George Cole
George Cole
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.
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D.A.: Bell paid for mayor's hair plugs, councilman's weight-loss camp
LATimes - over 3 years
The city of Bell paid $10,000 for former councilman George Cole to go to a weight-loss camp and also paid for Mayor Oscar Hernandez to get hair plugs, prosecutors said Thursday.
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Bigger Fish To Fry
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES -- The jurors who convicted five former city councilors of stealing taxpayer dollars from a struggling Los Angeles suburb that became a national symbol of political greed were told repeatedly that the scheme's real villain was a man not even in court. The defendants, their lawyers and even some prosecution witnesses said the true mastermind who put in place the scheme that bilked the city of Bell out of $5.5 million was disgraced former City Manager Robert Rizzo. He is expected to face his own trial on similar charges later this year. In the end, legal experts said, making Rizzo the villain may have had some impact on Wednesday's mixed verdict in which Bell's former mayor and four former City Council members were convicted of 21 counts of misappropriating public funds but found not guilty of 21 other counts. A sixth former council member was acquitted of all charges. Jurors, meanwhile, deadlocked on about half of the more than 80 counts prosecutors ...
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Verdict Reached In Bell Corruption Case
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES — Five former elected officials of the tiny California city of Bell were convicted Wednesday of multiple counts of misappropriation of public funds, and a sixth defendant was cleared entirely. Former Mayor Oscar Hernandez and co-defendants Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal, George Cole and Victor Belo were all convicted of multiple counts and acquitted of others. The charges against them involved paying themselves inflated salaries of up to $100,000 a year in the city of 36,000 people, where one in four residents live below the poverty line. An audit by the state controller's office previously found the city had illegally raised property taxes, business license fees and other sources of revenue to pay the salaries. The office ordered the money repaid. The guilty findings were related to appointment of the defendants to the Solid Waste and Recycling Authority. The board was one of several that prosecutors said council members appointed each other to i ...
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Ultimate Defense For Financial Crime: I'm Ignorant & Illiterate
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES — The unschooled and illiterate former mayor of the scandal-ridden suburban city of Bell had no training that would have alerted him that his huge salary was illegal, his lawyer told a jury in closing arguments Thursday. Former Mayor Oscar Hernandez didn't have a college or high school degree and didn't even finish elementary school, defense attorney Stanley Friedman said at the corruption trial. Hernandez is among six former Bell city officials charged with misappropriating funds. He was earning just under $100,000 a year for the part-time job. Friedman argued that financial advisers hired by the city could have informed Hernandez that salaries being paid to council members were illegal, but no one did that. "They didn't say, `Stop in the name of the law. These salaries are illegal,'" he said. Hernandez, former vice mayor Teresa Jacobo and former council members George Cole, George Mirabal, Victor Bello and Luis Artiga are facing charges of m ...
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'Somebody Just Made This Up Out Of The Blue'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
LOS ANGELES — A half dozen former officials of a scandal-ridden Southern California city heard a prosecutor paint them as thieves Thursday. But their lawyers told jurors in their trial that they were tireless workers for the good of the community of Bell. Defense attorneys said their clients are being wrongly blamed for the misdeeds of a city manager who ripped off the city treasury for millions and a city attorney who never advised them they were giving themselves illegally huge salaries. Ronald Kaye, who represents former council member George Cole, said Robert Rizzo kept council members in the dark about what was going on as he systematically enriched himself at the expense of citizens. "When he ripped off this city and these council members, he duped them," Kay said. He depicted Cole as a dedicated resident of the small blue-collar community who worked for new schools and other benefits. If he was paid $70,000 a year for a part-time job, he said, "He bel ...
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Disgraced City Officials Go To Trial In Massive Corruption Case
Huffington Post - about 4 years
LOS ANGELES -- Six former officials of the scandal-ridden city of Bell go on trial this week in a massive corruption case that nearly bankrupted the Los Angeles suburb. The former mayor and vice mayor and four former City Council members are charged with misappropriation of public funds in a 20-count felony complaint. Prosecutors accuse the six of looting the city's treasury in order to pay themselves exorbitant salaries. The complaint says sham commissions were created to enrich the defendants. Two major figures in the scam are not part of this trial. Former City Manager Robert Rizzo and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia are scheduled to be tried separately. They have been accused of making millions while hiking taxes and fees for residents in the modest, blue-collar suburb where many live in poverty. Jury selection begins Tuesday and the trial is scheduled to last seven weeks. Key witnesses are expected to be former city employees and officials who dis ...
