Angus Wilson Lennie (18 April 1930 – 14 September 2014) was a
Scottish film and theatre character actor with a 50-year career span.
His numerous credits include the character of
Flying Officer Archibald
Ives in The Great Escape, and Shughie McFee in the television soap
1 Early life
8 External links
Lennie was born and raised in
Glasgow receiving formal education there
at Eastbank Academy. During his childhood he was a member of the 94th
Glasgow (1st Shettleston) Company of Scotland's Boys' Brigade.
He started his career in show business at the age of 14 whilst engaged
in an apprenticeship as a stockbroker's clerk, and appeared whilst
still a teenager in song and dance acts at the
Glasgow Metropole, his
diminutive size at 5ft 1" aiding his nimbleness in performance. After
briefly trying stand-up comedy on Scotland's variety circuit post
World War 2, and service with His Majesty's Armed Forces as a National
Serviceman, after a period performing in song & dance, and comedy
routines, in the English seaside towns along the South-East coast, he
decided to become an actor, and took up a trainee position with the
Perth Repertory Company in his early his twenties, and went on to work
with repertory companies in
Oxford and Birmingham.
He remains well known for his long running role as cook Shughie McFee
in the soap opera Crossroads, which he played from 1974 to 1981. His
earliest major role was as Davie "Sunny Jim" Green in BBC Scotland's
Para Handy - Master Mariner in 1959-60. Other TV
credits include: Target Luna, The Saint (The Fellow Traveller), Doctor
Who (in the serials
The Ice Warriors
The Ice Warriors and Terror of the Zygons), The
Borderers, Z Cars, Rumpole of the Bailey, Lovejoy, The Onedin Line,
All Night Long,
Keeping Up Appearances
Keeping Up Appearances and Monarch of the Glen.
Lennie's first role in cinema was in
Tunes of Glory
Tunes of Glory (1960), and he
went on to establish a successful career in the medium as a character
actor, often playing plucky wee Scotsman parts in war films such as
The Great Escape (1963),
633 Squadron (1964), and Oh! What a Lovely
War (1969). He was also in a succession of comedies such as Petticoat
Operation Snatch (1962), One of Our Dinosaurs Is
Missing (1975) and
The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood
The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood (1984). He
Richard Burton in the film The V.I.P.s in 1964.
He appeared in many stage productions, including A Midsummer Night's
Dream and pantomimes.
Lennie died on 14 September 2014 in Acton, West London, in his 85th
Tunes of Glory
Tunes of Glory (1960) - Orderly Room Clerk
Petticoat Pirates (1961) - George
Operation Snatch (1962) - Vic
The V.I.P.s (1963) - Metereological Man (uncredited)
The Great Escape (1963) - Fg. Off. Archibald Ives 'The Mole'
633 Squadron (1964) -
Flying Officer Hoppy Hopkinson
Oh! What a Lovely War
Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) - Scottish Soldier
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975) - Hamish
Angus Lennie dead: Great Escape's The Mole dies aged 84".
mirror.co.uk. 15 September 2014.
^ Obituary for Angus Lennie, 'The Guardian', 21 September 2014.
^ Obituary for Angus Lennie, 'Daily Telegraph', 19 September 2014.
Angus Lennie career appearances in the
Angus Lennie on IMDb
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