Leonard Sachs

Leonard Meyer Sachs (26 September 1909 – 15 June 1990) was a South African-born British actor.[1]

Leonard Sachs
Actor Leonard Sachs
Leonard Meyer Sachs

26 September 1909
Roodepoort, Transvaal, South Africa
Died15 June 1990 (aged 80)
Years active1936–1983
ChildrenRobin Sachs
Toby Sachs

Life and career

Of Jewish heritage,[2] Sachs was born in the town of Roodepoort, Transvaal (now Gauteng), South Africa.[3] He emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1929 and had many television and film roles from the 1930s to the 1980s, including Mowbray in the 1950 version of Richard II, John Wesley in the 1954 film of the same name and Lord Mount Severn in East Lynne from 1976.[4][5][6]

He founded an Old Time Music Hall, named the Players' Theatre, in Villiers Street, Charing Cross, London. He appeared as the Chairman of the Leeds City Varieties in the long-running BBC television series The Good Old Days, which ran from 1953 to 1983, and became well known for his elaborate, erudite introductions of the performers.[7] Sachs was honoured in a 1977 episode of This is Your Life.[8]

Sachs appeared in Danger Man with Patrick McGoohan.[9] He had two appearances in the science fiction series Doctor Who: as Admiral Gaspard de Coligny in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve in 1966 and as Lord President Borusa in Arc of Infinity in 1983.[10] He also appeared in the 1985 Royal Variety Performance in a tribute to The Good Old Days.

Personal life

Sachs married the actress Eleanor Summerfield in 1947. They had two sons, the actor Robin Sachs and Toby Sachs.[11]

In January 1984, he was fined £75 for "importuning men for an immoral purpose" at Notting Hill Gate tube station.[12]

Sachs died in Westminster, London in 1990 at the age of 80.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "Leonard Sachs". BFI.
  2. ^ "British Jewry Hall of Fame". ukinformedinvestor.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Leonard Sachs". TV.com.
  4. ^ "The Tragedy of King Richard II (1950)". BFI.
  5. ^ "Leonard Sachs – Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  6. ^ "East Lynne (1976)". BFI.
  7. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Good Old Days, The (1953–83)". screenonline.org.uk.
  8. ^ "Big Red Book article". bigredbook.info.
  9. ^ "Danger Man: The Coyannis Story". TV.com.
  10. ^ "Leonard Sachs". TV.com.
  11. ^ Eric Shorter. "Obituary: Eleanor Summerfield". The Guardian.
  12. ^ "Sachs fined". The Times. Jan 17, 1984. p. 3. Leonard Sachs, aged 74, compere of the BBC's Good Old Days television show, was fined £75... for importuning men for in immoral purpose in Notting Hill Gate Station public lavatories.

External links

1923–24 Loyola Ramblers men's basketball team

The 1923–24 Loyola Ramblers men's basketball team represents Loyola University Chicago during the 1923–24 NCAA men's basketball season. The ramblers were led by first-year head coach Leonard Sachs. The team had finished the season with an overall record of 8–11.

1924–25 Loyola Ramblers men's basketball team

The 1924–25 Loyola Ramblers men's basketball team represents Loyola University Chicago during the 1924–25 NCAA men's basketball season. The ramblers were led by second-year head coach Leonard Sachs. The team had finished the season with an overall record of 4–11.


Borusa is a fictional character in the series Doctor Who. Within the context of the series, Borusa is a former teacher of the Doctor who appears in four serials. Notably, Borusa was portrayed by a different actor in each appearance, it being implied that the character regenerated.

Eleanor Summerfield

Eleanor Audrey Summerfield (7 March 1921 – 13 July 2001) was an English actress who appeared in many plays, films and television series. She is known for her roles in Laughter in Paradise (1951), Final Appointment (1954), Odongo (1956), Dentist in the Chair (1960), On the Fiddle (1961), The Running Man (1963) and Some Will, Some Won't (1970).

John Wesley (film)

John Wesley is a 1954 British historical film directed by Norman Walker and starring Leonard Sachs, Neil Heayes and Keith Pyott. It depicts the life of the father of Methodism, John Wesley. The film was financed by J. Arthur Rank, a prominent Methodist layman, and with contributions from the church.

