Bernard Spear

Bernard Spear (11 September 1919 9 May 2003) was an English actor.[1]

Bernard Spear
Born(1919-09-11)11 September 1919
Died9 May 2003(2003-05-09) (aged 83)
Years active1956-2003
Mary Newton
(m. 1949; his death 2003)

Early life

Spear was born in Croydon, south London to a Polish-Jewish father and a Russian-Jewish mother. He was educated at Central Federation School in London, and worked as a clerk at a tobacco manufacturers before serving in the Royal Artillery in Gibraltar during World War II.[2]


Spear starred in the BAFTA TV Award-winning television play Bar Mitzvah Boy, and also played the dual roles of Cervantes's manservant and Sancho Panza in the 1968 London stage version of Man of La Mancha.[3][4] His film career includes roles in the films Drop Dead Darling (1966), Bedazzled (1967), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972), Secrets of a Door-to-Door Salesman (1972), Wombling Free (1977) and Yentl (1983).[1] His only regular role on television was as Morris Ransome in the soap opera Albion Market (1985-86).

Personal life

Spear married dancer/writer Mary Newton/Logan in 1949; the couple had one child, Julian, owner of Julian Spear PR (an independent promotion company for radio & television), who is married to actress Carol Royle.[2][5]

Bernard and Mary remained married until his death in 2003.[2]



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  2. Skues, Keith (May 22, 2003). "Obituary: Bernard Spear" via
  3. "BFI Screenonline: Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976)".
  4. "Bernard Spear | Theatricalia".
  5. "Actress Carol Royle Son Sam Taran Husband Editorial Stock Photo - Stock Image | Shutterstock". Shutterstock Editorial.

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