This week, we feature two pictures from our archive which show once famous actors.
The first was taken at the old Yorkshire Post headquarters on Wellington Street, Leeds on December 11, 1969.
The caption reads: “Harrogate, 11th December 1969. Mr Peter Bull, the actor and author, with three of his miniature teddy bears at yesterday’s Yorkshire Post Literary Luncheon.
“He hopes to hold a rally for teddy bears in London’s Albert Hall. Peter Cecil Bull, DSC (21 March 1912 – 20 May 1984) was a British character actor.
“He was the son of Hammersmith MP Sir William James Bull, who was educated at Winchester College. His first professional stage appearance was in If I Were You at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1933. Bull’s performance as the Russian Ambassador, Alexi de Sadesky, in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is among the best-known of his several dozen film and TV appearances. He both narrated and had a small on-screen role in Scrooge (1951), and portrayed the German ship’s captain in The African Queen (1951).
“Bull was also the first ever actor to portray Pozzo in the English-language version of Beckett’s Waiting For Godot when it opened on 3 August 1955. In the 1970s he ran a small shop just off Notting Hill Gate, selling zodiac-related items. Bull wrote a work on the subject of teddy bears, Bear With Me. He also wrote a non-fiction work about his experiences during World War II as commander of a Tank Landing Craft (LCT), To Sea in a Sieve.”
The second picture shows one of Yorkshire’s best loved stage actors, Wilfred Pickles, who made a return to the legitimate theatre at Bradford Alhambra in Gaslight in May 1968 after a 10 year absence.