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Leonard Rossiter

Leonard Rossiter (1926 - 1984) was an English actor, most widely known for his comedy roles in two British television series in the 1970s and 80s.

In Rising Damp[?] he played Rigsby, the lecherous landlord of a house converted to a block of seedy bedsits.

Another famous role was in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, adapted by David Nobbs[?] from his own Reginald Perrin[?] comic novels, in which he played the title character.

In the 1970s he starred alongside Joan Collins as her bumbling suitor in a series of Cinzano[?] commercials.

In the animated adaptation of The Perishers he played the voice of Boot the dog.

He also played the title role in the short film Le Petomane, but his most widely-known appearance may be as a Russian general, Smyslov, in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

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