Tony Selby

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Tony Selby
Born Anthony Samuel Selby
(1938-02-26) 26 February 1938 (age 81)
Lambeth, London, England
Occupation Actor
Notable work Get Some In!, Doctor Who, EastEnders

Anthony Samuel "Tony" Selby (born 26 February 1938) is an English actor.

Life and career

Selby was born in Lambeth, London, the son of Annie Elizabeth (Weaver), a waitress, and Samuel Joseph Selby, a cab driver.[1] He has appeared in many television programmes including a starring role in RAF National Service comedy Get Some In!,[2] and a recurring role in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who as the intergalactic conman Sabalom Glitz.[3]

In 1965 he appeared as a convict under sentence of death in the BBC television drama Three Clear Sundays, directed by Ken Loach.

He had one of his earliest film acting roles in Alfie (1966), starring Academy award-winner Michael Caine, and his other film appearances include Press for Time (1966), Poor Cow (1967), Witchfinder General (1968), Before Winter Comes (1969), In Search of Gregory (1969), Villain (1971), Nobody Ordered Love (1972), and Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall (1973). In 1971-2 he played magician's assistant Sam Maxstead in children's supernatural TV series Ace of Wands. Other notable television appearances included The Avengers as a villainous car mechanic, Bless This House as a depressed burglar, and as Boozy in the all-star Eric Sykes comedy If You Go Down in the Woods Today (1981). He appeared in three episodes of the critically acclaimed drama series Minder, twice playing Jack, the minder of gangster's wife Rose Mellors. In the early 1990s he played chauffeur to Adam Faith's character in the drama series Love Hurts; he also played Clive Mitchell in BBC's soap opera EastEnders in 2002.

Selby appeared in the third episode of The Good Life (known as Good Neighbors in the US), as a rag-and-bone man who sold the Goods an old wood stove and brought them a cat.

In the United States, Selby had an uncredited role as a hood in the first Superman motion picture.

In the BBC comedy My Family's episode A Decent Proposal, first broadcast on August 12, 2011, Selby played Susan Harper's long-lost father Arthur.

In 2012 he appeared in the film Cockneys vs Zombies.


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