Bill Dean

Bill Dean was a British actor who was born in Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire. He was born Patrick Anthony Connolly, but took his stage name in honour of Everton football legend William 'Dixie' Dean. After a atring of jobs, it was his work as a Lancashire club comedian that saw him spotted by Ken Loach who gave him his breakthrough role in his TV play The Golden Vision. Famous for his flat but penetrating Scouse tones, Dean went on to star as miserable pensioner Harry Cross in the long running Channel 4 soap Brookside from its inception in 1983 to 1990. He briefly returned to the series in 1999 for three episodes, when his character re-appeared in Brookside Close suffering from Alzheimer's disease and wrongly believing that he still lived there. The same character was the inspiration behind the 1980s group 'Jegsy Dodd and the sons of Harry Cross' who hailed from the Wirral and Dean himself appeared in the video of the Liverpudlian band The Farm's Groovy Train as Cross, who was a former train driver. He did of a heart attack aged 78 in 2000.

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Kes (1970)

A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  David Bradley (v)  •  Freddie Fletcher  •  Lynne Perrie  •  Colin Welland

A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  David Bradley (v)  •  Freddie Fletcher  •  Lynne Perrie  •  Colin Welland

Scum (1979)

This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the 'old hands'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Ray Winstone  •  Mick Ford  •  Julian Firth  •  John Blundell

This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the 'old hands'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Ray Winstone  •  Mick Ford  •  Julian Firth  •  John Blundell

The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

Jane Marple solves the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Hamilton
CAST:  Angela Lansbury  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Tony Curtis  •  Edward Fox

Jane Marple solves the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Hamilton
CAST:  Angela Lansbury  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Tony Curtis  •  Edward Fox

Night Watch (1973)

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Ellen Wheeler, a rich widow, is recovering from a nervous breakdown. One day, while staring out the window, she witnesses a murder. But does anybody believe her?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian G. Hutton
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Laurence Harvey  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Robert Lang

Ellen Wheeler, a rich widow, is recovering from a nervous breakdown. One day, while staring out the window, she witnesses a murder. But does anybody believe her?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian G. Hutton
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Laurence Harvey  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Robert Lang

Gumshoe (1971)

A would be private eye gets mixed up in a smuggling case.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Frank Finlay  •  Janice Rule

A would be private eye gets mixed up in a smuggling case.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Frank Finlay  •  Janice Rule

Priest (1994)

Father Greg Pilkington is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon hearing the confession of a young girl of her incestuous father, Greg enters an intensely ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonia Bird
CAST:  Linus Roache  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Robert Carlyle  •  Cathy Tyson

Father Greg Pilkington is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon hearing the confession of a young girl of her incestuous father, Greg enters an intensely ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonia Bird
CAST:  Linus Roache  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Robert Carlyle  •  Cathy Tyson

Let Him Have It (1991)

In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship leads to their involvement in the true case which would forever shake ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medak
CAST:  Christopher Eccleston  •  Tom Courtenay  •  Paul Reynolds  •  Eileen Atkins

In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship leads to their involvement in the true case which would forever shake ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medak
CAST:  Christopher Eccleston  •  Tom Courtenay  •  Paul Reynolds  •  Eileen Atkins

Roll On Four O'Clock (1970)

Compelling drama from screenwriter Colin Welland set in a city comprehensive school of low expectations and ambitions. Pupil Latimer does not conform to the macho culture and is labeled a homosexual, leading to bullying by both the pupils and some of the teachers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  George A. Cooper  •  Bill Dean  •  Colin Edwynn  •  Frank Heaton

Compelling drama from screenwriter Colin Welland set in a city comprehensive school of low expectations and ambitions. Pupil Latimer does not conform to the macho culture and is labeled a homosexual, leading to bullying by both the pupils and some of the teachers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Battersby
CAST:  George A. Cooper  •  Bill Dean  •  Colin Edwynn  •  Frank Heaton

The Best Pair of Legs in the Business (1973)

Capitalising on his remarkable success in On the Buses, Reg Varney took on the contrasting role of a third-rate holiday camp entertainer dreaming of stardom in this mid-seventies comedy feature. Also starring fellow sitcom favourite Diana Coupland and Lee Montague, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Hodson
CAST:  Reg Varney  •  Diana Coupland  •  Lee Montague  •  Johnny Briggs

Capitalising on his remarkable success in On the Buses, Reg Varney took on the contrasting role of a third-rate holiday camp entertainer dreaming of stardom in this mid-seventies comedy feature. Also starring fellow sitcom favourite Diana Coupland and Lee Montague, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Hodson
CAST:  Reg Varney  •  Diana Coupland  •  Lee Montague  •  Johnny Briggs

Hillsborough (1996)

Drama based on the real life events of April 1989, when ninety-six Liverpool supporters were crushed to death during an F.A. Cup Semi-Final match against Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium. This movie follows three Liverpudlian families ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles McDougall
CAST:  Ricky Tomlinson  •  Christopher Eccleston  •  Maurice Roeves  •  Mark Womack

Drama based on the real life events of April 1989, when ninety-six Liverpool supporters were crushed to death during an F.A. Cup Semi-Final match against Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium. This movie follows three Liverpudlian families ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles McDougall
CAST:  Ricky Tomlinson  •  Christopher Eccleston  •  Maurice Roeves  •  Mark Womack

Family Life (1971)

A young woman, Janice, is living with her restrictive and conservative parents, who lead a dull working-class life and consider their daughter to be “misbehaving” whenever she’s trying to find her own way in life. Family Life is a stark and painful portrait of a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Sandy Ratcliff  •  Bill Dean  •  Grace Cave  •  Michael Riddall

