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Lance Percival

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Nom de naissance John Lancelot Blades Percival
Nationalité Royaume-uni
Naissance 26 juillet 1933 à Sevenoaks (Royaume-uni)
Mort 6 janvier 2015 (à 81 ans)

John Lancelot Blades Percival, known as Lance Percival (26 July 1933 – 6 January 2015), was an English actor, comedian and singer, best known for his appearances in satirical comedy shows of the early 1960s and his ability to improvise comic calypsos about current news stories. He later became successful as an after-dinner speaker.


He was born in Sevenoaks, Kent, and was educated at Sherborne School in Sherborne, Dorset, where he learnt to play the guitar. He then did national service with the Seaforth Highlanders as a lieutenant and was posted to Egypt. In 1955 he emigrated to Canada where he worked as an advertising copywriter, writing jingles for radio. He also formed a calypso group as "Lord Lance" which toured the US and Canada.

Percival first became well known in the early 1960s for performing topical calypsos on television shows such as That Was The Week That Was, after having been discovered by Ned Sherrin, performing at the Blue Angel Club in Mayfair. A tall thin man with a distinctive crooked nose and prominent ears, he also appeared in several British comedy films including the Carry On film Carry On Cruising (1962). Percival had a cameo role in The V.I.P.s (1963) and another in The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964). He also appeared in his own BBC TV comedy series Lance at Large (also 1964), with writers Peter Tinniswood and David Nobbs.

Working, like many British comics of the era, with George Martin at Parlophone, Percival had one UK Singles Chart hit, his cover version of a calypso-style song entitled "Shame and Scandal in the Family" which reached number 37 in October 1965, and recorded several other comedy songs, including "The Beetroot Song" ("If You Like Beetroot I'll Be True To You", 1963), written by Mitch Murray, and "The Maharajah of Brum" (1967), written with Martin.

Later he provided the voice of both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for the cartoon series The Beatles (1965), leading to his voicing the central character "Old Fred" in the Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine. He also appeared as an "upper class tramp" in the Herman's Hermits film vehicle Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter (1968).

He starred alongside Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson and Jeremy Kemp in the musical film Darling Lili (1970) and also appeared in There's a Girl in My Soup. However, on 14 December 1970, he was involved in a fatal car crash near Farningham, Kent, apparently while racing another driver at high speed in his Jaguar XJ on a dangerous stretch of road near Brands Hatch. Percival almost lost the sight of one eye and was summoned to court where he agreed to pay substantial damages following the death of a third, uninvolved driver, Paul Young.

Percival returned to film work in the Frankie Howerd vehicles Up Pompeii (1971), Up the Chastity Belt (1971), and Up the Front (1972), sustaining a film career until 1978. Between 1972 and 1978 the Thames Television game show Whodunnit! was written by Percival and Jeremy Lloyd, who died two weeks before Percival and who also had a Beatles movie connection, appearing in A Hard Day's Night (1964).

Percival appeared on BBC Radio light entertainment programmes such as Just a Minute throughout the 1980s and is also the author of two books of verse, Well-Versed Cats and Well-Versed Dogs, both illustrated by Lalla Ward. Subsequently he gained a reputation as a writer and later as an after-dinner speaker.

Percival died in January 2015, aged 81. His son Jamie said: "When he spoke about his showbiz life, he spoke fondly of his time on That Was the Week That Was, and he always loved Ned Sherrin, who discovered him performing at the Blue Angel Club". He was cremated at Putney Vale Cemetery on 20 January 2015.

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Filmographie de Lance Percival (26 films)

