Born in Leeds in 1925, George Cooper, as a youth he trained as an electrical engineer. He rapidly altered his mind he then decided to become an architect but he decided that was also not for him he only wanted to be an actor. But the war occurred and he was summoned for National Service and became a Royal Artillery Surveyor, being sent to Dulally India where he joined the armies concert party.
When the war was, over he joined the Theatre Workshop in Manchester run by the famous Joan Littlewood where he stayed for nearly 6 years at the same time as gradually moving into television and adding the "A" to his stage name due to confusion with another George Cooper the actors union equity do not permit duplicate named members.
Throughout the 1960's he turned into one of the most familiar character actors on television, and his filmography includes almost all of the foremost shows of the day for example 'Coronation Street', 'The Adventures of Robin Hood',' An Age of Kings', 'Danger Man', 'Z Cars', 'Softly Softly', 'The Avengers' and ''Man in a Suitcase'.
In the subsequent decade he continued his success also manageing to appear in many definitive sitcoms such as 'Steptoe & Son',' Bless this House', 'Rising Damp', in the 1975 episode 'The Permissive Society, 'Sykes' and the fondly remembered role as the job counsellor in 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em' episode entitled 'The Employment Exchange' (Season 1 Episode 7), here he endeavoured to get Frank Spencer work, the only time in a TV studio George admits to having an bout of the giggles. He also starred in the TV version of Billy Liar in which he had before starred in the West End.
In the 1980's George was yet again very busy in programmes such as Juliet Bravo, When The Boat Comes In, CATS Eyes and Taggart before settling down in the role he is probably best remembered as Mr Griffiths, caretaker of Grange Hill school, in the prominent children’s drama of the same name. where his acting expertise aided many of the young children performers, much to George's delight.
He also starred in the TV adaptation of Billy Liar in which he had previously starred in the West End.
During the 1980's George was again very busy in serials such as Juliet Bravo, When The Boat Comes In, CATS Eyes and Taggart before settling down in the role he is probably best remembered as Mr Griffiths, caretaker of Grange Hill, where his experience helped many of the young child actors, much to George's delight.
George passed away peacefully in a nursing home in Petersfield, Hampshire on the 16th November 2018 aged 93.