Biography

George Alphonsus Cooper was born in Leeds in 1925. After training as an electrical engineer and architect he was called up for National Service, working for the Royal Artillery in India. During that period he became interested in performing and on his discharge joined Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in Manchester. To avoid confusion with American actor George Cooper he used his middle initial in his stage name. His first appearance on television was in 1946. Over the next fifty years, he was a regular on the screen developing a career out of portraying slightly bumbling authoritarian characters. In 1964 he won a recurring role in ITV's Coronation Street playing businessman Willie Piggott who famously tried to bribe Ken Barlow to give his son Brian a pass on his tech exam. He had regular roles in Z-Cars and Dixon of Dock Green. In 1960 he appeared in the West End play Billy Liar playing the father of the title character, later reprising the role in the 1973 television series. He appeared in comedies such as Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Sykes and Mind Your Language. In 1985 he took on the role of no-nonsense caretaker Eric Griffiths in the incredibly successful children's drama Grange Hill, playing the role for seven years and earning a place in the hearts of a generation of children. His last TV appearance was in a 1995 episode of Casualty. He died in a nursing home in Hampshire on 16th November, 2018.

George Alphonsus Cooper was born in Leeds in 1925. After training as an electrical engineer and architect he was called up for National Service, working for the Royal Artillery in India. During that period he became interested in performing and on his discharge joined Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in Manchester. To avoid confusion with American actor George Cooper he used his middle initial in his stage name. His first appearance on television was in 1946. Over the next fifty years, he was a regular on the screen developing a career out of portraying slightly bumbling authoritarian characters. In 1964 he won a recurring role in ITV's Coronation Street playing businessman Willie Piggott who famously tried to bribe Ken Barlow to give his son Brian a pass on his tech exam. He had regular roles in Z-Cars and Dixon of Dock Green. In 1960 he appeared in the West End play Billy Liar playing the father of the title character, later reprising the role in the 1973 television series. He appeared in comedies such as Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Sykes and Mind Your Language. In 1985 he took on the role of no-nonsense caretaker Eric Griffiths in the incredibly successful children's drama Grange Hill, playing the role for seven years and earning a place in the hearts of a generation of children. His last TV appearance was in a 1995 episode of Casualty. He died in a nursing home in Hampshire on 16th November, 2018.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 48

Birthday 1925-03-07

Day of Death 2018-11-16

Place of Birth Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1992 Heartbeat (1 episode)
1989 Nice Work as Mr Wilcox Snr
1986 Casualty (1 episode) as Albert Collins
1984 Amy as Will Johnson
1983 The Star Chamber as State Senator Walden
1983 Red Monarch as Kaganovitch
1978 The Light Princess as King
1978 Grange Hill (149 episodes) as Mr. Griffiths
1976 The New Avengers (1 episode)
1976 Trial by Combat as 2nd Leather Jerkin
1976 Decorators Limited as Porter
1975 Two's Company (1 episode) as Mr. Begley
1975 Dawson's Weekly (1 episode)
1973 Billy Liar (25 episodes)
1973 Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1 episode)
1972 Crown Court (1 episode)
1972 The Villa Maroc as Lionel
1971 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1 episode)
1971 Barlow (1 episode)
1970 Roll On Four O'Clock as Ted Crampton
1970 I Can't See My Little Willie as Frank Palmer
1970 Play for Today (3 episodes)
1970 Doomwatch (1 episode)
1968 Dracula Has Risen from the Grave as Village Landlord
1968 The Strange Affair as Supt. Kingsley
1968 The First Lady (1 episode)
1968 The Ronnie Barker Playhouse (1 episode)
1967 Smashing Time as Irishman
1967 Man in a Suitcase (1 episode)
1967 In Two Minds as Mr Winter
1966 King of the River (4 episodes)
1965 Life at the Top as Graffham
1965 Ferry Cross the Mersey as Mr. Lumsden
1965 Public Eye (1 episode)
1964 Sherlock Holmes (1 episode)
1964 Nightmare as John
1963 Espionage (1 episode)
1962 The Saint (1 episode) as Milton Ourley (1 episode) as Harold Laker
1962 The Brain as Thomas Gabler
1962 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (2 episodes)
1962 Z-Cars (4 episodes)
1961 The Avengers (2 episodes)
1960 An Age of Kings (7 episodes)
1960 Hell Is a City as Doug Savage
1959 No Hiding Place (3 episodes)
1957 Fortune Is a Woman as Hotel Porter
1957 The Secret Place as Harry
1955 Dixon of Dock Green (4 episodes)

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