A young woman, Janice, is living with her restrictive and conservative parents, who lead a dull working-class life and consider their daughter to be “misbehaving” whenever she’s trying to find her own way in life. Family Life is a stark and painful portrait of a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Sandy Ratcliff  •  Bill Dean  •  Grace Cave  •  Michael Riddall

The Big Flame (1969)

After a prolonged industrial dispute in the Liverpool Docks, the striking workers reject management demands of a return to work and decide instead to occupy the docks and run the operation themselves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Norman Rossington  •  Godfrey Quigley  •  Peter Kerrigan  •  Ken Jones

After a prolonged industrial dispute in the Liverpool Docks, the striking workers reject management demands of a return to work and decide instead to occupy the docks and run the operation themselves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Norman Rossington  •  Godfrey Quigley  •  Peter Kerrigan  •  Ken Jones

Rising Damp (1980)

Stingy landlord Rigsby manages to scam his lodgers John, an art student, and Philip, an African medical student, making both pay for a room they must share. However Rigsby's favorite lodger, Miss Jones, flirts with Philip rather than him, despite his pitiful ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph McGrath
CAST:  Leonard Rossiter  •  Frances de la Tour  •  Don Warrington  •  Christopher Strauli

Stingy landlord Rigsby manages to scam his lodgers John, an art student, and Philip, an African medical student, making both pay for a room they must share. However Rigsby's favorite lodger, Miss Jones, flirts with Philip rather than him, despite his pitiful ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph McGrath
CAST:  Leonard Rossiter  •  Frances de la Tour  •  Don Warrington  •  Christopher Strauli

Slayground (1983)

Stone (Peter Coyote) hits an armored truck without his usual driver. The ensuing getaway leads to the death of an innocent. The payback is swift and brutal. The wronged father hires a twisted, sociopathic assassin to avenge his loss. One by one the offenders are ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Bedford
CAST:  Peter Coyote  •  Mel Smith  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Philip Sayer

Stone (Peter Coyote) hits an armored truck without his usual driver. The ensuing getaway leads to the death of an innocent. The payback is swift and brutal. The wronged father hires a twisted, sociopathic assassin to avenge his loss. One by one the offenders are ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Bedford
CAST:  Peter Coyote  •  Mel Smith  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Philip Sayer

Skallagrigg (1994)

Back in the 'bad old days' when the physically and mentally disabled were locked away in institutions a legend grew of someone who could stand up to the authorities and help them. This charming story is how a group of disabled people went to chase that legend. To ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Spence
CAST:  Bernard Hill  •  Kerry Noble  •  Karl Purden  •  Tom Tomalin

Back in the 'bad old days' when the physically and mentally disabled were locked away in institutions a legend grew of someone who could stand up to the authorities and help them. This charming story is how a group of disabled people went to chase that legend. To ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Spence
CAST:  Bernard Hill  •  Kerry Noble  •  Karl Purden  •  Tom Tomalin

Brookside: Friday the 13th (1998)

There is trouble a-plenty in store for the Corkhill clan in this video-only special. Series creator Phil Redmond has returned to pen a dramatic script which follows on from a weekend special.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Summers
CAST:  Sue Johnston  •  Dean Sullivan  •  George Christopher Wilson  •  Claire Sweeney

There is trouble a-plenty in store for the Corkhill clan in this video-only special. Series creator Phil Redmond has returned to pen a dramatic script which follows on from a weekend special.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Summers
CAST:  Sue Johnston  •  Dean Sullivan  •  George Christopher Wilson  •  Claire Sweeney

The Golden Vision (1968)

The obsessive supporters of Everton FC forsake wives, families and God to follow their beloved team. Meanwhile, the club and its players try to live up to their expectations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Bill Dean  •  Neville Smith  •  Ken Jones  •  Joey Kaye

The obsessive supporters of Everton FC forsake wives, families and God to follow their beloved team. Meanwhile, the club and its players try to live up to their expectations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Bill Dean  •  Neville Smith  •  Ken Jones  •  Joey Kaye

The Rank and File (1971)

Ken Loach production for The Wednesday Play; a fictionalised account of the Pilkingtons Glass strike in St Helens, 1970.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Peter Kerrigan  •  Neville Smith  •  Bill Dean  •  Tommy Summers

Ken Loach production for The Wednesday Play; a fictionalised account of the Pilkingtons Glass strike in St Helens, 1970.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Peter Kerrigan  •  Neville Smith  •  Bill Dean  •  Tommy Summers

After A Lifetime (1971)

Ken Loach's first production for ITV, shown under the 'Sunday Night Theatre' strand (originally broadcast 18th July 1971). After a Lifetime is something of a neglected, social realist masterpiece that focuses on two brothers, brought together by the death of their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Bill Dean  •  Peter Kerrigan  •  Johnny Gee

Ken Loach's first production for ITV, shown under the 'Sunday Night Theatre' strand (originally broadcast 18th July 1971). After a Lifetime is something of a neglected, social realist masterpiece that focuses on two brothers, brought together by the death of their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Bill Dean  •  Peter Kerrigan  •  Johnny Gee

Speech Day (1973)

Speech Day is a bit of a laugh if you are not one of nature's prize-winners. But now that they've finished with school and school with them, what comes next for Ronnie, Wally and Rob?  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Goldschmidt
CAST:  John Forbes-Robertson  •  Geoff Tomlinson  •  Bill Dean  •  Brian Glover

Speech Day is a bit of a laugh if you are not one of nature's prize-winners. But now that they've finished with school and school with them, what comes next for Ronnie, Wally and Rob?  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Goldschmidt
CAST:  John Forbes-Robertson  •  Geoff Tomlinson  •  Bill Dean  •  Brian Glover
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