Person Details

Birthday: 1921-09-03 13:48:31

Death: 2000-04-20 13:48:31

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Everton, Liverpool, England, UK

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Movie Involvements: 25

TV Involvements: 7


Most Famous Work

Biography

Bill Dean was a British actor who was born in Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire. He was born Patrick Anthony Connolly, but took his stage name in honour of Everton football legend William 'Dixie' Dean. After a atring of jobs, it was his work as a Lancashire club comedian that saw him spotted by Ken Loach who gave him his breakthrough role in his TV play The Golden Vision. Famous for his flat but penetrating Scouse tones, Dean went on to star as miserable pensioner Harry Cross in the long running Channel 4 soap Brookside from its inception in 1983 to 1990. He briefly returned to the series in 1999 for three episodes, when his character re-appeared in Brookside Close suffering from Alzheimer's disease and wrongly believing that he still lived there. The same character was the inspiration behind the 1980s group 'Jegsy Dodd and the sons of Harry Cross' who hailed from the Wirral and Dean himself appeared in the video of the Liverpudlian band The Farm's Groovy Train as Cross, who was a former train driver. He did of a heart attack aged 78 in 2000.

Most Famous Work

The Sweeney
Average
8

The Sweeney

(1975) Charlie Norton
Justice
Average
0

Justice

(1971) Charlie Keen
Scum
Average
7

Scum

(1979) Mr Duke
The Mirror Crack'd
Average
6

The Mirror Crack'd

(1980) Man in Village Hall (uncredited)
Priest
Average
7

Priest

(1995) Altar Boy
Kes
Average
8

Kes

(1970) Fish and Chip Shop Man
Let Him Have It
Average
7

Let Him Have It

(1991) Foreman of the Jury
Family Life
Average
7

Family Life

(1971) Mr. Baildon

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
1998 Harold Cross
1996 Additional Cast
1995 Altar Boy
1994 Old Man
1992 Harry Capshaw
1991 Foreman of the Jury
1983 Compere
N/A
Billy Eccles
1981 (voice)
1980 Man in Village Hall (uncredited)
Workman
1979 Police Sgt.
Mr Duke
1978 David Shepley
Alf
1976 Duggie Jeb
Duggie Jebb
Teddy
1975 Mr Jackson
Ted
Charlie
Club Owner (uncredited)
Charlie Norton
1974 N/A
Father
N/A
1973 Inspector Walker
George
Bert
1972 Father
1971 Tommy Wright
Mr. Baildon
Charlie Keen
Uncle Sid
Billy
1970 Arthur Foster
Fish and Chip Shop Man
1969 Landlord
1968 Leslie Stevens
John Coyne
1967 N/A
Year Character Movie/Tv

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