Brian Rix

Movie Actor

Brian Rix was born in Cottingham, England, United Kingdom on January 27th, 1924 and is the Movie Actor. At the age of 92, Brian Rix biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
Brian Norman Roger Rix
Date of Birth
January 27, 1924
United Kingdom
Place of Birth
Cottingham, England, United Kingdom
Death Date
Aug 20, 2016 (age 92)
Zodiac Sign
Actor, Politician, Stage Actor
Brian Rix Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

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Brian Rix Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Elspet Gray, ​ ​(m. 1949; died 2013)​
4, including Jamie and Louisa
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Sheila Mercier (sister)
Brian Rix Career

Later management career

Rix joined Cooney-Marsh Ltd, a theatre-owning and production company, run by Ray Cooney, Laurie Marsh, and Rix himself after retiring from performing. Joanne Benjamin, former stage manager and now PA, was responsible for obtaining performances for a number of West End theatres, including the Shaftesbury, Duke of York's, the Ambassadors, and the recently renovated Astoria, starring P. J. Proby, Shakin' Stevens and Tim Whitnall. Rix and his companions were also responsible for re-opening the Billy Rose Theatre in New York, renaming it the Trafalgar and opening with a big hit starring Tom Conti. Whilst in this article, he also introduced (with his daughter, Louisa) the BBC Television series Let's Go. This was the first British program to be developed specifically for people with a learning disability, and it ran from 1978 to 1982.

Rix was discovered to be on the other side of the footlights, and in 1980 he became the Secretary General of the National Society for Mentally Handicapped Children and Adults (shortly to become the Royal Society, later Mencap). He returned to performing and performing on stage in later years, appearing on BBC Radio as a revival of Dry Rot, directing a piece of classical music on Radio 2, and one with his wife that explored historical context and his own personal experiences of life.

Rix served as chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain's Drama Committee from 1986 to 1993. He was also a member of the Arts Council Disability Committee, increasing the profile and perceived importance of arts and disabilities in Arts Council decision-making. He was able to be both dynamic and progressive in these roles.

The Drama Committee was male-dominated when Rix was elected, but gender parity on the committee by 1993 was apparent, with his female successor unbalanced it once more in favour of males. He made a significant change in funding priorities, including theatre for young people and those from national and regional building-based theatre companies, as well as new writing projects.

Since he was able to crack through bureaucratic constraints, he was able to crack through bureaucratic barriers. Before Rix's first budget-setting exercise (when the maximum amount available to all businesses was less than inflation uplift), board members and other members of the Arts Council had intended to fund the British-Asian theatre company Tara Arts, but no one was able to find the funds needed. Rix, on the other hand, had already stated that the top national companies were still standing, so not only were releasing funds to finance Tara but also allowed for new small-scale developments, but then saw that this was communicated through a committee and Council. His tenure as Prime Minister was based on his readiness to face the institution. Rix's seven-year tenure as a tireless promoter of drama companies and theatre workers meant that no theatre building for which he was bound was closed, even though the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds was able to open (succeeding the Leeds Playhouse) with a vastly expanded capacity even in a period of Thatcherite public-funding tightening period was achieved, despite a stretch of responsibility. In the meantime, the number of touring companies, which had been decreasing before his arrival, has risen from 22 to 33.

The Council decided that the Drama budget should be drastically reduced in the face of across-the-board cuts to the Council's budget and the funds going to other less popular art forms in 1993. Rix was left alone and resigned as a matter of principle in the absence of professional arts officers at the meeting. This triggered a negative public reaction and shocked senior Council members into acknowledging that their decision was wrong. The disproportionate cut was rescinded after a campaign, which led to scenes by his Drama Director Ian Brown and publicly by Drama Panel members.

When Rix and his wife, Elspet, were involved in the field of learning disability in December 1951, the first of their four children was born. Shelley's daughter was born with Down syndrome. There was no budgetary assistance for the children affected, as well as a lack of education. Patients were admitted to the hospital for hours at a time in a Victorian-era run-down hospital. The Rixes were determined to remedy the situation and became involved with charities assisting the victims. Rix was the first Chairman of the National Society for Mentally Handicapped Children and Adults (NIH) in the early 1960s, later known as Mencap. Rix began looking for the position as a fundraiser in the field and then as a chairman in 1988, owing to his personal experience and his prior participation. He assumed president in 1998, occupying the position he occupied until he died.

Rix, who appeared in the House of Lords as a crossbencher in 1992, campaigned ceaselessly against any legislation that affects people with a learning disability. He was one of the most frequent attendees in the House and introduced numerous new amendments to legislation every year, mainly those relating to health, social care, and education. He found the length of time it takes to reform regulations to be incredibly frustrating. On a more recent basis, Rix introduced a private member's bill in 1994 to ensure that local authorities would have short-term breaks for carers and cared-for alike. The bill was largely accepted by the Lords, but it wasn't possible to get a first reading in the House of Commons.

