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DiedAugust 5, 2015, Reading, United Kingdom
FactThe Minder (1979) theme song, "I Could Be So Good for You", was played at his funeral at Reading Crematorium on 13 August 2015, where his co-star Dennis Waterman gave a eulogy and said of the time they worked together on Minder "We laughed all day long, every day".

George Cole is an English actor, born in Tooting, London on April 22, 1925. His parents were both variety artists, and he made his stage debut at the age of three. He was educated at a number of schools, including RADA, and served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

Cole’s career began in the theatre, but he soon moved into film and television. He is best known for his role as Arthur Daley in the long-running British sitcom Minder. He has also appeared in a number of films, including The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), Scrooge (1970), and The Long Good Friday (1980).

Cole has been married twice, first to actress Penny Morrell, with whom he had two sons. His second marriage was to actress Beverly Morgan, with whom he had a daughter. He has four grandchildren.

Cole’s net worth is estimated to be £5 million.

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Full NameGeorge Cole
DiedAugust 5, 2015, Reading, United Kingdom


ChildrenTara Cole, Toby Cole, Harriet Cole, Crispin Cole
ParentsGeorge Cole, Florence Cole


NominationsBritish Academy Television Award for Best Actor
MoviesCleopatra, The Belles of St Trinian's, Scrooge, The Vampire Lovers, Mary Reilly, Blue Murder at St Trinian's, Cottage to Let, Too Many Crooks, Laughter in Paradise, The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery, The Pure Hell of St Trinian's, The Green Man, The Adventures of Quentin Durward, Our Girl Friday,...
TV ShowsMinder, Dad, A Life Of Bliss, Root Into Europe, The Bounder, Comrade Dad, Diamond Geezer, Blott on the Landscape, My Good Friend, A Man of our Times, An Independent Man, Diamond Geezer 2, Don't Forget to Write!, Village Hall, Tony, Day To Remember

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1[on the success of Minder (1979)] It's a bit worrying really. After all, Arthur is a crook. He nearly always lets Terry down and yet he's one of the most popular characters on television.


1The Minder (1979) theme song, "I Could Be So Good for You", was played at his funeral at Reading Crematorium on 13 August 2015, where his co-star Dennis Waterman gave a eulogy and said of the time they worked together on Minder "We laughed all day long, every day".
2Along with Michael Ripper, he is one of only two actors to appear in all four of the original "St. Trinian's" films: The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954), Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957), The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1960) and The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery (1966).
3He appeared in nine films with Alastair Sim: Bombsight Stolen (1941), The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950), Bikini Baby (1951), A Christmas Carol (1951), Folly to Be Wise (1952), An Inspector Calls (1954), The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954), The Green Man (1956) and Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957).
4With the death of Renée Asherson on October 30, 2014, he was the last surviving cast member of Henry V (1944).
5He was considered for the roles of Dr. Armstrong and Sir Percy Heseltine in Lifeforce (1985).
6Joined RAF in 1943 training as a wireless operator at Cardington until it was discovered that his eyesight wasn't good enough. Transferred to Coastal Command H.Q. in Northwood for a year then posted to Germany where he ran the officers' mess bar.
7He was a front runner for the role of Angus Hudson on Upstairs, Downstairs (1971).
8He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1992 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama.
9Became a pop star in 1983 when his duet with Dennis Waterman, "What Are We Gonna Get 'Er Indoors?", reached the number 21 position on the UK chart.
10Was taken in (along with his mother) by Alastair Sim and his wife Naomi. Alastair then took over his education and trained him as an actor.
11Accompanied a pal to an audition but finished up getting the part instead of his pal. That was for the play "Cottage to Let", which led to his appearance in the film, Bombsight Stolen (1941). [1940]




