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George A. Cooper

George Alphonsus Cooper was born in Leeds in 1925. After training as an electrical engineer and architect he was called up for National Service, working for the Royal Artillery in India. During that period he became interested in performing and on his discharge joined Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in Manchester. To avoid confusion with American actor George Cooper he used his middle initial in his stage name. His first appearance on television was in 1946. Over the next fifty years, he was a regular on the screen developing a career out of portraying slightly bumbling authoritarian characters. In 1964 he won a recurring role in ITV's Coronation Street playing businessman Willie Piggott who famously tried to bribe Ken Barlow to give his son Brian a pass on his tech exam. He had regular roles in Z-Cars and Dixon of Dock Green. In 1960 he appeared in the West End play Billy Liar playing the father of the title character, later reprising the role in the 1973 television series. He appeared in comedies such as Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Sykes and Mind Your Language. In 1985 he took on the role of no-nonsense caretaker Eric Griffiths in the incredibly successful children's drama Grange Hill, playing the role for seven years and earning a place in the hearts of a generation of children. His last TV appearance was in a 1995 episode of Casualty. He died in a nursing home in Hampshire on 16th November, 2018.

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Mar 7, 1925 In Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Dixon of Dock Green 1955-07-09
Latest Project:
Series Heartbeat 1992-04-10
Known For
Poster of Amy
Poster of The Saint
Poster of The Avengers
Poster of No Hiding Place
Series Heartbeat Unknown 1992-04-10
Series Nice Work Mr. Wilcox Snr 1989-10-04
Series Casualty Albert Collins 1986-09-06
Movie Amy Will Johnson 1984-01-02
Movie Red Monarch Kaganovitch 1983-06-16
Movie The Star Chamber State Senator Walden 1983-08-05
Series Grange Hill Mr. Griffiths 1978-02-08
Movie The Light Princess King 1978-12-24
Movie Decorators Limited Porter 1976-01-01
Series The New Avengers Unknown 1976-10-22
Movie Trial by Combat 2nd Leather Jerkin 1976-04-01
Series Dawson's Weekly Unknown 1975-06-12
Series Two's Company Mr. Begley 1975-09-06
Series Billy Liar Unknown 1973-11-02
Series Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em Unknown 1973-02-15
Movie The Villa Maroc Lionel 1972-02-17
Movie Bless This House Mr Wilson 1972-01-01
Series Crown Court Unknown 1972-10-11
Movie The Bouncing Boy Ashcroft 1972-12-11
Movie Office Party Manager 1971-08-17
Series Barlow Unknown 1971-09-15
Series The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Unknown 1971-09-20
Movie Start the Revolution Without Me Dr. Duval 1970-08-14
Series Play for Today Unknown 1970-10-15
Series Doomwatch Unknown 1970-02-09
Movie The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Blacket 1970-11-12
Movie Roll On Four O'Clock Ted Crampton 1970-12-19
Movie I Can't See My Little Willie Frank Palmer 1970-11-19
Series The Ronnie Barker Playhouse Unknown 1968-04-03
Series The First Lady Unknown 1968-04-07
Movie Dracula Has Risen from the Grave Village Landlord 1968-11-07
Movie The Strange Affair Supt. Kingsley 1968-08-22
Movie In Two Minds Mr Winter 1967-03-01
Movie Smashing Time Irishman 1967-12-20
Series Man in a Suitcase Unknown 1967-09-27
Series King of the River Unknown 1966-07-06
Movie Doctor Who: The Smugglers Cherub 1966-10-01
Series Public Eye Unknown 1965-01-23
Movie Life at the Top Graffham 1965-12-14
Movie Ferry Cross the Mersey Mr. Lumsden 1965-02-10
Movie Nightmare John 1964-02-28
Series Sherlock Holmes Unknown 1964-05-17
Series Espionage Unknown 1963-10-02
Movie Tom Jones Mr. Fitzpatrick 1963-08-24
Movie In the Doghouse Examiner (Uncredited) 1962-05-17
Series Dr. Finlay's Casebook Unknown 1962-08-16
Series Z-Cars Unknown 1962-01-02
Movie The Brain Thomas Gabler 1962-09-05
Series The Saint Milton Ourley 1962-10-04
Series The Avengers Burgess 1961-01-07
Movie Hell Is a City Doug Savage 1960-04-10
Series An Age of Kings Unknown 1960-04-28
Series No Hiding Place Unknown 1959-09-16
Movie The Secret Place Harry 1957-02-06
Movie Fortune Is a Woman Hotel Porter 1957-03-13
Series Dixon of Dock Green Unknown 1955-07-09