Anthony Valentine, British actor, Died at 76


Anthony Valentine was born on August 17, 1939, and died on December 2, 2015.

He was an English actor known for his television roles: the ruthless Toby Meres in Callan, the sinister Major Mohn in Colditz, and the title character in Raffles.

Anthony was born in Blackburn and attended the Acton County Grammar School in London.

Anthony worked as a child actor for the BBC, and appeared at the age of 10 in the film No Way Back (1949), and aged 12 in The Girl on the Pier (1953).

He played Harry Wharton in the 1950s BBC children’s adaptation of Billy Bunter (1955 to 1957), having initially played another role in earlier episodes.

Anthony appeared in a television production of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman, with Laurence Olivier as Borkman and Irene Worth as his wife, as part of ITV’s Play of the Week series.

He was best known for his television roles as ruthless Toby Meres in the series Callan (1967 to 1972), sinister Luftwaffe Officer, Major Horst Mohn in the BBC drama Colditz (1974) and the eponymous Raffles (1975 to 1977).

On November 12, 2005, Anthony became a patron of the Thwaites Empire Theatre in his birthplace, Blackburn.

Anthony Valentine passed away on 2 December 2015 at the age of 76, after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for several years.