George A. Cooper

George A. Cooper

Born: March 7, 1925
Died: November 16, 2018
in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK
George Alphonsus Cooper was born in Leeds in 1925. After training as an electrical engineer and architect he was called up for National Service, working for the Royal Artillery in India. During that period he became interested in performing and on his discharge joined Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in Manchester. To avoid confusion with American actor George Cooper he used his middle initial in his stage name. His first appearance on television was in 1946. Over the next fifty years, he was a regular on the screen developing a career out of portraying slightly bumbling authoritarian characters. In 1964, he won a recurring role in ITV's Coronation Street playing businessman Willie Piggott who famously tried to bribe Ken Barlow to give his son Brian a pass on his tech exam. He had regular roles in Z-Cars and Dixon of Dock Green. In 1960, he appeared in the West End play Billy Liar playing the father of the title character, later reprising the role in the 1973 television series. He appeared in comedies such as Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Sykes and Mind Your Language. In 1985, he took on the role of no-nonsense caretaker Eric Griffiths in the incredibly successful children's drama Grange Hill, playing the role for seven years and earning a place in the hearts of a generation of children. His last TV appearance was in a 1995 episode of Casualty. He died in a nursing home in Hampshire on 16th November, 2018.

Movies for George A. Cooper...

Title: Heartbeat
Released: April 10, 1992
Type: TV
Set during the 1960s in the fictional North Yorkshire village of Aidensfield, this enduringly popular series interweaves crime and medical storylines.
bee
Title: Nice Work
Character: Mr. Wilcox Snr
Released: October 4, 1989
Type: TV
Dr Robyn Penrose is a lecturer in English at Rummidge University. Vic Wilcox is the Managing Director of Pringle's, an engineering firm in Rummidge. They meet when Robyn is told by her Head of Department to "shadow" Vic as part of Industry Year. They are initially hostile to each other but gradually come to understand each other's point of view. Based on the novel by David Lodge.
bee
Title: Casualty
Character: Albert Collins
Released: September 6, 1986
Type: TV
Drama series about the staff and patients at Holby City Hospital's emergency department, charting the ups and downs in their personal and professional lives.
bee
Amy
Title: Amy
Character: Will Johnson
Released: January 2, 1984
Type: Movie
The story of Amy Johnson who disappeared while piloting a RAF Wellington Bomber
bee
The Star Chamber
Title: The Star Chamber
Character: State Senator Walden
Released: August 5, 1983
Type: Movie
As violence escalates in Los Angeles and heinous murders are committed, Steven Hardin, a young judge of the California Supreme Court, must struggle with his tortured conscience and growing despair as he watches helplessly as the ruthless criminals brought before his court go free because clever lawyers find obscure loopholes in the law.
bee
Red Monarch
Title: Red Monarch
Character: Kaganovitch
Released: June 16, 1983
Type: Movie
British comedy satirising Stalin's inner circle as an absolute monarchs court. In the face of rampant abuse of power and poisonous distrust some still manage to keep faith with the Bolshevist creed until the very end. In front of the firing squad a stalwart bolshevist of the first hour exclaims: "Even in the best democracy errors are being made!"
bee
The Light Princess
Title: The Light Princess
Character: King
Released: December 24, 1978
Type: Movie
Based on a short story by George MacDonald, a princess experiences constant weightlessness.
bee
Title: Grange Hill
Character: Mr. Griffiths
Released: February 8, 1978
Type: TV
Grange Hill is a British television drama series originally made by the BBC. The show began in 1978 on BBC1 and was one of the longest-running programmes on British television when it ended its run on 15 September 2008. It was created by Phil Redmond who is also responsible for the Channel 4 dramas Brookside and Hollyoaks; other notable production team members down the years have included producer Colin Cant and script editor Anthony Minghella.
