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Alfred Marks

Alfred Edward Marks OBE (28 January 1921 - 1 July 1996) was a comic actor and comedian. Marks was born as Ruchel Kutchinsky in Holborn, London. He left Bell Lane School at 14 and started in entertainment at the Windmill Theatre. He then served in the RAF as a Flight Sergeant in the Middle East where he arranged concerts for servicemen. He also worked as an auctioneer and engineer. He started in variety at the Kilburn Empire in 1946, and his stage appearances included The Sunshine Boys and Fiddler On The Roof. He was also involved in comedy work with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe which later led to the formation (along with writer Spike Milligan) of The Goon Show, though Marks himself was not to become a member of that comedy group. His films included The Frightened City and Scream and Scream Again. His television show, Alfred Marks Time, ran for 6 years on ITV. He compered Sunday Night at the London Palladium and appeared in numerous other television programmes including Albert and Victoria, The Good Old Days, Blankety Blank, The Marti Caine Show, The Two Ronnies, The Generation Game, Lovejoy, Minder (TV series), Parkinson, The All New Alexei Sayle Show and the Dramarama play The Comeuppance of Captain Katt (a satire on the current state of Doctor Who). In 1967 Marks toured Australia for JC Williamson Theatres in Bill Naughton's Spring & Port Wine. In 1968 he played the lead in The Young Visiters a musical version of the turn of the 20th century Daisy Ashford novel, written when she was six and published as submitted by her with the spelling error, at the Vaudeville Theatre in London. Marks also appeared in the role of Wilfred Shadbolt in the Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Yeomen of the Guard in 1982. While on tour in Australia, Marks was appointed the second King of Moomba (1968) by the Melbourne Moomba festival committee; when asked what his qualifications were, he quipped (in full Cockney):     "When I was eleven there were rival gangs around a fruit market in the East End. And desperately, I always wanted to be a member of the bigger rival gang. One day when I was in my best Easter suit, someone from one of the other gangs said to me 'would you like to be King of the Golden Apples?' 'All right, just sit there on this box and call out Apples, Apples, give me the Golden Apples.' Which innocently I did and they cobbled me with every rotten apple in the market." Description above from the Wikipedia article Alfred Marks, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jan 28, 1921 In Holborn, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Penny Points to Paradise 1951-01-01
Latest Project:
Series Virtual Murder 1992-07-24
Known For
Poster of Lovejoy
Poster of The Sweeney
Poster of The Persuaders!
Poster of Blandings Castle
Series Virtual Murder Unknown 1992-07-24
Movie Antonia and Jane Uncle Vladimir Hartman 1990-01-01
Series A Question Of Entertainment Unknown 1988-04-24
Series Lovejoy Unknown 1986-01-10
Movie Fanny Hill Lecher 1983-01-01
Series Dramarama Unknown 1983-09-12
Movie The Yeomen Of The Guard Wilfred Shadbolt 1982-06-01
Series Raffles Unknown 1977-02-25
Movie Valentino Richard Rowland 1977-09-07
Series The Ghosts of Motley Hall Unknown 1976-04-28
Series The Sweeney Gerald Bishop 1975-01-02
Movie Mission: Monte Carlo Pullicino 1974-01-01
Series Rainbow Himself 1972-10-16
Movie Our Miss Fred General Brincker 1972-12-14
Series Jason King Unknown 1971-09-15
Series The Persuaders! Unknown 1971-09-17
Movie Scream and Scream Again Detective Supt. Bellaver 1970-02-02
Movie Scramble Unknown 1970-12-01
Series Albert and Victoria Unknown 1970-06-13
Series Blandings Castle Unknown 1967-02-24
Series Fire Crackers 1964-08-29
Movie She'll Have to Go Douglas Oberon 1962-03-31
Movie A Weekend With Lulu Comte de Grenoble 1961-04-10
Movie The Frightened City Harry Foulcher 1961-09-01
Movie There Was a Crooked Man 1960-08-31
Movie Desert Mice Major Poskett 1959-01-05
Movie Johnny, You're Wanted Marks 1956-01-20
Movie Penny Points to Paradise Edward Haynes 1951-01-01