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Born: January 29, 1930, Ealing
Died: March 07, 2006 (age 76), Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Biography: John Francis Junkin was an English radio, television and film actor and scriptwriter. In 1960 Junkin joined Joan Littlewood's Stratford East Theatre Workshop, and played the lead in the original production of Sparrers Can't Sing. A few years later he joined the Royal Court Theatre company and... MORE
Biography: John Francis Junkin was an English radio, television and film actor and scriptwriter. In 1960 Junkin joined Joan Littlewood's Stratford East Theatre Workshop, and played the lead in the original production of Sparrers Can't Sing. A few years later he joined the Royal Court Theatre company and was the foil to Tony Hancock in some of Hancock's last work for British television. He played a diverse range of roles on the small screen; however he is best remembered for his comedy roles, and his appearances as a television quiz master. Worldwide filmgoers will remember him best for playing "Shake", the assistant to Norman Rossington, in the Beatles film A Hard Day's Night. In comedy roles, Junkin was rarely short of work, on account of his outstanding ability to play the stony-faced symbol of low level, petty-minded and unquestioning authority, whether the army sergeant, police constable or site foreman. One of his rare leading roles was in the BBC series The Rough with the Smooth, in which he and Tim Brooke-Taylor played comedy writers. He also hosted his own afternoon television series in the mid-1970s. Entitled simply Junkin, it was produced by Southern Television for the ITV network. LESS
Available on DVD from www.digitalclassics.co.uk and all major retailers. Trailer from the fantastic early British comedy from Graham Stark that features cameos from the like of Peter Sellers, Michael Caine and Morecambe and Wise. Two handymen (Graham Stark and John Junkin) cause chaos on a new crane whilst haphazardly trying to accomplish jobs for their ever more frustrated boss. This silent comedy features a host of cameos from the likes of Peter Sellers, Michael Caine, Bob Monkhouse, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. Simon, Simon is a classic sound effect comedy that sits with the likes of similarly praised titles such as The Plank, Futtocks End and Rhubarb Rhubarb. CAST GRAHAM STARK JULIA FOSTER NORMAN ROSSINGTON JOHN JUNKIN PAUL WHITSUN-JONES AUDREY NICHOLSON KENNETH EARLE TOMMY GODFREY With TONY BLACKBURN MICHAEL CAINE DAVID HEMMINGS BOB MONKHOUSE ERIC MORECAMBE PETER MURRAY PETER SELLERS BERNIE WINTERS ERNIE WISE
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