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Gary Olsen is a Actor Australien born on 3 november 1957 at London (United-kingdom)

Gary Olsen

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Birth name Gary Kenneth Grant
Nationality Australie
Birth 3 november 1957 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 12 september 2000 (at 42 years) at Melbourne (Australie)

Gary Olsen (3 November 1957 – 12 September 2000) was an English actor. He is best known for the role of Ben in the BBC television sitcom 2point4 Children.


Olsen was born Gary Kenneth Grant in London and lived with an aunt and uncle after losing both his parents, Patricia and Kenny, at an early age. He attended the Archbishop Tenison's Church of England School in Kennington. After school he joined various junior stage groups and toured with fringe theatrical companies, such as Incubus and Lumiere and Son until late 1976. At this point he immersed himself in the punk rock scene with the band Swank (the remnants of the band Swankers, that became The Sex Pistols) as lead vocalist, until returning to theatre in 1978. Later he helped develop the musical production Up on the Roof, in which he starred in 1987 at London's Donmar and Apollo theatres.

He made his screen debut in 1979 as Rory Storm in Birth of The Beatles, and appeared in numerous British films and television programmes, including playing PC Dave Litten in the first series of The Bill, but achieved fame only with the role of Ben in the sitcom 2point4 Children (1991–1999). He played a starring film role as Arthur Hoyle alongside Samantha Janus and Neil Morrissey in the rugby league comedy, Up 'n' Under. He appeared in many TV adverts, notably the 1996 National Westminster Bank advertising campaign.

In addition to his screen appearances he made numerous stage appearances including The Rocky Horror Picture Show and What the Butler Saw. He also played 'Pope Liberty III' in the Australian production of the controversial musical Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom.

Olsen appeared as Steve in The Comic Strip Presents...' send up of The Fly, called The Yob. He also starred with Brian Bovell in the 1986 TV series Prospects about two lads in the Docklands trying to get ahead but usually failing.

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Filmography of Gary Olsen (14 films)

