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Old 05-04-2007, 08:31 AM   #1
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Default George Sewell (Alec Freeman)

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I have the sad news to report that George passed away on Sunday, 2,
April. He was 82. There are no further details at present. Our
thoughts go to his wife and daughter.

Sad news indeed...I will always remember one particular day I was working in London, and at lunchtime decided to take the tube to Forbidden Planet for some shopping. I dived on to the rear carriage at Holborn and stood near the door as I was only going one stop. I looked up and standing opposite me was George...looking nonchalant, just like any other tube traveller.

Of course I did a double take, as he was instantly recognisable, and discreetly told him I was a fan of UFO and it was a pleasure to meet him. He was very friendly, shook my hand and didn't seem to mind being recognised even all those years after the series...

Another great loss from the family of Anderson actors...

Here's his entry from Wikipedia:

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George Sewell (31 August 1924 1 April 2007), was an English actor. Son of a florist family in Tottenham, London.

He served in the army during World War II, and after demobilisation he ended up in the Merchant Navy, serving as a steward. Eventually he became a motor coach courier for a holiday company.

He hadn't considered acting until he met the actor Dudley Sutton by chance in a pub. He recommended Sewell audition for a production by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop of Fings Ain't Wot They Used To Be in the West End. Sewell did so, and made his acting debut at the age of 35. He went on to star in two more productions, which later went to Paris and Broadway. The experience garnered from stage acting led to a long career in both film and television. Sewell is most noted for one of his more recent roles in The Detectives, where he played superintendent Frank Cottam, a send up of his character in the Euston Films drama "Special Branch". He is also known for his role as Colonel Alec Freeman in the science fiction series, UFO. He also appeared in the popular 1971 film Get Carter; and in Doctor Who in 1988.
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Old 05-04-2007, 09:12 AM   #2
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Great character actor, always a natural and the perfect foil for Straker.

He shall be missed.
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Old 05-04-2007, 09:28 AM   #3
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The Daily Telegraph obituary:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.../05/db0503.xml

George Sewell, the actor, who died on Sunday aged 82, had one of the
best-known faces in Britain, thanks to dozens of appearances on
television and in films, notably Get Carter (1971).

With his sandblasted features and shifty, haunted looks, Sewell was as
at home playing shady villains as he was in police and thriller roles,
which dated from the early 1960s, when he appeared in series such as
Z-Cars, to the 1990s comedy The Detectives.

He was still working until recently, making television appearances in
Doctors and The Bill (both 2005) and, last year, in Casualty.

An accomplished stage actor, and nicknamed in the business "Chuck", he
played principal roles in Oliver, Fings Ain't Wot They Used To Be and
Oh! What A Lovely War in the 1960s, and more recently in Dial M for
Murder (199 and Who Killed Agatha Christie? (2002). His last stage
appearance was touring in Francis Durbridge's drama The Gentle Hook in
2004.

But while the theatre was Sewell's preferred medium, it was his career
in film and television, extending over 40 years, that ensured his
celebrity. He appeared as Detective Chief Inspector Alan Craven in 25
episodes of Special Branch, a 1970s television drama series made by
Euston Films in which he was cast opposite Patrick Mower as Haggerty.
At the height of his Special Branch fame, his appearance on This Is
Your Life topped the television ratings in December 1973.

Twenty years later, Sewell played Supt Frank Cottam, a send-up of the
same character, in The Detectives, with Robert Powell and Jasper Carrott.

George Sewell was born on August 31 1924 at Hoxton in the East End of
London. His father was a printer and his mother came from a family of
florists, his grandmother having sold flowers and bird seed on the
steps of St Paul's.

He left school at 14 and started work as an apprentice printer. At the
start of the Second World War he worked repairing bomb damage before
joining the RAF in 1943; but the war ended before he had completed his
training as a pilot and he was demobbed almost immediately.

During the following three years Sewell took a string of jobs, among
them street photographer, assistant road manager and drummer in a
small rumba band. In 1948 he joined the Merchant Navy and became a
steward on cruise ships, circling the world three times. On his
return, he used his knowledge of languages to work for several seasons
as a motor-coach courier for a travel company before making a late
entry into acting in 1959 aged 35.

A chance encounter with Dudley Sutton and a group of other actors in a
West End pub led to an audition and a job with Joan Littlewood's
Theatre Workshop.

He made his debut in that company's production of Frank Norman and
Lionel Bart's musical Fings Ain't Wot They Used To Be in the West End
in 1960.

Sewell went on to star in two more Littlewood productions, which later
transferred to Paris and Broadway. He continued to make regular
appearances on television, among his more notable parts being that of
Col Alec Freeman in the science fiction series UFO (1970-73), and as
Ratcliffe in Doctor Who (198.

On the cinema screen, Sewell appeared in several successful and
important films, including Sparrows Can't Sing (1962), shot on
location in Stepney, and Lindsay Anderson's bleak This Sporting Life
(1963) as well as Get Carter, the gritty gangster classic set in
Newcastle and in which he was cast with Michael Caine.

In 2002, touring in Who Killed Agatha Christie? with the dancer Lionel
Blair, Sewell reflected on a career in which he never quite achieved
first-rank stardom. "I don't have enough energy to feel resentment,"
he said. "You couldn't keep on acting if you felt like that. I've been
lucky to work so much.

"We all know great actors who have struggled, so I feel lucky I've
made a good living."

Latterly Sewell divided his time between London and a holiday home at
Cannes in the south of France.

George Sewell is survived by his wife and daughter.
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It always feels like a friend from the past has died when these people pass away. May he rest in Peace.
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Old 05-04-2007, 11:45 AM   #5
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Sad news indeed, a lot of the old UFO cast have now gone, unfortunately it comes to us all in the end.

George was a good character actor, I used to like him in the Detectives with Jasper Carrot and Robert Powel, a very funny series.
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Really sorry to hear of his death. Another sad day.

Unfortunately the passing of another UFO actor.

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A really nice fella, as had already been said, a lot of the old UFO cast have now gone, A sad day indeed.
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:59 AM   #11
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Sad news. Time passes so fast. We just were all kids when UFO aired for the first time...
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Old 06-04-2007, 11:20 AM   #12
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And to think, quite a few of the actors were our age now when they filmed. Egads, but that is a touch of mortality. I think I need to go hug my kids...


R.I.P. George Sewell
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very sad news another of our tv heroes passes .i agree with cricket,to think we are the age that all our favourites were when they appeared on our screens for the first time.i don't feel like a 45 year old ,but it 's a scary thought that this programme is over 30 years old,time really does go far too quickly and the more of our childhood characters who pass away does make you think our time here is not that long.make the most of what we have ,enjoy it ,live it,don't moan about it and if there's something out there you like doing,then do a bit more of it.i know life doesn't always go as you had planned,but you have to embrace those those knocks,dust off your trousers and get on with it.sorry ,getting a bit serious there,yes good idea cricket i'm going to give my kids a hug too.
thanks George,you're in good company now.
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I can remember seeing him at a convention about fifteen years ago looking spritely and energetic. You don't have a concept of how quickly time flies.
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May his Shado live on. George could make the unique claim of having co-starred with both Captain Blue (Ed Bishop) and Captain Scarlet (Francis Matthews in the Paul Temple series).
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I was heartened to see the Daily Telegraph obituary above was picked up by our local daily, the Dominion Post, today. They print only three or four international obituaries a week, a positive measure of George's impact on the public consciousness.
Rest easy, Mr Sewell. Respect.
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