† 5 March 1934 – 6 December 2015*
Some actors are so strongly associated with one character that their own name becomes almost irrelevant. Such is the case with Nicholas Smith, or Mr Rumbold, as you almost certainly said when you opened this page. As the ineffectual menswear department manager of Grace Bros, he was the stooge and feed man for the endless innuendo and banter of the cast of 'Are You Being Served?'. The pilot episode was originally rejected by the BBC, but was screened as filler during the 1972 Olympics following the Black September terrorist attack. A series followed and it ran for ten seasons until finally getting the axe in 1985. He also showed up for the dreary spin-off, 'Grace and Favour'. Perhaps he gets the last laugh though, as he is the only regular member of the cast still with us in 2014.
|An unlikely bad guy in 'The Avengers'|
|Coming a cropper after failing to assassinate Alexandra Bastedo |
in an episode of 'The Champions'
|In the Mel Brooks comedy 'The Twelve Chairs' (1970)|
Nicholas Smith - imdb