Het is vandaag twintig jaar geleden dat de Engelse acteur Norman Rossington is overleden (rechts op bovenstaande foto naast John Lennon en Dudley Moore). Hij staat bekend als de enige acteur die zowel in een film met The Beatles heeft gespeeld, als met Elvis Presley.

He played the Beatles’ road manager Norm in “A Hard Day’s Night” in 1964, and on the strength of that found a measure of fame in Hollywood, appearing with Presley in one of his admittedly forgettable movies, “Double Trouble” (1967). In an interview, he remembered Presley during filming as “a quiet man who sat by himself in a corner and who would often borrow my newspaper”.
Rossington, born – like the Beatles – in Liverpool, trained with the celebrated Bristol Old Vic theatre company and went on to act with Laurence Olivier’s company at Chichester and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He appeared in more than forty films. His first film role was in the 1956 film “Three Men in a Boat”. Rossington went on to appear in “Carry On Sergeant”, the first Carry On film, as well as “Carry On Nurse” (1959) and “Carry On Regardless” (1961).
Rossington also played notable serious roles in “Saint Joan” (1957) and the classic 1960 British “Nouvelle Vague” film “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning”, playing alongside Albert Finney in the latter’s first starring role.
In 1958 he acted in the first of two Titanic films, “A Night to Remember”, as a steward unable to communicate with non-English speaking passengers. Rossington would return in his second Titanic film playing the Sergeant-at-Arms in “S.O.S.Titanic” in 1979.
In 1962 Rossington played the uncredited role of Corporal Jenkins in “Lawrence of Arabia”, and later appeared in “The Longest Day” (1962), “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines” (1965) and “The Charge of the Light Brigade” (1968). In 1972, he appeared in “Young Winston” and the cult horror film “Death Line” with Donald Pleasence. (Wikipedia & Ray Setterfield van “On this day”)

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