Rix tried again after New Labour took over the executive in 1997, but to no avail. Short-term breaks were sneaked into an Education Bill by the then Secretary of State for Education, Schools, and Families, Ed Balls, 12 years after Rix's private member's bill. The degree of his participation can be determined by looking at other legislation that was introduced in the same year as the Education Bill (2006). His amendments to the Childcare Act extending compulsory care for children with a disability from 16 to 18 years old, while Electoral Administration Bill voters may not vote freely.

Under Margaret Thatcher, Rix discovered in the mid-1990s that the rules concerning State Earnings-Related Pension Scheme (SERPS) had been updated. If widows and widowers' spouses died first, the original bill guaranteed that widows and widowers would receive the full SERPS addition to their state pension. The amount received was reduced as a result of the reform of legislation. Rix campaigned to recover the original payment, and after a number of years of arguing the point with the New Labour Government, he gained.

Among his many roles, he served as the co-chairman (with Tom Clarke ) of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Learning Disability; chairman of the Rix Thompson Rothenberg (RTR) Foundation, which gives small grants to organizations supporting people with a learning disability; and president of the Normansfield and Richmond Foundation, among other things. He was also a regular supporter of the University of East London's Rix Centre, which produces and disseminates tools and training for multi-media advocacy to improve the lives of people with a learning disability. Rix also served as the first chairman of the Arts Council Monitoring Committee on Arts and Disability, as well as establishing and chairing the charity Libertas, which produced scores of audio guides for disabled people at museums, historical buildings, and other places of concern. The subpoena of this charity, as he was instrumental in making this charity ineffective.

He was chairman and president of Friends of Normansfield, chairman and founder of the Roy Kinnear Memorial Trust, was president of the Independent Council for People with a Mental Handicap, as well as RAIBC, the charitable organisation that supports radio amateurs with disabilities. Rix also protested against smoking; he had been smoking for ten years; Rix gave up smoking on Boxing Day in 1950 when he lost his voice during a matinee of Reluctant Heroes. He became a founding member of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), which made him a passionate non-smoker and a founding member of Action on Smoking and Health.

In 1949, he married Elsa Gray, a playwright. The couple had four children, Jamie Rix, author and children's author, Jonathan Rix (Professor of Participation and Learning Support at the Open University), actress Louisa Rix and Shelley Rix. Shelley was born with Down's syndrome, and her father began to raise awareness and appreciation of learning disabilities by using his public image. Shelley died in Hounslow, Greater London, in July 2005. Elss Gray died on February 18, 2013.

Rix became a life vice president of the Radio Society of Great Britain in 1979, when he became a radio ham at the age of 13. His call sign was G2DQU. He was also president of the Friends of Richmond Park. He began playing cricket as a member of the MCC and Yorkshire CCC in 1970. Rix appeared on This Is Your Life twice, first at a friend's house in Surrey in October 1961 and again in April 1977, when Andrews surprised him at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. He appeared on Desert Island Discs twice. The first time a castaway was caught on film and broadcast the following evening was Roy Plomley on May 16, 1960, which was also the first time a castaway was caught on film and broadcast the following evening. On March 1, 2009, he made his second appearance with Kirsty Young.

Rix declared himself terminally ill in August 2016 and called for the legalization of voluntary euthanasia for those suffering from acute pain. Rix voted against the Assisted Dying Bill in 2006. He died on August 20, 2016 at Denville Hall in Northwood, London.

In the 1977 Birthday Honours, Rix was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and knighted in 1986 for his service to charity. Baron Rix of Whitehall was born in Westminster and Hornsea, Yorkshire, on his 68th birthday, on January 27, 1992. He served as Vice Lord Lieutenant of Greater London from 1987 to 1997, and was the first chancellor of the University of East London from 1997 to 2012. He became the chancellor emeritus later this year.

He received ten honorary degrees from the following universities: Hull (MA 1981), Open (MA 1983), Essex (MA 1984), Nottingham (LL.D. 1997) Bradford (DU 2000), Kingston (DLitt 2012), East London (D.A.). Five fellowships were awarded by the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych), as well as an Honorary College Fellowship at Myerscough College.

He has also been recognized for numerous awards, including: The Evian Health Award (1988), The Royal National Institute for Deaf People Campaigner of the Year (1990), The Spectator Campaigner of the Year Award (1999), The Yorkshire Society's Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), The Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service – The British Neuroscience Association (2001), and the ePolitix Charity Champions Lifetime Achievement Award (2004).


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