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Bill Dean

Bill Dean was a British actor who was born in Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire. He was born Patrick Anthony Connolly, but took his stage name in honour of Everton football legend William 'Dixie' Dean. After a atring of jobs, it was his work as a Lancashire club comedian that saw him spotted by Ken Loach who gave him his breakthrough role in his TV play The Golden Vision. Famous for his flat but penetrating Scouse tones, Dean went on to star as miserable pensioner Harry Cross in the long running Channel 4 soap Brookside from its inception in 1983 to 1990. He briefly returned to the series in 1999 for three episodes, when his character re-appeared in Brookside Close suffering from Alzheimer's disease and wrongly believing that he still lived there. The same character was the inspiration behind the 1980s group 'Jegsy Dodd and the sons of Harry Cross' who hailed from the Wirral and Dean himself appeared in the video of the Liverpudlian band The Farm's Groovy Train as Cross, who was a former train driver. He did of a heart attack aged 78 in 2000.

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Sep 3, 1921 In Everton, Liverpool, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Man in a Suitcase 1967-09-27
Latest Project:
Movie Brookside: Friday the 13th 1998-11-14
Known For
Poster of Heartbeat
Poster of The Sweeney
Poster of Speech Day
Poster of Man in a Suitcase
Movie Brookside: Friday the 13th Harold Cross 1998-11-14
Movie Hillsborough Additional Cast 1996-09-11
Movie Priest Altar Boy 1995-03-24
Movie Skallagrigg Old Man 1994-03-09
Series Heartbeat Unknown 1992-04-10
Movie Let Him Have It Foreman of the Jury 1991-10-04
Series The Gathering Seed Billy Eccles 1983-09-07
Series Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime Unknown 1983-10-09
Movie Slayground Compere 1983-12-01
Movie A Turn for the Worse (voice) 1981-04-28
Movie Rising Damp Workman 1980-05-03
Movie The Mirror Crack'd Man in Village Hall (uncredited) 1980-09-19
Movie Scum Mr Duke 1979-09-12
Series Pennies from Heaven Alf 1978-03-07
Movie Law & Order David Shepley 1978-04-06
Movie Bag of Yeast Teddy 1976-02-22
Series Beasts Unknown 1976-10-16
Series The Sweeney Charlie Norton 1975-01-02
Series The Wackers Charlie 1975-03-19
Series Playhouse Unknown 1974-03-13
Series Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! 1974-09-30
Movie The Best Pair of Legs in the Business Bert 1973-02-01
Movie Speech Day George 1973-03-26
Movie Night Watch Inspector Walker 1973-11-08
Movie Bank Holiday Father 1972-03-02
Movie Gumshoe Tommy 1971-12-01
Movie The Rank and File Billy 1971-05-20
Movie After a Lifetime Uncle Sid 1971-07-18
Movie Family Life Mr. Baildon 1971-12-01
Movie Kes Fish and Chip Shop Man 1970-04-03
Movie Roll On Four O'Clock Arthur Foster 1970-12-19
Movie The Big Flame Landlord 1969-02-19
Movie The Golden Vision John Coyne 1968-04-17
Series Man in a Suitcase Unknown 1967-09-27