74 (passed away Nov. 26th, 1996)
Jan. 26th, 1922
Watford, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Michael Bentine's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1961 - The Do-It-Yourself Cartoon Kit
Guest TV Roles
March Hare (Voiced)
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- He was a crack pistol shot, and helped to start the idea of a counter-terrorist wing within 22 SAS Regiment. In doing so, he became the first non-SAS person ever to fire a gun inside the close-quarters battle training house at Hereford.
- Three of his five children died before he did. His two eldest daughters, Elaine & Marylla ('Fusty') died from cancer (breast cancer and lymphoma) and Stuart ('Gussie') died in a plane crash in the Southern England. Only Richard ('Peski') and Serena ('Suki') survived him. The circumstances surrounding Stuart's death - a private plane not filing a flight plan which caused enormous delay and difficulties in locating the downed aircraft - prompted Michael to successfully press for new regulations in registering flight plans for small private aircraft.
- He was offered the opportunity of playing the fourth Doctor in the BBC series _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) and was enthusiastic about taking over from 'Jon Pertwee' (qv), but his insistence that he be involved in the scripting was not acceptable to the series' producer, 'Barry Letts' (qv). The role was given to 'Tom Baker (I)' (qv).
- Founder of the Goons radio show with 'Peter Sellers' (qv) and 'Harry Secombe' (qv)
- The ex-Goon awoke from a coma when 'Prince Charles' (qv) visited him in hospital.
- Bought the traditional train set for his second grandson, as his daughter-in-law refused to let him give his first grandchild a machine gun.
- Children include: 'Fusty Bentine' (qv), Richard and Serena.
- Both he and fellow Goon, Harry Secombe, died from prostate cancer.
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