Tony Anholt

A profile of the actor Tony Anholt

Tony Anholt was born in Singapore on January 19 1941, his Dutch-born father was captured when Singapore fell to the Japanese during the second World War, and died in Malaysia. Tony's mother brought Tony to the UK, after first going to various countries, including Australia and South Africa.

Tony was educated at Cranleigh School and after leaving, had a series of jobs unconnected with the acting profession, including: teaching, selling insurance and working for a toy company.

Tony Anholt's acting debut was in the mid 1960s and some of his early television roles were in series such as The Mind of Mr J.G. Reeder in May 1971 in the episode entitled Find the Lady, playing the character Count Orlando Vigaretti. Tony was also a continuity announcer for the BBC World Service earlier in his career.

In the mid 1970s Tony starred in the science-fiction series Space 1999 as security chief Tony Verdeshi. He also starred in The Protectors as Paul Bouchet and had a guest -starring role in Only Fools and Horses as Boysie's business partner Abdul. Tony also appeared in Coronation Street as David Law in 1975.

In the 1980s Tony worked on several popular television series of that decade, including Minder and Triangle, but probably his most famous role is as the very convincing ruthless business tycoon Charles Frere in the highly successful 1980s BBC serial Howards' Way. Tony Anholt went on to marry his Howards' Way co-star Tracey Childs in 1990, he had divorced his first wife Sheila Willet in 1986. Tony and Tracey divorced in 1998. In the late 1990s Tony made several episodes of the television series Lexx.

Sadly, Tony Anholt was diagnosed with a brain tumour and died at the age of 61 on July 26 2002. He is survived by his two ex-wives Sheila and Tracey (both of whom were at his bedside when he died) and his son from his first marriage, Christien Anholt who is also an actor