Leeds City Varieties

The Leeds City Varieties is a Grade II* listed music hall in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.It was built in 1865 as an adjunct to the White Swan Inn (dating from 1748) in Swan Street and the original interior is largely unaltered. Along with Hoxton Hall and Wilton's Music Hall (both in London), it is a rare surviving example of the Victorian era music halls of the 1850s/1860s. The interior is a long rectangle, with boxes separated by cast-iron columns along the sides at circle level.

The theatre was founded by local pub landlord and benefactor Charles Thornton and was originally called 'Thornton's New Music Hall and Fashionable Lounge'. This followed from a 'Singing Room' above the inn. The name subsequently changed to the White Swan Varieties and then Stansfield's Varieties before becoming the City Palace of Varieties. Charlie Chaplin, Marie Lloyd and Houdini are among the artists who performed there.

Between 1953 and 1983, the theatre achieved national fame as the venue for the BBC television programme The Good Old Days, a recreation of old-time music hall featuring Leonard Sachs as the alliterative Chairman and many well-known and less-well-known performers. The venue still presents live "Good Old Days" music hall events over runs of 3 weekends in the spring and 4 in the autumn, as well as pantomime and a regular programme of stand-up comedy and music concerts.

The City Varieties was granted Heritage Lottery funds to help with major refurbishment and restoration. The theatre closed for refurbishment in January 2009, and re-opened in September 2011. The theatre now seats 467, and the sides of the balcony are closed to the public, now giving space to additional lighting.

Lenny Sachs

Leonard David Sachs (August 7, 1897 – October 27, 1942) was an American basketball and football coach and player. In 1961, he was posthumously enshrined as a coach in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 7, 1897. Sachs attended Carl Schurz High School in Chicago, where he earned 11 varsity letters before his graduation in 1914. Upon graduation from high school, Sachs joined the United States Navy during World War I, where he continued playing sports, earning an All-Service team honorable mention in football in 1918 while playing on the Cleveland Naval Reserves football team.

After the war, Sachs enrolled at Chicago's American College of Physical Education—which later merged with DePaul University—and graduated in 1923. While at college, Sachs played for the Chicago Cardinals in the National Football League (NFL) from 1920 to 1922.

Sachs was hired as basketball coach in 1923 at Loyola University Chicago, even while continuing his NFL career. From 1923 to 1926 Sachs played for the Milwaukee Badgers, Hammond Pros, and Louisville Colonels, ending his career as a player-coach for the 1926 Louisville Colonels, a road-only team based in Chicago. Sachs was also an assistant football coach at Loyola on the staff of head coach Roger Kiley.After abandoning his NFL career, Sachs began to flourish as a basketball coach. In the 1926–27 season, the Loyola basketball team improved to 13–4. In 1927–28, the team set a new Loyola record for wins in a season by earning a record of 16–4. And in 1928–29, Loyola was a perfect 16-0 under Sachs' guidance. Loyola recorded 31 consecutive victories between 1928 and 1930.

In the 1930s, Sachs developed an innovative fast-break offense and a 2–2–1 zone defense that prompted a rule change in 1937 to prevent goaltending. His 1938–39 team was 21–0 before losing to 44–32 to Long Island University in the National Invitation Tournament final at Madison Square Garden.

On October 27, 1942, Sachs was killed by a heart attack while advising the Wendell Phillips High School football team for their appearance in the Chicago Public League championship. He was 45 years old.

Sachs amassed a record of 224–129 as a college basketball coach. In 1935 he earned a graduate degree from Loyola.

List of Coronation Street characters (1974)

In 1974, several new characters were added to the British television soap opera Coronation Street. Some of them only appeared for a few episodes, but Gail Potter (later Gail McIntyre) became one of the show's longest-running characters.

Man from Tangier

Man from Tangier (released in the United States as Thunder over Tangier) is a 1957 British crime film directed by Lance Comfort and starring Robert Hutton, Lisa Gastoni and Martin Benson.


Odongo or Odongo Adventure on the African Frontier is a 1956 British Warwick Films CinemaScope African adventure drama film directed by John Gilling and starring Rhonda Fleming, Macdonald Carey and Juma. The screenplay concerns a white hunter who falls in love with a vet in Kenya.

Panic (1963 film)

Panic is a 1963 British crime film directed by John Gilling and starring Dyson Lovell, Janine Gray and Glyn Houston. The screenplay concerns a young Swiss woman who becomes mixed up with a gang planning a diamond heist.

