; 30 June 1939 31 December 2013) was an English satirist, comedian, writer, and actor, best known for his work withJohn BirdandRory Bremneron the TV seriesHe was educated atBristol Cathedral SchoolandKings College, Cambridge, where he was to meet and form a lasting friendship with John Bird.He was a member of the semi-secretiveCambridge Apostlessociety, a debating club largely reserved for the brightest students.
Fortune was born John Wood inBristolin 1939.2His early career included contributions toPeter CookEstablishment Clubteam2in 1962, and as a regular member of the cast of the BBC-TV satire showNot So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life, both alongsideEleanor Bronand John Bird. Fortune and Bird also worked together on the TV showA Series of Birdsin 1967, and Fortune and Bron wrote and performed a series of sketches for TV inWhere Was Spring?in 1969. In 1971, withJohn Wells, he published the comic novelA Melon for Ecstasy, about a man who consummates his love affair with a tree. He appeared withPeter Sellersin aBarclays Banktelevision commercial in 1980, shortly before Sellers death.
Along with writing several series for theBBC, in 1982 Fortune appeared in an episode of the BBC sitcomYes Minister, as an army officer who brings the ministers attention to British-made weapons getting into the hands of terrorists. In 1999, he starred withWarren MitchellandKen CampbellinArtatWyndhams TheatreinLondons West End.2He also appeared in the filmsTake A Girl Like You(1970), in which he shared a TV debate with John Bird,Kenny Everetts horror spoofBloodbath at the House of Death(1983),England, My England(1995),Maybe Baby(2000), andSaving Grace(2000), and had a guest part in the sitcomJoking Apart.
Fortunes other work with John Bird included their series of satirical sketchesThe Long Johns, in which one interviewed the other in the guise of a senior figure such as a politician, businessman or government consultant. The sketches earned severalBAFTA awardnominations, winning the Television Light Entertainment Performance award in 1997.3In one episode, they were two of the very first to predict thefinancial crisis of 20072010during an episode ofThe South Bank Showbroadcast on 14 October 2007.45In Fortunes latter years, he featured in the award-winningRadio 4sitcomEd Reardons Week, in which he played the head of a literary agency. In 2008 he played theatrical agent Mel Simons inNew Tricks(S8:E2, Final Curtain.)
Fortune died on 31 December 2013, aged 74.67His agent Vivienne Clore said he died peacefully, with his wife Emma and dog Grizelle at his bedside.6
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