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Gary Olsen (3 November 1957–12 September 2000) was an English actor.

Olsen was born in London and lived with an aunt and uncle, after losing both his parents at an early age. He attended the Archbishop Tenison's Church of England School in Kennington. After school he joined various junior stage groups and toured with fringe theatrical companies, such as Incubus, and Lumiere and Son, until late 1976. At this point he immersed himself in the punk rock scene until returning to theatre in 1978. Later he helped develop the musical production Up on the Roof, in which he starred in 1987 at London's Donmar and Apollo theatres.

He made his screen debut in 1979 as Rory Storm in The Birth Of The Beatles, and appeared in numerous British films and television programmes, including playing PC Dave Litten in the first series of The Bill, but achieved fame only with the role of Ben in the sitcom 2point4 Children (1991–1999). He played a starring film role as Arthur Hoyle alongside Samantha Janus and Neil Morrissey in the rugby league comedy, Up 'n' Under. He appeared in many TV adverts, notably the 1996 National Westminster Bank advertising campaign.

In addition to his screen appearances he made numerous stage appearances including Rocky Horror Picture Show and What the Butler Saw. He also played 'Pope Liberty III' in the Australian production of the controversial musical Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom.

Olsen also displayed his comic talents as Steve in The Comic Strip Presents' send up of The Fly, called The Yob. He also starred with Brian Bovell in the 1986 TV series Prospects about two likely lads in the Docklands trying to get ahead but usually failing.

After a ten month fight with cancer, Olsen died in Victoria, where he had emigrated following his diagnosis. He left a widow, Australian second wife Jane, and their two children, a son and a daughter. He was 42 years old.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Gary Olsen,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

Gary Olsen (3 November 1957–12 September 2000) was an English actor.

Olsen was born in London and lived with an aunt and uncle, after losing both his parents at an early age. He attended the Archbishop Tenison's Church of England School in Kennington. After school he joined various junior stage groups and toured with fringe theatrical companies, such as Incubus, and Lumiere and Son, until late 1976. At this point he immersed himself in the punk rock scene until returning to theatre in 1978. Later he helped develop the musical production Up on the Roof, in which he starred in 1987 at London's Donmar and Apollo theatres.

He made his screen debut in 1979 as Rory Storm in The Birth Of The Beatles, and appeared in numerous British films and television programmes, including playing PC Dave Litten in the first series of The Bill, but achieved fame only with the role of Ben in the sitcom 2point4 Children (1991–1999). He played a starring film role as Arthur Hoyle alongside Samantha Janus and Neil Morrissey in the rugby league comedy, Up 'n' Under. He appeared in many TV adverts, notably the 1996 National Westminster Bank advertising campaign.

In addition to his screen appearances he made numerous stage appearances including Rocky Horror Picture Show and What the Butler Saw. He also played 'Pope Liberty III' in the Australian production of the controversial musical Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom.

Olsen also displayed his comic talents as Steve in The Comic Strip Presents' send up of The Fly, called The Yob. He also starred with Brian Bovell in the 1986 TV series Prospects about two likely lads in the Docklands trying to get ahead but usually failing.

After a ten month fight with cancer, Olsen died in Victoria, where he had emigrated following his diagnosis. He left a widow, Australian second wife Jane, and their two children, a son and a daughter. He was 42 years old.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Gary Olsen,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 26

Birthday 1957-11-03

Day of Death 2000-09-12

Place of Birth London, England, UK

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Also Known As

  • Gary Kenneth Grant
  • Gary Olson

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Pilgrim's Rest (0 episodes) as Bob Payne
2000 24 Hours in London as Christian
1999 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service as Boris
1998 Alice Through the Looking Glass as Tweedle-Dum
1998 Up 'n' Under as Arthur Hoyle
1994 Paul and Pauline Calf's Video Diaries as Tony
1993 Health and Efficiency (12 episodes)
1991 2point4 children (56 episodes) as Ben Porter
1989 The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover as Spangler
1987 Metamorphosis as Chief Clerk
1986 Casualty (1 episode) as Gary Tate
1986 Prospects (12 episodes)
1986 Winter Flight
1985 Underworld as Red Dog
1984 The Bill (11 episodes) as Dave Litten (1 episode)
1983 Woodentop
1983 Walter and June as Shower Room Attendant
1983 Loose Connections as Kevin
1983 Party Party as Terry
1981 The Day of the Triffids (6 episodes)
1981 Outland as Worker #1
1981 Bavarian Night as Youth
1980 Breaking Glass as Guy at Bar
1979 The Birth Of The Beatles as Rory Storm
1978 An Audience with... (2 episodes) as Himself
1972 Van der Valk (1 episode)

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