Flesh & Blood1951John Hannah
Gone to Earth1950Cousin Albert
Mr. Gillie1950TV MovieTom Donnelly
The Happiest Days of Your Life1950Junior Assistant Caretaker at Ministry of Education (uncredited)
Operation Disaster1950E.R.A. Marks
The Spider and the Fly1949Marc, detective
The Three Kisses1949TV ShortRev. Hamish Mavor
The Anatomist1949TV MovieWalter Anderson
Quartet1948Herbert Sunbury (segment "The Kite")
My Brother's Keeper1948Willie Stannard
Dr. Angelus1948TV MovieDr. Johnson
Journey Together1945Curley, Bomb Aimer, Lancaster Crew
Henry V1944Boy
Adventure for Two1943Percy (uncredited)
Those Kids from Town1942Charlie
Bombsight Stolen1941Ronald
Heartbeat2005-2008TV SeriesAlbert Hallows
Midsomer Murders2008TV SeriesLionel Hicks
The Dinner Party2007TV MovieGeorge
New Tricks2007TV SeriesSir Edward Chambers
Diamond Geezer2007TV SeriesGerald
A Class Apart2007TV MovieGeorge
Agatha Christie's Marple2007TV SeriesLaurence Raeburn
Family Business2004TV SeriesPat Williams
Bodily Harm2002TV Mini-SeriesSidney
Station Jim2001TV MovieStationmaster Pope
The Sleeper2000TV Mini-SeriesGeorge
The Ghost of Greville Lodge2000Great Uncle
Dad1997-1999TV SeriesBrian Hook
My Good Friend1995-1996TV SeriesPeter Banks
Mary Reilly1996Mr. Poole
An Independent Man1995TV SeriesFreddie Patterson
Minder1979-1994TV SeriesArthur / Arthur Daley
Root Into Europe1992TV SeriesHenry Root
Life After Life1990TV MovieEric Burt
Tube Mice1988TV SeriesVernon
Natural Causes1988TV MovieVincent
Comrade Dad1984-1986TV SeriesReg Dudgeon
Blott on the Landscape1985TV Mini-SeriesSir Giles Lynchwood Sir Giles
Deadline Auto Theft1983Atlee Jackson
The Bounder1982-1983TV SeriesTrevor Mountjoy
Perishing Solicitors1983TV Movie
ITV Playhouse1969-1979TV SeriesWillie / Harry / David Carter
Don't Forget to Write!1977-1979TV SeriesGordon Maple
Return of the Saint1978TV SeriesFred
The Voyage of Charles Darwin1978TV SeriesJosiah Wedgewood / Josiah Wedgwood
Good Neighbors1978TV SeriesMr. Downs, Bank Manager
Double Nickels1977George
The Sweeney1976TV SeriesDennis Longfield
The Blue Bird1976Tylo
Quiller1975TV SeriesMays
Lloyd George Knew My Father1975TV MovieHubert Boothroyd MP
Affairs of the Heart1974TV SeriesMr. Prodmore
Village Hall1974TV SeriesErnest Groves
Dial M for Murder1974TV SeriesPearce
Take Me High1973Bert Jackson
Away from It All1973TV SeriesLeonard
Madigan1972TV SeriesConstable Lumpton
Six Faces1972TV SeriesArthur Drew
The Ten Commandments1971TV SeriesPeter
Jackanory1969-1971TV SeriesStoryteller
Shadows of Fear1971TV SeriesGordon
UFO1971TV SeriesPaul Roper
Menace1970TV SeriesDouglas Willet
Play for Today1970TV SeriesMr. Newbold
The Vampire Lovers1970Roger Morton
Armchair Theatre1959-1970TV SeriesEdwin
A Room in Town1970TV MovieEdwin
The Root of All Evil?1968-1969TV SeriesGordon Maple / Syd Swope
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1969TV SeriesTod
The Gold Robbers1969TV Mini-SeriesBarry Porter
Out of the Unknown1969TV SeriesJames Hale
The Sex Game1968TV Series
Thirty-Minute Theatre1966-1968TV SeriesPaul Bishop / Caramel
A Man of our Times1968TV SeriesMax Osborne
The Green Shoes1968Short
Half Hour Story1967TV SeriesCyril / Mr. Hicks
Seven Deadly Virtues1967TV SeriesArnold Roberts
ITV Play of the Week1956-1967TV SeriesFrank Cockburn / Walter
Vendetta1966TV SeriesJacques Bavar
Blackmail1966TV SeriesLen Grantham
The Informer1966TV SeriesBaxter
Comedy Playhouse1963-1966TV SeriesCharles / Mossy
The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery1966'Flash' Harry
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1963-1966TV SeriesMr. Mipps / Hellspite / William Evans
A World of Comedy1965TV Mini-SeriesAdams
One Way Pendulum1965Defense Counsel Fred
Gideon C.I.D.1964TV SeriesBishop
Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow1963Mr. Sexton Mipps / Hellspite
A Life of Bliss1960-1961TV SeriesDavid Bliss
The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's1960'Flash' Harry Cuthbert Edwards
Don't Panic Chaps1959Finch
The Bridal Path1959Police Sgt. Bruce
ITV Television Playhouse1959TV SeriesTegeus-Chromus (corporal)
Too Many Crooks1959Fingers
Blue Murder at St. Trinian's1957'Flash' Harry
Suspicion1957TV SeriesGeorgeWillis
The Green Man1956William Blake
The Weapon1956Joshua Henry
It's a Wonderful World1956Ken Millar
The Anatomist1956TV MovieDr. Walter Anderson
Quentin Durward1955Hayraddin
The Star Without a Name1955TV MovieJacques Thomas
A Phoenix Too Frequent1955TV MovieTegeus-Chromis
Marriage a la Mode1955Luigi Sopranelli
Where There's a Will1955Fred Slater
A Prize of Gold1955Sergeant Roger Morris
The Belles of St. Trinian's1954Flash Harry
Tonight's the Night1954Terence
An Inspector Calls1954Tram Conductor (uncredited)
The Adventures of Sadie1953Jimmy Carrol
The Clue of the Missing Ape1953Gobo
The Intruder1953John Summers
Will Any Gentleman...?1953Henry Sterling
Folly to Be Wise1952Soldier in Brains Trust audience (uncredited)
Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow1952George
The Passionate Sentry1952Arthur Crisp
The Wild Heart1952Cousin Albert
Rainy Day1952TV MovieGeorge Willis
Mr. Lord Says No1952Cyril
A Christmas Carol1951Young Ebenezer Scrooge
Bikini Baby1951Johnny
Laughter in Paradise1951Herbert Russell


