Friday 13 July 2018

Carry On Originals: Arnold Diamond

This is part of a new series of blogs looking back at the stars of the original Carry On film, Carry On Sergeant. 2018 marks 60 years since Sergeant was made and released so what better time to turn the focus on all those brilliant actors who brought our favourite series of comedy films to life? 

I'm continuing today with an actor who never quite became a household name, despite almost never being out of work during a career that spanned 45 years,  Arnold Diamond. 

Role in Carry On Sergeant: Fifth Specialist

Other Carry On roles: Arnold returned, in voice only, when he was heard as the Chief Constable on the phone to Eric Barker's Inspector Mills at the end of Carry On Constable.

Other notable film performances: Arnold played Molke in The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958); Moffat in The Frightened City (1961); the Headwaiter in The Anniversary (1968); Charles Dickens in The Best House in London (1969); Major Proudfoot in Zeppelin (1971); Moishe in Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Lengetti in Madame Sin (1972). 

Best remembered for: Arnold Diamond's best known roles are as Colonel Latignant, one of the few recurring characters in the 1960s Roger Moore series The Saint and as Mr Rabinsky, Alf Garnett's neighbour in the television series In Sickness and in Health. 

Did you know?: Even though he was born in West Ham, London, Arnold spent most of his career being cast as foreign characters. 

What happened to him?: Arnold Diamond passed away in Poole, Dorset at the age of 76 in March 1992.

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