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Dennis Waterman


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born February 24, 1948 in Clapham, London is an English actor and singer, best known for his tough-guy roles in television series such as The Sweeney and Minder, in which he played the title role, that of ex-prisoner and dogsbody Terry McCann, alongside George Cole as his “boss”, entrepreneur Arthur Daley.

In 1962 he starred as William Brown in the BBC TV series William based on the books of Richmal Crompton.

In the early 1970s he played a victim of Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) in the Hammer film production “The Scars of Dracula”.

He became well-known and something of a pin-up as DS George Carter in The Sweeney, during the 1970s. As well as starring in Minder, he sang the theme tune, “I Could Be So Good For You”, which was a top three UK hit in 1980, and had a brief singing career. He recorded a song with George Cole “What are we gonna get for ‘er indoors”. It is sometimes incorrectly believed that he wrote “I Could Be So Good For You”, due to the song being credited to ‘Waterman/Kenny’. In fact, it was his then wife Patricia Waterman who co-wrote the song with fellow songwriter Gerard Kenny. Waterman also sang the theme tunes to three more programmes in which he appeared: the comedy drama “Stay Lucky” with Jan Francis (ITV 1989), sitcom On The Up (BBC 1990) and crime drama New Tricks (Wall to Wall television for BBC, 2003). His foray into the world of music started earlier with his first album in 1976 titled Downwind of Angels, arranged and produced by Brian Bennett.


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