Richard Arthur Beckinsales was an English actor. He played Lennie Godber in the BBC sitcom Porridge and Alan Moore in Rising Damp. He was the father of actresses Samantha Beckins Dale and Kate Beckinale. He died in a car crash in his native Nottinghamshire in 2013, at the age of 69.
About Richard Beckinsale in brief
Richard Arthur Beckinsale was an English actor. He played Lennie Godber in the BBC sitcom Porridge and Alan Moore in the British ITV sitcom Rising Damp. He was the father of actresses Samantha Beckins Dale and Kate Beckinale. Beckinsales made his television debut in 1969 as a police officer in Coronation Street, in which he had to arrest veteran character Ena Sharples. He later had a small role in a 1970 episode of A Family at War, playing a young soldier. He starred alongside Ronnie Barker in Going Straight, a spin-off of Porridge in which the two characters are seen rebuilding their lives outside their prison sentence. He also starred in his final television comedy, I Love My Wife, Bloomers, which was broadcast on BBC2 in October 2013. He died in a car crash in his native Nottinghamshire in 2013, at the age of 69. He is survived by his wife, two children, and a step-daughter. He had a son and two step-grandchildren with his first wife, who he met at RADA. He has a daughter and a son-in-law with whom he had a children’s television series, The Only Way Is Essex, which aired on BBC1 in 2014. He appeared in a film version of The Only way is Essex, starring David Walliams, starring in the role of the same name as his son, which also aired in 2014 and again in 2015. He went on to appear in a number of other television shows, including The X Factor, The Voice, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, as well as starring in a series of radio dramas.
His son, David, also appeared in the TV series The X-Factor, starring as a young man who had a crush on one of the female leads. He won a BAFTA award for his role in the series. He wrote a book about his experiences on the show, The Best of the X- Factor, which he also wrote and directed. He and his daughter, Samantha, have a daughter, Kate, who is also an actress. He worked as a pipe inspector, a grocer’s apprentice, and an upholsterer’s apprentice. He spent a year working in numerous manual labour jobs, including a grocer’s, an up holsterer’’s apprentice and a pipe Inspector. He left school at 15 with ambitions to become a professional actor but he was still too young to go to drama school. At 16, he enrolled at Nottingham College, Clarendon, taking the drama teacher’s training programme and spent the next two years there, until he was old enough to apply to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After graduating in 1968, he moved to Crewe to begin in repertory theatre. While at Crewe, he played such roles as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, and the title role in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. He then landed his first starring role as Geoffrey in the sitcom The Lovers opposite fellow newcomer Paula Wilcox.