Midsomer Murders2008TV Series performer - 1 episode


The One Show2013TV SeriesHimself
Outbreak 19392009TV Movie documentaryHimself - Actor
Mark Lawson Talks to...2008TV SeriesHimself
British Film Forever2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
That's What I Call Television2007TV SeriesHimself
Must See TV2006TV Series documentaryHimself / Arthur Daley
The 100 Greatest Family Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Spivs2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Drama Connections2005TV Series documentaryHimself
ITV 50 Greatest Shows2005TV MovieHimself
The Spirit of Christmas Past: George Cole Remembers Alastair Sim2005Video documentary shortHimself
TV's Greatest Cars2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Memories of Minder: The Early Years2004Video documentary shortHimself
Memories of Minder: The Gary Webster Years2004Video documentary shortHimself
Memories of Minder: The Middle Years2004Video documentary shortHimself
The Best of British1999TV SeriesHimself
Heroes of Comedy1997TV Series documentaryHimself
A Night of Comic Relief 21989TV SpecialHimself
Aspel & Company1986TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1983TV SeriesArthur Daley
The Royal Variety Performance 19821982TV MovieHimself
Heggerty Haggerty1982TV SeriesHimself
Night of One Hundred Stars1980TV MovieHimself
Celebrity Squares1975TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

BAFTA Televsion Awards 20162016TV Special
5 News2015TV SeriesHimself
Verity Lambert: Drama Queen2008TV Movie documentaryArthur Daley (uncredited)
Evolution of the Invasion2006Video documentaryJames Hale
The Greatest2001TV Series documentaryArthur Daley
The 100 Greatest TV Ads2000TV Special
To See Such Fun1977DocumentaryHimself


Nominated Awards

1985BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorMinder (1979)
1983BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorMinder (1979)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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