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Warren Clarke: a life in clips

The Dalziel and Pascoe, Clockwork Orange and Red Riding actor has died age 67. Here, we remember his finest on-screen moments

Warren Clarkes road to fame was long and hard-fought. Throughout the late 1960s and 70s, he eked out a living with a bit-part in a Playhouse here, or three separate walk-on Coronation Street characters there. In time, hed reach the level of recognition he deserved, but not before suffering through a glut of turgid period dramas like Our Mutual Friend, The Onedin Line and Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill.

Clarkes first real brush with exposure came when he worked for Stanley Kubrick, playing the role of Alexs droog Dim in A Clockwork Orange. The role didnt ask a lot of him, relying as many subsequently would on his bulldog grunt of a face, but he nevertheless made his mark. The scene that always comes to mind first when I think of
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Remember Me:  Lee Remick (1935 – 1991) –  “Uncommonly Gifted…”

When it comes to actresses, the movie business has always had an eye for beautiful faces. Unfortunately, it has often only been an afterthought as to whether or not that beautiful face could do anything other than be beautiful. Leaf through the archives of any of the movie glamour magazines from long ago and you’ll find them a cemetery of beautiful faces primped and hyped by the Hollywood PR machine to be The Next Great Thing. Some never made it past a screen test, while others managed to survive a few screen roles, but through lack of talent, charisma, the right roles — whatever mysterious magic it is that causes a performer to click with an audience — soon disappeared, never to be heard of again. It’s a long, looong casualty list of forgotten pretties like Merrilyn Grix, Eleanor Counts, Kathy Marlowe, Myrna Dell, Sandra Giles, Jean Colleran, Sunnie O’Dea,
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