English Comic actor and screenwriter, Mike Walling has passed away. Mike Walling reportedly died today July 3 2020. His cause of death is still not yet known. The news of his death was confirmed by his agency half hour ago. Mike died at the age of 69.
His agency in an official statement wrote “MIKE WALLING We can confirm that our much loved and valued client, Mike Walling, has sadly died, aged 69. David Daly had represented him since the early 1980s when he was very well known for his roles in such comedy series as Brush Strokes with Karl Howman. A hugely talented comedy actor, Mike also starred in British comedy favourites such as My Family and Birds of a Feather, as well as latterly, running character Clifford Ford in Coronation Street. A warm and kind man, Mike was very well liked by everyone that worked with him. He will be much missed.”
Angie Gilligan Brewer Wrote “The man who my Mike considered to be his best friend, ever since they taught together at Holland Park School in the 1970s. Neither had seen the other for a year or so – Mike B not travelling to England and Mike W too incapacitated to travel to France. But they still shared lots of jokey phone calls and giggled a lot for two ageing men. I hope you are resting in peace dear Wal, and lots of love to Lucy.”
BBC Televeison Centre wrote “Mike Walling: I was sad to hear that the actor Mike Walling (left) has passed away. The news has been confirmed by both Mike’s family and management.
Mike’s television credits included playing painter Eric in the sitcom Brush Strokes, which was made at BBC Television Centre. RIP, Mike Walling.”
Brush Strokes wrote “Sad news to report the death of Mike Walling, who played Eric in the show. He was 69.”
What You Need To Know About Mike Walling
Mike Walling began his career as an English teacher at Holland Park School in London. In the mid-1970s, while still a teacher, he won a British TV talent contest, New Faces, with a comedy double act called “Mr Carline & Mr Walling.” He immediately quit teaching and embarked on launching his new career in comedy.
When the comedy duo split up, Walling moved into situation comedy, appearing in several series—”Just Liz”, “Bootle Saddles” and then the very successful “Brush Strokes”. He was also starting to get more work as a screenwriter when he teamed up with Tony Millan. The two of them wrote screenplays for a number of different shows, as well as their own series.
In the early 1980s Walling teamed up with session bass player Mo Foster for various comedy music projects, with Walling writing the lyrics and Foster writing the music and producing the resulting songs.
One of their songs, “The Papadum Song”, a novelty song revolving around two men visiting an Indian restaurant (one of them for the first time) was repeatedly played on BBC Radio 1 and featured them live on several TV shows (including the BBC’s Blue Peter) and was very popular at the time, but fate and industrial action decreed that it would not sell. A three-week strike at the distributors (Phonogram Records) meant that the records never actually got to the shops.
The song was eventually re-released in 2006 as part of a collection of comedy/parody songs called Make Tea, Not War by the imaginary, but ill-fated and tragic, R.J. Wagsmith Band. Another song from the same album, “Chalk Dust”, which was written for Roger Kitter who released it under the pseudonym “The Brat”, did hit the top ten all over Europe. Walling has appeared in shows such as “The Smoking Room”, “Coronation Street” and My Family.
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