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PONTINS PRESTATYN 1973

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 BOB GRANT
1932-2003

Born: 14 April, 1932, in London
Died: 8 November, 2003, in Gloucestershire, aged 71.

Bob in 1968
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Bob went to Drama School and trained at Rada for 2 years and then went into Repotary work around the main cities of England.
During breaks he also worked as a frozen food salesman and a Bus Driver Bob was a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery.

He wrote and starred in Instant Marriage. Other West End appearances include Sparrers Can't Sing. Mrs Wilson's House Diary,House By The Green Door and played in Pyjama Tops for a run of 2 years. He first leading role was in a Musical called Blitz that had a run in the West End.

In 1969 he landed the role that to was make him famous around the world, Jack in On The Buses.

Bob Grants Wedding
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At Bob Grants wedding in 1971 hundreds of fans turned out and roads around Caxton Hall become blocked. Beside the Rolls Royce at the wedding a Double Decker bus used in On The Buses was to be used to transport the guests to the reception. But such was the crowds that the wedding guests had to walk.

Bob Grant appeared with David Jason (of Fools and Horses fame) at Grand Theatre Wolverhampton on 24 March 1975, in a play called Darling Mr London. The play was by Bob Grant and Anthony Marriot

In 1976 & 1977 he appeared in pantomime at the Cliffs Pavilion in South End. (You will see adverts for Cliffs Pavilion on the side of buses in episodes of On The Buses)

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CAREER DETAILS

1960 'Macbird' at the Theatre Royal, Stratford starring Bob Grant and Stephen Lewis from 'On The Buses', Jimmy Perry, Brian Murphy from 'George & Mildred' and Toni Palmer. The show was produced by Joan Littlewood
1961 BIG SOFT NELLIE Theatre Royal London ROY KINNEAR * BRYAN PRINGLE
1962 BLITZ Adelphi
1963 SPARRERS CAN’T SING written by Stephen Lewis
1964 INSTANT MARRIAGE Piccadilly Theatre
1965 TWANG Shaftesbury
1967 MRS WILSONS DIARY Criterion
Original London cast: Bill Wallis, Myvanwy Jenn, Stephen Lewis, Peter Reeves, Bob Grant,
1969 MRS WILSONS DIARY Criterion
1969 TILL DEATH US DO PART Movie of the series
1969-1973 ON THE BUSES The series
1971 ON THE BUSES Movie
1972 MUTINY ON THE BUSES Movie
1972 WHATS UP NURSE Windmill Theatre
1973 HOLIDAY ON THEN BUSES Prestatyn
MERORIES OF WORKING WITH BOB GRANT

I've been reading David Barry's book on 'Please Sir' recently and noted that he speaks very highly of Bob Grant with whom he worked in Ray Cooney's play 'One for the Pot' in 1975.
"Not only was Bob well known as bus conductor Jack from On the Buses, he was an extremely experienced comedy actor and farceur, and became a great hit in the theatre when he played foreign secretary George Brown in Mrs Wilson's diary."
..."Bob Grant who was a joy to work with, a great comedy actor, his timing was brilliant and he invented loads of funny business essential for well paced farce."
..."I used to enjoy having a drink with Bob and his wife Kim.One night while sitting in a pub, I happened to ask him about his programme biography and his reference to working as a frozen food salesman.He laughed and told me it was a total disaster As he tried to sell frozen vegetables to grocers in Norfolk, they all laughed at him, waved towards the distant fields and said we got all the vegetables we need growing out there. But he eventually capitalised on this misfortune and wrote about it in a radio play which was accepted by the BBC."
Summing up, he adds.."I was much saddened to learn of Bob Grant's suicide in 2003..... I thought he was a highly underrated actor and his excellent performing talents became overlooked as he aged, leading to his deep depression." Thanks to Clive Laxton

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lots more information about Bob over on the Wikipedia page ** CLICK HERE **

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 Bob Grant appeared in the 1970s (as Jack Harper) in Finnish TV commercials of "Lontoon rakeet" (London drops), Finnish still-popular licorice candy. His catchphrase (in Finnish) "Niin lontoonraetta" (Sooo London drops) has been associated with the product since then. London drops are a type of liquorice candy sold in Finland first by Chymos, later by Fazer. "Lontoon rakeet" in Finnish. London drops are oblong-shaped sweets about 2 cm long and 5 mm thick. They consist of a soft liquorice-flavoured core inside a hard, sugary aniseed-flavoured coating. They are coloured in pastel colours, coming in white, pale purple and pale yellow. There is no direct equivalent of London drops in the UK, but liquorice comfits are very similar.Info from wikipedia,org

1970s 'Stop It Nurse!' 'The Windmill Theatre', Great Yarmouth it also featured Anna Karen, Stephen Lewis and Anna's real life husband Terry Duggan! PACKAGE HONEYMOON Eastbourne CINDERELLA Aldershot

1973 NO SEX PLEASE WERE BRITISH Australia
1975 JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Lewisham Concert Hall
1975 DARLING MR. LONDON

1975GRAND THEATRE WOLVERHAMPTON,hilarious WHITEHALL farce -"ONE FOR THE POT."-Staring BOB GRANT (From ON THE BUSES.), DAVID BARRY (From "THE FENN ST. GANG) & PAMELA VEZEY (From TV'S BILLY LIAR.)
1976 PYJAMA TOPS New Theatre Hull
1976 KISS ME KATE Birmingham Rep
1977 DICK WHITINGTON Cliffs Pavilion
1978 KISS ME KATE Birmingham Rep
1978/79 DICK WHITINGTON Churchill Theatre Bromley (with Jack Douglas)
1979.'DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE' AT WEYMOUTH'S PAVILLION THEATRE IN AUGUST,
1979 TOMMY Queen's Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, opened on Tuesday February 6th Starring Allan Love in the lead role as Tommy, Sue Bond as the Nurse/Dancer, Peter Straker as the Narrator, Steve Deveraux as the Lover and Bob Grant as Uncle Ernie/The Doctor
1980 March Darling Mr London starring David Jason and Bob Grant (On the Buses)

1980 Bob Grant in Hands Off My Crumpet!  By Michael Bennett and David Taggart.
This hilarious farce is set in a crumpet factory under the management of womanising Godfrey Croker (Bob Grant)   Croker’s trials and tribulations are complicated by the arrival of his new secretary and a threatened visit from a Government Health Inspector.
  

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1983 CINDERELLA Alexandra Theatre Birmingham
1984 TREASURE ISLAND Birmingham Rep
1984 TOAD OF TOAD HALL Birmingham Rep
1988 - GUYS & DOLLS Leicester Haymarket Theatre
1991 - SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS Leicester Haymarket Theatre
1991 - WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR TROUSERS? Leicester Haymarket Theatre

1996 HOBSONS CHOICE Lyric Theatre

Others years unknown (INFO WANTED PLEASE) busesfanclub@aol.com

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Bob Grant in Anyone For Denis  The Palace Theatre 1980

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Richmond Theatre POSTER 1983
 

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Bob Grant Obit in the Independant