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Very fine British character actor.
Trained for a stage career at the Morden Council School, the 14-year-old Cole made his London stage debut in the 1939 production of White Horse Inn. He rose to juvenile stardom as a young evacuee in 1940's Cottage to Let, repeating the role in the 1941 film version.
As an adult, Cole specialized in light, semicomic characterizations on both stage and screen. His best film roles include the mother-dominated protagonist in the "Kite" segment of Quartet (1948) and shifty salesman Flash Harry in the first two St. Trinians farces of the 1960s.
Cole reached the zenith of his fame as the very dodgy Arthur Daley in television’s Minder series, which ran from 1979 to 1984. His other weekly television credits include Don't Forget to Write (1977-1979), The Bounder (1982-1988), Heggerty Haggerty (1984-1985), Comrade Dad (1986), and Root Into Europe (1992).
This is a wonderful original vintage black and white publicity photograph (9.25" x 7.5") of Cole in the comedy Too Many Crooks (1959), as the gang leader "Fingers", disguised as a policeman, nicely signed in period across a clear area of the image The dimensions suggest the borders of the photograph have been trimmed, but the job has been well done, and overall condition is very good.