bee
Title: The New Avengers
Released: October 22, 1976
Type: TV
The New Avengers is a British secret agent fantasy adventure television series broadcast during 1976 and 1977. It is a sequel to the 1960s series The Avengers and was developed by Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens. A joint United Kingdom-France-Canada production, the show picks up the adventures of John Steed and his team of Avengers fighting evil plots and world domination. Whereas in the original series Steed had almost always been partnered with a woman, in the new series he had two partners: Mike Gambit, a top agent, crack marksman and trained martial artist, and Purdey, a former trainee with The Royal Ballet who was an amalgam of many of the best talents from Steed's previous female partners.
bee
Trial by Combat
Title: Trial by Combat
Character: 2nd Leather Jerkin
Released: April 1, 1976
Type: Movie
A group called The Knights Of Avalon are unhappy with the justice system so are taking the law into their own hands by executing criminals using medieval methods such as jousting.
bee
Decorators Limited
Title: Decorators Limited
Character: Porter
Released: January 1, 1976
Type: Movie
In hopes of winning a home decoration competition, the overbearing Mrs. Foster employs two men to repaint her flat. The kids volunteer to decorate the neighbouring flat of the elderly sisters. The front door keys are mixed up...
bee
Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done
Title: Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done
Character: The Pirate King (voice)
Released: December 17, 1975
Type: Movie
Able Seaman Dick Deadeye is charged by Queen Victoria to find the stolen Ultimate Secret. His ugliness means that his life has always been lonely but a buxom barmaid takes a shine to him. Together, they battle pirates and an evil magician before discovering that the Ultimate Secret is nothing but LOVE! Using songs based on the original works of Gilbert and Sullivan (but updated with modern lyrics), this film was created to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the first collaboration of the composers of the Savoy Operas.
bee
Title: Wonder Woman
Character: Gen. Clewes
Released: November 7, 1975
Type: TV
With the strength of Hercules, the wisdom of Athena, the speed of Mercury and the beauty of Aphrodite, she’s Wonder Woman. Beautiful Amazon princess Wonder Woman travels to 1940s America disguised as Diana Prince, assistant to handsome but trouble-prone Major Steve Trevor. Using her golden belt, which imbues her with astonishing strength, her bullet-deflecting bracelets, a golden lasso that dispels dishonesty and an invisible supersonic plane, Wonder Woman combats evil.
bee
Title: Two's Company
Character: Mr. Begley
Released: September 6, 1975
Type: TV
Two's Company is a British television situation comedy series that ran from 1975-79. Produced by London Weekend Television for the ITV Network, the programme starred Elaine Stritch and Donald Sinden.
bee
Title: Dawson's Weekly
Released: June 12, 1975
Type: TV
bee
Title: Billy Liar
Released: November 2, 1973
Type: TV
ITV sitcom about an imaginative young man. 26 episodes (2 series), 1973 - 1974. Stars Jeff Rawle, George A. Cooper, Pamela Vezey, May Warden and others.
bee
Title: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Released: February 15, 1973
Type: TV
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em is a BBC situation comedy, written by Raymond Allen and starring Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice. It was first broadcast in 1973 and ran for three series, ending in 1978. The series follows the accident-prone Frank Spencer and his tolerant, if long-suffering, wife, Betty, through Frank's various attempts to hold down a job, which frequently end in disaster. Noted for its stuntwork, performed by Michael Crawford himself as well as featuring various well-remembered catchphrases, the series was voted #22 in the BBC's poll "Britain's Best Sitcom".
bee
The Bouncing Boy
Title: The Bouncing Boy
Character: Ashcroft
Released: December 11, 1972
Type: Movie
A young couple have a baby boy. However, the new father doesn't take to his new position quite as well as expected.
bee
Title: Crown Court
Released: October 11, 1972
Type: TV
Crown Court is an afternoon television courtroom drama produced by Granada Television for the ITV network that ran from 1972, when the Crown Court system replaced Assize courts and Quarter sessions in the legal system of England and Wales, to 1984. A court case in the crown court of the fictional town of Fulchester would typically be played out over three afternoons in half-hour episodes and the most frequent format was for the prosecution case to be presented in the first two episodes and the defence in the third, although there were some later, brief variations. Although those involved in the case were actors, the jury was made up of members of the general public from the immediate Granada Television franchise area taken from the electoral register and eligible for real jury service: it was this jury alone which decided the verdict. Indeed, production publicity of the time stated that, for many of the scripts, two endings were written and rehearsed to cope with the jury's independent decision which was delivered for the first time, as in a real court case, when the foreman was asked by the actor playing the judge, while the programme's recording progressed. However, the course of some cases would lead the jury being directed to return "not guilty" verdicts.
