The new show, entitled CI5:The New Professionals, went on to be a commercial and critical failure, and only ran for one series. We then both burst out laughing. His first major television role was in Granada Television's comedy series The Cuckoo Waltz from 1975 to 1977 in the role of Gavin Rumsey, alongside his landlord played by David Roper and landlady Diane Keen, whom his character was constantly trying to seduce.  In 1983 he applied to join the Territorial SAS but was rejected because of his celebrity status, despite passing the entrance tests. In 1976, the dramatist and television producer Brian Clemens wrote a new British television crime-action drama series entitled The Professionals, modelled on the success of the hit American television series Starsky and Hutch. It brought tears to his eyes not mine . - IMDb Mini Biography By: to view images >>> "St Martins Plain Camp" <<<. He passed them all with great impression on the staff. Lewis died in November 2013 after a five year fight with cancer. British Actor Lewis Collins was born on 27th May, 1946 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England UK and passed away on 27th Nov 2013 Los Angeles, California USA aged 67. Apr 11, 2017 - An official website celebrating the career of British actor and musician, Lewis Collins. In 1986 he played the French medieval war-lord Philip Marc in the series Robin of Sherwood. Lewis being one of them. This image can't be licensed for consumer goods. 'Mike McCartney's tribute to Lewis Collins'. , Collins' body was cremated. For me he passed with flying colours.  In the early 1990s, seeking to extend his career options in drama to work beyond acting he attended courses in screenwriting and direction at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in Los Angeles, California, US, but this led to no subsequent professional employment. Collins kept his cancer battle private but in 2011 he was photographed near his home in Los Angeles looking a shadow of his former self.  He thought of Collins as an alternative after seeing a recently filmed episode of The New Avengers, in which Collins and Shaw (both trained at LAMDA) had appeared alongside one another and there had been a noticeable dynamic tension between them, both in their acting style and off-screen private personalities. He was 33 at the time and to do that I take my hat off to him. Explore. , Collins' final acting performance was in an episode of the British television police drama seriesThe Bill entitled "034" in 2002.  He then went with Havergal on an acting teaching tour with the Prospect Theatre Company in the United States and Canada, before returning to the British Isles to appear in London's West End, starring in City Sugar and The Threepenny Opera, and at the Royal Court Theatre in the play The Farm in 1973, directed by Lindsay Anderson. Collins married teacher Michelle Larrett in 1992 and they had three sons Oliver, Elliot and Cameron. In the novel a neo-Nazi billionaire finances a grindhouse film in the early 80s based on the "The Turner Diaries" by William Luther Pearce and and actor named "Lewis" with a strong likeness to Lewis Collins is cast in the lead role. Lewis Collins joined 10 Para in 1979 here are the photos of him on his recruit selection which he passed that at the age of 33. Performance at the Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 15–21 May 1994. , Collins was born in Bidston, Birkenhead, on the Wirral Peninsula in Cheshire, now Merseyside. Underated British leading man predominantly of the Seventies and Eighties, Collins made his mark in the 1970s action drama The Professionals (1977). I remember seeing him shivering in the trench he had dug at 3 Am. RIP Lewis Collins. It has previously been bought for a multiple re-use license which is still valid. Photo left Lewis at St Martins Plain Camp ...  Shortly before his death he had returned to visit England, spending some time on Merseyside. They moved to the States and he later set up and ran a successful computer business. Spouse: Michelle Larrett (m. 1992) Children: Cameron Collins, Elliot Collins, Oliver Collins. Shaw and Collins learned stunt driving skills and performed car chases in The Professionals – although producers still insisted they be chauffeured to and from set. Collins was a private in the 10th Battalion Parachute Regiment of the British Army (a Territorial Army unit) from 1979 to 1983.  He was educated at Gautby Road Primary School and Grange School in Birkenhead, and the Birkenhead Institute School. Lewis Collins (27 May 1946 – 27 November 2013) was an English film and theatre actor.  His hobbies included parachuting, motorbikes, collecting firearms and sports shooting and he continued to play musical instruments throughout his life. “I was very sad to hear Lewis has died. Lew had came to do his Parachute Regiment recruit selection. Sitemap. He got no favours from the staff and the pressure on him was more than others due to his fame. The role of Bodie was originally meant for Brideshead Revisited star Anthony Andrews – but producers decided he and Shaw lacked on-screen chemistry. Sorry your purchase has been declined because your account is on hold. As hard man "William Bodie", Collins became a household name, worldwide. Professionals star Lewis Collins dies. 