Thursday, May 6, 2010

RIP Jimmy Gardner

Edward Charles James 'Jimmy' Gardner died in England on May 3, 2010. He was 85. Gardner was born on August 24, 1925 in Newmarket, Suffolk, Enngland. His father was a jockey Teddy Gardner but he did not pursue his fathers profession. He ran away from home, survived two ship wrecks, was a sergeant in the RAF during WWII where he was a tailgunner in the #10 Squadron. He flew 30 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. What he really wanted was to become a film star and was know for such portrayals in “The Mummy's Tomb” (1964) and as Ernie Pang in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004). He appeared in over 30 films and made extensive TV and theater appearances such as Adam in Shakespeare's “As You Like It” and as the gravedigger in “Hamlet” both directed by Terry Hands. Gardner appeared in one Euro-western “Il mio West” (aka Gunslinger's Revenge) (1998) as Sam Comet.

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