Peter Blake (actor)
Peter Blake (8 December 1948 – 21 July 2018) was a Scottish actor. Probably best known as the character Kirk St Moritz in the BBC sitcom Dear John, by John Sullivan, his other high-profile moments came through his playing of a 'Fonz'-type character in Pepsi-Cola commercials which led to a hit record in 1977 "Lipsmakin' Rock 'n' Rollin", Andy Evol the disc-jockey in Agony with Maureen Lipman for LWT and in an episode of Taggart ("Do or Die") as Sgt. Bill Kent. He also had a long association with The Rocky Horror Show playing Frank-N-Furter over a thousand times between 1975 and 1994.
He began his career as an aspiring pop star before turning to acting; his first professional appearance was at the Edinburgh International Festival, in Frank Dunlop's 'Pop Theatre' production of The Winter's Tale, at the Assembly Hall, in 1966.
Peter Blake trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and joined the Citizens’ Theatre Company, performing in a production of Twelfth Night, and Michael Blakemore’s original production of Bertolt Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui which opened in September 1967 at the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow and, in August 1968, performed at The Lyceum, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival.
After graduating in 1969 Peter worked briefly as a stage manager in several Soho strip clubs before he joined the international cast of Victor Spinetti’s Amsterdam production of Hair, in 1970, and subsequently played the role of Berger in the show’s national tour of The Netherlands.
Returning to the UK there followed a string of London's West End rock musicals, with roles in Hair at the Shaftesbury Theatre; as Pharaoh in the original productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Albery Theatre, as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Palace Theatre; as Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show at the King's Road Theatre; as Peter in the revue What’s a Nice Country like US doing in a State like This? at the May Fair Theatre; and reprising his role of Frank-N-Furter at the Comedy Theatre.
Peter Blake has also performed at the Chichester Festival Theatre, work included Julius Caesar, Murder in the Cathedral and In Order of Appearance; out of London theatre work included Nestor in Irma La Douce at the Sheffield Crucible; Count Dracula in Charles McKeown's play Dracula at the Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead; Marat in The Promise at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley; and on tour in Jack Rosenthal’s Smash!; Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends, Ray Cooney’s Funny Money, and The Rocky Horror Show returning to his old role of 'Frank-N-Furter' in 1992 and 1994; he also starred in several pantomimes, including as Captain Hook in Peter Pan, as King Rat in Dick Whittington and as Abanazer in Aladdin.
Television and film
Peter Blake's best-known role was the flamboyant and boastful Kirk St Moritz, resplendent in white suit, big collars and golden medallion, in the British sitcom Dear John (1986–87). He appeared in other British television series including as Tony Miller, a member of CI5 in the hard-hitting police drama The Professionals (1978). As Michael Vincent in Penmarric (1979), Andy Evol in Agony (1979-1981), Carl Pierce in A Very Peculiar Practice (1986), Aubrey Owen in Dogfood Dan & the Carmarthen Cowboy (1988), David in Split Ends (1989), as Harvey in Fiddlers Three (1991) and as Ken Tate in EastEnders (2010).
Blake guested on shows such as The Squirrels, Out, Z-Cars, Minder, Shoestring, Shine on Harvey Moon, Bergerac, After Henry, Alas Smith and Jones, Ever Decreasing Circles, Boon, The New Statesman, Woof!, Underbelly, The High Life, The Bill, and Casualty, among others.
His film appearances include Intimate Games (1976), Panic (1978), Murder on Line One (1989), Cash in Hand (1998), The Lift (2008) and Man and Dog (2010).
In 1977, Peter Blake reached number 40 in the UK Singles Chart with the song Lipsmackin' Rock 'n' Rollin, performing it on the BBC Television music show Top of the Pops on 29 September 1977; and subsequently released a single called Boogie Breakout in 1979.
- Lipsmackin' Rock 'N Rollin' / Clever Dick - Released : August 26, 1977.
- Boogie Breakout / Rock 'N' Roll Lady - Released : March 9, 1979.
Stage Cast Recordings include :
- Hair - The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical (Original Amsterdam Cast) - LP.
Date of release: 1970.
Written-By – Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni, James Rado.
- London production of the musical, "What's a Nice Country like U.S. Doing in a State like This?"
Date of release: 1976.
Music by Cary Hoffman. Words by Ira Gasman.
- Hard Times: The Musical (Original London Cast Recording Highlights) - EP.
Date of release: Jun 1, 2000.
Book, music and lyrics by Christopher Tookey and Hugh Thomas. From the novel by Charles Dickens.
|The Winter's Tale||1966||Various characters||Edinburgh Festival|
|Twelfth Night||1967||Officer||Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre|
|The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui||1967||Grocer / Gangster||Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre Company|
|The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui||1968||2nd Chicago Grocer||Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh Festival|
|Hair||1969-70||Berger||Amsterdam / National Tour of Holland|
|Hair||1970-73||Berger / Claude / Woof||Shaftesbury Theatre, West End|
|Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat||1973||Pharaoh||Albery Theatre, West End|
|Why Not Stay For Breakfast?||1973||Hippie||National Tour|
|Irma La Douce||1973||Nestor Le Fripe||Crucible Theatre, Sheffield|
|Jesus Christ Superstar||1974||Pontius Pilate||Palace Theatre, West End|
|The Rocky Horror Show||1975-76||Frank-N-Furter||King’s Road Theatre, Chelsea|
|What's A Nice Country Like U.S.
