Roger Michael Hilary Minster
21 March 1944
|Died||24 November 1999 (aged 55)|
Born in Surrey, England, he is best known for playing General Erich Von Klinkerhoffen in the sitcom 'Allo 'Allo! between 1984 and 1992. Other crs include Crossroads; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; and a semi-regular role in Secret Army as Hauptmann Muller. Minster also had a brief period writing scripts with Kenneth Williams for the latter's International Cabaret television show.
In 1974, Minster appeared as Lieutenant Lightfoot in the Upstairs, Downstairs episode "Facing Fearful Odds". He played the motorcyclist in the TV series The Long Chase. He also appeared twice in Doctor Who, as the Thal soldier Marat in Planet of the Daleks (1973) and as an unnamed Thal soldier who dangles Sarah Jane Smith from the rocket gantry in Genesis of the Daleks (1975) alongside fellow 'Allo 'Allo actor Guy Siner. This makes him one of the few Doctor Who actors to have played two characters from the same alien race. He also had a major part in another episode of a successful science fiction series playing Yagon in "Achilles Heel,' an episode of The Tomorrow People, in 1978.
Minster provided the narration for the controversial Central television documentary The Men Who Killed Kennedy, which outlined various theories concerning the assassination of the American president John F. Kennedy.
Minster died from cancer in London on 24 November 1999. His body was buried at Putney Vale Cemetery. The epitaph on the gravestone reads:
The noblest of men. He brought laughter to a million hearts. Loving father to Leo, Quona, Jack and Lyall. Beloved partner to Nicola. So sorely missed. My wonder.
|1969||Battle of Britain||Pilot – Falke's Crew||Uncred|
|1977||A Bridge Too Far||British Medical Officer|
|1987||Cry Freedom||1st Passport Control officer|
|1988||The Girl in a Swing||Joe|