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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 16, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newcastle upon Tyne, England, GB Profession: actor, producer, songwriter, writer, singer

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A working-class stiff from Newcastle, rough-hewn actor-singer-writer Jimmy Nail first came to prominence as one of the gang of bricklayers in the immensely popular British TV series "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" (1983-84) and, after appearing on American TV in the miniseries "Master of the Game" (CBS, 1984) and "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" (NBC, 1985), reprised his role as Oz for a second "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" (1986) series. Nail co-created and starred as the melancholy detective "Spender" (BBC, 1991-93) before writing, co-executive producing and starring in "Crocodile Shoes" (BBC, 1994), playing a Newcastle factory worker and budding country singer-songwriter. Outstanding as Latin lover Augustin Magaldi, the tango singer who first introduces the young Eva Peron to Buenos Aires, in the film version of "Evita", he returned to the small screen for the sequel "Crocodile Shoes II" (1997). He also reteamed with the writers of "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" (Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais) for the feature "Still Crazy" (1998), about the reunion of a British rock band in which he played a singer now working as a roofer.

A working-class stiff from Newcastle, rough-hewn actor-singer-writer Jimmy Nail first came to prominence as one of the gang of bricklayers in the immensely popular British TV series "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" (1983-84) and, after appearing on American TV in the miniseries "Master of the Game" (CBS, 1984) and "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" (NBC, 1985), reprised his role as Oz for a second "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" (1986) series. Nail co-created and starred as the melancholy detective "Spender" (BBC, 1991-93) before writing, co-executive producing and starring in "Crocodile Shoes" (BBC, 1994), playing a Newcastle factory worker and budding country singer-songwriter. Outstanding as Latin lover Augustin Magaldi, the tango singer who first introduces the young Eva Peron to Buenos Aires, in the film version of "Evita", he returned to the small screen for the sequel "Crocodile Shoes II" (1997). He also reteamed with the writers of "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" (Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais) for the feature "Still Crazy" (1998), about the reunion of a British rock band in which he played a singer now working as a roofer.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Still Crazy (1998) Les
2.
 Swing (1998) Arthur
3.
 Evita (1996) Agustin Magaldi
4.
 Crusoe (1988) Tarik
5.
 Dream Demon (1988) Paul
6.
 Diamond's Edge (1988) Boyle
7.
 Shoot For the Sun (1986) Geordie
8.
 Morons From Outer Space (1985) Desmond Brock
9.
 10th Kingdom, The (2000) Clayface
10.
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1983:
First came to prominence as Oz, one of a gang of bricklayers, in British TV's massively successful "Auf Wiedersehen Pet", written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
1984:
Made American TV debut in the CBS miniseries "Master of the Game", based on the novel by Sidney Sheldon
1985:
Appeared as Vilmos in NBC miniseries "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story"
1986:
Reprised Oz for a second "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" series, in which the gang journeyed to Spain
1989:
Played Rabbetts in "Danny, the Champion of the World" (Disney Channel)
:
Co-created (with La Frenais) and starred in the BBC undercover detective series "Spender", which led to his writing a best-selling "Spender" novel
1994:
Wrote, co-executive produced and starred in the seven part "Crocodile Shoes" (BBC) as a Newcastle factory worker and budding country singer-songwriter; also wrote and sang the program's theme music, which went straight into the British pop charts at Number Eight; a second "Crocodile Shoes" series aired in 1997
1996:
Portrayed Augustin Magaldi, the tango singer who first introduces the young Eva Peron to Buenos Aires, in the film version of "Evita"
1998:
Acted in "Still Crazy", about a British rock band reuniting after 20 years; feature reunited him with writers Clement and La Frenais
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Notes

About working on "Evita": "I found it incredibly refreshing simply to be the actor for hire, to go in and be told what to do by somebody I greatly respect. If Alan [Parker, the director] doesn't like something he tells you why, you do it again and then you leave and go home. It was tremendous. I hadn't done that since 'Auf Wiedersehen'." --Jimmy Nail quoted in the London TIMES, October 17, 1997

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