The working man’s actor.
he played the rock hard,
many a crook
sidekick to Captain Hook, Smee
in, which out of respect should now be renamed
He was the Long, Good Friday,
tart with a heart’s body guard in Mona Lisa
for which he very nearly became Oscar ‘Oskins
He was Edgar J Hoover and Benito Mussolini.
It seemed to play the big bad men,
you called the big little man,
the grouchy, gravel-voiced, gruff
diamond in the rough and he shone.
And now he’s gone,