Billy Murray Movies and Career Information

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Billy Murray (born 6 October 1941) is an English actor, best known for playing gangster Johnny Allen in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2005 to 2006. Murray was born in East London and knew the gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray from Bethnal Green, who paid £400 for him to go to the East 15 Acting School, London as a teenager, because they "liked his attitude". Billy made his acting debut in the 1963 film Two Left Feet where he played a minor uncredited role. He then had small roles in the films Poor Cow (1967), Corruption (1967), Up the Junction (1968) and Performance (shot 1968, released 1971). In the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s he made appearances in a wide variety of television series such as Softly, Softly, The Sweeney, The Professionals, Minder, Bergerac and Casualty. He was among those considered for the role of Del Boy Trotter in the BBC TV series Only Fools and Horses before it finally went to David Jason. In 1980, Murray played the part of "Joey" in the hit film McVicar. In the film, he was to help McVicar hide after escaping from prison. His other notable films included Buddy's Song (1991) and Essex Boys (2000) Murray went on to play the corrupt DS Don Beech in the ITV

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