Copyright © 06/11/2020 Alamy Ltd. All rights reserved. That really cut Gary up because he longed to be a Dad." In 1977, he dated singer Stella Palmer, with whom he performed his cover version of "Somethin' Stupid" in 1973. After Gary's death his ashes were brought to Welshpool for burial. "I used to say 'For God's sake, keep away from drugs.' Copyright complaints  ~   In October it will be 30 years since his star went out, another high-profile victim of drugs and drink. Ernie and Joan used to go ballroom dancing and Gary got roped in too. "He loved acting. 226,144,182 stock photos, vectors and videos. Your Lightboxes will appear here when you have created some. The service ended as Harry Belafonte's "Catch a Falling Star" was played... "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet" co-stars: Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy, Timothy Spall, Kevin Whately, Pat Roach and Christopher Fairbank were all there to pay their respects at the service. We had to chaperone him. Donna said every few months Gary would return to her - … "He was mad on the stage – an absolute lunatic. Gary also said that he would get Jimmy after filming (a few articles on the Gary website about it) Jimmy also said he just didn't feel as happy as series 1 because of the filming in Nottingham and the disputes with the Unions. He was the only one who could walk into Laurence Olivier's room without knocking. Donna added: "The only girl I do feel bitter about is Sue Harrison, the Mother of his Son Red. They wanted him to be the entertainment.". "He was a character," said Ernie, as he looked through a pile of photographs, cuttings, and mementoes, including from the days when Gary starred in the hit 1980s TV show Auf Wiedersehen Pet in which he played ladies' man Wayne Norris. He has all Gary's music finds he cannot listen to it nowadays. "It brings back too many memories. The oldest son of Joan and Ernie Holton, he was raised in South London. And if you were there, why not share your memories. Everybody loved him. At the start of his entertainment career, he performed in productions at the Sadlers Wells Opera Company, the Old Vic Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. It keeps you there. She sold the story of his drug-taking to the newspapers just before he died." Ernie and first wife Joan moved to Welshpool at the end of 1969, where Ernie became landlordg of the Wellington Inn in the Mid Wales town. The stereotypical image of Gary Holton is of a Cockney Jack-the-Lad actor and rocker who lived hard and died young. said his father Ernie Holton, who is now 90 and lives in Shrewsbury. It wasn't like that in the morning," remembers Ernie. Holton had a string of relationships in the early to mid 1970s. Of course, when your back's turned, you just don't know.". As rocker Gary Holton and his band the Heavy Metal Kids did their stuff on stage at the Music Hall, Shrewsbury, there were two special people in the audience – his mum and dad. Remembered best as the lead singer of the 1970s hard rock band Heavy Metal Kids, Holton also had an acting career, playing the role of Wayne in the 1980s British comedy series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. We were on the balcony, way back. The family hails from South London. "You have got to accept that.". Gary Holton (as Wayne, in wheelbarrow) with his Auf Wiedersehen Pet co-stars. Gary's brothers Tony and Nigel live in Shropshire – Tony has an electrical firm at Monkmoor. Sitemap. ", Gary's troubles in later life were splashed in lurid detail in the tabloids. Contact toby.neal@shropshirestar.co.uk or (01952) 241458. He should have stayed acting instead of going into a pop band.". He said to me: 'Dad, bad publicity is good. Later, he would be in the Heavy Metal Kids. Always two sides to a story though. © FamousBirthdays.com - use subject to the information collection practices disclosed in our Privacy Policy. Then, in his late teens, he participated in a touring production of the rock musical Hair. Gary Holton, Actor and son Red, pictured together at home in London, December 1984. https://www.alamy.com/licenses-and-pricing/?v=1, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-gary-holton-actor-and-son-red-pictured-together-at-home-in-london-82298795.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-gary-holton-actor-and-son-red-pictured-together-at-home-in-london-82296636.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-gary-holton-actor-and-son-red-pictured-together-at-home-in-london-82296278.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-gary-holton-actor-and-son-red-pictured-together-at-home-in-london-82298209.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-gary-holton-actor-and-son-red-pictured-together-at-home-in-london-82297252.html. Gary's first part was when he was 11, at Sadler's Wells opera house. Associated With. "In 1966 he was chosen for a part in a show called Love For Love with Laurence Olivier at the Old Vic. "He couldn't care less," says Ernie. Can you put a date to the Heavy Metal Kids’ performance in Shrewsbury? In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was married to a model named Donna Campbell; his one child, Red, was the product of his relationship with another model, Susan Reed. "We used to laugh about it. But there was another Gary Holton – the award-winning young ballroom dancer, a singer with a fine voice that grace the London opera stage, a confident and popular holiday camp entertainer, a versatile actor who as a lad rubbed shoulders with Laurence Olivier. He and Tim Healy were both series regulars on Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. "When he was in the show Hair in Glasgow he bought half the crew into our pub in Welshpool. "He got 3/6d for that, I think," says his father. Tragically, he died at the age of thirty-three of a combined drug and alcohol overdose. ", It was, he admits, not really his sort of music. But I'm sure he became a royal pain in the arse at times. Gary Holton, Actor with family, girlfriend Susan Harrison and son Red, pictured together, at home in London, July 1984. https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-gary-holton-actor-with-family-girlfriend-susan-harrison-and-son-red-82298317.html, https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-gary-holton-actor-with-family-girlfriend-susan-harrison-and-son-red-82298813.html. Alamy and its logo are trademarks of Alamy Ltd. and are registered in certain countries. "Catch ya later Daddy" were their son Red's last words to his Dad the Sunday before Gary died. He was a lovely person, very likeable, a sociable lad who could talk to anyone.". Gary, who was born on September 22, 1953 – Ernie says the papers all wrongly gave his age as 33 when he died, when he was in fact 32 – was first in a rock band as a schoolboy at Beaufoy School, in Lambeth. Gary Holton - Wayne Gary Holton filming Auf Wiedersehen Pet at Central TV's Elstree Studios, 1982 (Image: Mirrorpix) Holton was a singer-songwriter, musician and actor from London. Terms and conditions  ~   Although Gary stayed with his nan in London, as he was working there, he came to visit from time to time. There are not many sons who get on the stage, are there?" We had about four letting rooms there, and I put the women in one and the men in the other. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was married to a model named Donna Campbell; his one child, Red, was the product of his relationship with another model, Susan Reed. "He was 11 or 12 and won a competition dancing against 17-year-olds," says Ernie, adding: "When he was about 16 or 17 we went on holiday to Pontins holiday camp on the Isle of Wight and he never came back. Gary Holton, Actor and son Red, pictured together at home in London, December 1984. Sorry, we are not accepting comments on this article. "I was quite proud of him. The stereotypical image of Gary Holton is of a Cockney Jack-the … The oldest son of Joan and Ernie Holton, he was raised in South London. In 1972 he went to the Crown & Sceptre in Minsterley, and then had the Tankerville Arms at Longden from 1975. Gary also appeared at Sadler's Well Theatre, aged 14, as Amahl in Menotti's opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors". "He was never shy. Holton and Palmer got engaged on 12 March 1977, but on 2 May the same year, Palmer called off the engagement, stating their relationship was not going quite as planned. So far as Ernie knows, the band only played one concert in Shropshire, but he does not have the date. He and Tim Healy were both series regulars on Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Paxton became a devoted stepfather - and still is - to Holton’s son, Red. He played a ragamuffin. '", Ernie had tried to steer his son to a better path.

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