| Dave King|
| Jean Hart (m. ?–2002)|
| April 15, 2002, London, United Kingdom|
The Long Good Friday, Go to Blazes, Revolution, Pirates of Tortuga, Reds
John Mackenzie, Richard Lester, Robert D Webb, Hugh Hudson, Michael Truman
Cheyenne King, Kiowa King
Dave King (actor) Wikipedia
Dave King (23 June 1929 – 15 April 2002) was an English comedian, actor and vocalist of popular songs. He is best remembered as the corrupt policeman, 'Parky', in the British gangster film, The Long Good Friday (1980).
Born David Kingshott in Twickenham, Middlesex, England, King left school at 12 and joined the Morton Fraser Harmonica Gang at 15. He did his National Service in the RAF and was in the unit's repertory company, returning to variety on demob and later becoming a solo act. An appearance on Television Music Hall led to compering Show Case and being given a monthly series on the BBC in 1955. The next year he turned to singing while continuing to perform on television. During the seaside summer season of 1956 he performed at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. He starred in "The Dave King Show". During the 1950s he also starred in the same show alongside Shani Wallis. In 1958 King moved to ITV with The Dave King Show which was song, dance and comedy with famous guests of the day.
King scored four hits on the UK Singles Chart in the middle of the 1950s. His biggest hits were "Memories Are Made of This (No. 5, 1956) and "You Can't Be True to Two" (No. 11, 1956), both of which featured a backing group called the Keynotes. He also charted with "Christmas and You" (No. 23, 1956) and "The Story of My Life" (No. 20, 1958). He appeared on Decca Records' All Star Hit Parade charity record in 1956 along with other major Decca artists Dickie Valentine, Joan Regan, Winifred Atwell, Lita Roza and David Whitfield. That record charted at No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.
In 1959, he went to the United States and hosted the country's high-profile Kraft Music Hall on 19 occasions, but otherwise had limited success despite Mel Brooks joining his regular writers Sid Green and Dick Hills. On returning to the United Kingdom, he found that the public's taste in comedy had changed. Dave's Kingdom ran on ITV in 1964, again made by ATV, but was less successful than King's earlier TV work. King became a straight actor with some success, starring in the films Pirates of Tortuga (1961), Go to Blazes (1962), The Road to Hong Kong (1962), Strange Bedfellows (1965), Up the Chastity Belt (1971), The Ritz (1976), The Golden Lady (1979), Cuba (1979), The Long Good Friday (1980), Warren Beatty's Reds (1981) and Revolution (1985). He also appeared in a number of TV series including The Sweeney (episode: "Pay Off", 1976), Hazell (1978), Pennies From Heaven (1978), The Professionals (episode: "Hijack", 1980), Rumpole of the Bailey (episode "Rumpole and the Blind Tasting" 1987), Coronation Street (1994–95) and as Aidensfield Station Master Roy Hutton in Heartbeat (episode: "Unfinished Business," 1995). The closing scene to the episode features King's character standing on the platform of Aidensfield Station whilst Memories Are Made of This plays in the background.
He also appeared in a stage version of Arsenic and Old Lace, playing Mortimer Brewster.
He married a dancer, Jean Hart, and they had two daughters, Cheyenne and Kiowa. They lived in South Cerney in Gloucestershire. His hobbies included model railways and American folklore.
King died in London on 15 April 2002, aged 72.