Biography

Born in London, Robbins was a bank clerk who became an actor after appearing in amateur dramatic performances in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where he and his family lived at the time. Robbins made his television debut as the cockney soldier in Roll-on Bloomin' Death. Primarily a comedy actor, he is best remembered for the role of Arthur Rudge, the persistently sarcastic husband of Olive (Anna Karen), in the popular sitcom On the Buses (1969–73). Robbins and Karen provided the secondary comic storyline to Reg Varney's comedy capers at the bus depot. Robbins also appeared in the series film spin-offs, On the Buses, Mutiny on the Buses, and Holiday on the Buses. His other comedy credits include non-recurring roles in Man About the House, Oh Brother!, The Good Life, One Foot in the Grave, The New Statesman, George and Mildred, Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang, M'Lord? He appeared as a rather humorously portrayed police sergeant in the TV adaptation of Brendon Chase.

As well as these comic roles, he assumed various straight roles in some of the major British television shows of the 1960s and 1970s: including Minder, The Sweeney, Z-Cars, Return of the Saint, Murder Most English, The Avengers, Dixon of Dock Green, The Bill and the 1982 Doctor Who story The Visitation.

Robbins's film credits included The Whisperers, Up The Junction, The Looking Glass War, Zeppelin and Blake Edwards' films The Pink Panther Strikes Again and Victor/Victoria'. He also had an extensive career as a radio actor, including a role in the soap opera Waggoner's Walk and the satirical 1970s show Life is What Yer Make It.

Robbins was an indefatigable worker for charity. He was active in the Grand Order of Water Rats (being elected 'Rat of the Year' in 1978) and the Catholic Stage Guild, and received a Papal Award for his services in 1987. In one of his last television appearances, in A Little Bit of Heaven Robbins recalled his childhood visits to Norfolk and spoke of his faith and love of the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham. Michael Robbins had a brother Jack who was a head teacher at Saint Gregory's Catholic middle school in Bedford in the 1970s and early 1980s. Michael made some guest appearances at this school throughout the years and sometimes entertained the pupils with various sketches with his brother Jack Robbins

In the mid-1970s he also directed a film: How Are You?

Born in London, Robbins was a bank clerk who became an actor after appearing in amateur dramatic performances in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where he and his family lived at the time. Robbins made his television debut as the cockney soldier in Roll-on Bloomin' Death. Primarily a comedy actor, he is best remembered for the role of Arthur Rudge, the persistently sarcastic husband of Olive (Anna Karen), in the popular sitcom On the Buses (1969–73). Robbins and Karen provided the secondary comic storyline to Reg Varney's comedy capers at the bus depot. Robbins also appeared in the series film spin-offs, On the Buses, Mutiny on the Buses, and Holiday on the Buses. His other comedy credits include non-recurring roles in Man About the House, Oh Brother!, The Good Life, One Foot in the Grave, The New Statesman, George and Mildred, Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang, M'Lord? He appeared as a rather humorously portrayed police sergeant in the TV adaptation of Brendon Chase.

As well as these comic roles, he assumed various straight roles in some of the major British television shows of the 1960s and 1970s: including Minder, The Sweeney, Z-Cars, Return of the Saint, Murder Most English, The Avengers, Dixon of Dock Green, The Bill and the 1982 Doctor Who story The Visitation.

Robbins's film credits included The Whisperers, Up The Junction, The Looking Glass War, Zeppelin and Blake Edwards' films The Pink Panther Strikes Again and Victor/Victoria'. He also had an extensive career as a radio actor, including a role in the soap opera Waggoner's Walk and the satirical 1970s show Life is What Yer Make It.

Robbins was an indefatigable worker for charity. He was active in the Grand Order of Water Rats (being elected 'Rat of the Year' in 1978) and the Catholic Stage Guild, and received a Papal Award for his services in 1987. In one of his last television appearances, in A Little Bit of Heaven Robbins recalled his childhood visits to Norfolk and spoke of his faith and love of the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham. Michael Robbins had a brother Jack who was a head teacher at Saint Gregory's Catholic middle school in Bedford in the 1970s and early 1980s. Michael made some guest appearances at this school throughout the years and sometimes entertained the pupils with various sketches with his brother Jack Robbins

In the mid-1970s he also directed a film: How Are You?

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1992 Adam Bede as Thias Bede
1990 One Foot in the Grave (1 episode)
1988 Just Ask for Diamond as The Fat Man
1985 Lost In London as Bill
1985 Dempsey and Makepeace (1 episode)
1984 Fairly Secret Army (13 episodes) as Sgt. Major Throttle
1984 The Bill (2 episodes)
1982 The Merry Wives of Windsor as Nym
1981 The Great Muppet Caper as Henderson
1981 The Chinese Detective (1 episode)
1979 How's Your Father (14 episodes)
1978 BBC Television Shakespeare (1 episode)
1978 Mixed Blessings (22 episodes)
1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again as Jarvis
1976 George and Mildred (1 episode)
1975 Rumpole of the Bailey (1 episode)
1975 The Good Life (1 episode)
1974 Man About the House as Doorman
1974 Thick As Thieves (8 episodes)
1973 Black and Blue (1 episode)
1973 No Sex Please: We're British as Car Driver
1973 Holiday on the Buses as Arthur Rudge
1972 Mutiny on the Buses as Arthur his brother in law
1971 On the Buses as Arthur Rudge - Stan's Brother-in-Law
1971 Villain as Barzun
1970 All the Way Up
1969 The Looking Glass War as Truck Driver
1969 Department S (1 episode)
1969 Judge Dee (1 episode)
1969 On the Buses (74 episodes)
1967 The Whisperers as Mr Noonan
1967 Callan (1 episode)
1967 Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width (1 episode)
1966 Adam Adamant Lives! (1 episode)
1965 Gideon's Way (1 episode)
1964 Rattle of a Simple Man as George
1964 Redcap (1 episode)
1964 The Wednesday Play (1 episode)
1964 Sherlock Holmes (1 episode)
1963 Doctor Who (4 episodes)
1963 What a Crazy World as Percy
1962 A Prize of Arms
1962 The Saint (3 episodes) as Harry
1962 Studio Four (1 episode)
1962 Z-Cars (1 episode)
1961 You Can't Win (1 episode)
1961 The Avengers (4 episodes) as Henry Farrow
1961 Lunch Hour as Harris
1959 No Hiding Place (2 episodes)

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