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24 Hours in London, 1h30
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Gary Olsen, Sara Stockbridge, John Sharian, Lorelei King, Richard Graham, Morgan Jones
Roles Christian
Rating35% 1.7755251.7755251.7755251.7755251.775525
Crime lord Christian is in charge of the streets of London, he decides to exterminate a rival gang but leaves a witness in the process. Martha—the witness—is being protected by the police but Christians gang is unstopable. After her near-death experience in the police station; she is moved to another location to meet up with under-cover officers. Upon arrival the alleged under-cover cop is actually impersonating the identity of the officer that he and his accompliced just harvested organs from. In the end when Christian is dying in the hotel room, we learn the main protagonist is actually a mole for Christian and that one of Christians thugs is romantically involved with Martha. Turns out that Martha and her lover Tony hired the organ harvesters who are caught up in the middle, Christian is dead, the good/bad cop is left to die and the organ harvesters and the con couple (Martha and Tony) leave. After they leave the room the police force enters the room and the commissioner gives a nod signaling them to leave.
Up 'n' Under, 1h39
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Sports films, Rugby
Actors Gary Olsen, Griff Rhys Jones, Richard Ridings, Samantha Womack, Ralph Brown, Neil Morrissey
Roles Arthur Hoyle
Rating56% 2.8051852.8051852.8051852.8051852.805185
Up 'n' Under follows the story of an inept pub team from the 'Wheatsheaf Arms' in a rugby league sevens competition in Kingston upon Hull in England. Ex-pro Arthur's only passions in life are his wife and rugby league. When he hears about the 'Cobblers Arms' pub team and their corrupt manager, Arthur bets his life savings with Reg Welch that he can train any team to beat them.
Alice Through the Looking Glass, 1h23
Directed by John Henderson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Monde imaginaire, Films about cats, Mise en scène d'un lapin ou d'un lièvre, Films based on Alice in Wonderland, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Kate Beckinsale, Geoffrey Palmer, Ian Holm, Steve Coogan, Penelope Wilton, Siân Phillips
Roles Tweedle-Dum
Rating55% 2.755482.755482.755482.755482.75548
Au moment de faire la lecture à sa petite fille sur le point de s'endormir, Alice, désormais jeune maman, traverse le miroir de la chambre. De retour au pays des merveilles, dans ses habits d'enfant, elle rencontre tour à tour la Reine Rouge, d'insolentes fleurs qui parlent, des pièces d'échec aussi humaines qu'elle, une Reine Blanche qui se souvient des événements avant qu'ils n'aient lieu, un gros oeuf perché au sommet d'une tour… Alors que, dans les bois, rôde le Jabberwocky, un terrible dragon, Alice joue à un étrange et gigantesque jeu dont elle sort victorieuse. Désormais reine, elle participe à un banquet riche en surprises…
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, 2h4
Directed by Peter Greenaway
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime, Romance
Themes Cooking films, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Political films, Dystopian films
Actors Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard, Tim Roth, Gary Olsen
Roles Spangler
Rating75% 3.7986153.7986153.7986153.7986153.798615
English gangster Albert Spica has taken over the high-class Le Hollandais Restaurant, run by French chef Richard Boarst. Spica makes nightly appearances at the restaurant with his retinue of thugs. His oafish behavior causes frequent confrontations with the staff and his own customers, whose patronage he loses, but whose money he seems not to miss.
Raw Deal
Raw Deal (1986)
, 1h46
Directed by John Irvin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Darren McGavin, Sam Wanamaker, Paul Shenar, Steven Hill
Roles Lamanski's Driver
Rating56% 2.8017452.8017452.8017452.8017452.801745
On December 16, 1985, in a remote wooded cabin, a mob informant is under protection by the FBI. They are ambushed by a hit squad who brutally slaughter the bodyguards and the witness. One of the agents killed is Blair Shannon, son of FBI Chief Harry Shannon (Darren McGavin), who vows revenge.
Underworld (1985)
, 1h30
Directed by George Pavlou
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Action, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Denholm Elliott, Miranda Richardson, Steven Berkoff, Nicola Cowper, Larry Lamb, Art Malik
Roles Red Dog
Rating42% 2.1135752.1135752.1135752.1135752.113575
Dr. Savary (Elliott), a sinister biochemist, has created a subhuman species that dwells in the city's underground. Addicted to Savary's mind-expanding drug, his creations suffer from grotesque disfigurements. The victims' only hope for an antidote lies in kidnapping Nicole (Cowper), a high-class prostitute. Roy Bain (Lamb), a fearless adventurer and Nicole's former lover, is hired to save her.
Party Party
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Daniel Peacock, Karl Howman, Perry Fenwick, Caroline Quentin, Sean Chapman, Gary Olsen
Roles Terry
Rating65% 3.291913.291913.291913.291913.29191
It's New Year's Eve, Johnny Reeve (Karl Howman) and his mate, Toby (Daniel Peacock) are out cruising in South London being followed by three quasi-threatening motorcyclists. At the same time, Larry (Perry Fenwick) is at Mass with his parents. Just after "Mum" and the Vicar begin bemoaning the nuisance that the motorcyclists make, Johnny and Toby pick up Larry from the front of the church. Through their conversation and those of other characters, we learn that the three are planning to hold a party at Larry's while his parents are away.
Pink Floyd: The Wall, 1h35
Directed by Alan Parker, Gerald Scarfe
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Psychologie, Films about racism, Films about sexuality, Musical films, Films about psychiatry, Political films
Actors Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, Eleanor David, Bob Hoskins, Michael Ensign, John Scott Martin
Roles Roadie
Rating80% 4.049124.049124.049124.049124.04912
Pink, the protagonist, is a rock star, one of several reasons behind his apparent depressive and detached emotional state. He is first seen in an unkempt hotel room, motionless and expressionless, watching television. The opening music is the Vera Lynn recording of "The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot". It is revealed that Pink's father, a British soldier, was killed in action while defending the Anzio bridgehead during World War II, in Pink's infancy.
Outland (1981)
, 1h52
Directed by Peter Hyams
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Space adventure films, Dans l'espace, Films set in the future, Space opera
Actors Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen, James Sikking, Kika Markham, Steven Berkoff
Roles Worker #1
Rating65% 3.2985953.2985953.2985953.2985953.298595
In the future, Federal Marshal William O'Niel (Sean Connery) is assigned to a tour of duty at the titanium ore mining outpost 'Con-Am 27' operated by the company Conglomerates Amalgamated, on the Jovian moon of Io.
Bloody Kids, 1h31
Directed by Stephen Frears, Stephen Poliakoff
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films about children
Actors Derrick O'Connor, Gary Holton, Gwyneth Strong, Jack Douglas, P. H. Moriarty, George Costigan
Roles Ken's Gang 4 (as Gary Olson)
Rating62% 3.1006453.1006453.1006453.1006453.100645
Leo et Mike sont deux garçons de 11 ans, qui, livrés à eux-mêmes et impressionnés par des élèves plus âgés, glissent progressivement dans la délinquance. Séchant l'école, ils s'inventent peu à peu un monde irréel, se montant la tête l'un l'autre. Pour se rendre intéressant, Léo organise son propre meurtre fictif par Mike, mais cela ne tourne pas exactement comme prévu et Mike se retrouve fugitif et à la merci de mauvaises rencontres. Il passe une journée avec la bande de Ken, un voyou cynique mais cependant protecteur. Arrivant à manipuler la police qui ne peut imaginer leur perversité puérile, les deux garçons échapperont au pire.
Breaking Glass, 1h44
Directed by Brian Gibson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Hazel O'Connor, Phil Daniels, Jon Finch, Jonathan Pryce, Mark Wingett, Gary Tibbs
Roles Guy at Bar
Rating69% 3.494523.494523.494523.494523.49452
The film depicts the rise and fall of Kate (Hazel O'Connor), an angry but creative young singer and songwriter. At the beginning of the film, she is discovered by Danny (Phil Daniels), a young man who desperately wants to become a promoter of music bands but is stuck working for another agent (who forces him to buy hundreds of copies of the singles of one of his artists, Suzie Sapphire, to fix the music charts). Danny takes an active part in controlling Kate's career, impressed with her talent if not her band, whom he promptly fires. He arranges auditions and reaches out to former friends, and in doing so Kate's new band, Breaking Glass is formed. Breaking Glass consists of Kate on vocals and keyboard, best friends Tony (Mark Wingett) and Dave (Gary Tibbs) on lead and bass guitar respectively, the drug-addicted and partially deaf Ken (Jonathan Pryce) on saxophone and the 'mental' Mick (Peter-Hugo Daly) on drums.
The Birth of the Beatles, 1h44
Directed by Richard Marquand
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Nigel Havers, John Altman, Ray Ashcroft, David Nicholas Wilkinson, Gary Olsen, Linal Haft
Roles Rory Storm
Rating64% 3.2474253.2474253.2474253.2474253.247425
The film opens with the Beatles driving in a car with their manager Brian Epstein and John's wife Cynthia Lennon. It is 1964 and they are heading to America for the first time after already encountering massive success across Europe. They begin to remember the days before they became famous.