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    Once seen, never forgotten...........



    I know Harryaitch has a nice piece about this guy on his website, but I'm not sure aitch has a got a picture of him.



    He's possibly the greatest Unspeaking Extra in British movie history. I thought others might be interested in tracking him down on this forum. One of his most starry appearances has got to be this one, with Patrick McGoohan and John Fraser.



    So I've snagged a few stills off my telly with my digital camera, to pinpoint who Fred was. He must have been active between the early Sixties -I know for a fact he is seen riding a motorbike (without a helmet) in The Leather Boys - and the Nineties - because he is the guy reading the broadsheet newspaper in an early scene of Withnail & I. He once told me (when I knew him socially) that he was in a Bond movie with Roger Moore. He's in tons of telly too.



    So, if anyone can snag him from their collections and post an image, maybe we can tell the story of perhaps a king of those guys without whom the movies would not have been the same........... (Aitch having occasional dialogue, being in a different class of course )



    Bear in mind, I've snagged Fred in about 1964. By 1984 (when I shared a bar with him), those skeletal features were even more unmissable...........







    Click on this one to expand the image:






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    How nice to see Fred on Britmovie, I worked with Fred quite a lot in the 60's 70's.

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    Here's Fred, spotted in the opening scene of 'Dracula, Prince of Darkness', the other night.











    Good job my camera was to hand.....



    He's the one on the left by the way..................

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    I have to tell this story from my web page.......Fred Woods......Legend....





    We made three or four Hammer style horror movies in the next couple of months and, never mind your Peter Cushing�s or your Christopher Lee�s, there was only one man with the title of ��Horror King�� that was the Supporting Artist known as the original Angry Villager, Mr Fred Woods... (Burn the witch Fred we called him)

    Fred had been in the business all his life man and cub.

    He was as thin as a rake. (I�ve seen more meat on a jockey�s whip) and a set of teeth like a row of dog ends�

    Now what he lacked in the upper body he had more than his share in the nether regions. (Now I�ve never seen it but people tell me it would have put Clark Gable to shame)

    Fred would always play tramps even when he had his Sunday best on. He told me wonderful stories about the film game and probably got more work than anyone else.

    He liked a pint or three and I would sit and listen to him all day. When he retired a few years ago he was never to be replaced as the BEST character Supporting Artist.

    He told me of one job when the Director of the film he was working on asked him if he would ��pee�� on the fire during the scene� (There�d be an extra tenner in his pay) Fred was dressed as a tramp and said ��Of course he would��

    The shot�s lined up and the Director shouts ��ACTION��

    Fred saunters up to the fire and starts to take the old chap out. Now before he begins to ��pee�� the Director shouts ��CUT��

    He speaks to Fred and tells him ��In the next take Fred, just take half of it out��

    I wish you well Fred Woods�

    EDIT�����

    I have just received a note from Mr Eric Kent��..4th Sept 2003�



    Mr Fred Woods has passed away.. God bless you Fred, you are already missed.

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    Not quite sure why, but my post above seems to have lost the image-link. If a moderator can repair it, here is the picture link again




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    I had a sixth sense that Fred would be in Robbery.......... so scoured the likely places he would be in, during last night's screening.......



    I knew he wouldn't be in the casino scenes...... .........



    maybe the prison............ ............



    Aha! Footie!! And whilst not quite the starring role he had with Patrick McGoohan........ Fred was with Stanley Baker at The 'ammers..........



    I've enlarged Fred, just for any doubters...........




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    We're still talking about you Fred............God bless..............



    Aitch,

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    I've been waiting for Withnail and I to come on telly again.



    Here's Fred's close-up in the opening egg-butty scene.







    Withnail was made in 1986 and this was around the same time that I used to share hazy, lager-fuelled evenings with Fred, but whilst I distinctly recall him mentioning Roger Moore and what a nice chap he was, I cannot recall any mention of this *contemporary* strange comedy movie he had also done - with a guy who could almost compete with Fred himself for gauntness.....




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    Fred is still number one extra in my book.....



    Aitch,

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    Very sorry to hear that Fred has passed away, and Harry he was the no 1 extra, the last time I spoke to Fred he was saying that he wasn't getting much work, well I noticed he had his old teeth out and replaced with a brand new set, it altered his image that much I think that is when the work stopped. God Bless You Fred, we are all going to miss you.