Doing in A State Like This?
|1976||Peter||Mayfair Theatre, West End|
|Make Me A World||1976||Lucifer||Chichester Theatre|
|In Order of Appearance||1977||Various characters||Chichester Festival|
|Julius Caesar||1977||Flavius / Decius Brutus / Titinius||Chichester Festival|
|Murder in the Cathedral||1977||4th Temptor||Chichester Cathedral|
|Dracula||1978||Count Dracula||Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead|
|The Rocky Horror Show||1979||Frank-N-Furter||Comedy Theatre, West End|
|The Promise||1980||Marat||Churchill Theatre, Bromley|
|SMASH!||1981||Don Black||National Tour|
|Run for Your Wife||1982||De Sergeant Troughton||Shaftesbury Theatre, West End|
|Dear Anyone||1983||Danny||Cambridge Theatre, West End|
|See How They Run||1984||The Intruder||Shaftesbury Theatre, West End|
|Goldilocks & the Three Bears||1986||Heinkel||Canada|
|Run for Your Wife||1986||De Sergeant Troughton||Criterion Theatre, West End|
|It Runs in the Family||1987||Dr. Mike Connolly||Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford|
|Absent Friends||1988||Paul||National Tour|
|Dick Whittington||1988||King Rat||Richmond Theatre, London|
|Aladdin||1990||Abanazer||Palace Theatre, Manchester|
|The Rocky Horror Show||1991-92||Frank-N-Furter||National Tour|
|Alfie||1992||Various characters||National Tour|
|Love Off the Shelf||1993||Hero / Hamilton||Scarborough In The Round|
|Dick Whittington||1993||King Rat||The Forum, Hatfield|
|Penny for the Guy||1994||Burglar||Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Kent|
|The Rocky Horror Show||1994||Frank-N-Furter||Summer Season Bournemouth & Blackpool|
|The Snow Queen||1994||Igor||Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford|
|Absent Friends||1996-97||Paul||National Tour|
|Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||1997||Herman the Henchman||Orchard Theatre, Dartford|
|Gym and Tonic||1999||Ken||Theatre Royal, Windsor|
|Run For Your Wife||1999||De Sergeant Troughton||Oliver, National Theatre, London|
|Say Who You Are||1999||Stuart Wheeler||The Mill, Sonning|
|Hard Times||2000||Mr E.W.B Childers||Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End|
|Bridges and Harmonies||2000||Alex||Bridewell Theatre, London|
|Dick Whittington||2001||King Rat||Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury|
|Money To Burn||2003||Lord Oliver Justin||The Venue, West End|
|Oscar - The Musical||2004||Oscar Wilde||Shaw Theatre, London|
|Peter Pan||2005||Captain Hook||Hippodrome, Birmingham|
|Funny Money||2006||Vic Johnson||National Tour|
|Peter Pan||2006||Captain Hook||Hippodrome, Bristol|
|Peter Pan||2007||Captain Hook||Alhambra Theatre, Bradford|
- "Obituary - Peter Blake, Scots actor best known for Dear John". HeraldScotland. Archived from the original on 28 July 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
- The Rocky Horror Show : King's Road Theatre (Chelsea, London) Programme 1975; Comedy Theatre (London) Programme 1979; Theatre Tour Programme 1992 and 1994.
- "The Edinburgh International Festival". The Tatler News. 20 August 1966. p. 3.
- "Scottish Theatre Archive". University of Glasgow.
- "'Arturo Ui' A MASTERPIECE of theatre". The Stage, London. 1968. 29 August 1968.
- "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Archived from the original on 15 May 2018.
- The Rocky Horror Show, King's Road Theatre (Chelsea, London) Programme 1975 - 1976.
- Musical hoofers: "What’s a Nice Country like US doing in a State like This?" with Peter Blake, Billy Boyle, Neil McCaul, Jacquie Toye and Leueen Willoughby, The Stage, London, England. Thursday 10 June 1976.
- The Rocky Horror Show, Comedy Theatre (London) Programme 1979.
- "Chichester Festival Theatre in 1977". Archived from the original on 15 May 2018.
- "REGIONAL THEATRE". The Stage, London: 23. 7 September 1978.
- "The Promise at Churchill, Bromley, from March 25, 1980, The Stage, London, Thursday 13 March 1980.
- "SMASH by Jack Rosenthal". Chaseside. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
- "PRODUCTION NEWS: Absent Friends". The Stage, London. 11 April 1996.
- "Funny Money, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Aug 29 - Sept". The Argus. 25 August 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
- Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show, Theatre Tour Programme 1992 and 1994. Publisher: John Good Holbrook, 1992 and 1994.
- ""The Professionals" Everest Was Also Conquered (TV Episode 1978)". Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2018 – via www.imdb.com.
- "Episode dated 9/8/2010". EastEnders. 9 August 2010. BBC. BBC One. Archived from the original on 12 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-904994-10-7.
- Ed Stewart (28 October 2012). "BBC One - Top of the Pops, 29/09/77". Bbc.co.uk. Archived from the original on 5 December 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- Peter Blake - Lipsmackin' Rock 'N Rollin', retrieved 13 May 2018
- Peter Blake - Boogie Breakout, retrieved 13 May 2018
- "HAIR Netherlands 1970 - Grey Cover". Olaf's Hair site.
- "Highlights from What's a nice country like U.S. doing in a state like this?". WorldCat.