Dennis Waterman Biography

Dennis Waterman is a veteran British actor. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: February 24, 1948

Nationality: British

Famous: Actors British Men

Age: 72 Years, 72 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Pisces

Born Country: England

Born in: Clapham, London, United Kingdom

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males

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Spouse/Ex-: Pam Flint, Patricia Maynard (m. 1977–1987), Penny Dixon (m. 1967–1976), Rula Lenska (m. 1987–1998)

father: Harry Frank Waterman

mother: Rose Juliana

siblings: Allen Waterman, Joy Waterman, Ken Waterman, Myrna Waterman, Norma Waterman, Peter Waterman, Stella Waterman, Vera Waterman

City: London, England

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education: Granard Primary School, Corona Stage School

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Dennis Waterman is a veteran British actor. Born youngest into a family of eight surviving children, he was “spoiled rotten” by his siblings, being initiated into boxing by his elder brother, Kenneth, at the age of three and into acting by his sister at the age of eight. Very soon he began to appear on stage, ultimately debuting in films at twelve. At fourteen, he moved to Hollywood to star in comedy series ‘Fair Exchange’. On his return, he continued to appear both on stage and screen, playing wide range of roles till he retired at the age of 67. In his entire career spanning from 1960 to 2015, he has appeared in 28 films and numerous television and stage productions. He became popular for his role of Detective Sergeant George Hamilton Carter in the police drama series, ‘The Sweeney’. Also known as a singer, he has three albums and 12 singles to his credit.

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Childhood & Early Years
  • Dennis Waterman was born on 24 February 1948 in the Clapham district of south-west London, England. His father, Harry Frank Waterman, was a ticket collector for the British Railway and an amateur boxer. His mother’s name was Rose Juliana (née Saunders).
  • Dennis was the youngest of his parents’ nine children, having three elder brothers named Kenneth, Allen and Peter and five elder sisters named Joyce, Vera, Stella, Norma and Myrna. Among them, Allen died young while Joy and Vera left home before his birth.
  • When he was eight years old, his eldest sister introduced him to acting, almost dragging him to amateur theatre. Here he began acting with Shakespeare’s ‘A Winter's Tale’ and ‘Love's Labours Lost’.
  • Beginning his education at the Granard Primary School in Putney, he later studied at Corona Stage School. In later years, he has often talked about the school’s support, which has enabled him to play such a varied range of characters.
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  • In 1960, Denis Waterman began his film career, appearing as Ted Lewis in ‘Night Train for Inverness' and as Mickey Donovan in 'Snowball'. Also in the same year, he gave voiceover in ‘Ali and the Camel’ and appeared in two small roles for Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • In 1961, he played the part of Winthrop Paroo in a production of ‘The Music Man’ at the Adelphi Theatre. In the following year, he starred as William Brown in the BBC TV series ‘William’ and appeared in two films, ‘Crooks Anonymous’ and ‘The Pirates of Blood River’.
  • In 1962, he flew to Hollywood to play Neville Finch in CBS comedy series ‘Fair Exchange’, remaining with it until its end in September 1963. On his return, he continued to act, appearing as Jimpy in ‘Go Kart Go’ (1964) and as Colin in Edward Bond’s play, ‘Saved’ (1965).
  • In 1968, he starred as Pete in Peter Collinson's film, 'Up the Junction'. It was followed in 1969 by ‘The Smashing Bird I Used to Know’.
  • In 1970, he appeared in four films, as Joe O'Reilly in ‘Wedding Night’, as James Anderson in ‘My Lover My Son’, as a photographer in ‘This, That and the Other’ and as Simon Carlson in ‘Scars of Dracula’. It was followed in 1971 by ‘Fright’ and ‘Man in the Wilderness’.
  • In 1972, he appeared as 2 of Spades in ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’. Also in the same year, he was cast as Lieutenant Jordan (in ‘Colditz’, a British television series screened between 1972 and 1974 on BBC1. Meanwhile in 1973, he appeared as Stephen Durno in ‘The Belstone Fox’.
  • From 1975 to 1978, he starred as Detective Sergeant George Hamilton Carter in ‘The Sweeney’. Meanwhile in 1976, he released his first music album, ‘Downwind of Angels’, Two years later, he returned to the Royal Shakespeare Company to play Sackett in ‘Saratoga’.
  • In 1982-1983, he starred as Hildy Johnson in the musical, ‘Windy City’, which ran for 250 performances. Also in 1982, he starred as Bob Jones in 'The World Cup: A Captain's Tale' and in 1983 narrated ‘The Way of the Warrior’, an eight-part BBC documentary series.
  • In 1985, he starred as Terry in the television film, 'Minder on the Orient Express'. It was followed by BBC miniseries, 'The Life and Loves of a She-Devil' (1986). ‘The First Kangaroos’ (1988) and ‘Cold Justice’ (1989) were two of his other important works of this decade.
  • In 1990s, Waterman did only one movie, starring as Pete / Kevin in 'Vol-au-vent' (1996). Instead he concentrated on television, appearing as Thomas Gynn in ‘Stay Lucky’ (1989-1993), as Tony Carpenter in 'On the Up' (1990-1992) and John Danson in 'The Knock' (1997-1999).
  • In 2003, he was cast as Gerry Standing in 'New Tricks', appearing in every season till 2015. During this period, he also appeared in three films, as Derek Doubleday in ‘Arthur's Dyke’ (2001), as Jarvis in ‘Back in Business’ (2007) and in a cameo role in ‘Run for Your Wife’ (2012).
Major Works
  • Dennis Waterman is best known for his role of Detective Sergeant George Hamilton Carter in the police drama series, ‘The Sweeney’ (1975-1978). He reprised the same role in its cinema spin offs, ‘Sweeney!’ (1977) and ‘Sweeney 2’ (1978).
Family & Personal Life
  • Dennis Waterman has tied the knot four times. His first marriage to Penny Dixon took place in 1967. The couple divorced in 1976 and had children.
  • In 1977, he married actress Patricia Maynard, having two daughters, Hannah Elizabeth Waterman and Julia Martha Waterman, with her. The couple divorced in 1987. Hannah Waterman grew up to be an actress.
  • In 1987, he married English-Polish actress, Rula Lenska. They divorced in the following year because of his violent behavior towards her.
  • In 2011, he married his fourth and present wife Pam Flint.

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