bee
The Villa Maroc
Title: The Villa Maroc
Character: Lionel
Released: February 17, 1972
Type: Movie
A stolid British family from Bishops Stortford are adventurous and book a holiday in a villa in Morocco, where things befall them.
bee
Bless This House
Title: Bless This House
Character: Mr Wilson
Released: January 1, 1972
Type: Movie
The legendary Sid James stars as the head of a chaotic household in this movie spin-off from the hit ITV sitcom. Sid Abbott and his best mate Trevor (Peter Butterworth) enjoy home-brewing. Plans to turn their hobby into a profitable, if illicit, sideline come unstuck when a Customs and Excise officer (Terry Scott) moves in next door! What’s more, Sid’s outspoken and madcap family hinder neighbourly relations even further.
bee
Title: Justice
Character: Supt. George Grover
Released: October 8, 1971
Type: TV
Justice is a British drama television series which originally aired on ITV in 39 hour-long episodes between 8 August 1971 and 16 October 1974. Margaret Lockwood stars as Harriet Peterson a female barrister in the North of England. It was made by Yorkshire Television and was based loosely on Justice Is a Woman, an episode of ITV Playhouse broadcast in 1969 in which Lockwood had previously also played a barrister. The theme music was Crown Imperial by William Walton.
bee
Title: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes
Released: September 20, 1971
Type: TV
Adaptations of mystery stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's contemporary rivals in the genre.
bee
Title: Barlow
Released: September 15, 1971
Type: TV
Barlow at Large is a British television programme broadcast in the 1970s, starring Stratford Johns in the title role. Johns had previously played Barlow in the Z-Cars, Softly, Softly and Softly, Softly: Taskforce series on BBC television during the 1960s and early 1970s. Barlow at Large began as a three-part self-contained spin-off from Softly, Softly: Taskforce in 1971 with Barlow co-opted by the home office to investigate police corruption in Wales. Johns left Softly, Softly for good in 1972, but returned for a further series of Barlow at Large in the following year, Barlow having gone on full-time secondment to the Home Office. This second series, rather than telling one story in serial form, as the 1971 series had, was instead ten 50-minute episodes, each with a self-contained story. In this series, Barlow was supported by Norman Comer as Detective Sergeant Rees, who had been helpful to him during the first series. He also had to deal with the political machinations of the senior civil servant Fenton. In 1974 the series was renamed Barlow and a further two series of eight episodes each followed, introducing the character of Detective Inspector Tucker, played by Derek Newark. The final episode was transmitted in February 1975. The Barlow character was seen again in the series Second Verdict in which he, along with his former colleague John Watt, looked into unsolved cases and unsafe convictions from history.
bee
Office Party
Title: Office Party
Character: Manager
Released: August 17, 1971
Type: Movie
Men behave in a beastly, chauvinistic manner at an office party, turning what should be a fun break from work into an exercise in bad taste.
bee
Roll On Four O'Clock
Title: Roll On Four O'Clock
Character: Ted Crampton
Released: December 19, 1970
Type: Movie
Compelling drama from screenwriter Colin Welland set in a city comprehensive school of low expectations and ambitions. Pupil Latimer does not conform to the macho culture and is labeled a homosexual, leading to bullying by both the pupils and some of the teachers.
bee
I Can't See My Little Willie
Title: I Can't See My Little Willie
Character: Frank Palmer
Released: November 19, 1970
Type: Movie
When it's time to wet the baby's head, it's surprising the secrets that emerge...
bee
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer
Title: The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer
Character: Blacket
Released: November 12, 1970
Type: Movie
Fresh-faced young Michael Rimmer worms his way into an opinion poll company and is soon running the place. He uses this as a springboard to get into politics and in the mini-skirted flared-trousered world of 1970 Britain starts to rise through the Tory ranks.
