Sunday 11 January 2015

Bill Wallis

Bill Wallis:

† 20 November 1936 – 6 September 2013

A great unsung character actor whose Pickwickian features appear in some of my favourite TV and film of the golden age from the '60s to the '90s, as well as some great radio including 'Week Ending' and the original series of 'Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy'. He can be seen in cult classics like 'The Avengers' and 'The Beiderbecke Tapes' on television, and fleetingly in absurd masterpieces like 'The Bed Sitting Room' (1969) and 'Brazil' (1985).   

He was memorable as the scrofulous jailer Mr Ploppy in 'Black Adder II', and the unscrupulous Minister for Sport in 'Yes, Prime Minister'. He is in the first ever episode of 'Midsomer Murders', Pete & Dud's 'Not Only But Also' and performs on Ivor Cutler's 'Prince Ivor' album. 

Well done, that man.   

Singing the interminable praises of Alan-A-Dale on 'Not Only
But Also', with John Wells, Dudley Moore and Peter Cook

Working on the mail train in 'Robbery' (1967)
Update: Largely unreported at the time, I didn't realise that Bill Wallis passed away in 2013. I salute him posthumously. 

Bill Wallis-imdb

1 comment:

  1. Great actor. I remember him well from so many things, but as a teen in the 90s he was one of the GP's in rural mystery drama Dangerfield