Gorden Kaye Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, UK
Died in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England, UK  (dementia)
Birth NameGordon Irving Kaye
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gorden Kaye was born on April 7, 1941 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England as Gordon Irving Kaye. He was an actor, known for 'Allo 'Allo (1982), Brazil (1985) and Born and Bred (1978). He died on January 23, 2017 in Knaresborough, Yorkshire.

Trivia (9)

He had a dent in his forehead that was caused when a plank of wood went through his car window during an exceptionally severe gale in January 1990. He recovered from the accident, but he could not ever remember anything about it afterwards.
On 'Allo 'Allo (1982), his character René always called Edith (Carmen Silvera) "you stupid woman" but in real-life, the actors were best friends.
He interviewed The Beatles for Huddersfield local radio, in February 1963 the day they performed in the town.
Gorden Kaye with an E is attributed to a spelling mistake in a hospital. According to his autobiography 'Rene and Me', he looked at the information index at the end of his bed, and it read 'Gorden' with an E.
He worked in a variety of jobs in radio, a tractor factory, and textile mills. He signed up for a radio play directed by playwright and director Sir Alan Ayckbourn. Ayckbourn suggested he audition for a theatre company, and his acting career was launched.
Began acting as a youth at King James's grammar school in Huddersfield and, subsequently, at Huddersfield Technical College.
Comedy actor best known to TV audiences as the reluctant French Resistance hero René Artois in the iconic series 'Allo 'Allo (1982). He also played the role on stage more than 1200 times.
The creators of 'Allo 'Allo had initially planned to have the character of René speak like Jacques Clouseau, but decided in the end to make his French accent less impenetrable so audiences would more quickly 'get the joke'.
He suffered from dementia and lived in a care home for the last two years of his life.

Personal Quotes (2)

It's the sign of a misspelt youth. [Joking about the unusual spelling of his first name]
It's hard to imagine life without René. I'm from Yorkshire, and in rehearsals I would say in my own voice things like "oh 'eck!" - and that has got into the script. René actually says "oh 'eck!" because as in France, like Yorkshire, they don't pronounce their "H's".

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