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PostSubject: Richard O'Sullivan (Robin Tripp)   Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:12 am

Richard O'Sullivan (born 7 May 1944, Chiswick, Middlesex) is an English comedy actor who is probably best known to British and Australian audiences for his role as Robin Tripp in the 1970's sitcoms Man About the House and Robin's Nest. O'Sullivan also starred in Doctor at Large, Doctor in Charge, Trouble in Mind, Alcock and Gander and Me and My Girl.

Richard O'Sullivan's early education was at St. John the Evangelist's RC primary school in Brentford, Middlesex. After a family holiday in Ireland as a boy, O'Sullivan returned with a strong Irish accent and was sent to the famous Corona Academy stage school to try to get rid of it, thus starting a distinguished acting career. He appeared in his first film at the age of eight.

His earliest recognised work was the film It's Great to Be Young where he appeared alongside John Mills. He appeared alongside Keith Michell and Belinda Lee in the 1957 opulent swashbuckler, Dangerous Exile as Louis XVII, the ten-year-old son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Also during 1957, he co-starred alongside Richard Greene in two episodes of the television film series "The Adventures of Robin Hood", playing Will Dale in the episode "The Challenge of the Black Knight" and Prince Arthur in the episode "The Double." He also starred in Carry On Teacher in the role of Robin Stevens, but he did not join the Carry On team for further movies.

In the early 1960s he appeared in two Cliff Richard films: The Young Ones, and Wonderful Life. O'Sullivan also had a small part in the film Cleopatra.

For the rest of the 1960s he was a jobbing actor until he was offered the major role of Dr. Lawrence Bingham in the ITV/London Weekend Television (LWT) situation comedy Doctor in the House follow on series Doctor at Large and Doctor in Charge. In 1972, he had a main role in the ITV/Thames Television comedy Alcock and Gander, and his comic timing was such that he was offered the lead role in sitcom Man About the House, written by the same writers and produced by the same company as Alcock and Gander, in 1973, which made him a household name.

Three years later, he reprised his role as Robin Tripp when Man About the House (with Paula Wilcox, Sally Thomsett, Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy and Doug Fisher) came to a natural end and the writers conceived a spin-off called Robin's Nest (with Tessa Wyatt), in which Tripp set up a restaurant with his fiancee's father (played by Tony Britton). Again, this show was a big success and the first UK sitcom to feature an unmarried couple cohabiting. While he was playing a chef, he wrote a recipe book called Man About The Kitchen, which was published in 1980. He also wrote the show's theme tune, which was arranged by Brian Bennett. During this period, O'Sullivan also appeared in adverts for British Gas.

He then took the title role in the LWT children's drama Dick Turpin which ran from 1979 to 1982 and also played the widower in sitcom Me and My Girl broadcast from 1984 to 1988, co-starring Tim Brooke-Taylor and Joan Sanderson and also produced by LWT. In the 1990s, his profile decreased although he was rarely short of work. His final acting role was in a 1996 one-off satire entitled Holed with Tony Robinson about a suburban golf club.

O'Sullivan largely retired from public life in 1996. His last appearance on television was as a guest on a 1999 edition of This Is Your Life held in honour of his Doctor... co-star George Layton. O' Sullivan had himself been the subject of the show in 1974.

O'Sullivan suffered a stroke late in 2003. He is now living in Brinsworth House, a retirement home for actors and performers in England, run by the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund[1]. In 2006, O'Sullivan recorded commentary for the DVD release of Carry On Teacher.
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