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Al Hunter Ashton

Hunter came from a working-class background. Born Alan Hunter (he later changed his name by deed poll to Al Hunter), he wrote scripts for his own amusement from the age of 15; he worked in his spare time as a stand-up comedian in clubs for £15 a night but became a stripper on discovering that he could earn the same amount for shedding his clothes every evening. "My stripping routine was actually funnier than my stand-up one," he said.[citation needed] He acted under the name "Al Ashton", choosing this to ensure he appeared high up in any alphabetical credits. He wrote under the name "Al Hunter". He later combined the two acting and writing under the name "Al Hunter Ashton". His first professional acting work was with a Theatre in Education company in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, and he was subsequently cast in Willy Russell plays such as Breezeblock Park (at the Liverpool Playhouse) and Blood Brothers (at the Derby Playhouse). Russell also later commissioned him to write the BBC Schools television play Teaching Matthew (in which Hunter also had a small role as a policeman, 1985), a satire on Russell's own Educating Rita. Hunter worked very closely with the Stage 22 School of Arts Network in the UK and upon his death, children from the school made their own version of the Queen hit Only the Good Die Young which was dedicated to him and his three young children. Taken from

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Jun 27, 1957 In Birmingham, West Midlands, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Crossroads 1964-11-02
Latest Project:
Movie Sisterhood 2008-10-17
Known For
Poster of Sisterhood
Poster of Rumble
Poster of Mr. Bean
Poster of Inspector Morse
Movie Sisterhood Reggie 2008-10-17
Movie From Hell Stonecutter 2001-02-08
Movie Mr In-Between Fat Dave 2001-09-10
Movie Gladiator Rome Trainer #1 2000-05-04
Movie The Wedding Tackle Taxi Driver 2000-08-11
Movie Treasure Island George Merry 1999-01-01
Movie EverAfter Cargomaster 1998-07-31
Series The Broker's Man 1997-06-17
Series Rumble 1995-05-24
Series Backup Unknown 1995-09-07
Movie White Goods Chris 1994-01-01
Series Time After Time Mr Eaton 1994-03-18
Series Chef Unknown 1993-01-28
Movie The Bullion Boys Barnstable 1993-10-24
Movie Alive and Kicking Sgt. Tocknell 1991-10-13
Series The Brittas Empire Unknown 1991-01-03
Series Mr. Bean Unknown 1990-01-01
Movie The Widowmaker Mr Wilding 1990-12-29
Series Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
Movie A Fish Called Wanda Warder 1988-07-15
Series Inspector Morse Unknown 1987-01-06
Movie Agent on Ice Thug 1986-05-03
Movie Arthur's Hallowed Ground Billy 1984-10-30
Movie Remembrance John 1982-10-01
Series Crossroads 1964-11-02