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Les Enfants de la rivière, 1h45
Réalisé par Lionel Jeffries
Origine Pologne
Genres Fantasy, Aventure, Musical, Animation
Thèmes Films pour enfants
Acteurs James Mason, Bernard Cribbins, Billie Whitelaw, Joan Greenwood, Jon Pertwee, David Tomlinson
Note60% 3.000383.000383.000383.000383.00038
Lors d'un travail de ramonage dans une luxueuse demeure de la campagne londonienne, le jeune Tom, 12 ans, est accusé à tort du vol d'objets de grande valeur. Poursuivi par les propriétaires des lieux et les deux ramoneurs instigateurs du méfait, Tom décide de sauter dans la rivière. Sous l'eau, il découvre avec surprise un univers qu'il croit connaître...
Confessions from a Holiday Camp, 1h28
Réalisé par Norman Cohen
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie, Romance
Thèmes Sexualité, Erotique
Acteurs Robin Askwith, Anthony Booth, Liz Fraser, Lance Percival, Doris Hare, Bill Maynard
Rôle Lionel
Note42% 2.117712.117712.117712.117712.11771
Timmy Lea and his brother-in-law Sidney Noggett are working as entertainment officers at Funfrall, a typical British holiday camp. The staff are lazy and inefficient, preferring to laze by the pool rather than organise activities for the holiday campers. A new owner, Mr. Whitemonk, an ex-prison officer, takes over the camp and is determined to install discipline into the staff. He is on the verge of dismissing Timmy and Sidney; however, Sidney's suggestion of organising a beauty contest changes his mind.
Up the Chastity Belt, 1h34
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Frankie Howerd, Graham Crowden, Bill Fraser, Norman Beaton, David Prowse, Roy Hudd
Rôle Reporter
Note51% 2.5980952.5980952.5980952.5980952.598095
Howerd played dual roles as King Richard the Lionheart and cowardly peasant Lurkalot (his character in Up Pompeii was the slave Lurcio). The plot served as an excuse to serve up the usual collection of puns and double entendres that characterised most British film comedy in the 1970s, but did feature Eartha Kitt singing "A Knight for My Nights" and Hugh Paddick (of Julian and Sandy fame in the Round the Horne BBC radio series) as a notable Robin Hood, leader of a band of men who were camp homosexual rather than merry.
Our Miss Fred, 1h36
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Guerre, Comédie
Thèmes Sexualité, Transsexuels et transgenres, Politique, Histoire de France, L'Occupation allemande en France, LGBT
Acteurs Alfred Marks, Lance Percival, Lally Bowers, Frances de la Tour, Walter Gotell, Noel Coleman
Rôle Smallpiece
Note54% 2.7311252.7311252.7311252.7311252.731125
Shakespearean actor Fred Wimbush is called up during WWII, and is performing in drag, entertaining the troops in France, when the Nazis advance. Unless he continues his disguise in women's clothes, Fred fears he will be shot as a spy. The double entendres and bullets fly as he attempts his escape in the company of the pupils from an English girls' finishing school.
Up the Front, 1h29
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Politique
Acteurs Frankie Howerd, Bill Fraser, William Mervyn, Hermione Baddeley, Jonathan Cecil, Madeline Smith
Rôle Von Gutz
Note45% 2.2792752.2792752.2792752.2792752.279275
Set during World War I, Lurk, a lowly servant in the household of Lord and Lady Twithampton (William Mervyn & Linda Gray), is hypnotised by The Great Vincento (Stanley Holloway) and travels to the Western Front to 'save England'. Lurk is inspired to bravery, and upon receiving the German master plan for the entire war, which has through an unlikely series of events been tattooed onto his posterior, is pursued across France by German intelligence. After breaking into the British military headquarters to deliver the plans into the hands of General Burke (Robert Coote), he is confronted by the sensuous German spy Mata Hari (Zsa Zsa Gabor). After foiling Mata Hari's scheme to relieve him of the plan, a hilarious scene develops in which he is pursued by the nefarious Von Gutz (Lance Percival) and his henchmen Donner and Blitzen (Gertan Klauber and Stanley Lebor). Accompanied by the Can-Can, performed by the Famous Buttercup Girls, Lurk is pursued around the Allied headquarters.
Up Pompeii
Up Pompeii (1971)
, 1h30
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Afrique post-coloniale
Acteurs Frankie Howerd, Michael Hordern, Barbara Murray, Patrick Cargill, Lance Percival, Julie Ege
Rôle Bilius
Note59% 2.9521952.9521952.9521952.9521952.952195
Lurcio (Frankie Howerd) becomes the inadvertent possessor of a scroll bearing all the names of the proposed assassins of Nero (Patrick Cargill). The conspirators need to recover the scroll fast, but it has fallen into the hands of Lurcio's master, Ludicrus Sextus (Michael Hordern) who mistakenly reads the contents of the scroll to the Senate. Farcical attempts are made to retrieve the scroll before Pompeii is eventually consumed by the erupting Vesuvius.
