeats of the shows to which he added so much. Alan confesses he's not as experienced in such matters as Rigsby thinks. Kate has said she finds it "comforting" to watch old episodes of her father on screen in sitcoms like Porridge and Rising Damp. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. The trajectory of his career was upwards. Lotterby was too upset to speak, but a tearful Barker said: "The death of my friend Richard Beckinsale has robbed me of the joy of this award but the pride of winning it still remains.". Regie: Kenneth Branagh aka. Richard with his baby daughter and her mum Judy (Image: Instagram) Read More Related Articles. Copyright complaints ~ He was filming a new sitcom, Bloomers, set in a florist's shop, and had finished work on the film of Porridge. Express. Thank you so much to everyone who has been kind. He died of a heart attack in the middle of making the film Bloomers. Beckinsale got married at 18 and had a daughter, Samantha, by his first wife Margaret. Kate wrote next to the photos: "40 years is a lot of missing. For Editorial Use Only. Copyright © 05/11/2020 Alamy Ltd. All rights reserved. He told her he felt tired. But these days, her half-sister Kate is the Beckinsale who is basking in glory. Beckinsale's friend and Rising Damp co-star Don Warrington agrees. RICHARD BECKINSALE, RONNIE BARKER, FULTON MACKAY & BRIAN GLOVER Television 'PORRIDGE' (1974) Directed By SYDNEY LOTTERBY 04 May 1974 SSG25399 Allstar Collection/BBC **WARNING** This photograph can only be reproduced by publications in conjunction with the promotion of the above TV Programme. His first big break was being cast as the lead in the Granada TV sitcom The Lovers, opposite Paula Wilcox. Even though it was the worst loss that I have experienced I was able to share it with people who genuinely, even if they didn’t know him, really seemed to love him. He was a great loss.". Archive clips of his TV and film career (including 'Porridge' and 'Rising Damp') are featured alongside interviews with friends, co-stars and his actress daughters, Samantha and Kate. His two daughters Kate (Pearl Harbour) and Samantha both followed their father into the acting profession. In Rising Damp, he played Alan, a long-haired Left-wing medical student, the butt of jibes from his bullying landlord Rigsby, played by the late Leonard Rossiter. You'll be out of work more than in and you must have a second string to your bow, even if it's hairdressing or something like that.". Officers said she couldn't walk properly due to a lack of exercise.
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