Claimed to do theatre work for love, TV for fame and films for money.
Father of Sarah Badel, with his wife, Yvonne.
Was a British paratrooper and liaised with the French Resistance in World War II; being half-French, he did a lot of work behind enemy lines with the Resistance and claimed he had killed several men in hand-to-hand combat.
His World War II skills proved valuable when, many years later, he found two delinquents breaking into his car. When they saw him approach, they produced flick-knives and might have killed him, but he was able to disarm both of them and contrived to break all four of their wrists.
During World War II he served in the British army and took part in the D-Day landings in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Forest.