Players' Theatre

The Players' Theatre was a London theatre which opened at 43 King Street, Covent Garden, on 18 October 1936. The club originally mounted period-style musical comedies, introducing Victorian-style music hall in December 1937. The threat of World War II German bombing prompted a move in October 1940 to a basement at 13 Albemarle Street, Piccadilly and then after the cessation of hostilities, to Villiers Street, Charing Cross, opening on 14 February 1946.Other intermediate locations of the theatre include the Arts Theatre and the St John's Wood private residence of a member, Francis Iles (Anthony Berkeley). Overwhelmed by debt, the theatre closed in 2002, although the Players' Theatre Club continues to perform music hall shows in other venues.Appearing at the Players' Theatre were Leonard Sachs (who was often the chairman), Patricia Hayes, Hattie Jacques, Peter Ustinov, Clive Dunn, Ian Carmichael, Joan Sterndale-Bennett, Vida Hope, and Denis Martin, who eventually became Director of Production.In 1967 the music label Decca Records issued an LP A Night of Music Hall from The Players' Theatre, (London's Victorian Theatre) with 19 songs and duets encompassing a typical evening at the Players, chaired by Don Gemell. The artistes recorded were Miss Stella Moray, Mr Maurice Browning, Miss Margaret Burton, Miss Patricia Rowlands, Miss Hattie Jacques, Mr John Rutland, Miss Joan Sterndale Bennett, Miss Josephine Gordon, Mr Robin Hunter, Miss Daphne Anderson, Mr Clive Dunn and Mr Bill Owen, with Mr Peter Greenwell and Mr Geoffrey Brawn (piano). At the time of the recording the membership of the theatre club was over 5,000.The name of the nightly show was Late Joys which derived from a hotel on the site of the building at 43 King Street: "Evans – Late Joy's", Joy having been the owner of the song and supper room before a comedian from Covent Garden, Evans, took over.Following the close of the Players' Theatre in 2002, the Players' Theatre Club continues to perform music hall shows throughout the year in other venues such as the Museum of Comedy, the Royal Oak pub in Tabard Street and the Royal Air Force Club in Piccadilly.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (play)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, A Tragic Episode, in Three Tabloids is a short comic play by W. S. Gilbert, a parody of Hamlet by William Shakespeare. The main characters in Gilbert's play are King Claudius and Queen Gertrude of Denmark, their son Prince Hamlet, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and Ophelia.

Gilbert's play first appeared in Fun magazine in 1874 after having been rejected for production by several theatre companies. The first performance of the work was not until June 1891, a benefit matinée at the Vaudeville Theatre in London. The play finally ran at the Court Theatre from 27 April 1892 to 15 July, about 77 performances, with Decima Moore as Ophelia, Brandon Thomas as Claudius and Weedon Grossmith as Hamlet. An amateur performance in 1900 featured P. G. Wodehouse as Guildenstern. The play also enjoyed a production in New York City at the Murray Hill Theatre in 1900. A charity performance in 1902 featured Gilbert himself as Claudius, with Nancy McIntosh as Gertrude. Gilbert again played Claudius at a charity performance in 1904 at the Garrick Theatre, and in a 1908 revival at the Lyceum Theatre starring Marion Terry.A televised performance of the play was given in 1938 with Grahame Clifford as Claudius, Erik Chitty as Guildenstern, Leonard Sachs as Rosencrantz, and Peter Ridgeway as Hamlet. The play continues to receive occasional productions. It figures in the plot of the 2009 film Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead.


Sachs is a German surname, meaning "man from Saxony" or "man from Saxon extract". The Saxons derived their name from seax, a kind of knife for which they were known. The seax has a lasting symbolic impact in the English counties of Essex and Middlesex, both of which feature three seaxes in their ceremonial emblem. Their names, along with those of Sussex and Wessex, contain a remnant of the word "Saxon".