Trop tard pour les Héros, 2h13
Réalisé par Robert Aldrich, Oscar Rudolph
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Guerre, Action
Thèmes La mer, Transport, Politique
Acteurs Michael Caine, Cliff Robertson, Henry Fonda, Ken Takakura, Denholm Elliott, Ian Bannen
Rôle Cpl. McLean
Note65% 3.297373.297373.297373.297373.29737
Des troupes britanniques et japonaises se font face dans une île des Nouvelles-Hébrides, en novembre 1942. Un convoi américain est annoncé aux larges des côtes. Il devient alors indispensable de détruire l'émetteur-radio japonais.
Il y a une fille dans ma soupe, 1h35
Réalisé par John Boulting, Roy Boulting
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie, Romance
Thèmes Cuisine
Acteurs Peter Sellers, Goldie Hawn, Diana Dors, Tony Britton, Gabrielle Drake, Nicky Henson
Rôle Willie the Bridegroom (uncredited)
Note57% 2.850512.850512.850512.850512.85051
Célèbre dans tout Londres grâce à ses articles, ses guides et ses émissions télévisées, le chroniqueur gastronomique Robert Danvers apprécie la popularité mais aussi le succès auprès des femmes. Mais lorsqu'il rencontre la jeune Marion, une artiste de musique pop, son mode de vie et ses habitudes de quadragénaires s'en retrouvent bouleversées...
Darling Lili, 1h47
Réalisé par Blake Edwards
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Guerre, Thriller, Comédie, Musical, Romance
Thèmes Espionnage, La musique, Transport, Aviation, Musique, Politique
Acteurs Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson, Gloria Paul, Jeremy Kemp, Vernon Dobtcheff, Lance Percival
Rôle T.C. Carstairs
Note60% 3.0468253.0468253.0468253.0468253.046825
Pendant la Première Guerre mondiale, la chanteuse anglaise Lili Smith est invitée à se produire en France pour supporter l'effort de guerre. Mais cette activité n'est qu'une habile couverture. Lili Schmidt est en fait une espionne allemande dont la mission consiste à jouer de ses charmes pour voler des secrets militaires. Avec professionnalisme, elle aborde sa nouvelle cible le Major Bill Larrabee, un as de l'aviation. Jusqu'à ce que l'amour... et la jalousie s'en mêlent.
Yellow Submarine, 1h30
Réalisé par Al Brodax, George Dunning
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Science-fiction, Comédie, Fantasy, Aventure, Musical, Animation
Thèmes La mer, Monde imaginaire, La musique, Transport, Guerre en milieu sous-marin, Musique, Les Beatles
Acteurs Paul Angelis, The Beatles, John Clive, John Lennon, Dick Emery, Paul McCartney
Rôle Old Fred (voice)
Note73% 3.6973453.6973453.6973453.6973453.697345
Il était une fois, un royaume enchanté situé sous les mers appelé Pepperland, un endroit merveilleux protégé par le Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, où le bonheur et la musique règnent en maîtres. Mais un jour, les méchants Blue Meanies déclarent la guerre et envoient une armée menée par le terrifiant Gantelaid (Flying Glove). Ils transforment alors les habitants de Pepperland en statues de pierres et vident le royaume de toutes ses couleurs. Panique totale dans la population dont le maire Old Fred décide d'envoyer Young Fred chercher de l'aide dans son sous-marin jaune. Ce dernier réussit à s'enfuir à temps et va ressusciter la légende de Yellow Submarine : fabuleuse légende disant qu'un jour, des hommes arrivèrent sur la contrée de Pepperland pour y faire naître la musique et le bonheur. Ainsi, à bord du sous-marin jaune, Young Fred va devoir rechercher des personnes capables de relever ce défi.
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter, 1h35
Réalisé par Saul Swimmer
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie, Comédie musicale, Musical
Thèmes Musique
Acteurs Peter Noone, Stanley Holloway, Mona Washbourne, Pamela Cundell, Marjorie Rhodes, Lance Percival
Rôle Percy Sutton
Note47% 2.365472.365472.365472.365472.36547
Herman inherits a prize greyhound called Mrs. Brown and aims to race the dog and win the derby. Herman and his group, The Hermits play gigs to raise money for the race entry fees. The Hermits travel from Manchester to London for more concerts, and at the London dog race, Herman falls for Judy, who is also Mrs. Brown's daughter.
The Big Job, 1h25
Réalisé par Gerald Thomas
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie, Action, Policier
Acteurs Sid James, Dick Emery, Joan Sims, Sylvia Syms, Jim Dale, Lance Percival
Rôle Timothy 'Dipper' Day
Note63% 3.199353.199353.199353.199353.19935
England, 1950. A gang of robbers led by the self-proclaimed George 'The Great' Brain (Sid James) rob a bank, stealing £50,000. However, due to a mix-up, they are pursued and caught by the police. He manages to stash away the money in the trunk of a hollow tree, before he is collared. The gang are then sentenced to serve fifteen years in Wormwood Scrubs prison.