Freddie Jones (1927–2019)

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Freddie Jones (1927–2019)

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The always-dependable actor has passed away aged 91.

Perhaps best known to contemporary viewers as Emmerdale's Sandy Thomas, Jones' career began in the 1960s and encompassed everything from playing Claudius in The Caesars to Sir George Uproar in The Ghosts of Motley Hall.

Big screen outings included playing the avaricious Bytes in The Elephant Man (1980)

Father of actor Toby Jones.
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I think it is aways a bit sad when favourite, dependable actors with long CV's end up in a miserable hell hole soap like Emmerdale or Brookside spitting out dross.
I recall him as Sweeney Todd and loads of other good turns including The Avengers

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fatcat wrote:I think it is aways a bit sad when favourite, dependable actors with long CV's end up in a miserable hell hole soap like Emmerdale or Brookside spitting out dross.
I recall him as Sweeney Todd and loads of other good turns including The Avengers
I guess that if you still want to be working at over 90 that it's through choice rather than necessity, and it's probably keeping a jobing actor who would love the opportunty out.

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Re: Freddie Jones (1927–2019)

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"The Ghosts Of Motley Hall", "Children Of The Stones", and of course "The Avengers".

Superb at giving quirky performances, something a little different, and always in command of a scene.

A great performer, who will be missed.

RIP.
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Re: Freddie Jones (1927–2019)

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as John Steed of course in the Who's Who episode of the Avengers! The Sweeney Todd was rather strange, in that production wasn't it all in his head and his barber wasn't really demonic? (I was remembering it many years ago when I visited a new barber shop in West Wickham which was directly opposite a pie shop!)

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The "Mystery And Imagination" series had one or two different takes on famous stories.

It was an amusing pairing with Patricia Haines in "The Avengers", worked well
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Re: Freddie Jones (1927–2019)

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I thought his performance in Granada’s “The Caesars” was certainly at least equal to Derek Jacobi’s In “I Claudius“. Both great of course.

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Yes, excellent, helped along by Phillip Mackie's superb scripts.

In contrast, a wonderfully bonkers performance as a shrink in a Graham Chapman/Bernard McKenna scripted episode of "Doctor At Large" in 1971.
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