Whatever Happened to...?
All the supporting actors from the television comedy series ’ Allo ’ Allo!
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.