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    Senior Member Country: UK ADMIRAL's Avatar
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    I was very saddened to discover today that the comedy actor Roland MacLeod had died on 3 April. During the late 1970's and 80's he appeared variously with Marty Feldman, Dicky Emery and Leonard Rossiter (he played the advertising executive Morris Coates in "The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin"), plus had a fair innings on "Coronation Street", as well as numerous other TV shows. He also appeared in the film "A Fish Called Wanda" with John Cleese. Roland was my English and drama teacher at school on the Isle of Wight in the early to mid 60's, and he was truly inspirational to me, encouraging my love of the theatre which was instrumental in the ensuing 40 year involvement I've had in that field and in the arts more widely. He left teaching in the late 60's and immediately became an actor, a development which came as no surprise to those who knew him. He had natural comedic abilities, and essentially he was a lovely man who made people laugh - not a bad epitaph to have. I kept in touch with him over the years and last autumn he phoned me out of the blue to say he'd like to meet up: sadly I couldn't make it, but now, of course, wish like anything that I had. God bless you, Roland.

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    Senior Member Country: Australia wadsy's Avatar
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    He seemed to be on the telly all the time in the 70's. A marvellous character.

    R.I.P. Roland.

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