Education Acton High School
Spouse Susan Skipper (m. 1982)
Name Anthony Valentine
|Born 17 August 1939Blackburn, Lancashire, England, U.K.|
Died December 2, 2015, Guildford, United Kingdom
Movies and TV shows Robin of Sherwood, Callan, Colditz, Raffles, To the Devil a Daughter
Similar People Susan Skipper, Judi Trott, Nickolas Grace, Clive Mantle, Robert Addie
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Anthony Valentine (17 August 1939 – 2 December 2015) was an English actor best known for his television roles: the ruthless Toby Meres in Callan (1967–72), the sadistic Major Horst Mohn in Colditz (1972–74), and the suave gentleman thief title character in Raffles (1977).
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Early life and education
Valentine was born in Blackburn, Lancashire; he moved with his family to Chiswick, West London when he was 6 years old, going on to attend Acton County Grammar School.
Aged 9, Valentine was spotted tap-dancing in a stage version of Robin Hood at Ealing Town Hall. He made his acting debut at age 10 in the Nettlefold Studios film No Way Back (1949), and at age 12 he was a boy sleuth in The Girl on the Pier (1953). He worked regularly as a child actor for the BBC, most notably as Harry Wharton in the 1950s adaptation of Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School, having initially played Lord Mauleverer in earlier episodes.
In 1958, he appeared in a television production of Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman, with Laurence Olivier as Borkman and Irene Worth as his wife, as part of ITV's The Play of the Week series.
Valentine was best known for his striking performances in particular television roles: ruthless Toby Meres in the series Callan (1967–72), sinister Luftwaffe officer Major Horst Mohn in the BBC drama Colditz (1974), the dashing eponymous role in Yorkshire TV's Raffles (1975-1977), and suave crook George Webster in The Knock (1994–96). Selected television and film credits are listed below.
Valentine's early stage credits include: the premiere of Arnold Wesker's Chicken Soup with Barley (Royal Court Theatre, 1958); John Osborne's Epitaph for George Dillon (Royal Court Theatre, 1958); Australian drama The Shifting Heart (Duke of York's Theatre, 1959, with Leo McKern); John Mortimer's Two Stars for Comfort (Garrick Theatre, 1962, with Trevor Howard); the original cast of Half a Sixpence (Cambridge Theatre, 1963, with Tommy Steele); and The Platinum Cat (Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1965, with Kenneth Williams).
Later stage credits include: No Sex Please We're British (Strand Theatre, 1971); Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth (St Martin's Theatre, 1972, with Marius Goring); a revival of Hans Christian Andersen (London Palladium, 1977, again with Tommy Steele); 'Art' (Wyndham's Theatre, 1999-2000); and he played Cardinal Monticelso in Webster's The White Devil (Lyric Theatre, 2000).
Valentine made his debut as a writer and director in 1998 at The Mill at Sonning with The Waiting Game. He went on to direct regularly at the Mill, productions including: Separate Tables (2005), The Odd Couple (2009) and California Suite (2012). On 12 November 2005 Valentine became a patron of the Thwaites Empire Theatre in his birthplace, Blackburn.
He narrated three Wildlife Explorer documentary films: "Powerful Predators", "Animal Defences", and "Weird and Wonderful". He was also the voice of "Dr. X" on American heavy metal band Queensrÿche's 1988 album, Operation: Mindcrime.
Valentine died at the age of 76 on 2 December 2015 in Guildford, Surrey, having suffered from Parkinson's disease for several years. He was survived by his wife, actress Susan Skipper. The couple married in 1982, having met on Raffles, and appearing together again in a television film of Ivor Novello's show The Dancing Years (1976).
Interviewed in 1995, Valentine recalled two earlier brushes with death. First, struck down at age 26 by meningitis; second in 1974, when caught up in the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, holed up in a holiday hotel as gunfire raged outside. "I've always felt that everything since has been an incredible bonus," he said.