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Melvyn Hayes

Past King Rat

Melvyn started in show business at the Comedy Theatre London in 1950 disappearing twice daily for 4.00 per week in Maskelyne's Mysteries, performing The Indian Rope Trick.

After spending the next ten years working constantly in films, theatre and television drama, his first big break came in 1960, when he signed a seven-year film contract with Associated British Picture Corporation and starred in No Trees in The Street, Crooks in Cloisters and the Cliff Richard movies, The Young Ones, Summer Holiday and Wonderful Life.

Early work for the B.B.C. included the title role in the award winning drama documentary The Unloved, The Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist and Edik in The Silver Sword.

In the mid 60's he played over a thousand performances
of Bill Naughton's Spring and Port Wine in London's West End.

Another lucky break came in the 70's - Bombardier "Gloria" Beaumont in television's It Ain't Half Hot Mum.

Melvyn has more than fifty films, (including The Curse of Frankenstein, Operation Amsterdam, Santa Claus- the Movie, The Flesh and the Fiends and Carry on England), a dozen West End stage productions, ( and many U.K. and Overseas theatre tours (amongst his favourites were, Play it Again Sam, Run for Your Wife, The Bespoke Overcoat and The Dresser), summer seasons, pantomimes and over five hundred television (from Quatermass, Billy Bunter and The Double Decker?s through to The Thin Blue Line, the last series of Drop The Dead Donkey and Countdown! ) and radio shows to his credit.

He is equally at home in cabaret or as an after dinner speaker and a familiar voice in television and radio commercials. He has provided the voice for several cartoon series, (including Superted, The Dreamstone, Alfred J Quack, Little Dracula and the Duchess of York?s Budgie) both in this country and for Walt Disney and Hanna Barberra in Hollywood.

He's very proud to have been chosen for many Royal Variety Shows, and on 7th January 1981, whilst playing "Mate" to Windsor Davies's "Captain" in Dick Whittington at the London Palladium, Melvyn was the subject of Thames Television's This Is Your Life.

Other work continues to be as varied as ever: He directed his first Pantomime - Aladdin, for Christopher Lillicrap. He "Presented" (another first), a television documentary for the B.B.C. - Scotland in the Sixties. He recorded a six-part serial for Audio Cassette - Doctor Who - Shada. A second series of Revolver a television sketch show series for the B.B.C., a UK Tour in Pirouette Production's variety show It Aint Half Fun Mum, ("where I achieved an ambition - to perform 'Stand-up? comedy ' well it made me laugh!"). It couldn't have been that bad because he then "topped the bill" at the City Varieties in Leeds in their traditional Old Time Variety Show. Melvyn joined the cast of Eastenders to play Michael Rawlins a driving instructor who fell for the charms of his pupil Dot! Alias that wonderful actress June Brown.
Melvyn most recent theatre tours were in the UK starring in Cash on Delivery, followed by the 25th Anniversary of Run For Your Wife - playing Stanley - the same part he played in the original all those years ago. So You're Only Young Twice, makes it a hat-trick.
Recent television includes: The Slammer, The Legend of Dick & Dom, and a trip to Benidorm to play Mr Pink.
He is in his 30th year with his autobiography. Not how many years since it's been published. Just the time it's taken him so far to write it. He's up to 1956.
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