'CLOCKWORK ORANGE' Star Warren Clarke Dies at Age 67
U.K. actor Warren Clarke, perhaps best known for his role in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, has passed away at the age of 67.
The news was announced by his representatives at the Independent Talent Group, who issued a statement published in The Guardian that reads:
"The actor Warren Clarke died peacefully in his sleep on 12 November 2014, after a short illness. He will be greatly missed by his family and loved ones. At this time we ask that you respect their privacy in their time of grief."
Clarke's first television appearance was in the long running Granada soap opera Coronation Street, initially as Kenny Pickup in 1966 and then as Gary Bailey in 1968. His first major film appearance was in Stanley Kubrick's controversial Clockwork Orange (1971) where he played a 'droog' named 'Dim' opposite Malcolm McDowell. He appeared with McDowell again in the 1973 film O Lucky Man!and in the 1985 TV movie Gulag.
Clarke appeared in a wide range of roles in TV and movie productions both in the UK and abroad including The Breaking of Bumbo (1970), Charlton Heston's Antony and Cleopatra (1972), S.O.S. Titanic (1979), Hawk the Slayer (1980), Masada (1981), Enigma (1983), Lassiter (1984), Top Secret! (1984), Ishtar, (1987) and I.D. (1995). One of his most notable roles was playing a Russian dissident in Clint Eastwood's Firefox (1982).
In 1984 Clarke played the uncharacteristic role of the overtly homosexual 'Sophie' Dixon in the landmark Granada series The Jewel in the Crown. In 1988 he appeared as Colonel Krieger in the first series of LWT's Wish Me Luck. In 1989 Clarke played the Captain Lee in the film Crusoe. The same year he played the role of Martin Fisher, the chairman of a football club, in The Manageress and the role of Managing Director of an engineering firm, Vic Wilcox, in the TV adaptation of the David Lodge novel Nice Work. He also starred in an episode of Lovejoy entitled Bin Diving. In 1991 Clarke played Larry Patterson in Gone to the Dogs, which was followed a year later by the series Gone to Seed, in which Clarke again starred. In 1994 he played Bamber in the ITV comedy drama Moving Story. His comedic talents can be seen in one off special Blackadder: The Cavalier Years, and in the episode "Amy and Amiability" of the series Blackadder the Third.
In 1991 Clarke played one of the two lead roles in Sleepers alongside Nigel Havers as two KGB sleeper agents living in Britain and leading their own lives until they are reactivated.
From 1996 he appeared regularly as Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel in the TV series Dalziel and Pascoe.
In 2005, Clarke appeared as Mr Boythorn in the BBC One dramatisation of Bleak House. In 2008 he starred alongside Anthony Head in the BBC Drama The Invisibles and in 2009 appeared in theChannel 4 trilogy Red Riding.
In 2009, Clarke appeared as Commander Peters in the ITV production of Agatha Christie's Marple Why Didn't They Ask Evans?. In 2010, he starred in Series 3, Episode 2 of the BBC series Inspector George Gently. The episode was entitled "Peace and Love". Clarke also played Mr Bott in Just William. In 2011, he played innkeeper Samuel Quested in Midsomer Murders, in "The Night of the Stag" and as John Lacey in Call the Midwife. In 2014, he began filming in Poldark as Charles Poldark.
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