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Gary Olsen

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Gary Olsen (3 November 1957–12 September 2000) was an English actor. Olsen was born in London and lived with an aunt and uncle, after losing both his parents at an early age. He attended the Archbishop Tenison's Church of England School in Kennington. After school he joined various junior stage groups and toured with fringe theatrical companies, such as Incubus, and Lumiere and Son, until late 1976. At this point he immersed himself in the punk rock scene until returning to theatre in 1978. Later he helped develop the musical production Up on the Roof, in which he starred in 1987 at London's Donmar and Apollo theatres. He made his screen debut in 1979 as Rory Storm in The Birth Of The Beatles, and appeared in numerous British films and television programmes, including playing PC Dave Litten in the first series of The Bill, but achieved fame only with the role of Ben in the sitcom 2point4 Children (1991–1999). He played a starring film role as Arthur Hoyle alongside Samantha Janus and Neil Morrissey in the rugby league comedy, Up 'n' Under. He appeared in many TV adverts, notably the 1996 National Westminster Bank advertising campaign. In addition to his screen appearances he made numerous stage appearances including Rocky Horror Picture Show and What the Butler Saw. He also played 'Pope Liberty III' in the Australian production of the controversial musical Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom. Olsen also displayed his comic talents as Steve in The Comic Strip Presents' send up of The Fly, called The Yob. He also starred with Brian Bovell in the 1986 TV series Prospects about two likely lads in the Docklands trying to get ahead but usually failing. After a ten month fight with cancer, Olsen died in Victoria, where he had emigrated following his diagnosis. He left a widow, Australian second wife Jane, and their two children, a son and a daughter. He was 42 years old. Description above from the Wikipedia article Gary Olsen,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Nov 3, 1957 In London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Van der Valk 1972-09-13
Latest Project:
Movie Jim Breuer: Hardcore 2002-09-24
Known For
Poster of 2point4 children
Poster of Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Poster of Party Party
Poster of An Audience with...
Movie Jim Breuer: Hardcore 2002-09-24
Movie 24 Hours in London Christian 2000-07-14
Movie The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service Boris 1999-11-21
Movie Up 'n' Under Arthur Hoyle 1998-01-23
Movie Alice Through the Looking Glass Tweedle-Dum 1998-12-26
Movie Paul and Pauline Calf's Video Diaries Tony 1994-10-12
Series Health and Efficiency Unknown 1993-12-30
Series 2point4 children Ben Porter 1991-09-03
Movie The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover Spangler 1989-09-10
Movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987-11-26
Movie Metamorphosis Chief Clerk 1987-02-01
Series Prospects 1986-02-19
Movie Winter Flight 1986-02-14
Series Casualty Gary Tate 1986-09-05
Movie Underworld Red Dog 1985-11-29
Series The Bill Dave Litten 1984-10-16
Movie Party Party Terry 1983-01-01
Movie Loose Connections Kevin 1983-01-01
Movie Walter and June Shower Room Attendant 1983-04-30
Movie Woodentop 1983-08-16
Movie Outland Worker #1 1981-05-22
Movie Bavarian Night Youth 1981-03-31
Series The Day of the Triffids Unknown 1981-09-10
Movie Breaking Glass Guy at Bar 1980-10-01
Movie The Birth Of The Beatles Rory Storm 1979-11-23
Series An Audience with... Himself 1978-01-08
Series Van der Valk Unknown 1972-09-13