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He was born in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England. The son of a doctor, he made his acting debut at the Theatre Royal in Bournemouth. After appearing in repertory theatres he was called up for military service in the Royal Devon Yeomanry in which he served in Sicily and Italy during the Second World War. Perhaps best known for his role as Doc Morrissey in the BBC sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (197679) in which his catchphrase was "Take two aspirins". He reprised the role in The Legacy of Reginald Perrin in 1996. Horsley also starred in the 1980s comedy series 'My Husband and I'. Horsley was also cast in the role of Sir Ralph Shawcross in the BBC sitcom You Rang, M'Lord? (199093), as the Bishop of Tatchester in the BBC adaptation of John Masefield's The Box of Delights (1984), and appeared in Miss Marple (Nemesis) in 1987 as Professor Wanstead and Agatha Christie's Poirot (Hercule Poirot's Christmas) in 1995 as Edward Tressilian. He also appeared in Hi-de-Hi, in the first episode of the fourth season, titled "Co-respondents Course", as Clive. His final role was in the TV mini-series Rebecca in 1997.Horsley was married to the actress June Marshall (1923-1988) from 1948 until her death, and had two daughters. He died on 12 January 2014 at Denville Hall, the retirement home for actors.
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- Diplomatic Privilege (1980) ... Mr. Braithwaite
- Home Cure (1980) ... Mr. Braithwaite
- A Record to Be Proud of (1980) ... Mr. Braithwaite
- Let Bygones Be Bygones (1980) ... Mr. Braithwaite
- A Bird in the Bush (1980) ... Mr. Braithwaite


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