Michael Robbins

Last updated 09 January 2020

Michael Robbins (1930-1992)
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Michael Anthony Robbins

Born: Friday 14th November 1930
Died: Friday 11th December 1992 (age: 62)


Michael Robbins was a British actor known for his television work, including his role as Arthur Rudge in sitcom On the Buses (1969-72).

Born in London, Robbins was a bank clerk who became an actor after appearing in amateur dramatic performances in HitchinHertfordshire, 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 BusesMutiny on the Buses, and Holiday on the Buses. His other comedy credits include non-recurring roles in Man About the HouseThe Good LifeOne Foot in the GraveThe New StatesmanGeorge and MildredThe 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 MinderThe SweeneyZ-CarsReturn of the SaintMurder Most EnglishThe Avengers,Dixon of Dock Green and the Doctor Who story The Visitation.

Robbins's film credits included The WhisperersUp The JunctionThe Looking Glass WarZeppelin and Blake Edwards' film Victor/Victoria and Just Ask For Diamond.

Robbins was an indefatigable worker for charity. He was active in the Grand Order of Water Rats (being elected 'Rat of the Year' in 1978) and the Catholic Stage Guild; and received a Papal Award for his services in 1987. In one of his last television appearances, in A Little Bit of Heaven Robbins recalled his childhood visits to Norfolk and spoke of his faith and love of the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham.

In the mid-1970s he also directed a film: How Are You?.

Robbins was married to actress Hal Dyer until he died from cancer in CaterhamSurrey, aged 62. Robbins is survived by his 2 children Ben and Sarah and his 4 grandchildren Daniel, Max, Lucy and Joe.

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