George Cole


Biography

Thanks to later roles in which he often played characters connected to the criminal underworld, George Cole's name has long been synonymous with England's rougher, seedier side. However, it is easy to overlook that he is also an accomplished performer with over 70 years of experience spanning radio, film, and television. Cole's career included working alongside top British actors of the ...

Biography

Thanks to later roles in which he often played characters connected to the criminal underworld, George Cole's name has long been synonymous with England's rougher, seedier side. However, it is easy to overlook that he is also an accomplished performer with over 70 years of experience spanning radio, film, and television. Cole's career included working alongside top British actors of the '40s and '50s, including stage legend Alastair Sim, whose family took Cole in when he was 15 and helped him lose his Cockney accent. They appeared on the same marquee throughout the decade, most famously in the 1951 version of "A Christmas Carol"--in which Cole played young Ebenezer Scrooge, Sim the older version--and the '54 comedy "The Belles of St. Trinian's." In the latter (and its numerous sequels throughout the '50s and '60s), Cole played the dandy, Flash Harry, who always appeared up to no good, and Sim appeared in drag as the headmistress. Meanwhile, in '59 Cole played Fingers, the inept leader of a group of thieves in the comedy "Too Many Crooks," and in the following decade began playing criminals on television, most notably in the series "Minder." From 1979 to 1994, he co-starred in "Minder" as Arthur Daley, a struggling con man who is not nearly the enterprising criminal he would like others to believe. Thanks to his ability to hide his natural accent, Cole has been able to play upper-crust characters as well.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Mary Reilly (1996)
Double Nickels (1977)
George
The Blue Bird (1976)
Dog
Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
Atlee Jackson
Fright (1971)
Jim
The Vampire Lovers (1970)
Roger Morton
The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery (1967)
Flash Harry
One Way Pendulum (1965)
Defense counsel/friend
Cleopatra (1963)
Flavius
Dr. Syn - Alias the Scarecrow (1963)
The Clue of the Missing Ape (1962)
Gobo
The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1961)
Flash Harry
The Anatomist (1961)
The Bridal Path (1959)
Sergeant Bruce
Too Many Crooks (1959)
Fingers
Don't Panic Chap (1959)
Don't Panic Chaps (1959)
The Weapon (1957)
Joshua Henry
Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957)
Flash Harry
It's a Wonderful World (1956)
Ken Miller
The Green Man (1956)
William Blake
Quentin Durward (1955)
Hayraddin
The Adventures of Sadie (1955)
Jimmy Carrol
A Prize of Gold (1955)
Roger [Morris]
The Constant Husband (1955)
The Intruder (1955)
Tonight's the Night (1954)
Terence
The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954)
Flash Harry
Will Any Gentleman? (1953)
The Wild Heart (1952)
Albert
Top Secret (1952)
George
A Christmas Carol (1951)
Ebenezer Scrooge, as a young man
Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951)
Johnny
Laughter in Paradise (1951)
Herbert Russell
Morning Departure (1950)
Gone to Earth (1950)
Quartet (1949)
Herbert Sunbury
The Spider and the Fly (1949)
Marc
Journey Together (1945)
Henry V (1944)
Boy

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Women in Love (1970)
Electrician Supervisor
One Man Justice (1937)
Technical Advisor

Cast (Special)

The Bounder (1985)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Sleeper (2001)

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Christmas Carol, A (1951) - Are You The Spirit? Scrooge (Alastair Sim) forewarned, awakes to meet the "Spirit Of The Past" (Michael Dolan), beginning their journey where they meet young Ebenezer (George Cole) and his sister (Carol Marsh), in the 1951 British Lion production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Belles Of St. Trinian's, The (1954) - Send A Few Bottles Up Police officer Ruby (Joyce Grenfell) has gotten hired under-cover as the new games-master, being shown around the school by kooky proprietress Millicent (Alastair Sim in drag, one of his two roles), finding out what goes on in the chem lab, not quite meeting in-house crook Harry (George Cole), in The Belles Of St. Trinian’s, 1954.
Laughter In Paradise (1951) - Show Them You've Got Some Push! Introducing clerk Herbert (George Cole), another of the inheriting siblings, smacked by his boss (Ronald Adam), updated by his landlady (Eveline Mary Kirkwood), and encouraged by Lucille (Beatrice Campbell), in the hit British comedy Laughter In Paradise, 1951, starring Alastair Sim.
Fright (1971) - You Can't Spell Psychotic The doc (John Gregson) is following up with the cops, escaped killer Brian (Ian Bannen) is confusing traumatized sitter Amanda (Susan George) with his ex-wife Helen (Honor Blackman) who, with husband Jim (George Cole) is attempting a rescue, in Fright, 1971, directed by Peter Collinson.
Fright (1971) - I'm Just A Neighbor Baby-sitter Amanda (Susan George) has just booted her grabby boyfriend, but creepy things keep happening, when Ian Bannen appears, who must be the escaped psychotic ex-husband Helen and Jim (Honor Blackman, George Cole) have been talking about, in Fright, 1971.
Fright (1971) - You Can't Have Spooky Tail end of the credits, nameless English village, first time baby-sitter Amanda (Susan George) meets parents Helen (Honor Blackman) and Jim (George Cole) and their boy Tara (Tara Collinson, son of the director Peter), opening Fright, 1971.
Prize of Gold, A - Alfie Stratton Sergeants Lawrence (Richard Widmark) and Morris (George Cole) meet the ex-thief Alfie Stratton (Donald Wolfit) as they look to unload gold in London in A Prize of Gold, 1955.

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