Monday, 25 March 2013

Aubrey Woods

Checking passports in 'San Ferry Ann' (1965)

Aubrey Woods: 

Apr 9 1927 May 7 2013

Another veteran with a curious collection of character roles in film and television. Starting in the mid-'50s his rather stern countenance began showing up in some minor cult classics, including: 'Father Brown' (1954), 'Spare the Rod' (1961), 'San Ferry Ann' (1965), 'Futtocks End' (1970), Joe Orton's 'Loot' (1970), 'Up Pompeii' and 'Up the Chastity Belt' (both 1971), 'The Abominable Dr Phibes' (1971) and 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' (1971). 

'The Abominable Dr Phibes' (1971)
Television work has included some modest parts in some popular actioners: 'Sexton Blake', 'Cribb' and 'Menace', as well as a '70s double-top of 'Doctor Who' and 'Blakes 7'. Add to that a smattering of mid-table favourites like 'Ever Decreasing Circles', 'Auf Wiedershein, Pet' and 'Hazell'      

And then there's this bizarre artefact, Eric Idle's 'Commander Badman'. Enjoy.

The candy man…'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)


  1. "Who can take tomorrow
    Dip it in a deam
    Seperate the sorrow
    And collect up all the cream?"

  2. Sad to discover that Aubrey Woods died on May 7 2013, only a few weeks after I posted this salute to him.

    Also a reminder that I'd better get busy with a few of the more senior actors on my to-do list.