Michael Robbins

Michael Robbins

Born in London, Robbins was a bank clerk who became an actor after appearing in amateur dramatic performances in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where he and his family lived at the time. Robbins made his television debut as the cockney soldier in Roll-on Bloomin' Death. Primarily a comedy actor, he is best remembered for the role of Arthur Rudge, the persistently sarcastic husband of Olive (Anna Karen), in the popular sitcom On the Buses (1969–73). Robbins and Karen provided the secondary comic storyline to Reg Varney's comedy capers at the bus depot. Robbins also appeared in the series film spin-offs, On the Buses, Mutiny on the Buses, and Holiday on the Buses. His other comedy credits include non-recurring roles in Man About the House, Oh Brother!, The Good Life, One Foot in the Grave, The New Statesman, George and Mildred, Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang, M'Lord? He appeared as a rather humorously portrayed police sergeant in the TV adaptation of Brendon Chase. As well as these comic roles, he assumed various straight roles in some of the major British television shows of the 1960s and 1970s: including Minder, The Sweeney, Z-Cars, Return of the Saint, Murder Most English, The Avengers, Dixon of Dock Green, The Bill and the 1982 Doctor Who story The Visitation. Robbins's film credits included The Whisperers, Up The Junction, The Looking Glass War, Zeppelin and Blake Edwards' films The Pink Panther Strikes Again and Victor/Victoria'. He also had an extensive career as a radio actor, including a role in the soap opera Waggoner's Walk and the satirical 1970s show Life is What Yer Make It. Robbins was an indefatigable worker for charity. He was active in the Grand Order of Water Rats (being elected 'Rat of the Year' in 1978) and the Catholic Stage Guild, and received a Papal Award for his services in 1987. In one of his last television appearances, in A Little Bit of Heaven Robbins recalled his childhood visits to Norfolk and spoke of his faith and love of the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham. Michael Robbins had a brother Jack who was a head teacher at Saint Gregory's Catholic middle school in Bedford in the 1970s and early 1980s. Michael made some guest appearances at this school throughout the years and sometimes entertained the pupils with various sketches with his brother Jack Robbins In the mid-1970s he also directed a film: How Are You?
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    London, England, UK
    Birthday
    11/14/1930
The Hunting of Lionel Crane
The Hunting of Lionel Crane
0
Mutiny on the Buses
Mutiny on the Buses
7.6
On the Buses
On the Buses
6.3
Murder Rap
Murder Rap
0
The Bone Yard
The Bone Yard
0
The Drummer and the Bloke
The Drummer and the Bloke
0
Lunch Hour
Lunch Hour
6.8
Doctor Who: The Visitation
Doctor Who: The Visitation
7
You in Your Small Corner
You in Your Small Corner
0
Holiday on the Buses
Holiday on the Buses
7.8
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merry Wives of Windsor
8
Victor/Victoria
Victor/Victoria
7.3
Dead Man's Chest
Dead Man's Chest
5.5
Till Death Us Do Part
Till Death Us Do Part
7.2
Rattle of a Simple Man
Rattle of a Simple Man
5.4
No Sex Please: We're British
No Sex Please: We're British
5.7
The Looking Glass War
The Looking Glass War
5.6
Just Ask for Diamond
Just Ask for Diamond
4.3
Zeppelin
Zeppelin
6.5
A Prize of Arms
A Prize of Arms
6.8
Lost In London
Lost In London
0
Up the Junction
Up the Junction
6
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
0
Adam Bede
Adam Bede
7.3
The Pink Panther Strikes Again
The Pink Panther Strikes Again
6.8
The Whisperers
The Whisperers
6.4
The Bargee
The Bargee
6.9
Man About the House
Man About the House
5
All the Way Up
All the Way Up
6
That's Your Funeral
1.5
Crossplot
Crossplot
5.9
Villain
Villain
6.2
The Great Muppet Caper
The Great Muppet Caper
6.8
What a Crazy World
What a Crazy World
6.6
Children of the Damned
Children of the Damned
6.1
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