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Two and a half years later, ex-Bell officials to stand trial
LATimes - about 4 years
Six former Bell City Council members accused in a widespread corruption case that left the L.A. County town on the cusp of bankruptcy are expected to go on trial later this month, a Superior Court judge said Thursday. Judge Kathleen Kennedy said during a hearing Thursday that she thought the trial would start Jan. 24, according to Stanley L. Friedman, attorney for defendant Oscar Hernandez, the city's former mayor. Estimates are that the trial will last a month, possibly two. The other defendants are George Cole, Luis Artiga, George Mirabal, Victor Bello and Teresa Jacobo. The six are accused of being paid for attending meetings of city boards, such as the Surplus Property Authority and the Public Finance Authority, that met seldom if ever, and then only for a minute or two. As a result,  council members earned nearly $100,000 a year for part-time jobs running a city with fewer  than 40,000 people. Prospective jurors will fill out questionnaires Jan. 15, and jury select ...
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16 Awesome Charts On The Olympics From Goldman Sachs
Business Insider - over 4 years
The London Olympics are just over 2 weeks away. At this point many fan are already  wondering about the medal tallies. While others ware wondering about the economic impact of this colossal sporting event. We pulled 17 charts from a new Goldman Sachs report that projects the outcome and economic impact of London Olympics. Over the past 10 Olympics, the host nation has won 54% more medals on average than in years when it did not host Note: Goldman analysts Kevin Daly, José Ursúa, Kamakshya Trivedi, Hui Shan, Thomas Stolper, Constantin Burgi, Francesco Garzarelli, George Cole, Andrew Benito, Huw Pill, Tim Toohey, Yu Song, Michael Buchanan, Alberto Ramos all contributed to the note. Being a rich country helps you win medals. Being the host country helps even more. These effects vary by sport Note: Goldman analysts Kevin Daly, José Ursúa, Kamakshya Trivedi, Hui Shan, Thomas Stolper, Constantin Burgi, Francesco Garzarelli, George Cole, Andrew Benito, Huw Pill, Tim Toohe ...
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Innovative Blues, Jazz Guitarist Dies At 68
Huffington Post - over 4 years
CHICAGO -- Pete Cosey, an innovative guitarist who brought his distinctive distorted sound to recordings with Miles Davis, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, has died, his daughter said. He was 68. Cosey died May 30 of complications from surgery at Vanguard Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, said his daughter Mariama Cosey. Pete Cosey's musical journey began early, his daughter said, noting that Cosey's father died when he was 9 years old. "That's how he dealt with his father's passing ... and if I had to pick one instance in his life that just really rocked his world, that was it," she said. "I think he tried to spend his time trying to communicate with my granddaddy." In the 1960s, Cosey was a member of the studio band at Chess Records in Chicago, where he played on Waters' "Electric Mud" and Howlin' Wolf's "Howlin' Wolf Album." Cosey also worked with Etta James and Chuck Berry. He took a creative approach to stringing and tuning his guitars, and liberally ...
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Documentary on Montana’s marijuana debate to be shown
Montana Watch Dog - almost 5 years
The newly produced documentary film, “Code of the West” — telling the emotional story of the state’s medical marijuana political debate — will screen in four Montana communities this month. Screenings and post-screening panel discussions with high-profile figures from both sides of the political debate are to be held in Missoula, Bozeman, Helena and Billings the weeks of May 13 and 20. “Code of the West” documents the 2011 Montana Legislature as it debates marijuana regulation and repeal of the Medical Marijuana Initiative that Montana voters passed in 2004. It follows key figures on each side of the debate. “While the film follows a story that is unique and specific to Montana, this political debate and its implications are relevant nationwide,” said Rebecca Richman Cohen, Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker and director, producer and writer of the film.   As of March 31, the Montana Marijuana Program under the Department of Public Health and Human Services reported 11,993 medical m ...
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Bell buys its way to a made-for-TV remake
Financial Post - almost 5 years
Led by CEO George Cope, Bell is now a freewheeling juggernaut. Television and mobile services have boomed to become the company’s biggest businesses, while the telephone’s demise goes on
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Landscape painters
The News - almost 5 years
On this day in 1833 George Vicat Cole, landscape painter, was born in Portsmouth to George Cole and Eliza Vicat.
