/h8ZglTWetH0DDBmzG6VaRVJwx1S.jpgBernard Bresslaw (25 February 1934 – 11 June 1993) was an English comic actor, best remembered as a member of the Carry On team.

 

 

 

Television series
The Adventures of Robin Hood The Black Patch as Sir Dunstan’s Captain
The Army Game
Our House (1961–1962) 22 episodes William Singer
Carry On Christmas Specials and Carry On Laughing
Danger Man: The Outcast, as Leo (1964)
Doctor Who serial The Ice Warriors (1967) as Varga, an Ice Warrior
The Goodies Series 2 (1 Oct. 1971) episode Scotland as the zookeeper.
The Book Tower (1987)
Terry and June (16 Nov. 1982) Series 5 Episode 5 (Playing pool) Morris
Sykes (7 Nov. 1974) Series 3 Episode 4 (The Band) Johnny Brunswick
Doctor in the House (13 Sep. 1969) Series 1, Episode 10 (The Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Casino) Malcolm
Mann’s Best Friends (1984) 6 episodes

Films
The Men of Sherwood Forest (1954) as Garth (uncredited)
The Glass Cage (1955) as Ivan the Terrible, Cossack Dancer (uncredited)
Satellite in the Sky (1956) as Technician (uncredited)
Up in the World (1956) as Williams (uncredited)
High Tide at Noon (1957) as Tom Robey (uncredited)
Blood of the Vampire (1958) as Tall Sneak Thief
I Only Arsked! (1958) as Popeye Popplewell
Too Many Crooks (1959) as Snowdrop
Folytassa nővér – Carry On Nurse (1959) as Ted York (uncredited)
The Ugly Duckling (1959) as Henry Jekyll
It’s All Happening (1962) as Parsons
Folytassa, cowboy – Carry on Cowboy (1965) as Little Heap
Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966) as Policeman
Folytassa sikoltozva! Carry on Screaming! (1966) as Sockett
Folytassa a sivatagban (Folytassa az idegenlégióban) – Carry on follow that camel (1967) as Sheikh Abdul Abulbul
Folytassa doktor – Carry on Doctor (1967) as Ken Biddle
Folytassa a khyber szorosban- Carry On Up the Khyber (1968) as Bungdit Din
Folytassa a kempingezést – Carry On Camping (1969) as Bernie Lugg
Moon Zero Two (1969) as Harry
Spring and Port Wine (1970) as Lorry Driver
Folytassa a dzsungelben – Carry On Up the Jungle (1970) as Upsidasi
Folytassa a szerelmet – Carry On Loving (1970) as Gripper Burke
Up Pompeii (1971) as Gorgo
The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971) as Mr Violet (segment “Avarice”)
Folytassa, amikor Önnek megfelel – Carry On at Your Convenience (1971) as Bernie Hulke
Blinker’s Spy-Spotter (1972) as South
Folytassák lányok – Carry On Girls (1972) as Ernie Bragg
Folytassa kölföldön – Carry On Abroad (1972) as Brother Bernard
Folytassák lányok – Carry On Girls (1973) as Peter Potter
Folytassa Dick – Carry On Dick (1974) as Sir Roger Daley
Vampira (1974) as Pottinger
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975) as Fan Choy
Folytassa az ásatástt – Carry On Behind(1975) as Arthur Upmore
In the Movies it Doesn’t Hurt (1975) as several
Folytassa a nevetést – Carry On Laughing 1975
Joseph Andrews (1977) as Parson Trulliber (uncredited)
Jabberwocky (1977) as The Landlord
The Fifth Musketeer (1979) as Bernard
Folyton folyvást folytassa! – That’s Carry On (1979)
Hawk the Slayer (1980) as Gort
Krull (1983) as Rell the Cyclops
Asterix and the Big Fight (1989) as Obelix (English version, voice)
Leon the Pig Farmer (1992) as Rabbi Hartmann
Bernard Bresslaw: A Story About Bernard Bresslaw (2009)

