What­ever Hap­pened to...?

All the sup­port­ing ac­tors from the tele­vi­sion com­edy se­ries ’ Allo ’ Allo!

Evergreen - - Contents - Henry Hard­cas­tle

Fol­low­ing the 2016 win­ter is­sue fea­tur­ing the main char­ac­ters of the tele­vi­sion com­edy se­ries ’ Allo ’ Allo!, we have re­ceived re­quests ask­ing what hap­pened to the rest of the cast. Sadly, Gor­den Kaye who played René the cafe owner, died in Jan­uary 2017, aged 75.

Richard Gib­son ( Herr Otto Flick of the Gestapo) was born in 1954, is still ac­tive and, to­gether with Kim Hart­man ( Helga, born 1952), formed the Flick and Helga Fan Club which, as a cabaret dou­ble act has seen them on cruise ships. The ju­nior Gestapo stooge buf­foon, Von Small­hausen was played by John Louis Mansi ( 1926- 2010), who was ac­tu­ally born John Pa­trick Adams.

Other Ger­man of­fi­cers were Gen­eral Von Klink­er­hof­fen played by Hi­lary Min­ster ( 1944- 1999); Colonel Von Strohm played by Rus­sian­born Richard Marner ( 1921- 2004), and Capt. Hans Geer­ing played by Sam Kelly ( 1943- 2014). As suc­cess­ful char­ac­ter ac­tors, they all took roles in other ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and stage pro­duc­tions.

On the Al­lied side in ’ Allo ’ Allo! was the thinly dis­guised bo­gus gen­darme, Of­fi­cer Crab­tree, whose favourite phrase “Good moan­ing” quickly be­came part of the na­tional psy­che. He was played by Arthur Bostrom ( born 1955) while the other spy, Michelle Dubois, of the Re­sis­tance, “Lis­ten very care­fully, I shall say zis only once,” was played by Kirsten Cooke ( born 1952). The two Bri­tish air­men who were fated never to es­cape were Ni­cholas Frankau ( born 1954) and John D. Collins ( born 1942).

The three amorous bar­maids who at­tracted René’s reg­u­lar but clan­des­tine at­ten­tion away from his wife Edith, were Yvette played by Vicki Michelle ( born 1950); Mimi played by Sue Hodge ( born 1957), and Maria played by Francesca Gon­shaw ( born 1959), all of whom have played many other roles.

On no­body’s side apart from his own, was the Ital­ian Capt. Ber­torelli played by Roger Kit­ter ( 1949- 2015). Vet­eran ac­tors in­cluded Rose Hill ( 1914- 2003), the can­tan­ker­ous bedrid­den Madame Fanny, and her suitor, Mon­sieur Le­Clerc played by Jack Haig ( 1913- 1989). Comic ac­tor Ken­neth Con­nor ( 1918- 1993) played Mon­sieur Alphonse the un­der­taker.

It was a won­der­ful se­ries ( see Ever­green, Spring 2008), all the more amus­ing be­cause of the dou­ble en­ten­dres made pos­si­ble by the mis­pro­nun­ci­a­tions of a for­eign lan­guage.

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