Michael Standing (actor)

Michael Lionel Standing (born 19 June 1939) is a British actor, appearing mostly in the 1960s and early 1970s.[1]

Michael Standing
Michael Lionel Standing

(1939-06-19) 19 June 1939 (age 81)
London, England

Standing was born in London. Between an appearance in a 1964 episode of the TV series of The Saint and his final appearance in the 1973 opening season of The Tomorrow People in which he played Ginge, the biker heavy who became the Tomorrow People's ally, he appeared in a considerable number of dramas such as Z-Cars, Gideon's Way and the soap opera The Newcomers, and episodes of fantasy television series such as Adam Adamant Lives!, The Champions, and Ace of Wands.[2][3]

Standing is probably best remembered for his role as Arthur in the 1969 film, The Italian Job, who was, as Michael Caine's character Croker famously observed "only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" after he had totally destroyed a van with gelignite.[4][5]

Standing later moved to the United States, and was briefly married to Sherri Spillane, the ex-wife of writer Mickey Spillane.[6][7]

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  1. ^ "Viewing Page 6862 of Issue 45695". London-gazette.co.uk. 6 June 1972. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Michael Standing". BFI.
  3. ^ "Michael Standing". www.aveleyman.com.
  4. ^ Draper, James (11 March 2017). "There are only 5 members of the original Italian Job cast left now". Daily Mirror.
  5. ^ "The Italian Job (1969)". BFI.
  6. ^ Los Angeles Times: Quickie Divorce Costs Spillane's Ex 'Hammer' Profits
  7. ^ AP News: Writer's Ex Out To Take Him To the Cleaners, Her Hubby Says

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