Anton Rodgers

Anthony "Anton" Rodgers[2] (10 January 1933 – 1 December 2007) was an English actor and occasional director. He performed on stage, in film, in television dramas and sitcoms.[3][4] He starred in several sitcoms, including Fresh Fields (ITV, 1984–86), its sequel French Fields (ITV, 1989–91), and May to December (BBC, 1989–94).

Anton Rodgers
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Born
Anthony Rodgers

(1933-01-10)10 January 1933
Ealing, London, England
Died1 December 2007(2007-12-01) (aged 74)
Alma mater
OccupationActor
Years active1947–2007
Spouse(s)
(m. 1983)
Children5[1]

Early life and careerEdit

Rodgers was born in Ealing, London,[5] the son of William Robert Rodgers and Leonore Victoria (née Wood).[6][7] His early education was at Westminster City School.[6][8] The family were evacuated to Wisbech, Isle of Ely during the war, where his father worked for Balding and Mansell, printers of ration books, permits and passes. Later he was educated at the Italia Conti Academy and LAMDA. He appeared on stage from the age of 14. He was well known for his television performances, specifically his long-running roles in the television sitcoms Fresh Fields in the 1980s and May to December from 1989 to 1994.

He also had a long career both on stage and in film. His stage roles ranged from contemporary comedy and satirical farce to Restoration comedy, Ibsen, Shaw and Wilde and Peter Nichols. He appeared in films such as The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), Scrooge (1970) (in which he performed the Academy Award-nominated Best Original Song "Thank You Very Much"), The Day of the Jackal (1973), and The Fourth Protocol (1987). He also narrated the children's animated TV series Old Bear Stories and appeared as Andre, the comically corrupt French policeman who aided Michael Caine in his romantic/financial schemes in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Personal lifeEdit

Rodgers first married Morna Watson, a ballet dancer, in Kensington in 1959,[9] and they had a son and a daughter.[10]

Rodgers's second wife was the actress Elizabeth Garvie, whom he is reported to have met while filming the 1982 drama series, Something in Disguise.[11] However, this seems unlikely, as their eldest son was born in September 1981.[12] They often appeared on stage together, and toured giving readings from the works of Jane Austen[13] and Robert Browning, among others. He became a patron of the Angles Theatre, Wisbech.

DeathEdit

Rodgers died of a heart attack on 1 December 2007.[4]

CreditsEdit

TheatreEdit

Rodgers made his first West End appearance in 1947, aged 14, in Carmen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He followed this in same year with a tour of an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations playing Pip, and the title role in a revival of Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy which toured the UK in 1948. After repertory experience at Birmingham, Northampton and Hornchurch, he trained at LAMDA.

Returning to London in November 1957 he joined the cast of The Boy Friend at Wyndham's Theatre. Thereafter his credits include:

Selected filmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Ian Herbert, Christine Baxter and Robert E. Finlay, ed. (1981). Who's Who in the Theatre (17th ed.). Detroit: Gale. ISBN 978-0-8103-0234-1.
  • Theatre Record and its annual Indexes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Anton Rodgers Obituary". Legacy.com.
  2. ^ "Anton Rodgers". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Anton Rodgers". telegraph.co.uk. 3 December 2007. Archived from the original on 3 December 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Actor Anton Rodgers dies aged 74". BBC News Online. 4 December 2007. Archived from the original on 6 December 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2007.
  5. ^ "Actor had a special bond with town". Archived from the original on 27 September 2015.
  6. ^ a b Who's Who in the Theatre: A Biographical Record of the contemporary stage, seventeenth edition, ed. Ian Herbert, Gale Research Co., 1981, p. 582
  7. ^ "Anton Rodgers Biography (1933-)". Filmreference.com.
  8. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/news/2007/dec/04/guardianobituaries.television
  9. ^ "WATSON Morna E / RODGERS Anton / Kensington 5c 2281" in General Index to Marriages in England and Wales, 1959
  10. ^ Dennis Barker, Anton Rodgers Actor and director, he starred in TV sitcoms Fresh Fields and May to December (obituary) in The Guardian, 4 December 2007, accessed 12 Oct 2020
  11. ^ Tim Walker, Miranda Hart plans Christmas special in The Daily Telegraph, 4 Jan 2014, accessed 12 Oct 2020
  12. ^ "RODGERS BARNABY WILLIAM / GARVIE / WESTMINSTER 15 2761" in General Index to Births in England and Wales, 1981
  13. ^ Daniel Lombard (2 February 2007). "Anton Rodgers in Monmouth". Southwalesargus.co.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2017.

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