George Cole

Actor + Veteran + Military Person
Born Apr 22, 1925

George Edward Cole, OBE is a veteran British film and television actor whose successful career has spanned over 70 years in show business. He is probably best known as portraying Arthur Daley in the long-running ITV hit drama show Minder and Flash Harry in the early St Trinian's films.… Read More

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  • D.A.: Bell Paid For Mayor's Hair Plugs, Councilman's Weight Loss Camp
    LATimes - Nov 07, 2013
  • Bigger Fish To Fry
    Huffington Post - Mar 21, 2013
  • Verdict Reached In Bell Corruption Case
    Huffington Post - Mar 20, 2013
  • Ultimate Defense For Financial Crime: I'm Ignorant & Illiterate
    Huffington Post - Feb 22, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of George Cole.


1925 Birth Born on April 22, 1925.


1944 19 Years Old His career was interrupted by his National service in the Royal Air Force from 1944 to 1947, where he was temporarily a radio operator. … Read More


1951 26 Years Old Cole appeared with Alastair Sim in Scrooge (as the young Scrooge) in 1951, also in this film had had a scene with fellow actor Patrick Macnee who played the young Jacob Marley. Coincidentally, George and Patrick died within 6 weeks of each other in 2015. … Read More


1978 53 Years Old …  He also made a guest appearance as Mr Downs, a bank manager, in a 1978 episode of the sitcom The Good Life, performed in the presence of the Queen.
1979 54 Years Old His best remembered television role was as the crooked used-car dealer Arthur Daley in the popular and successful Thames Television series Minder, which he played from 1979 to the show's conclusion in 1994. … Read More


1992 67 Years Old He was invested as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1992. … Read More
2013 88 Years Old His autobiography, The World Was My Lobster, was published in 2013.
2015 90 Years Old Cole died at the age of 90 on 5 August 2015 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Berkshire, after a short illness. … Read More
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