Film and TV

I've had a great many varied roles over the course of my career in film and television.

STAR WARS EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI (1982) - This for me was the weak part of the trilogy, and unfortunately turned out to be the worst film experience I have ever had. I did not like the introduction of the Ewoks, although the kids loved it. The premise that a bunch of teddy bears with sticks and stones could defeat the might of the Stormtroopers was totally unbelievable and spoilt the film for me, even though I did not have a great involvement. Did not go on location, although the locations this time were better, being the Northern California redwood forests, and the desert scenes filmed in Yuma, New Mexico.

THE ROSE MEDALLION (1981) - A three episode thriller for the BBC in which I had the co lead playing Stanley, the cousin of the male lead, with Donald Sumpter playing a seedy run down detective. Anna Nicholas supplied the glamour for the production and the special effects had the task of creating Sicily in the Cheddar Gorge area where the filming took place. Another great acting role for myself with plenty of dialogue and acting opportunities. The story was a search for missing treasure that involved the Mafia, hence the Sicily connection.

HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (1981) - I played the bodyguard to Hotblack Desiato in the final episode 'The Restaurant at the end of the Universe'. Former Dr. Who, Peter Davidson played the pig that wanted to be eaten and spoke the role with a strong West Country accent. In interviews that he subsequently did he was always asked how he arrived at the voice of the pig, to which he replied 'I just listened to Dave Prowse'. Douglas Adams was the author of the book and it was a pleasure to meet and talk with him on set.

STAR WARS EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1978) - This for me was my favourite of the Star Wars movies. We had a wonderful director, Irvin Kershner, who I rank as one of the best directors I have ever worked with. It was, of course, a big reunion for us all, and by now we all knew that we were involved in a cinematic phenomena. Once again I did not go on location - Norway for the snow scenes - and my work was in the studio in Elstree. The old team were back together, plus new cast members like Caroline Blakiston who played Mon Mothma, and my old friend Bruce Boa who played General Reikeen. Bruce and I remained good friends right up until his death. In fact it was me who introduced him to the convention scene. Come to think of it, it was also me that introduced Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Warwick Davis, and Jeremy Bulloch to the Sci Fi convention scene when I got them together for the Men Behind the Masks venture. Peter Sujitsky was the lighting cameraman on the movie, and I thought the carbon freezer scenes were sensational. Although it looked great, working on the set and trying to fight a lightsaber scene with Luke was very difficult in as much as the temperature on set was over 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

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