The Professionals casting director Esta Charkham has tweeted the news that Bryan Marshall died earlier today. He played some memorable roles over the years including appearances in The Spy Who Loved Me, The Long Good Friday and appearances in Tales Of The Unexpected, The Avengers, Return of The Saint and of course, Preston in The Professionals episode ‘Hunter/Hunted’.
“Jean Paul Belmondo and Mary Quant got stoned to say the least”.
He was in tons and tons of TV and Films. One of the most familiar faces on our screens of the 70s and 80s. Darn good actor as well.
Seconded. He often seemed to play seedy, untrustworthy types (his bent copper in "Out" is a case in point) but was good in sympathetic roles as well: His honourable crook in "Villains" is worth a mention, as is his ageing outlaw in Robin of Sherwood - an idol with the proverbial feet of clay.
Amazed he never turned up in The Sweeney or Minder.
He was in The Chinese Detective (series 2) as a villain. One of his accomplices was the chauffeur blown up in The Long Good Friday.
"What was I thinking of, hitting him? Nothing. No, I know. I hate him! I hate his guts, I hate everything he stands for with his PACE and his plus and his statements of purpose and his smiling at the punters and his have a nice day! I mean when was the last time he ever nicked anybody, eh? A real villain! When was the last time he ever put himself on the line?"