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Dennis Waterman

Dennis Waterman

Dennis Waterman (born 1948 in Clapham, London, England) is an English actor and singer, best known for his tough-guy roles in television series such as The Sweeney and Minder, in which he played the title role, that of ex-prisoner and dogsbody Terry McCann, alongside George Cole as his 'boss', entrepreneur Arthur Daley.

He became well-known and something of a pin-up as DC George Carter in The Sweeney, during the 1970s. As well as starring in Minder, he co-wrote and sang the theme tune, I Could Be So Good For You, which was a top three UK hit in 1980, and had a brief singing career. Waterman also sang the theme tunes to two more programmes in which he appeared: the sitcom On the Up (BBC 1990) and crime drama New Tricks (Wall to Wall television for BBC, 2003).

He was married to Penny Dixon (1967-1976); the actress, Patricia Maynard (1977-1987), and thereafter to the actress Rula Lenska (1987-1998). He had two daughters by his second marriage, including the actress Hannah Waterman.

He has been caricatured by David Walliams in the radio and TV comedy series Little Britain, in sketches where he visits his agent (Matt Lucas) looking for parts, but is always rejected because of his insistence (in a high, squeaky voice) upon writing and singing the feem toon (theme tune). In the television version oversized props are used to make the caricatured Waterman look just three feet tall (or even smaller in some cases, such as a series two episode which he is in a design of a set, which is a shoebox and he is the equivalent size to the objects).

He currently narrates the TV programme, Bad Lads' Army.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Dennis Waterman Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayFebruary 24, 1948 (69)
SignPisces
BirthplaceClampham, London, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Dennis Waterman compared to you?

Selected Filmography

NEW TRICKS COLLECTION, SEASONS 1-5
New Tricks Collection: Seasons 6-10
Scars of Dracula
New Tricks, Season 12
New Tricks, Season 11
New Tricks: Season 4
New Tricks: Season 3
The Sweeney Complete Collection Pack
New Tricks
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