A great actor!
Richard David Briers, CBE (14 January 1934 – 17 February 2013) was an English actor. Prominent for half a century, his career encompassed television, stage, film and radio performances.
Briers first came to prominence as George Starling in Marriage Lines in the 1960s, but it was in the following decade, when he played Tom Good in the BBC sitcom The Good Life (1975–78), that he became a household name. In the 1980s he starred in Ever Decreasing Circles (1984–89), and he had a leading role in Monarch of the Glen (2000–02).
Briers spent much of his career in the theatre, including appearances in plays by Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw. In 1967, one of his earliest successes was playing alongside Michael Hordern and Celia Johnson in the London production of Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking.
After a long career in television sitcom, and looking to expand his career, his daughter Lucy took him to Stratford-upon-Avon to watch Kenneth Branagh in Henry V. After meeting Branagh backstage post the performance, Branagh offered Briers the role of Malvolio in the Renaissance Theatre Company production of Twelfth Night. Briers joined the company, and went on to play title parts in King Lear and Uncle Vanya. Briers also appeared in many of Branagh's films, including Henry V (1989, as Bardolph), Much Ado About Nothing (1993, as Signor Leonato) and Hamlet(1996, as Polonius). The theatre production of Twelfth Night (1988) was adapted for television, with Briers reprising his role as Malvolio.
I think this quote indicates the humility of the man:-
He was a naturally funny man and seemed to take life in a light hearted way. He quoted a review from a national newspaper in his inimitable way'
"Darlington (critic) said that I played Hamlet like a demented typewriter"
I remember watching such classics as 'The Good Life' in my formative years and enjoying every moment.