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Geoffrey Palmer (actor)
Geoffrey Palmer

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Palmer performing at A Breath of Fresh Air, June 2008
Born(1927-06-04)4 June 1927
London, England
Died6 November 2020(2020-11-06) (aged 93)
uk
OccupationActor
Years active1958–2020
Spouse(s)
Sally Green
(m. 1963)
Children2, including Charles Palmer
Geoffrey Dyson Palmer, OBE (4 June 1927 – 6 November 2020) was an English actor known for his roles in British television sitcoms playing Jimmy Anderson in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976–79), Ben Parkinson in Butterflies (1978–1983) and Lionel Hardcastle in As Time Goes By (1992–2005). His film appearances include A Fish Called Wanda (1988), The Madness of King George (1994), Mrs. Brown (1997), and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
Contents
1 Career
2 Personal life
3 Awards and recognition
4 Appearances
4.1 Stage
4.2 Radio
4.3 Television
4.4 Film
4.5 Recordings (spoken word)
5 References
6 External links
Career
Palmer's early television appearances included a variety of roles in Granada Television's The Army Game, two episodes of The Baron and as a property agent in Cathy Come Home. Getting a major break in John Osborne's West of Suez at the Royal Court with Ralph Richardson, he then acted in major productions at the Royal Court and for the National Theatre Company and was directed by Laurence Olivier in J. B. Priestley's Eden End. Palmer found the play so boring, however, that it put him off a stage career for good. Two sitcom roles brought him attention in the 1970s: the hapless brother-in-law of Reggie Perrin in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976–79), and the phlegmatic Ben Parkinson in Carla Lane's Butterflies (1978–1983). He continued to appear in productions written by Perrin creator David Nobbs, the last being the radio comedy The Maltby Collection.
Palmer starred opposite Judi Dench for over a decade in the BBC sitcom series As Time Goes By (1992–2005). During this time he also appeared with Dench in other productions, including the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, in which he portrayed Admiral Roebuck, and Mrs. Brown, playing Sir Henry Ponsonby to Dench's Queen Victoria. He played Doctor Price in the Fawlty Towers episode "The Kipper and the Corpse", determined to get breakfast amidst the confusion caused by the death of a guest and Basil's inept way of handling the emergency.
Palmer's distinctive voice gave him a career in advertising in such commercials as the 'Slam in the Lamb' ads for the Meat & Livestock Commission; television voiceovers such as the Audi commercials in which he popularised the phrase "Vorsprung durch Technik", and as the narrator for the BBC series Grumpy Old Men and Grumpy Old Holidays. He narrated the audiobook version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, released in 2005 as a podcast by Penguin Books. He narrated Little England.
In the 2006 DVD series The Compleat Angler, Palmer partnered Rae Borras in a series of episodes based on Izaak Walton's 1653 The Compleat Angler. In 2007, he recorded The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith as an online audiobook. In December 2007, Palmer appeared in the role of the Captain in "Voyage of the Damned", the Christmas special episode of the BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who; Palmer previously appeared in the classic era of the show as different characters in the Third Doctor serials Doctor Who and the Silurians and The Mutants. In March 2009, he joined in a sketch with the two double acts Armstrong and Miller and Mitchell and Webb for Comic Relief. In 2011, he played the reactionary father-in-law of the eponymous clergyman of Rev. in its Christmas episode.
Personal life
Palmer was born in London and attended Highgate School from September 1939 – December 1945. He served as a corporal instructor in small arms and field training in the Royal Marines during his National Service from 1946 to 1948. He was the son of Frederick Charles Palmer, who was a chartered surveyor, and Norah Gwendolen (née Robins). He had a daughter, Harriet, and a son, Charles, a television director, who was married to actress Claire Skinner.
Palmer died on 6 November 2020, aged 93.
Awards and recognition
In the New Year's Honours List published 31 December 2004 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama.
