Bill Dean

Bill Dean

Bill Dean was a British actor who was born in Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire. He was born Patrick Anthony Connolly, but took his stage name in honour of Everton football legend William 'Dixie' Dean. After a atring of jobs, it was his work as a Lancashire club comedian that saw him spotted by Ken Loach who gave him his breakthrough role in his TV play The Golden Vision. Famous for his flat but penetrating Scouse tones, Dean went on to star as miserable pensioner Harry Cross in the long running Channel 4 soap Brookside from its inception in 1983 to 1990. He briefly returned to the series in 1999 for three episodes, when his character re-appeared in Brookside Close suffering from Alzheimer's disease and wrongly believing that he still lived there. The same character was the inspiration behind the 1980s group 'Jegsy Dodd and the sons of Harry Cross' who hailed from the Wirral and Dean himself appeared in the video of the Liverpudlian band The Farm's Groovy Train as Cross, who was a former train driver. He did of a heart attack aged 78 in 2000.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Everton, Liverpool, England, UK
    Birthday
    9/3/1921
Family Life
Family Life
7.1
Brookside: Friday the 13th
5.5
Night Watch
Night Watch
6.3
Scum
Scum
7.1
The Rank and File
The Rank and File
5
Priest
Priest
6.4
The Golden Vision
The Golden Vision
5
Gumshoe
Gumshoe
6.4
Speech Day
Speech Day
0
Kes
Kes
7.5
Slayground
Slayground
4.6
The Big Flame
The Big Flame
5
Hillsborough
Hillsborough
7
Let Him Have It
Let Him Have It
6.6
Rising Damp
Rising Damp
5.5
The Mirror Crack'd
The Mirror Crack'd
6.2
Skallagrigg
Skallagrigg
1
Bag of Yeast
Bag of Yeast
0
After a Lifetime
0
Roll On Four O'Clock
Roll On Four O'Clock
6
The Best Pair of Legs in the Business
The Best Pair of Legs in the Business
6.2
A Turn for the Worse
A Turn for the Worse
0
Bank Holiday
Bank Holiday
0
Waiting at the Field Gate
Waiting at the Field Gate
0
Match of the Day
Match of the Day
0
In Sickness and in Health
In Sickness and in Health
0
Flame
Flame
7.2
Beasts: What Big Eyes
Beasts: What Big Eyes
0
Going Gently
Going Gently
5
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