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Dennis Waterman

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Dennis Waterman (born February 24 1948) is an English actor and singer, best known for his tough-guy roles in television series such as The Sweeney and Minder (in which he played the title role).

He became well-known and something of a pin-up as DC George Carter in The Sweeney, during the 1970s. As well as starring in Minder, he sang the theme tune, "I Could Be So Good For You", which was a UK hit, and had a brief singing career. He was married to the actress, Rula Lenska. Waterman also sung the theme tunes to two more programmes in which he appeared: the sitcom "On the Up" (BBC 1990) and crime drama "New Tricks" (Wall to Wall television for BBC, 2003).

He has been caricatured by David Walliams in the radio and TV comedy series Little Britain, in sketches where he visits his agent (Matt Lucas) looking for parts, but is always rejected because of his insistence (in a high, squeaky voice) upon writing and singing the "feem toon". In the television version oversized props are used to make the caricatured Waterman look just three feet tall (or even smaller in some cases, such as a series two episode which he is in a design of a set, which is a shoebox and he is the equivalent size to the objects).

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