62 (passed away Dec. 11th, 1992)
Nov. 14th, 1930
London, England, UK
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Michael Anthony Robbins (14 November 1930 – 11 December 1992, Caterham in Surrey) was a British actor known for his television work, including his role as Arthur Rudge in sitcom On the Buses (1969-72).
Career Born in London, Robbins was a bank clerk who became an actor after appearing in amateur dramatic performances in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where he and his family lived at the time. Robbins made his television debut as the cockney soldier in Roll-on Bloomin' Death. Primarily a comedy actor, he is best remembered for the role of Arthur Rudge, the persistently sarcastic husband of Olive (Anna Karen), in the popular sitcom On the Buses (1969–73). Robbins and Karen provided the secondary comic storyline to Reg Varney's comedy capers at the bus depot. Robbins also appeared in the series film spin-offs, On the Buses, Mutiny on the Buses, and Holiday on the Buses. His other comedy credits include non-recurring roles in Man About the House, The Good Life, One Foot in the Grave, The New Statesman, George and Mildred, The Pink Panther Strikes Again and You Rang, M'Lord?. He appeared as a rather humorously portrayed police sergeant in the TV adaptation of Brendon Chase.
As well as these comic roles, he assumed various straight roles in some of the major British television shows of the 1960s and 1970s: including Minder, The Sweeney, Z-Cars, Return of the Saint, Murder Most English, The Avengers, Dixon of Dock Green and the Doctor Who story The Visitation.
Personal Robbins was married to actress Hal Dyer until he died from cancer in Caterham, Surrey, aged 62. Dyer died in 2011 from a brain haemorrhage. Robbins is survived by his 2 children Ben and Sarah and his 4 grandchildren Daniel, Max, Lucy and Joe.
- Formerly a bank clerk, became an actor after appearing in Amateur Dramatic productions
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