Thursday, 7 June 2012

Frank Windsor

Actor Frank Windsor

Frank Windsor:

† July 12 1927 – Sep 30 2020

I suppose I can hardly count such a famous actor as unknown, but the reassuringly wholesome rumpled features of Frank Windsor have been seen more widely than just in the venerable cop dramas 'Z-Cars' and 'Softly Softly; Taskforce' or adverts for pension plans and stairlifts. Starting as an actor in the late '50s, he never played the dashing leading man, but more often the trusty retainer or honest yeoman. 

Frank Windsor (second from left), between co-stars
James Ellis and Stratford Johns with the cast of 'Z-Cars'

TV jobs include the sci-fi serial 'A for Andromeda', 'The Avengers', 'Randall & Hopkirk, Deceased', the title role in the series 'Headmaster', and the not very memorable limo-hire drama 'Flying Lady'. More recent appearances cover the usual suspects 'Boon', 'Casualty', 'Chancer', 'Midsomer Murders', 'Judge John Deeds' and so on. 

On the big screen he is far less ubiquitous, but pops up in favourites like 'This Sporting Life' (1963), 'Spring and Port Wine ' (1971) and 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' (1971), as well as duffers such as 'Barry McKenzie Holds His Own' (1974), and heist romp 'The Omega Connection/The London Connection' (1979), often in a pastiche version of his familiar copper persona. 

Dependable rather than riveting. Hence the insurance adverts.                 

Frank Windsor - imdb profile

1 comment:

  1. I saw Frank Windsor in "The Fall and Rise of the city of Mahagony" by Bertold Brecht at Middlesbrough Poly. Frank Windsor singing the Alabama Song was odd.