Bernard Cribbins, the British actor whose roles in “Doctor Who” and “Faulty Towers” delighted young audiences with his contributions to children’s programming throughout his 70-year career, has died. he was 93 years old.
in the statementmanagement and talent agency Gavin Barker Associates, confirmed the death but did not disclose when or where he died.
Mr Cribbins worked well into his 90s in a career that has inspired some of Britain’s most famous comedies, dramas and children’s shows. At the age of 14, he acted for the first time in his hometown of Oldham, England, a suburb of Manchester, in his repertoire there company, beginning a period of stage work leading to roles in television and film, and widely became known.
For 30 years, Mr. Cribbins was a regular feature on the BBC children’s show Jackanolly, where the actor read to young viewers. The program, which ran from 1965 to his 1996, aimed to arouse children’s interest in reading.
In one of his over 100 readings, “wizard of ozIn 1970, Mr. Cribbins imbued the voices of characters such as Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion and the Wizard with a dramatic repertoire of whispers, quivers and screeches.
He got serious when he won the BAFTA Special Award in 2009 interview When asked about the enormous popularity of “Jackanolly” and how it impacted younger viewers.
“All you have to do is look down into the lens, find a child, and talk to that child.
“It’s working really well and I think little kids all over the country are going, ‘Wait a minute, Mama,’ and looking for it. And, like I said before, the story was great.” He said.
Mr. Cribbins was born in Oldham on December 29, 1928. After his early career, he was created from a series of books about subterranean creatures for 1970s television. . From 2007 until 2010 he appeared in the fictional television series ‘Doctor Who’. In 1966, he was in the ‘Doctor Who’ movie ‘The Daleks Invade Earth 2150 AD’.
In the TV series, which was revived in 2005 by producer Russell T. Davies, Mr. Cribbins made a recurring role as the grandfather of one of his Doctor Who companions, Donna Noble, played by Catherine Tate.of Instagram post On Thursday, Davis wrote that Cribbins “loved being on Doctor Who.” He said, “Kids call me Grandpa on the street!”
Davis wrote that Cribbins once “showed up with a suitcase full of props, including a rubber chicken, just in case.” He added: What happens if you hit the Dalek with a paintball gun!?” Alright, Bernard, you’re in! “
Mr. Cribbins also appeared in the 1970 film The Railway Children, based on the children’s book by Edith Nesbitt. A review in The New York Times called the film a “perfectly beautiful little British film”, with Mr Cribbins playing the role of stationmaster Albert Perks, “three children pattering through Yorkshire villages, loving and kind.” The simple story of sharing he studied at home. “
In 1975, Mr. Cribbins appeared in an episode of the comedy series “Fawlty Towers,” in which John Cleese played the hapless manager of a seaside hotel. Mr. Cribbins played a guest trying to order a cheese salad for lunch who Mr. Cleese’s character mistook for a hotel inspector and offered an omelet instead.
A list of survivors was not immediately available. Mr. Cribbins’ wife, Actor Jillian McBurnettdied last October.
In an interview after receiving a BAFTA award in 2009, Mr. Cribbins and his “Doctor Who” co-star Mr. Tate talked about how time flew by in his long career. .
“I can remember many things with perfect clarity and perfection.