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As Harry Wharton in Billy Bunter - aged 14 years
Second left, with Gerald Campion as Billy Bunter                                                 (middle)
ANTHONY VALENTINE - THE DEFINITIVE A.J. RAFFLES
ESCAPE TO ATHENA, 1979
RAFFLES, 1977
JUSTICE 1974
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RAFFLES 1977
Billy Bunter - Backing Up Bunter
CODENAME 1970
AS GARARD  IN THRILLER
THE CRAZY KILL 1975, WITH JUAN MORENO.
AS GARARD  IN THRILLER, THE CRAZY KILL 1975.
AS GARARD  IN THRILLER, THE CRAZY KILL 1975.
Coronation Street - article in The  Sun
BARON GRUNER - SHERLOCK HOLMES
The Toff from Blackburn's Cobbles
Interesting article about Anthony' s boyhood in Blackburn, Lancashire.
   Anthony Valentine - Coronation Street

The Stage
The Mill At Sonning
 ANTHONY VALENTINE


Anthony Valentine was born on August 17, 1939, at Blackburn in Lancashire, England.  His parents, William and Mary (nee Walsh) moved to London when he was four and he had what he describes as an 'intermittent' education between theatrical work, studying at the Valerie Glynne School and Acton County Grammar School.  His first professional appearance was at the age of ten, in a film entitled No Way Back. At eleven, he was working regularly for BBC Television;  one of his earliest roles was that of Harry Wharton in that most famous of children's serials Billy Bunter.  The same year he sang at Sadler's Wells in a season of Italian Opera.  He also appeared in such programmes as Vice VersaChildren Of The New Forest, and Whirligig.  At thirteen came his first major film role and at sixteen he made his first appearance in the West End of London.



Throughout his teenage years he continued to work extensively in Radio, Television, Film and Theatre around the country. Since then he has starred in many television series. He played A.J. Raffles in the Yorkshire TV series Raffles, Major Mohn in Colditz, Toby Meres in Callan, and starred with Margaret Lockwood in Justice. He did three series of The Knock as George Webster, Body and Soul for Carlton, The Commander for Lynda La Plante and for Columbia Tri-Star in Los Angeles The Fifth Corner. Other series include CodenameWaking The DeadJudge John DeedMinderSherlock HolmesHannay, RidersAfter The WarRobin Of Sherwood The House of ElliotLovejoy and An Age Of Kings.  Anthony played Sir Laurence Olivier's son Erhart in Olivier's first television drama, Henrik Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman. 



Other television includes Dangerous Corner, Ivor Novello's The Dancing Years and New Tricks. His films include Jefferson in ParisMasada, Escape to AthenaTo The Devil A DaughterPerformance, Agatha Christie's Murder is Easy, The TerroristThe Dirty DozenFatal MissionAmerican CuisineThe Monster ClubThe Damnedand Two Men Went to War.  He has appeared in many television programs, most recently in Coronation StreetThe Commander, Heartbeat, Poirot and numerous other television programs.



His first West End theatre work includes Hans Andersen at the Palladium, Sleuth, No Sex Please, We're British, Half A SixpenceTwo Stars For ComfortThe Platinum Cat and The Shifting Heart. At the Royal Court Theatre he appeared in the London premieres of Arnold Wesker's Chicken Soup With Barley in which he played Ronnie, and Anne Jellicoe's The Sport Of My Mad Mother. Anthony was last in the West End at Wyndham's Theatre in Art and at The Lyric Hammersmith in The White Devil. He also wrote and directed The Waiting Game at The Mill at Sonning and  appeared there in Separate Tables.  He also directed Michael Frayne's Alphabetical Order for the Mill. His latest television roles are in an episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot and a further episode of The Commander in which he reprised his role of Commissioner Edward Sumpter.  He has also appeared as Jimmy Vincent in ITV's The Last DetectiveNuremburg and directed The Heiress at The Mill at Sonning (March, 2008), and Neil Simon' Plaza Suite, also at The Mill at Sonning (August/September, 2008).  More information about this production may be found at the links below.


Anthony is married to the actress Susan Skipper whom he met whilst filming the 1976 version of The Dancing Years and who subsequently appeared in 'The First Step', the first episode of Raffles to be filmed after the pilot episode of the series.  They were married in July, 1982.

Anthony died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Wednesday, 2nd December, 2015 after a two year battle with Parkinson's Disease.  Mr Webster, his agent, described him as "brilliant" and "talented".

"In 2012 he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In spite of this diagnosis his sense of humour never failed him and he continued to live a full and happy life," he added.

Valentine's wife, the actress Susan Skipper, said: "Tony was my best friend and it was a privilege to know, love and care for him."
He is also registered with Advoice at 

http://www.advoice.co.uk/


http://www.fanmail.biz/45349.html 
AS MAJOR MOHN IN COLDITZ 1974
JUSTICE
WITH ALEXANDRA BASTEDO WITH WHOM HE APPEARED IN CODENAME, 1970
THE AVENGERS - THE BIRD WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, 1967
THE HOUSE OF ELIOTT 1991
TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED 1982
WITH HONOR BLACKMAN IN 'TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER' 1976.
WITH MARGARET LOCKWOOD, PATRICK MOWER AND ROBIN NEDWILL IN WHODUNNIT (1973)
WITH EDWARD WOODWARD IN CALLAN (1974)
WITH CELIA GREGORY IN THE DANCING YEARS (1976)
WITH HIS WIFE, THE ACTRESS SUSAN SKIPPER and RADIO HOST DAVID HAMILTON AT SANDOWN PARK VARIETY CLUB DAY, AUGUST 2005.  (Photograph by Alan Williams)
'Our Revels Now are Ended'


Our revels now are ended. These our actors, 
As I foretold you, were all spirits and 
Are melted into air, into thin air: 
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, 
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, 
The solemn temples, the great globe itself, 
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve 
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, 
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff 
As dreams are made on, and our little life 
Is rounded with a sleep. 


William Shakespeare 
 The Tempest, Act 4 Scene 1 
Anthony Valentine 17/8/1939 - 2/12/2015.
.http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34982684
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/yorkshire-living/arts/theatre-and-tv/colditz-and-raffles-star-anthony-valentine-dies-age-76-1-7603511
http://www.contactmusic.com/news/actor-anthony-valentine-dies-at-76_5050318
WINNER OF THE BEST DRESSED MAN, 1975.
JUSTICE
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/actor-anthony-valentine-dies-aged-76/
Daily Telegraph Obituary
The Guardian Obituary
RAFFLES
The Independent Obituary
Thwaites Empire Theatre Chairman Interview
WITH HIS  WIFE, THE ACTRESS SUSAN SKIPPER               IN THE DANCING YEARS, 1976 
Sunday Express Lives Remembered - Obituary
Obituary