East, John (Marlborough) 1936-2003
EAST, John (Marlborough) 1936-2003
OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born September 10, 1936, in London, England; died April 1, 2003. Actor, publicist, and author. East came from a family of actors and theater managers and was a personal friend of vaudeville comedian Max Miller, about whom he wrote his well-known biography Max Miller: The Cheeky Chappie (1977). East considered Miller, a friend of East's parents, to be a second father because the comedian often looked after him during summers. Inspired by Miller's stories of his own career, East went into show business as a teenager, beginning with vaudeville and pantomime acts and eventually becoming a radio presenter in the 1960s. As a television actor in the late 1960s and 1970s, he appeared on such British comedy series as On the Buses and The Fosters. In 1972 he founded a public relations company that primarily worked for nightclub entertainers. East wrote about his actor family in 'Neath the Mask: The Story of the East Family (1967), which was followed by his Miller biography ten years later.
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
Writers Directory, 18th edition, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 2003.
Times (London, England), July 11, 2003, p. 41.