Loose Cannon's Hall Of Fame:
George A. Cooper


George A. Cooper during the recording of an interview for Loose Cannon in 2008.

 


George A. Cooper as Cherub.
(The Smugglers, 1966.)

George Cooper was born in Leeds in 1925, As a youth he decided he wanted to be an electrical engineer. He soon changed his mind and his next planned career was as an architect which also fell by the side as he realised his true yearning was to be an actor. However the war intervened and he was called up for National Service and became a Royal Artillery Surveyor, being posted in Dulally India where he became involved in the armies concert party.

After the war he joined the Theatre Workshop in Manchester run by Joan Littlewood where he stopped for almost 6 years whilst gradually moving into television and adding the "A" to his stage name due to confusion with another George Cooper.

During the 1960's he become one of the most familiar character actors on television and his filmography includes almost all of the major shows of the day such as Coronation Street, The Adventures of Robin Hood, An Age of Kings, Danger Man, Z Cars, Softly Softly, The Avengers and Man in a Suitcase.

In the following decade he continued in the same stead but also managed to appear in many classic sitcoms such as Steptoe & Son, Bless this House, Rising Damp, Sykes and a well remembered role as the job advisor in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em who attempted to get Frank Spencer employment, the only time in a TV studio George admits to having an attack of the giggles. He also starred in the TV adaptation of Billy Liar in which he had previously starred in the West End.

Once again in the 1980's George was again very busy in serials such as Juliet Bravo, When The Boat Comes In, CATS Eyes and Taggart before settling down in the role he is probably best remembered as Mr Griffiths, caretaker of Grange Hill, where his experience helped many of the young child actors, much to George's delight.

Now retired, George remains a very friendly man and enjoyed sharing his experiences with the Loose Cannon team on your behalf.

George A. Cooper provides the introduction for
LC30 The Smugglers


George A. Cooper as Earl of Northumberland.
(An Age of Kings, 1960)


George A. Cooper as Maxwell Barker.
(The Avengers, 1963.)


George A. Cooper as Brian.
(Z Cars - I Love You Bonzo, 1965.)


George A. Cooper as Burgess.
(The Avengers, 1968.)


George A. Cooper as Gregson.
(Sherlock Holmes, 1968.)


George A. Cooper as Harold Laker.
(The Saint, 1969.)


George A. Cooper as Webster.
(Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, 1969.)


George A. Cooper as Mr Bradshaw.
(Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, 1973.)


George A. Cooper as Mr Griffths.
(Grange Hill, 1986.)


George A. Cooper as Geoffrey Fisher.
(Billy Liar, TV.)


George A. Cooper as Geoffrey Fisher.
(Billy Liar, Stage.)


To see other celebrities in our Hall of Fame select a name from below:
Colin Baker
Peter Barkworth
Sonny Caldinez
George A. Cooper
Edward de Souza
Mark Eden
Michael Elwyn
Ian Fairbairn
Carole Ann Ford
Joseph Furst
Donald Gee
Julian Glover
Barry Jackson
George Layton
Terence Lodge
Jean Marsh
Sylvester McCoy
Mary Peach
Peter Purves
Roy Spencer
Kevin Stoney
Donald Tosh
David Weston
Frances White
Anneke Wills
Jeremy Young