bee
Title: Play for Today
Released: October 15, 1970
Type: TV
Play for Today is a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC1 from 1970 to 1984. During the run, more than three hundred programmes, featuring original television plays, and adaptations of stage plays and novels, were transmitted. The individual episodes were between fifty and a hundred minutes in duration.
bee
Start the Revolution Without Me
Title: Start the Revolution Without Me
Character: Dr. Duval
Released: August 14, 1970
Type: Movie
An account of the adventures of two sets of identical twins, badly scrambled at birth, on the eve of the French Revolution. One set is haughty and aristocratic, the other poor and somewhat dim. They find themselves involved in palace intrigues as history happens around them. Based, very loosely, on Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities," Dumas's "The Corsican Brothers," etc.
bee
Title: Doomwatch
Released: February 9, 1970
Type: TV
Doomwatch is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC, which ran on BBC 1 between 1970 and 1972. The series was set in the then present-day, and dealt with a scientific government agency led by Doctor Spencer Quist, responsible for investigating and combating various ecological and technological dangers. The series was followed by a film adaptation produced by Tigon British Film Productions and released in 1972, and a revival TV film was broadcast on Channel 5 in 1999.
bee
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
Title: Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
Character: Village Landlord
Released: November 7, 1968
Type: Movie
In the shadow of Castle Dracula, the Prince of Darkness is revived by blood trickling from the head-wound of an unconscious priest attempting exorcism. And once more fear and terror strikes Transylvania as the undead Prince of Darkness stalks the village of Keineneburg to ensnare victims and satisfy his evil thirst.
bee
The Strange Affair
Title: The Strange Affair
Character: Supt. Kingsley
Released: August 22, 1968
Type: Movie
When rookie P.C. Strange falls for an under aged girl, he is unknowingly compromised by a pair of pornographers. Meanwhile, seasoned Det. Pierce is out to catch mob boss Quince and soon both plots intertwine.
bee
Title: The Expert
Character: Arnold Bottomley
Released: July 5, 1968
Type: TV
The Expert is a British television series produced by the BBC between 1968 and 1976. The series starred Marius Goring as Dr. John Hardy, a pathologist working for the Home Office and was essentially a police procedural drama, with Hardy bringing his forensic knowledge to solve various cases. The Expert was created and produced by Gerard Glaister. The series was also one of the first BBC dramas to be made in colour, and throughout its four series had numerous high quality guest appearances by actors such as John Carson, Peter Copley, Rachel Kempson, Peter Vaughan, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Palmer, Peter Barkworth, Jean Marsh, Ray Brooks, George Sewell, Anthony Valentine, Bernard Lee, Lee Montague, Geoffrey Bayldon, Mike Pratt, Edward Fox, André Morell, Brian Blessed, Nigel Stock, Philip Madoc and Warren Clarke.
bee
Title: The First Lady
Released: April 7, 1968
Type: TV
The series starred Thora Hird as crusading local councillor Sarah Danby and was set around the fictional borough of Furness in Lancashire. Capitalising on the popularity of its lead actress, The First Lady was a down-to-earth series exploring the inner workings of local government.
bee
Title: The Ronnie Barker Playhouse
Released: April 3, 1968
Type: TV
The Ronnie Barker Playhouse was a series of six comedy half hours showcasing the talents of Ronnie Barker. All were broadcast by Associated-Rediffusion in 1968. The series was written by Brian Cooke, Hugh Leonard, Johnnie Mortimer and Alun Owen. The producers were Stella Richman and actress Stella Tanner. The executive producer was David Frost.
bee
Smashing Time
Title: Smashing Time
Character: Irishman
Released: December 20, 1967
Type: Movie
Two young women arrive in London to make it big in show business, and become corrupted by money and fame in the process.
bee
Title: Man in a Suitcase
Released: September 27, 1967
Type: TV
Man in a Suitcase is a 1967–1968 British television series produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment. It originally aired in the United Kingdom on ITV from 27 September 1967, to 17 April 1968. ABC broadcast episodes of Man in a Suitcase in the United States from 3 May 1968, to 20 September 1968.
