Hal Dyer (m. ?–1992)
| Michael Anthony Robbins|
14 November 1930 (1930-11-14) London, England
December 11, 1992, Caterham, United Kingdom
On the Buses, Mutiny on the Buses, Holiday on the Buses, Victor Victoria, Just Ask for Diamond
Bob Grant, Reg Varney, Anna Karen, Doris Hare, Stephen Lewis
Ben Robbins, Sarah Cliffe
Michael Robbins Wikipedia
Michael Anthony Robbins (14 November 1930 – 11 December 1992) was an English actor and comedian best known for his ongoing role as Arthur Rudge in the TV sitcom and film versions of On the Buses (1969–72).
Born in London, Robbins was a pupil at St Michael's College in Hitchin, Hertfordshire from 1939 - 1944. He then went on to work as a bank clerk and later became an actor after appearing in amateur dramatic performances also in Hitchin, where he and his family lived at the time. He took part in the 1951 Hitchin Pageant dressed as a gladiator. Robbins made his television debut as the cockney soldier in Roll-on Bloomin' Death. Primarily a comedy actor, he is best remembered for the role of Arthur Rudge, the persistently sarcastic husband of Olive (Anna Karen), in the popular sitcom On the Buses (1969–73). Robbins and Karen provided the secondary comic storyline to Reg Varney's comedy capers at the bus depot. Robbins also appeared in the series film spin-offs, On the Buses, Mutiny on the Buses, and Holiday on the Buses. His other comedy credits include non-recurring roles in Man About the House, Oh Brother!, The Good Life, One Foot in the Grave, The New Statesman, George and Mildred, Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang, M'Lord? He appeared as a rather humorously portrayed police sergeant in the TV adaptation of Brendon Chase.
As well as these comic roles, he assumed various straight roles in some of the major British television shows of the 1960s and 1970s: including Minder, The Sweeney, Z-Cars, Return of the Saint, Murder Most English, The Avengers, Dixon of Dock Green, The Bill and the 1982 Doctor Who story The Visitation.
Robbins's film credits included The Whisperers, Up The Junction, The Looking Glass War, Zeppelin and Blake Edwards' films The Pink Panther Strikes Again and Victor/Victoria'. He also had an extensive career as a radio actor, including a role in the soap opera Waggoner's Walk and the satirical 1970s show Life is What Yer Make It.
Robbins was an indefatigable worker for charity. He was active in the Grand Order of Water Rats (being elected 'Rat of the Year' in 1978) and the Catholic Stage Guild, and received a Papal Award for his services in 1987. In one of his last television appearances, in A Little Bit of Heaven Robbins recalled his childhood visits to Norfolk and spoke of his faith and love of the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham. Michael Robbins had a brother Jack who was a head teacher at Saint Gregory's Catholic middle school in Bedford in the 1970s and early 1980s. Michael made some guest appearances at this school throughout the years and sometimes entertained the pupils with various sketches with his brother Jack Robbins
In the mid-1970s he also directed a film: How Are You?
Robbins was married to actress Hal Dyer from 1960 until his death from prostate cancer in Caterham, Surrey, aged 62. Hal Dyer died in 2011 from a brain haemorrhage. Robbins is survived by his two children and four grandchildren.Lunch Hour (1961) - Harris
A Prize of Arms (1962) - Orford
What a Crazy World (1963) - Percy
Act of Murder (1964) - Van Driver
The Bargee (1964) - Bargee (uncredited)
Rattle of a Simple Man (1964) - George - Organiser
The Whisperers (1967) - Mr. Noonan
Up the Junction (1968) - Figgins
Till Death Us Do Part (1968) - Pub Landlord (Fred)
The Looking Glass War (1969) - Truck Driver
Crossplot (1969) - Garage attendant
All the Way Up (1970) - Taxi Driver
Zeppelin (1971) - Cockney Sergeant
Villain (1971) - Barzun
On the Buses (1971) - Arthur Rudge, Stan's Brother-in-Law
Mutiny on the Buses (1972) - Arthur his brother in law
That's Your Funeral (1972) - 2nd Funeral Director
No Sex Please, We're British (1973) - Car Driver
Holiday on the Buses (1973) - Arthur Rudge
Man About the House (1974) - Second Doorman
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) - Jarvis
The Saint and the Brave Goose (1979) - Beeky
The Great Muppet Caper (1981) - Security Guard
Victor/Victoria (1982) - Manager of Victoria's Hotel
Lost In London (1985) - Bill
Just Ask for Diamond (1988) - The Fat Man