Although he starred in countless films and television programmes, it seems the late John Forgeham‘s career had a definitive highlight – that of The Italian Job.
The 1969 classic, directed by Peter Collinson, scored a Golden Globe nomination for its portrayal of a secret gold heist from the streets of Turin.
Famously starring Michael Caine, it has gone on to become an enduring classic, boasting a cast that includes Benny Hill, Noel Coward and Raf Vallone – all of whom are sadly deceased.
In fact, following the death of Forgeham, there are now just five remaining stars who are still alive. But who are they? And what else have they done? Here’s our definitive list…
Sir Michael Caine CBE, 83, is one of the most well-known faces in British cinema. He has appeared in over 100 films spanning nearly half a century, many of which received high critical acclaim and Academy Award Nominations.
Having appeared in classics such as Zulu, the Dark Knight trilogy and Educating Rita, Caine is a bona fide film legend.
Recently, Sir Michael was reported to have been cast alongside Michael Gambon and Jim Broadbent in a film about the gang of veteran crooks behind Hatton Garden: Britain’s biggest burglary.
Most recently he starred in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Interstellar and – unfortunately – box office turkey Stonehurst Asylum, opposite Kate Beckinsale.
Standing, now 78, was born on June 19, 1939 in London, and went on to play Arthur in the hit film.
Fans will know his character after Caine’s character, Croker, famously observed that he was “only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!” after destroying a van with explosives.
Before that he starred in 1965’s The Newcomers and, some time later, 1990’s Aftershock – a B-movie which told the tale of an alien who visits Earth during World War III, learns English by absorbing a dictionary and then meets a contrast of good and bad human beings.
He also worked on TV shows The saint and Z Cars.
Now aged 79, Innes was born on March 8, 1938 in London and continues to work on screen after almost continuous employment.
Having played Bill Bailey, he has since gone on to appear in Master and Commander (2003), Stardust (2007) opposite Claire Danes and Elizabeth, where he played Buron.
Although he enjoyed some fame for The Italian Job, Innes also starred in cult classic Quadrophenia as the cafe owner.
However, he enjoyed most of his success on the small screen where he performed in some of the world’s most iconic programmes. These include Casualty, Rumpole of the Bailey, Magnum PI, Hill Street Blues, Hart To Hart, M*A*S*H, Cagney & Lacey and Dixon of Dock Green.
Born 1 June, 1944, in Manchester, 63 year-old made an impressive acting debut with The Italian Job, which he won while still studying at Manchester University.
According to IMDB, some of his well-known movies include Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Ken Russell’s Tommy (1975) and Mahler, (1974), the sequel to The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978).
He later moved into TV comedy to star alongside Jasper Carrott, before resuming more serious drama in Holby City, Dalziel and Pascoe and Agatha Christie’s Marple.
He is married to a former Pan’s People dancer.
The only living female cast-member of The Italian Job, Goldoni – now 81 years-old – was born on October 1, 1936 in New York City.
She starred as Mrs Beckermann in the movie, before going on to appear in Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, Shadows and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, which was directed by Martin Scorcese.
She was married to The Dirty Dozen star Ben Carruthers, but they divorced in 1960.