Wednesday, January 23, 2019

RIP Del Henney

British actor Del Henney who is best remembered for his appearance as Charlie Vennerin 1971’s “Straw Dogs” and his many TV appearances died January 14, 2019 in the U.K. He was 83. Born in Anfield, Liverpool on July 24, 1935, he was educated at the Liverpool Collegiate before joining the army. He then subsidized his love of amateur dramatics with various manual jobs and it was whilst washing dishes that he was encouraged by a fellow employee (Jimmy Tarbuck, impressed by Henney’s deft impressions of American film stars) to consider a professional acting career. He guested in many popular televisions series of the period, including three parts in ‘Z-Cars’ (1970/72/78), two in ‘The Professionals’ (1978/83) and three in ‘Juliet Bravo’ (1980/82/84). He played the lead character’s father in ‘A Woman of Substance’ (1985) and ‘DI Cossall in Resnick’ (1992/93) and popped up in everything from ‘The Expert’ (1968) to ‘Midsomer Murders’ (2001). He was especially memorable as a smoothly arrogant criminal in ‘The Sweeney’ (1975) and an affable colonel who becomes a cold instrument of murder in ‘Doctor Who’ (Resurrection of the Daleks, 1984). Henny appeared as The Mad Trapper in the TV 1972 film documentary of the same name.

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