Notable people with the surname Sachs include:

Albie Sachs (born 1935), South African Constitutional Court Justice

Andrew Sachs (1930–2016), German-British actor

Bernard Sachs (1858–1944), American neurologist

Curt Sachs (also Kurth Sachs, 1881–1959), music historian

Eddie Sachs (1927–1964), American racecar driver

Ernest Sachs (1879–1958), American neurosurgeon

Ernest Sachs, Jr. (1916–2001), American neurosurgeon

Gunter Sachs (1932–2011), German photographer, researcher (mathematics and astrology), and playboy

George Sachs (1896–1961), Russia-born German and US metallurgist

Hans Sachs (disambiguation)

Hans Sachs (1494–1576), German poet

Hans Sachs (serologist) (1877–1945), German serologist

Harvey Sachs (born 1946), American-Canadian conductor and writer

Heinrich Sachs (1863–1928), German neuroanatomist

Hilda Sachs (1857–1935), Swedish journalist and women's rights activist

Horst Sachs, German mathematician, expert in graph theory

Hugh Sachs, British actor in the TV series Benidorm

Ignacy Sachs (born 1927), Polish, naturalized French economist and ecosocioeconomist

James D. Sachs, retired U.S. Air Force veteran, game artist, and game programmer

Jeffrey Sachs (born 1954), American economist

Johann Sachs (born 1843), German composer

Jonathan Sachs (born 1947), American computer programmer

Julius von Sachs (1832–1897), German botanist

Lenny Sachs (1897–1942), American football player and basketball coach

Lessie Sachs (1897–1942), German-born poet and artist

Leonard Sachs (1909–1990), British actor

Prof Marcus Sachs (1812-1869) Professor of Hebrew in Aberdeen

Margaret Michaelis-Sachs (1902–1985), art photographer

Margaret Sachs, an American lawyer and the Robert Cotten Alston Professor at University of Georgia

Maria Sachs, American politician

Mary Sachs (1882–1973), American playwright and poet.

Maurice Sachs (1906–1945), French author

Mavro Sachs (1817–1888), Croatian physician

Mendel Sachs (born 1927), American physicist

Michael Sachs (born 1808), German rabbi

Milan Sachs (1884–1968), Czech-Croatian opera conductor and composer

Moses Sachs (1800–1870), German Meshulach

Nelly Sachs (1891–1970), German poet

Paul J. Sachs (1878–1965), American museum director

Philip Sachs (1902–1973), American professional basketball coach

Rainer K. Sachs (born 1932), German-born American scientist known for his work in astrophysics and biophysics

Robin Sachs (1951–2013), British actor

Stephen Sachs (born 1959), American stage director and playwright

Stephen H. Sachs (born 1934), American politician and Attorney General of Maryland

Wolfgang Sachs, German researcher and author of booksFictional characters:

Andrea Sachs, created by Lauren Weisberger

Daniel Sachs, from an online graphic novel Demonology 101

Amelia Sachs, an NYPD police officer in the Lincoln Rhyme series of crime/mystery novels by Jeffery Deaver.

Benjamin Sachs, protagonist in the novel Leviathan (Auster novel) by Paul Auster

The Four Just Men (TV series)

The Four Just Men is a 1959 television series produced by Sapphire Films for ITC Entertainment. It was broadcast for one season of 39 half-hour monochrome episodes.

The Glittering Prizes

The Glittering Prizes is a British television drama about the changing lives of a group of Cambridge students, starting in 1952 and following them through to middle age in the 1970s. It was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1976.

The Good Old Days (UK TV series)

The Good Old Days is a BBC television light entertainment programme produced by Barney Colehan which ran from 1953 to 1983.

It was performed at the Leeds City Varieties and recreated an authentic atmosphere of the Victorian–Edwardian music hall with songs and sketches of the era performed by present-day performers in the style of the original artistes.

The audience dressed in period costume and joined in the singing, especially "Down at the Old Bull and Bush" which closed the show. The show was compered by Leonard Sachs, who introduced the acts from a desk situated at the side of the stage. In the course of its run it featured about 2,000 performers. Each show was up to an hour long. All acts were in the style of late Victorian/Edwardian stage acts.

The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1958 film)

The Man Who Wouldn't Talk is a 1958 British drama film directed by Herbert Wilcox. It starred Anna Neagle, Anthony Quayle, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dora Bryan, John Le Mesurier and Lloyd Lamble.

The Warden (TV series)

The Warden is a British television mini-series broadcast by the BBC in 1951 in six parts. An adaptation by Cedric Wallis of Anthony Trollope's The Warden, it was produced by Campbell Logan and sets were designed by Roy Oxley. Cast included J.H. Roberts, Thea Holme, Lockwood West, Avice Landone, David Markham, Arthur Hambling, Christopher Steele, Arthur Wontner, Lucille Lisle and Horace Sequiera, with Leonard Sachs as the narrator.

The series was broadcast live, but the transmissions were not recorded, and as such it is considered lost.

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