Sad to hear of the death of Glynn Edwards, an actor who will perhaps forever be known as Dave the barman of The Winchester Club in Minder, at the age of 87 on May 23rd.
As the lugubrious and dependable Dave, he pulled pints at the Winchester Club and served Arthur Daley his favourite tipple of VAT (Vodka and Tonic) performing as both a confident and stooge to many of George Cole's pearls of wisdom from 1979 to 1994, becoming a familiar and much loved face in households up and down the land. Away from Minder, it's probably easier to say what Edwards hadn't been in rather than what he had, so extensive is his CV. He appeared in the Michael Caine films Zulu, The Ipcress File and Get Carter, getting on the wrong side of Caine's knife in the backyard of a bookies in the latter, starred as Hare opposite Derren Nesbitt in the 1972 film Burke and Hare (which also starred his ex wife Yootha Joyce) and had credits in several other films including Shaft In Africa, The Bofors Guns, All Coppers Are..., Under Milk Wood and Robbery.
His television work was just as extensive, appearing in all the classics of the 1960s including The Saint, The Avengers, Z Cars and Dixon of Dock Green. He was forever at the end of his tether as Mr Lewis in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, and appeared in several other sitcoms including The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Please Sir and Steptoe and Son.
Edwards was born in Malaya in 1931, the son of a rubber planter. His mother passed away shortly after his birth leaving Edwards to first be raised by his grandparents in Southsea and then by his father and stepmother, a publican, in Salisbury until his father's death in 1946. After a stint in the Caribbean working as a sugar farmer, Edwards returned to the UK and trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, before joining Joan Littlewood's celebrated Theatre Workshop. He was married three times, firstly to George and Mildred star Yootha Joyce from 1956 to 1968, then to Benny Hill starlet Christine Pilgrim and from the 1980s onwards to Valerie Edwards. When they called time on Minder, Edwards retired from acting and spent his time in Spain and Edinburgh, where he passed away at the end of last month at the age of 87.