Gary Waldhorn

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Gary Waldhorn
Born(1943-07-03)3 July 1943
Paddington, London, England
Died10 January 2022(2022-01-10) (aged 78)
Years active1969–2013
Christie Dickason
(m. 1967)

Gary Waldhorn (3 July 1943 – 10 January 2022) [1] was an English actor and comedian known for his roles in British television and theatre. He is particularly remembered for his work in the main casts of several British sitcoms. Notable roles and characters played by him included Councillor David Horton in The Vicar of Dibley and Lionel Bainbridge in Brush Strokes .


Early life

Waldhorn was born in London on 3 July 1943 to Liselotte ( née Popper) and Siegfried Waldhorn. [2] His parents were Austrian Jews. [3] [4] He studied acting at the Yale School of Drama (graduated 1967) where he notably performed in new works written by playwright Lillian Hellman in 1966. [5] While at Yale he met fellow student Christie Dickason, daughter of Indiana University academic David Howard Dickason, who became his wife and an active theatre director and choreographer in London and later a published playwright and novelist. [6] He is known for his work in West End theatre productions and for his collaborations with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1972 he toured Australia and New Zealand in Harry M. Miller's production of Sleuth playing opposite Richard Todd. [7] [8]


Apart from appearing in The Vicar of Dibley, Waldhorn also made many television appearances from the 1970s including Softly, Softly , The Sweeney , Space: 1999 , The New Avengers , Brideshead Revisited , The Professionals , Minder , Robin of Sherwood , Rumpole of the Bailey , The Bill , Heartbeat , Gallowglass and Lovejoy . He also played Lionel Bainbridge in the first three series of Brush Strokes before the character was written out, and Richard Beamish in the first series of All at No 20 . [8]

He also starred as Ralph Apsoland in the 1993 miniseries Gallowglass . [9] His other notable television credits include several recurring roles: Caulaincourt in the mini-series Napoleon and Love , [10] Greville in The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs , Henry Channon in Edward & Mrs. Simpson , [11] Teddy Lupus in Enemy at the Door , [12] John Fearnley in Moving , Gordon Lochhead in Campaign, [9] Cllr. Alec Radcliffe in The Chief , [2] Sergeant Bob Pulver in Lovejoy , [9] and Cmdre. Forrest in Longitude . [13] His film credits include the roles of Harlich in Zeppelin , Max in Sir Henry at Rawlinson End , [13] Hauptmann Rainer Mueller in Escape to Victory , [12] and Tornado in The Chain . [9] On stage he was particularly active with the Royal Shakespeare Company. [2] [14]

Personal life

Waldhorn was a patron of Malawi Dream, a British registered charity working to help the people of Malawi in Africa. [15]

He married Christie Dickason on 2 April 1967; together they had one son, Joshua. [2]

Waldhorn died on 10 January 2022, at the age of 78. [16] [17]

Selected filmography


1969 Take Three Girls Roger1 episode [11] [18]
1970 Armchair Theatre TV reporter1 episode [19]
1970–1974 Softly, Softly: Taskforce Bruton / James / Watson [11]
1971 The Lotus Eaters Nat1 episode [20]
Man at the Top Television Instructor1 episode [21]
Crown Court Trevor Sanderson1 episode [22]
1974 Napoleon and Love Caulaincourt2 episodes [10]
The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs Greville2 episodes [11] [23]
1975It's Just the JobMike Sherman1 episode [24]
The Sweeney Alan Fowler1 episode [9] [12]
1976 Space: 1999 Winters1 episode [25]
Hadleigh Werner Von Hermsdorff1 episode [13] [26]
Maggie and Her Roger1 episode [27]
The New Avengers Roach1 episode [12]
A Sharp Intake of Breath Denis1 episode [28]
1978 Enemy at the Door Teddy Lupus2 episodes [12]
The Professionals Turner1 episode [12]
Return of the Saint Anonymous1 episode [29]
Edward & Mrs. Simpson Chips Channon3 episodes [11]
1980 The Gentle Touch Tom Scott1 episode [9]
Hammer House of Horror Dr. Bacharach1 episode [9]
1982 Minder Alex Rowan1 episode [12]
1986–1991 Brush Strokes Lionel Bainbridge [9] [12]
1987 After Pilkington Boris1 episode [12]
1994–2013 The Vicar of Dibley David Horton [9] [12]



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