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
Childs in 1990, he had divorced his first wife Sheila Willet
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
died at the age of 61 on July 26 2002. He is survived by his two
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