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Council votes down proposed cuts to land-use fees - Delmarva Now
Google News - over 5 years
"We're not going to lose just a little bit more -- we're going to lose substantially more," said Councilman George Cole, R-Ocean View. Councilwoman Joan Deaver, who had initially supported the idea of cutting fees, also voted against it,
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Clean up on Saco - WCSH-TV
Google News - over 5 years
The Saco River Recreation Council organizes the clean up twice a year. George Cole, who owns a campground along the river, says the Saco River is one of Maine's cleanest and sunny days like Saturday help to remind everyone to treat the environment with
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Kansas 4-H members sharpen skills, compete in livestock sweepstakes - CattleNetwork.com
Google News - over 5 years
The top five teams were: 1) Scott County – Chris Davis, Luke Minnix, Aubrey Davis, and Kiersten Scott; 2) Bourbon County – Drew George, Cole George, Katelyn Vincent, Chase Gleason; 3) Montgomery County – Ty Wood, Josie Reilly, Adam Lattin,
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Orinda Jazz Festival plays off success of recent Moraga fest - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - over 5 years
... the Orinda Jazz Festival will showcase two-time Grammy winner Mads Tolling on the violin; Frank Martin, keyboardist for Sting and Al Jarreau, among others; and the entire George Cole Quintet with gypsy jazz guitarist Cole in the lead
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Sussex council rejects plan to cut land-use fees - Bethany Beach Wave
Google News - over 5 years
"We're not going to lose just a little bit more -- we're going to lose substantially more," said Councilman George Cole, R-Ocean View. Councilwoman Joan Deaver, who had initially supported the idea of cutting fees, also voted against it,
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Water district taps Google for good coverage - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
The Times reported in June on contracts totaling more than $2 million the district awarded to a nonprofit run by George Cole, a former Bell city councilman charged with public corruption. And in recent months some local politicians have called for a
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Bell 8 to ask for criminal charges to be tossed out - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
Daniel Nixon, the attorney for former Bell Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo, said there is no proof that any of the accused -- including former council members Luis Artiga, Victor Bello, George Cole and George Mirabal and Rizzo's former assistant Angela
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Charm Hair Salon's Book Signing For Local Author George Cole Is Sept. 10 - The B-Town Blog (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Charm Hair Salon will be hosting a book signing event from 2 – 5 pm on Saturday, Sept. 10th with local Author George Matthew Cole, whose book 'Colt O'Brien Sees The Light' is set in Burien. Artwork will also be exhibited during the signing
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of George Cole
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 89
    Cole died at the age of 90 on 5 August 2015 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Berkshire, after a short illness.
    More Details Hide Details His funeral took place at Reading Crematorium on 13 August. The Minder theme song was played and Cole's Minder co-star Dennis Waterman gave a eulogy.
  • 2013
    Age 87
    His autobiography, The World Was My Lobster, was published in 2013.
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  • 1992
    Age 66
    He was invested as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details He resided for over 70 years in Stoke Row, Oxfordshire.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1979
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to this, he had played a struggling writer in the BBC sitcom Don't Forget To Write! (1977–79). He also played Sir Giles Lynchwood in the BBC's adaptation of the Tom Sharpe novel Blott on the Landscape (1985). Cole starred in a number of comedies, such as The Bounder (1982–83), Comrade Dad (1984–86), Dad (1997–98) and My Good Friend (1995–96). Cole was cast in the crime-horror film Road Rage as Cyril; it awaits release. he played an arsonist in an episode of "Gideon's Way" called 'Firebug' Cole was married twice, first to actress Eileen Moore (1954–1962, divorced) and then to actress Penny Morrell (1967–2015, his death). Cole had four children, two from each marriage. His son with Eileen Moore, Cris Cole, is a screenwriter for film and television.
  • 1978
    Age 52
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1951
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His best known film role was as "Flash Harry" in the St Trinian's films (two of which also star Sim), and in the comedy Too Many Crooks (1959). He also starred in the film Take Me High (1973) alongside Cliff Richard and Deborah Watling. He was known for his lead role in the radio comedy A Life of Bliss (1953–69) in which he played an amiable but bumbling bachelor, David Alexander Bliss (initially played by David Tomlinson). It lasted for six series and 118 episodes, becoming a TV series in 1960. In this form, it ran for two series, but no episode is known to survive. The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1963), is a three-part serial which formed part of the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color TV series. It was shot on location in England and stars Patrick McGoohan as Doctor Syn, with Cole as Mipps.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1944
    Age 18
    His career was interrupted by his National service in the Royal Air Force from 1944 to 1947, where he was temporarily a radio operator.
    More Details Hide Details Returning to his acting career, he became familiar to audiences in British comedy films in the 1950s.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Born
    Born on April 22, 1925.
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