January 2, 2017


Alfie Bass (1921-1987) b. London, England.

Alfie Bass

Diminutive Londoner often seen in cockney and/or Jewish ‘cloth cap’ roles, he lurked under a cloak of anonymity until his co-starring part as one of The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) brought his name to the public’s attention. Later he tackled weightier roles, although almost always in the same vein as that in which he had started. Less often seen in films after 1958, following his creation of the malingering soldier ‘Bootsie’ who appeared in two long-running TV series, The Army Game and Bootsie and Snudge.

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