was born on August 17, 1939, at Blackburn in Lancashire, England. His parents moved to London when he was four and he had what he describes as an 'intermittent' education between theatrical work, studying at the Valerie Glynne School and Acton County Grammar School. His first professional appearance was at the age of ten, in a film entitled 'No Way Back'. At eleven, he was working regularly for BBC Television; one of his earliest roles was that of Harry Wharton in that most famous of children's serials 'Billy Bunter' . The same year he sang at Sadler's Wells in a season of Italian Opera. He also appeared in such programmes as 'Vice Versa', 'Children Of The New Forest', and 'Whirligig'. At thirteen came his first major film role and at sixteen he made his first appearance in the West End of London.
Throughout his teenage years he continued to work extensively in Radio, Television, Film and Theatre around the country. Since then he has starred in many television series. He played A.J. Raffles in the Yorkshire TV series 'Raffles',
Major Mohn in 'Colditz', Toby Meres in 'Callan', and starred with Margaret Lockwood in 'Justice'. He did three series of 'The Knock' as George Webster, 'Body and Soul' for Carlton, 'The Commander' for Lynda La Plante and for Columbia Tri-Star in Los Angeles 'The Fifth Corner'. Other series include 'Waking The Dead', Judge John Deed', 'Minder', 'Sherlock Holmes', 'Hannay', 'Riders', 'After The War', 'Robin Of Sherwood', 'The House of Elliot', 'Lovejoy' and 'An Age Of Kings'. Anthony
played Sir Laurence Olivier's son Erhart in Olivier's first television drama, Henrik Ibsen's 'John Gabriel Borkman'.
Other television includes 'Dangerous Corner', Ivor Novello's 'The Dancing Years' and 'New Tricks'. His films include 'Jefferson in Paris', 'Masada', 'Escape to Athena', 'The The Devil A Daughter', 'Performance', 'The Terrorist', 'The Dirty Dozen', 'Fatal Mission', 'American Cuisine', 'The Monster Club', 'The Damned' and 'Two Men Went to War'.
His first West End theatre work includes 'Hans Andersen' at the Palladium, 'Sleuth', 'No Sex Please, We're British', 'Half A Sixpence', 'Two Stars For Comfort' and 'The Shifting Heart'. At the Royal Court Theatre he appeared in the London premieres of Arnold Wesker's 'Chicken Soup With Barley' in which he played Ronnie, and Anne Jellicoe's 'The Sport Of My Mad Mother'. Anthony was last in the West End at Wyndham's Theatre in 'Art' and at The Lyric Hammersmith in 'The White Devil'. He also wrote and directed 'The Waiting Game' at The Mill at Sonning and recently appeared there in 'Separate Tables'. His latest television roles are in an episode of Agatha Christie's 'Poirot' and a further episode of 'The Commander' in which he reprises his role of Commissioner Edward Sumpter. He has also appeared as Jimmy Vincent in ITV's 'The Last Detective'.
Anthony died peacefully in his sleep on 2nd December, 2015. He had been suffering from Parkinson's Disease for several years, but he did not let this illness affect either his sense of humour or his enjoyment of life. His wife, the actress Susan Skipper said that "Tony was my best friend and it was a privilege to know, love and care for him."
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