Frank Jarvis
Photo: Ronald Grant Archive
John Francis Train

(1941-05-13)13 May 1941
Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, England, United Kingdom
Died15 September 2010(2010-09-15) (aged 69)
Harefield, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Spouse(s)Christine Murphy (divorced)

Frank Jarvis (13 May 1941 – 15 September 2010) was a British character actor.[1]

He was educated at Orange Hill County Grammar School for Boys, Edgware, where he played Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and the title role in Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan.[2] He trained at RADA and made his film debut in Mix Me a Person (1962).[1]

One of Jarvis' best known cinema roles was his portrayal of Roger in the 1969 British crime caper film, The Italian Job.[3] In one of the film's iconic scenes, Jarvis' character is stranded in a bus hanging off a cliff.[3] He also appeared in films such as That Kind of Girl (1963), Rotten to the Core (1965), Nobody Ordered Love (1972), Out of Season (1975) and A Bridge Too Far (1977).[4]

His television appearances include the Doctor Who serials The War Machines (1966), Underworld (1978) and The Power of Kroll (1978).[2]

With Wendy Mcphee he toured Europe with the Shakespeare company Theatre Set-Up on many summer seasons, travelling throughout England and the Isle of Man as well as Belgium and Denmark.[1][5]

Jarvis died on 15 September 2010, at the age of 69.[3] He was a resident of Merry Hill Road in Bushey, Hertfordshire.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1962 Mix Me a Person Nobby
1963 That Kind of Girl Max
1965 Rotten to the Core Moby
1968 Star! First Soldier at St. James Palace Uncredited
1969 Mosquito Squadron RAF Corporal Escorting Beth
The Italian Job Roger
1972 Nobody Ordered Love Corporal
1975 Out of Season Postman
1977 A Bridge Too Far Colonel Frost's Aide
1979 A Horse Called Jester Carne
1981 Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective Farm Heavy
1987 The Second Victory Duty sergeant
1990 The Krays Drill Sergeant Uncredited
2006 The Penalty King Mr. McClintock


  1. ^ a b c Gaughan, Gavin (28 October 2010). "Frank Jarvis obituary". The Guardian. London.
  2. ^ a b "Frank Jarvis: Actor who helped Michael Caine rob a shipment of gold in". The Independent. November 6, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "Popular Italian Job actor Frank Jarvis mourned". Watford Observer. 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
  4. ^ "Frank Jarvis". BFI.
  5. ^ "Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream | Theatricalia".