"Most of my roles throughout my working life, certainly up until the 60s, had me as the obligatory Cockney."
The Lambeth-born character actor revelled in playing a gallery of characters including minor villains, servicemen, hack reporters and chirpy tradesmen.
He got his big break while working as a newspaper boy and being asked to contribute to a radio show about life in wartime London, exposure which got him cast opposite a young George Cole.
Subsequent appearances included the invasion drama Went The Day Well and he attracted attention for his role as a gang leader in director Charles Crichton's Hue & Cry as well as appearing in The Longest Day and Lawrence of Arabia.
He also enjoyed small screen success in Z-Cars and a popular appearance in The Army Game while big screen outings included Doctor in Clover and Lucky Jim.
In the latter part of his career, he stuck to TV with roles in The Bill, Casualty and The Impressionable Jon Culshaw.
Died: January 4 2012 aged 85