bee
In Two Minds
Title: In Two Minds
Character: Mr. Winter
Released: March 1, 1967
Type: Movie
Kate, a young girl under psychiatric examination, suffers from a lack of confidence, self-esteem and self-control – telling of the “bad Kate” who commits immoral acts. Could the hypocrisy, selfishness and weakness of those around her have led to this state of mind or can Kate simply be diagnosed and dismissed as a schizophrenic?
bee
Doctor Who: The Smugglers
Title: Doctor Who: The Smugglers
Character: Cherub
Released: October 1, 1966
Type: Movie
The TARDIS arrives on the coast of seventeenth century Cornwall — much to the astonishment of Polly and Ben. Pirates led by Captain Samuel Pike and his henchman Cherub are searching for a hidden treasure, while a smuggling ring masterminded by the local squire is trying to off-load contraband.
bee
Title: King of the River
Released: July 6, 1966
Type: TV
King of the River is a British television series transmitted by the BBC between 1966 and 1967. The series centred around the King family and their efforts to maintain their sail-driven barge transport business.
bee
Life at the Top
Title: Life at the Top
Character: Graffham
Released: December 14, 1965
Type: Movie
Successful businessman Joe Lampton is married to the wealthy Susan, has two children and lives in the mill town of Warley in northern England. But his career seems to have plateaued, leaving him disillusioned. This feeling is only exacerbated when he discovers his wife's infidelity with local man Mark. So he takes up with attractive TV host Norah and moves with her to London, aiming to reignite the fire that drove him to the top.
bee
Ferry Cross the Mersey
Title: Ferry Cross the Mersey
Character: Mr. Lumsden
Released: February 10, 1965
Type: Movie
bee
Title: Public Eye
Released: January 23, 1965
Type: TV
Public Eye is a British television series that ran from 1965 to 1975. It was produced by ABC Television for three series, and Thames Television for a further four series. The series depicted the investigations and cases handled by the unglamorous enquiry agent Frank Marker, an unmarried loner who is in his early forties when the series begins. In the words of an ABC trailer for the third series: "Marker isn't a glamorous detective and he doesn't get glamorous cases—he doesn't even get glamorous girls. What he does get is people who are in trouble—the sort of trouble you can't go to the police about, even if you are innocent."
bee
Title: Sherlock Holmes
Released: May 17, 1964
Type: TV
Sherlock Holmes is a series of Sherlock Holmes adaptations produced by British television company BBC between 1965 and 1968. This was the second screen adaption of Sherlock Holmes for BBC Television.
bee
Nightmare
Title: Nightmare
Character: John
Released: February 28, 1964
Type: Movie
Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled because of her persistent nightmares, Janet is sent home where the nightmares continue.
bee
Title: Espionage
Released: October 2, 1963
Type: TV
Espionage is a 1963 Associated Television series, distributed outside the UK by ITC Entertainment and networked in the United States by NBC.
bee
Tom Jones
Title: Tom Jones
Character: Mr. Fitzpatrick
Released: August 24, 1963
Type: Movie
Tom loves Sophie and Sophie loves Tom. But Tom and Sophie are of differering classes. Can they find a way through the mayhem to be true to love?
bee
Title: The Saint
Character: Harold Laker
Released: October 4, 1962
Type: TV
Simon Templar is The Saint, a handsome, sophisticated, debonair, modern-day Robin Hood who recovers ill-gotten wealth and redistributes it to those in need.
bee
Title: The Saint
Character: Milton Ourley
Released: October 4, 1962
Type: TV
Simon Templar is The Saint, a handsome, sophisticated, debonair, modern-day Robin Hood who recovers ill-gotten wealth and redistributes it to those in need.
bee
The Brain
Title: The Brain
Character: Thomas Gabler
Released: September 5, 1962
Type: Movie
A millionaire businessman's brain is kept alive after a fatal accident, and communicates clues to a doctor on the trail of the killer
bee
Title: Dr. Finlay's Casebook
Character: Tom Farquhar
Released: August 16, 1962
Type: TV
Dr Finlay's Casebook is a television series that was broadcast on the BBC from 1962 until 1971. Based on A. J. Cronin's novella ‘Country Doctor’, the storylines centred on a general medical practice in the fictional Scottish town of Tannochbrae during the late 1920s. Cronin was the primary writer for the show between 1962 and 1964.