UK chart singles
“Mad Passionate Love/You Need Feet” (1958)
“The Army Game/What Do We Do in the Army?” (1958) Michael Medwin, Bernard Bresslaw, Alfie Bass & Leslie Fyson
“Charlie Brown/The Teenager’s Lament” (1959)
“Ivy Will Cling/I Found a Hole” (1959)

Stage actor
Bresslaw performed with the Young Vic Theatre Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. One of his last stage performances was as Malvolio in Twelfth Night at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park (1990).
He also played the genie in the lamp in Aladdin at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, in the 1990s.
He also played the genie on the Sooty Show.
He also voiced Gorilla on The Giddy Game Show.
He played Mephistopheles, alongside James Warwick in the title role of an Oxford Stage Company regional touring production of Doctor Faustus in 1987.
He was a member of the oldest theatrical fraternity in the world, the elite Grand Order of Water Rats

Song
His song “You Need Feet” (a parody of “You Need Hands” by Max Bygraves) was used in the Rutles’ TV special, accompanying the Yoko Ono film parody “A Thousand Feet of Film”. This was cut from the syndicated version and the original DVD release, but was restored (along with other cut footage) in later DVD releases.
BT adverts
Bresslaw, together with Miriam Margolyes, appeared with English comedienne Maureen Lipman in a series of British Telecom advertisements in the late 1980s. Bresslaw and Margolyes played Gerald and Dolly, a nervous couple who drop in unannounced on Lipman’s character Beatrice “Beattie” Bellman and her husband Harry.
Biography
Bernard Bresslaw was born the youngest of three boys into a Jewish family in Stepney, London, on 25 February 1934.He attended the Coopers’ Company’s School in Tredegar Square, Bow, London E3. His father was a tailor’s cutter and he became interested in acting after visits to the Hackney Empire. London County Council awarded him a scholarship to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he won the Emile Littler Award as the most promising actor.After Educating Archie on radio and The Army Game on television, more television, film and Shakespearean theatre roles followed, until he was cast in Carry On Cowboy in 1965. Although officially starring in 14 Carry On films, Bresslaw did appear in one other: Carry On Nurse. The legs of Terence Longdon were deemed to be too thin and scrawny looking, so Bresslaw’s were used as stand-ins for the scene where Joan Sims gives him a bath.[citation needed]
Bresslaw’s catchphrase, in his strong Cockney accent, was “I only arsked” (sic), first used in The Army Game, and later revived in Carry On Camping (1969). In his fleeting appearance as an angry lorry driver in the 1970 film Spring and Port Wine, his character was dubbed.[citation needed]
At 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), he was the tallest of the Carry On cast, head and shoulders over fellow Carry On regular Barbara Windsor, who is 4 ft 10 in (1.47 m). Because of his height he was briefly considered for the part of the Creature in Hammer’s Curse of Frankenstein (1957), which ultimately went instead to 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Christopher Lee. Bresslaw later made a comedy version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Hammer titled The Ugly Duckling (1959). He made great efforts to prepare for roles, for example learning Fanagalo phrases for Carry On Up the Jungle (1970).
He featured as Varga, the lead villain in the 1967 Doctor Who story The Ice Warriors. Even though all the actors playing the aliens were over six feet tall, Bresslaw towered over them. Sonny Caldinez, who played an Ice Warrior in the story, stated in a 2004 interview that Bresslaw “was the only man that could make me feel small.”
 
Personal life
Bresslaw was married to the dancer Betty Wright in 1959, and was married until his death in 1993.[7] They had three sons: James, Mark and Jonathan.
Death
Bresslaw died of a sudden heart attack on 11 June 1993. He had collapsed in his dressing room at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, London, where he was to play Grumio in the New Shakespeare Company’s production of Taming of the Shrew,[8] His body was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium, north London, where his ashes were buried on 17 June 1993.
Poetry
Bresslaw was the author of a privately published volume of poetry, Ode to the Dead Sea Scrolls
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