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    Watching a made in 1958 episode of The Invisible Man online today
    Invisible Man - The Decoy 1959 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
    I'm pretty sure I spotted Fred in what must have been one of his very earliest appearances.

    Typically, he's seen downing a pint, but then perhaps less typically - leaving the pub...


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    Hello all,

    Iti s probably worth pointing out, that, like Aitch Fielder, Mr. Wood also appears in Star Wars--A New Hope. He is listed on IMDb as "cantina patron," but rather more unflatteringly on a production costume sheet as one of several "Local Ugly Men." Now my question is, does anyone know precisely who he played? I rather believe he plays the pipe smoking person at the bar (known to fandom as Dannik Jerriko), who is most clearly seen right after Alec Guiness cuts the alien's arm off with his light-sabre. He could also be one of the background extras seen milling about the cantina.

    This is my first post here, and I hope you don't mind my poking my head in amongst all the senor members and putting this in. It is great to see a site that pays homage to all the familiar faces that lurk around the edges of the movies we love.

    Best regards,

    Dave Wright

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveWright72 View Post
    This is my first post here, and I hope you don't mind my poking my head in
    Of all the Threads in all the forum, I'm glad to see you in this one. Fred is also in at least one of the Roger Moore Bonds because I recall him telling me what a nice guy Mr. Moore was. Unfortunately I've not spotted Fred in one so far; my attention does tend to wander during the Bond movie marathons I'm afraid. It wouldn't surprise me to find him in more than one.

    I've just got a reason to watch Star Wars IV (formerly known more modestly as Star Wars) more carefully, next time it's on TV however.

    Fred wouldn't need any prosthetic assistance..... or so 'arry has testified....


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    Thanks for the nice welcome--now I've got an excuse to watch all the Moore Bonds again! I do seem to remember seeing his gauntness in the background of one of them...

    Episode IV (or whatever moniker you would like to give it) has a lot of familiar faces to look for (Salo Gardner, Guy Standeven, Aitch of course). Too bad so few of them have received proper credit. Even tried writing to Lucasfilm to get copies of call sheets or soemthing that would properly ID them, but alas, no luck. Still fun to search, though!!

    Now if someone ever spots Mr. Wood in the Cantina, let us know!!

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    Fred does get a lovely close up in The Professionals "Take Away" I think the episode is called.
    It is true his name is on the production paperwork for Star Wars for the Cantina, but he's not the Smoker - that was Roy Staite. With the unique face he had, I can't see them hiding it away under a mask, so maybe he couldn't do the film? Who was Guy Standeven in Star Wars?
    Cheers
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    Hello Lee,

    Thanks for your response. I'm pretty sure Fred Wood is in the film, but just haven't definitively spotted him yet. The scene was reshot later to add more aliens, so the human extras got rather psuhed to the background.

    As for Roy Staite, where did you get the information that he played the Smoker? I am not arguing, just curious. The only other source I have seen mentioning him in the cantina says this is him:



    When I mentioned Guy Standeven, I was actually picturing Reg Thomason. Thomason plays one of the controllers at the Rebel headquarters during the final attack on the Death Star. I know Guy Standeven was in A New Hope, but am not quite sure where. I beleive he is one of the various officers on the Death Star, but can't confirm. At this stage, every extra in the film looks familiar to me!

    Best regards,

    Dave W

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    Dave, welcome to the show....
    I worked with Fred for thirty years and if you watch the horror films you'll find him..
    Great guy and funny man.....Bless you Fred....

    Aitch,

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    Thank you sir! As others have said, once he's seen you start noticing him everywhere!

    Dave W

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    Hello Dave,

    Roy was a Ballet teacher at a stage school in Romford. To cut a long story short, my friend wrote to him there and found out he was in the Cantina scene (He's since left and they have no forwarding address for him - I missed getting him too!), but on their website under 1977 there is a photo of Roy tall, thin, with dark hair - looks like the smoker to me if you take away the prosthetic nose he wore for the film.
    HPA Timeline - About Hewitt Performing Arts Limited.

    I posted the link as I'm not able to take their photo.
    I agree how so many of the extras look familiar but just can't place them, thanks to Aitch and fellows like him for pointing us in the right direction and if they can help they always do!
    Hopefully, to keep the thread on Fred (was it Wood or Woods?) here's the close up from The Professionals episode Take Away.


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    Thanks for that link--that has to be him! Greatly appreciate being able to put another name to a face. Sorry to derail this thread from all things Fred.

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