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Gordon Kaye
(April 7, 1941 - January 23, 2017) U.K.

Gordon Kaye

Gordon Kaye with Carmen Silvera in 'Allo 'Allo

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Gordon KayeGordon "Gorden" Irving Kaye was born in Moldgreen, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, U.K. He began acting as a youth at King James's grammar school in Huddersfield and, subsequently, at Huddersfield Technical College. He is most known for his role as Rene Artois in the TV-comedy 'Allo 'Allo (1982), Brazil (1985) and Born and Bred (1978).

He had a dent in his forehead that was caused when a plank of wood went through his car window during an exceptionally severe gale in January 1990. He recovered from the accident, but he could not ever remember anything about it afterwards.

On 'Allo 'Allo! (1982), his character René always called Edith (Carmen Silvera) "you stupid woman" but in real-life, the two actors were best friends.

Gordon KayeGorden Kaye with an "E" is attributed to a spelling mistake in a hospital. According to his autobiography René and Me , he looked at the information index at the end of his bed, and it read 'Gorden' with an "E". In this autobiography (co-written with Hilary Bonner), published in 1989, he also described his experiences as a "shy, gay, overweight, typecast youth".

He worked in a variety of jobs in radio, a tractor factory, and textile mills. He signed up for a radio play directed by playwright and director Sir Alan Ayckbourn. Ayckbourn suggested he audition for a theatre company, and his acting career was launched.

Comedy actor best known to TV audiences as the reluctant French Resistance hero René Artois in the iconic series 'Allo 'Allo . He also played the role on stage more than 1200 times.

He suffered from dementia and lived in a care home for the last two years of his life. He died in Knaresborough, Yorkshire.

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Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/ - http://www.imdb.com/ - et alii


TV:
  • Coronation Street
  • Oh, Happy Band
  • Come Back, Mrs Noah
  • 'Allo 'Allo
  • Are You Being Served
Theatre:
  • Harvey

Films:
  • Jabberwocky (1977)
  • Brazil (1985)
  • La Passione (1996)
Autobiography:
  • René and me
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