Appearances
Stage
Kafka's Dick by Alan Bennett at the Royal Court Theatre (1986)
Eden End by J. B. Priestley at the Royal National Theatre (1974)
Sabrina Fair by Samuel Taylor at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham 1955
Radio
At Home with the Snails (2001–2002)
Les Miserables as Inspector Javert (2002)
The Man Who Was Thursday (2005)
High Table, Lower Orders (2005–2006)
The Maltby Collection (2007–2009)
A Murder of Quality (2009)
North by Northamptonshire (2011–2012)
Two Pipe Problems: The Case of the Missing Meerschaum as Mortimer Tregennis (2011)
Television
The Army Game (1958–1960) as Various Characters
The Strange World of Gurney Slade (1960) as Television Studio Floor Manager in Episode 1
The Avengers:
"Propellant 23" (1962) as Paul Manning
"Man with Two Shadows" (1963) as Dr. Terence
"A Surfeit of H2O" (1965) as Martin Smythe
The Saint:
"The Rough Diamonds" (1963) as Pete Ferguson
Gideon's Way (TV Series)
"The Alibi Man" (1965) as Jeff Grant
The Baron:
"Masquerade" (1966) as Anstruther
"The Killing" (1966) as Anstuther
The Wednesday Play:
Cathy Come Home (1966) as Property Agent
Mrs Thursday (1966) as Henry Baxter
Best of Enemies (1968) as Johnson
Doctor Who
Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970) as Masters
The Mutants (1972) as Administrator
"Voyage of the Damned" (2007) as Captain Hardaker
Colditz – Gone Away Part 1 (1972) as Doc
Whodunnit! (1975) as Suspect
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976–1979) as Jimmy Anderson
Butterflies (1978–1983) as Ben Parkinson
The Sweeney (1978) as Commander Watson in "Feet of Clay"
The Professionals (1978) as Sinclair in "Where The Jungle Ends"
Fawlty Towers- The Kipper and the Corpse" (1979) as Dr. Price
The Goodies (1980) as School Headmaster
The Last Song (1981) as Leo Bannister
Whoops Apocalypse (1982) as Foreign Secretary
Death of an Expert Witness (1983) as Dr. Edwin Lorrimer
The Professionals (1983) as Avery in "The Ojuka Situation"
Fairly Secret Army (1984–1986) as Major Harry Kitchener Wellington Truscott
Executive Stress (1986 first series only) as Donald Fairchild No. 1
Season's Greetings (1986) as Bernard
Hot Metal (1986) as Harold Stringer
Christabel (1988) as Mr. Burton
Blackadder Goes Forth
"Goodbyeee" (1989); as Field Marshal Douglas Haig
Inspector Morse
"The Infernal Serpent" (1990) as Matthew Copley-Barnes
Bergerac
"Roots of Evil" (1990)as Nigel Carter
As Time Goes By (1992–2005) as Lionel Hardcastle
Mr. Men and Little Miss as the Narrator ( in The Christmas Letter), Mr. Greedy, Mr. Happy, Mr. Snow, Mr. Messy, Mr. Silly, Mr. Small, Mr. Daydream, Mr. Jelly, Mr. Noisy, Mr. Lazy, Mr. Chatterbox, Mr. Bounce, Mr. Muddle, Mr. Impossible, Mr. Quiet, Mr. Rush, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Skinny, Mr. Clever, Mr. Perfect, Mr. Cheerful and Additional Voices
The Legacy of Reginald Perrin (1996) as Jimmy Anderson
Alice through the Looking Glass (1998) as White King
The Savages (2001) as Donald
The 1940s House (2001) as Narrator
Stig of the Dump (2002) as Robert
Absolute Power (2003) as Lord Harcourt
Grumpy Old Men (2003–2004, 2006) as Narrator
He Knew He Was Right (2004) as Sir Marmaduke Rowley
Grumpy Old Holidays (2006) as Narrator
Ashes to Ashes:
"Episode 8" (2008); as Lord Scarman
The Long Walk to Finchley (2008); as John Crowder
Agatha Christie's Poirot:
"The Clocks" (2011) as Vice Admiral Hamling
Grandpa in My Pocket
"Captain Dumbletwit's Toughest Mission Yet!" (2010) as Grandad Gillbert
Rev
"Christmas Special" Series 2, episode 7 (2011) as Martin
Henry IV, Part II (2012); as Lord Chief Justice
Royal Variety Performance (2014); as the announcer (voice-only)
Film
A Prize of Arms (1962) as Cpl. Myers
Incident at Midnight (1963) as Dr. Tanfield
Ring of Spies (1964) as Police Officer (uncredited)
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) as David (uncredited)
O Lucky Man! (1973) as Examinator Doctor / Basil Keyes
The Battle of Billy's Pond (1976) – First Policeman
The Outsider (1979) as Colonel Wyndham
The Honorary Consul (1983) as Belfrage: British Ambassador
A Zed & Two Noughts (1985) as Fallast
Clockwise (1986) as Headmaster
A Fish Called Wanda (1988) as Judge
Hawks (1988) as SAAB Salesman
The Madness of King George (1994) as Warren
Mrs. Brown (1997) as Henry Ponsonby
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) as Admiral Roebuck
Stiff Upper Lips (1998) as His Butler's Voice
Anna and the King (1999) as Lord John Bradley
Rat (2000) as The Doctor
Peter Pan (2003) as Sir Edward Quiller Couch
Piccadilly Jim (2004) as Bayliss
The Pink Panther 2 (2009) as Joubert
W.E. (2011) as Stanley Baldwin
Lost Christmas (2011) as Dr. Clarence
Run for Your Wife (2012) as Man on Bus
Bert and Dickie (2012) as Charles Burnell
The Last Sparks of Sundown (2014) as Sir Buster Sparks (voice)
Paddington (2014) as Head Geographer
Recordings (spoken word)
Welcome to the Pleasuredome (Fruitness Mix) (1985)
Esio Trot (1990)
The BFG (1989)
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