bee
In the Doghouse
Title: In the Doghouse
Character: Examiner (Uncredited)
Released: May 17, 1962
Type: Movie
After 10 years of failure a bumbling vet finally graduates and takes on his own practice.
bee
Title: Z-Cars
Released: January 2, 1962
Type: TV
Z-Cars or Z Cars is a British television drama series centred on the work of mobile uniformed police in the fictional town of Newtown, based on Kirkby, Merseyside. Produced by the BBC, it debuted in January 1962 and ran until September 1978.
bee
Title: The Avengers
Character: Burgess
Released: January 7, 1961
Type: TV
The Avengers is a British television series created in the 1960s. It initially focused on Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry) and his assistant John Steed (Patrick Macnee). Hendry left after the first series and Steed became the main character, partnered with a succession of assistants. His most famous assistants were intelligent, stylish and assertive women: Cathy Gale, Emma Peel and Tara King. Later episodes increasingly incorporated elements of science fiction and fantasy, parody and British eccentricity.
bee
Title: An Age of Kings
Released: April 28, 1960
Type: TV
A linking together of Shakespeare's history plays chronicling the rise and fall of monarchs over the 86 years between Richard II and Richard III.
bee
Hell Is a City
Title: Hell Is a City
Character: Doug Savage
Released: April 10, 1960
Type: Movie
Set in Manchester, heartland of England's industrial north, Don Starling escapes from jail becoming England's most wanted man. Ruthless villain Starling together with his cronies engineered a robbery that resulted in the violent death of a young girl. Detective Inspector Martineau has been assigned to hunt him down and bring him in. From seedy barrooms, through gambling dens the trail leads to an explosive climax high on the rooftops of the city.
bee
Title: No Hiding Place
Released: September 16, 1959
Type: TV
No Hiding Place is a British television series that was produced at Wembley Studios by Associated-Rediffusion for the ITV network between 16 September 1959 and 22 June 1967. It was the sequel to the series Murder Bag and Crime Sheet, all starring Raymond Francis as Detective Superintendent, later Detective Chief Superintendent Tom Lockhart.
bee
Violent Playground
Title: Violent Playground
Character: Chief Inspector
Released: January 14, 1958
Type: Movie
A Liverpool juvenile liaison officer struggles with a young and dangerous pyromaniac.
bee
Fortune Is a Woman
Title: Fortune Is a Woman
Character: Hotel Porter
Released: March 13, 1957
Type: Movie
An insurance man (Jack Hawkins) discovers his ex-girlfriend (Arlene Dahl) and her husband's (Dennis Price) art-forgery/arson scam.
bee
The Secret Place
Title: The Secret Place
Character: Harry
Released: February 6, 1957
Type: Movie
British Melodrama and crime thriller that follows a group of jewel robbers after a major heist. The film makes extensive use of bombed out areas of London.
bee
Title: Dixon of Dock Green
Character: Topper Brown
Released: July 9, 1955
Type: TV
Created by Ted Willis. Dixon of Dock Green was a BBC television series following the activities of police officers at a fictional Metropolitan Police station in the East End of London from 1955 to 1976. Some episodes were later remade as a BBC radio series in 2005 and 2006.
bee
Title: Dixon of Dock Green
Character: Jackson
Released: July 9, 1955
Type: TV
Created by Ted Willis. Dixon of Dock Green was a BBC television series following the activities of police officers at a fictional Metropolitan Police station in the East End of London from 1955 to 1976. Some episodes were later remade as a BBC radio series in 2005 and 2006.
bee
Title: Dixon of Dock Green
Character: Monty Pitman
Released: July 9, 1955
Type: TV
Created by Ted Willis. Dixon of Dock Green was a BBC television series following the activities of police officers at a fictional Metropolitan Police station in the East End of London from 1955 to 1976. Some episodes were later remade as a BBC radio series in 2005 and 2006.