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Name Kenneth McDonald
Role Gunner 'Nobby' Clark
Date Of Birth November 20th , 1950
Place Of Birth Manchester , England
Date of Death August 5th , 2001
Place Of Death Hawaii , USA


Kenneth MacDonald (20 November 1950 - 5 August 2001) was an English actor who was best known for the parts of Gunner Nobby Clark in It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Mike Fisher in Only Fools and Horses.
He was born in Manchester, the son of Scottish heavyweight wrestling champion Bill MacDonald, who died of kidney failure when Kenneth was 13.
He attended St Anthony's preparatory school in Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire and went on to St Bernardine's Franciscan College in Buckingham where he took part in school productions, notably in 'Arsenic and Old Lace'.
Ken left school at eighteen to help support his mother Emilyby taking a job at a Kellogg's cornflakes factory.
During night shifts he would perform Hamlet and other Shakespeare plays that he had learned at school, earning him the nickname "Hamlet".
In 1975 he appeared in Last of the Summer Wine.
A year later he moved to London and joined the National Youth Theatre.
He got a couple of small television parts: Softly, Softly and Z-Cars.
Ken met his wife Sheila while he was appearing in panto in Crewe in 1976, she was the costume designer at the time.
When he landed the part of pub landlord Mike in the Only Fools and Horses episode Who's a Pretty Boy? in 1983, it was initially assumed to be a one episode role.
However, the character made regular appearances until Kenneth's death in 2001.
His first television role was Benny in Softly, Softly in 1972 , his last (posthumous) role was as Stephen Pearce in The Last Detective in 2001. MacDonald had also appeared in the Granada Television Rentals television adverts of the late 1970s and made a cameo appearance in one episode of Goodnight Sweetheart, starring his "'Only Fools and Horses'" co-star Nicholas Lyndhurst, with MacDonald playing Mr Jones.
He also appeared in an episode of The Thin Blue Line as a club owner.
Kenneth Macdonald died on 5 August 2001 after suffering a massive heart attack, whilst on holiday with his family in Hawaii. , he was 50 years old.
Eight days after his death, MacDonald's guest appearance on BBC TV drama Merseybeat aired, with the episode dedicated to his memory.
His character Mike was not killed off in Only Fools and Horses but said to be in prison abroad for embezzlement.


Actor Credits

  • The Last Detective .... Stephen Pearce (1 episode, 2003)
  • Peak Practice .... Neil Jones (1 episode, 2001)
  • Mersey Beat .... Rob Eliot (1 episode, 2001)
  • Dream (2001/I) .... Pete
  • Time Gentlemen Please .... Ms. Jackson's Minder (1 episode, 2001)
  • The Sins .... Oy (7 episodes, 2000)
  • Cor, Blimey! (2000) (TV) .... Eddie
  • The Peter Principle .... Ian Kopas (1 episode, 2000)
  • The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries .... Alf Wolstenholm (1 episode, 2000)
  • David Copperfield (1999) (TV) (uncredited) .... Littimer
  • Goodnight Sweetheart .... Mr. Jones (1 episode, 1999)
  • A Rather English Marriage (1998) (TV) .... Barman
  • Touching Evil .... Cyril Kemp (1 episode, 1997)
  • The Bill .... Graham Francis (1 episode, 1997)
  • Only Fools and Horses .... Mike Fisher (30 episodes, 1983-1996)
  • The Thin Blue Line .... Nightclub Manager (1 episode, 1996)
  • Heartbeat .... Inspector Jennings (1 episode, 1996)
  • No Bananas (1996) TV mini-series .... Foreman (unknown episodes)
  • Crocodile Shoes II (1996) TV mini-series .... Detective Inspector McCluskey (unknown episodes)
  • My Night with Reg (1996) .... Benny
  • Brookside (1982) TV series .... George Webb (unknown episodes, 1992)
  • Press Gang .... Marvin Bixby (1 episode, 1992)
  • Boon .... Arthur Dixon, RSPCA Officer (2 episodes, 1987-1990)
  • Brush Strokes .... Reg (1 episode, 1988)
  • Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (1985) (TV) .... Bryce
  • Tenko .... Corporal (1 episode, 1984)
  • Laughterhouse (1984) .... Peter Armitage
  • Farmers Arms (1983) (TV) .... Alvin
  • It Ain't Half Hot Mum .... Gunner 'Nobby' Clark (56 episodes, 1974-1981)
  • BBC2 Playhouse .... Albie Warren (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
  • Breaking Glass (1980) .... Security Man
  • Play for Today .... John (2 episodes, 1975-1980)
  • The Famous Five .... Policeman (1 episode, 1979)
  • Come Back Mrs. Noah .... Space Hen (1 episode, 1978)
  • Dad's Army .... The Army Sergeant (1 episode, 1977)
  • Last of the Summer Wine .... Mechanic (1 episode, 1975)
  • Upstairs, Downstairs .... Soldier (1 episode, 1974)
  • Z Cars .... Len Fordham (1 episode, 1973)
  • Coronation Street .... Mr. Worsley (1 episode, 1973)
  • Softly Softly .... Benny (1 episode, 1972)
  • This Is Your Life .... Himself (1 episode, 1999)
  • The Comedy Christmas (2007) (TV) (uncredited) .... Mike Fisher
  • Comedy Connections - It Ain't Half Hot, Mum (2007) TV episode .... Gunner 'Nobby' Clark/Mike Fisher
  • Perry & Croft: The Sitcoms (1995) (TV) .... Gunner 'Nobby' Clark