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Enter your log in email address and we'll send you a link to reset your password. , Collins married Michelle Larrett, a school-teacher, in 1992. While appearing in The Farm at the Royal Court in 1973 Collins received an offer for his first television role in the British Broadcasting Corporation's police drama Z Cars. Born in Bidston, on the Wirral, Collins was a talented musician, playing drums and guitar in local pop groups before deciding to become an actor. He passed on his own merit.  His last performance in theatre was a 1999–2000 provincial tour in the English Midlands of J.B. Priestley's Dangerous Corner.. He is most remembered for The Professionals, Who Dares Wins. Lewis Collins joined 10 Para in 1979 here are the photos of him on his recruit selection which he passed that at the age of 33. Michelle Larrett was previously married to Lewis Collins (1992 - 2013). Lewis Collins, the suave but decidedly sultry actor, rose to stardom when he co-starred with Martin Shaw and Gordon Jackson in the tough and fast-moving TV show, The Professionals. Michelle Larrett and Lewis Collins were married for 21 years before Lewis Collins died, leaving behind his partner and 3 children. Copyright © 03/11/2020 Alamy Ltd. All rights reserved. We spent a very tough four years together in making The Professionals, and shared in the production of what has become an icon of British television,” he said. Download this stock image: Lewis Collins Actor with wife Michelle Larrett and their 19 month old son Oliver at their wedding - B4G4A9 from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. His early television roles included parts in Z Cars, Crown Court, and The New Avengers, and he caught the eye of female fans in 1975 sitcom The Cuckoo Waltz with Diane Keen, playing handsome lodger Gavin.  While in Glasgow he also taught deaf and mute children mobility skills, learning British sign language so he could communicate with them, later saying that this was the most satisfying work that he had done in his life. Actor Lewis Collins, who has died aged 67, won an army of fans as tough guy and ladies’ man William Bodie in iconic 1970s and 80s series The Professionals. However the band failed to chart again and broke up, and finding himself in the midst of cosmopolitan London in 1966 during the Swinging Sixties, Collins made a living engaged in temping work such as delivery van driving, cleaning windows and being a waiter, before deciding that he wanted to become an actor after hearing a play being performed on the radio.  From 15–23 March 1980 Collins with several volunteers from the Parachute Regiment, along with the British boxer John Conteh, took part in a forced march in military service conditions from London to Liverpool up the A41 road, the funds raised from the event being donated to a charity for disabled children.. Help us build our profile of Michelle Larrett! Passed the actual selection course for 23 SAS, one of the SAS' two Territorial Army battalions, only to be turned away from the unit because of his celebrity status. After making the movie Collins applied to join the Territorial SAS but despite passing the tests he was rejected because of his fame.  In the same period Collins was writing songs with Mike McCartney, and when the drummer Pete Best was dropped from the Beatles, Mike McCartney suggested Collins as a possible replacement to his elder brother Paul McCartney. To do his bit for this country knowing the risks is a credit to him. I take my hat off to him for his efforts during his course. Alamy and its logo are trademarks of Alamy Ltd. and are registered in certain countries. But Collins was the perfect choice for the former para and SAS soldier and could have helped Shaw with a perm too – his first job was as a ladies’ hairdresser. Fans had hoped he might appear in a cameo role in a new movie of The Professionals planned by creator Brian Clemens. We marched from Dungeness Lighthouse to Hythe ranges along the seafront in one hour and 43 minutes in a biting wind sea spray peebles hitting us in the face with sleet and hailstones. In 1982 he auditioned for the role of 007 with Eon Productions, the producers of the James Bond cinema franchise, to succeed Roger Moore, but the audition with its producer Cubby Broccoli did not go well and he was rejected as being "too aggressive". Your Lightboxes will appear here when you have created some. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. The couple had three sons; Oliver, Elliot and Cameron. In the mid 1990s he moved his family to Los Angeles, where he was residing part-time, while he returned to England intermittently for the occasional provincial theatre tour and minor acting roles in television productions. , In late 1964, Collins quit hairdressing to become the bass player with The Mojos (which his father managed), performing on their charting singles "Goodbye Dolly Gray" and "Until My Baby Comes Home", and moved from Liverpool to London with them when the band appeared to have good commercial prospects.
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