Brit actor Tony Anholt died July 26 of a brain tumor. He was 61.
Versatile in light comedy and drama, he was known for his good looks and his role as Charles Frere, wealthy heartbreaker in the TV series “Howard’s Way,” 1985-1990. His character on that show had a relationship with another, played by Tracey Childs, who became Anholt’s real second wife.
He also appeared in other Brit TV series as well as U.S. mini “The Last Days Of Pompeii.”
He also appeared in “Sleuth” on the West End in 1978, “Amadeus” at the Theater Royal, Windsor, “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?,” “The Tempest,” “Betrayal” and “Whose Life Is It Anyway?,” “The Boys in the Band” (1969, his first West End appearance) and “Death and the Maiden” (1992).
He was born in Singapore to a Anglo-Dutch family, was evacuated to Australia during WWII, then to South Africa and finally to Britain. (His father died in Japanese occupation.)
Thesp met his first wife while both were teachers and he later began training in theater, long an interest of his, playing in numerous stage productions.
In the 1960s and ’70s he transferred to TV, including series “Only Fools and Horses,” “Juliet Bravo,” “Minder” and many more. He was also a BBC announcer.
Survivors include his two ex-wives and a son from his first marriage, actor Christien Anholt.