Maurice Denham May 30, 2010 23:25:42 GMT 1
Post by Laurence on May 30, 2010 23:25:42 GMT 1
Maurice Denham played more than 100 film and TV roles as well as being a star of the hit radio show It's That Man Again. More than 20 million people listened to the show at its peak and catchphrases such as "I don't mind if I do", became part of the popular language of the day. Denham's skill for putting on voices was highlighted in the show, as he played both charlady Mrs Tickle and Vodkin the Russian inventor. His talent for imitation in 1955 led to him voicing every character in the animated classic Animal Farm. Denham was born in Beckenham, Kent in the south east of England. Before taking up acting Denham worked as an engineer. Radio roles were followed by his first film role in 1947.
He landed a small part in The Man Within, alongside Richard Attenborough and other film roles followed including Our Man in Havana (1959) with Alec Guinness and Julia (1977) with Vanessa Redgrave. Other movie roles included Day of the Jackal - with Edward Fox - and 84 Charring Cross Road. As well as his film and radio work, Denham featured in numerous TV programmes including the popular TV series The Lotus Eaters in the 1970s and Porridge with Ronnie Barker, in which Denham played the judge who originally sentenced Barker's character to five years in prison, only to find himself later 'banged up' with the old lag on a charge of taking bribes. Denham also co-starred with Colin Baker in the actors first Doctor Who story The Twin Dilemma.
He played the Archbishop of Canterbury in the TV miniseries Edward and Mrs Simpson in 1980 and appeared in the medical drama series Peak Practice. His last role was as an aristocrat in The Beggar Bride in 1997, which starred Ashes to Ashes actress Keeley Hawes. Denham, who had been awarded the OBE, was widowed and was survived by two sons and a daughter.
He passed away on July 24, 2002 aged 92 years.