Wednesday, February 8, 2006


Henry McGee, the actor best known as the straight man and the epitome of "culture" in the Benny Hill TV show, has died at the age of 77, his agent confirmed.

McGee spent 20 years in various roles as Benny Hill`s on-screen partner.

He also became known to millions in the United Kingdom in the mid-70s, when he was cast alongside the Honey Monster in the Sugar Puffs TV commercial.

But he was best known for his roles in comedy series, when he usually played the "straight man".

TV roles included parts in 'Last Of The Summer Wine', 'Z Cars', 'Rising Damp', 'The Goodies', 'The Saint' and 'The Avengers'.

He also appeared in the TV series 'Let There Be Love', 'No That`s Me Over There' with Ronnie Corbett, 'The Worker' with Charlie Drake, and played the title part in 'Jimmy And The Desperate Woman'.

"Let There Be Love" (1982) TV Series .... Dennis Newberry
"Frankie Howerd Strikes Again" (1981) TV Series
"Up the Workers" (1973) TV Series .... Richard (Dicky) Bligh
"Reg Varney" (1973) TV Series .... Various Characters
"Slapstick and Old Lace" (1971) TV Series .... Various parts
"No, That's Me Over Here!" (1967) TV Series .... Henry

"Take A Pair Of Private Eyes" (1966) TV Series .... Charles
"The Worker" (1965) TV Series .... Mr. Pugh
"Tell It to the Marines" (1959) TV Series .... Lt. Raleigh
"The Benny Hill Show" (1969) TV Series .... Himself/Announcer/Various Roles (1969-1970, 1971-1989)
"The Benny Hill Show" (1955) TV Series .... Himself/Various Roles (1968)

Mr. H Is Late (1988) (TV) .... Tall undertaker
A Soirée at Bossom's Hotel (1966) (TV) .... Demolition expert
Pity About the Abbey (1965) (TV) .... Sir Peter Watling

Benny Hill's World Tour: New York! (1991) (TV) .... Various roles
Frankie Howerd Reveals All (1980) (TV)
Ted on the Spot (1979) (TV)

"Last of the Summer Wine"
- The Miraculous Curing of Old Goff Helliwell (2003) TV Episode .... Goff Helliwell
- The Great Motor Race (1982) TV Episode
It Ain't Half Hot Mum"
- Star Commandos (1980) TV Episode .... The Brigadier
- The BBC Honours Sykes (1979) TV Episode .... Roger
"The Galton & Simpson Playhouse"
- Swap You One of These for One of Those (1977) TV Episode
"Rising Damp"
- The Perfect Gentleman (1975) TV Episode .... Seymour
"Cilla's Comedy Six"
- Every Husband Has One! (1975) TV Episode .... Russell Stanhope
"Doctor in Charge"
- The Merger (1973) TV Episode .... Sir John Pollock
"The Goodies"
- The Lost Island of Munga (1973) TV Episode .... Nasty Person
- The Stolen Musicians (1971) TV Episode .... The Music Master
"The Protectors"
- The Numbers Game (1972) TV Episode .... Frank
- The Public School Murder (1969) TV Episode .... Ward
"The Avengers"
- You'll Catch Your Death (1968) TV Episode .... Maidwell
"Softly Softly"
- The Linkman (1967) TV Episode .... Mortimer
- The Investors (1967) TV Episode .... James Mortimer
"The Saint"
- Flight Plan (1966) TV Episode .... Reeves

"The London Palladium Show"
- Episode #1.2 (1966) TV Episode
"Z Cars"
- A Shame to Take the Money (1965) TV Episode .... Dr. Rourke
- A Simple Case (1963) TV Episode .... Cantle
"Public Eye"
- They Go Off in the End, Like Fruit (1965) TV Episode .... Madely
"Gideon's Way"
- How to Retire Without Really Working (1965) TV Episode .... Mack Martinson
- Wormwood (1963) TV Episode .... The Photographer
"The Odd Man"
- The Sheep 'Neath the Snow (1963) TV Episode .... Drunk


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