George A Cooper obituary

Character actor who played countless roles as shadowy figures in television series over 40 years

The brilliant character actor George A Cooper, who has died aged 93, is particularly remembered for portrayals of the dodgy businessman Willy Piggott in Coronation Street between 1964 and 1971; Billy Liar’s dad in the television sitcom of Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall’s novel and play in 1973; and the grumpy caretaker, Mr Griffiths, in Grange Hill between 1985 and 1991.

Balding, saturnine, slightly threatening, with piercing dark eyes and a robust sandpaper vocal delivery, Cooper was a striking presence in all three roles – and as countless other authoritarian and shadowy figures on just about every major television series over 40 years, from Dixon of Dock Green and The Avengers through Taggart, Casualty and Heartbeat.

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