Have you ever had the privilege to meet Robert?
Than please do tell us about it and share your story with other fans! The more the better!
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You get of course that mine is fake, right?
I met him twice, and expecting rather a kind of "star."
I was happy to meet a person who really seemed to care for the contacts with the fans.
Otherwise other con guests, who usually made short visits, Robert was always present for the longest time, and
was - at least it is my impression - doing his best to support both of the cons I was present at, and after taking part in the pannels, autograph and photo sessions, and dinner, and after leading the auction, he found twice a time and strengts to spend most of the night talking with those AF members (and not only) who wished it. And
was patiently waiting til we would go to our rooms at last.
I remember that first evening in Friday at SA 2000, when Robert was for the first time to meet oficially the members of his fanclub. I think he might be as scared as we were, since I thought later he might use some actor's trick - he had a cigarette-lighter on a string, and sometimes he made circles with it around his finger - so we were looking at it and he had a moment of rest from our eyes.
Or maybe it was just because he was nervous a bit...
He was a very kind man, delicate and full of charm. And had a wonderful sense of humour. Unfortunately at the first time I didn't know English well enough to understand all what he did say.
He was a big inspiration and strenght of mine. He was for me as (saving all the proportions of course...) Laura and Beatrix were for Petrarca and Dante.
I wrote my thesis, painted my pictures and wrote my poems and stories with him in my mind and heart. And I will be
always grateful for this.
Being a Christian I do believe death doesn't cancell everything, and that love always has its sense.
Maybe we all would see it some day.
One thing that struck me shortly after meeting Robert Addie was his laugh.
Sometimes, I think it was a shy, nervous laugh, but, more often than not, it seemed like a genuinely amused laugh, especially during guest panels.
Anyone who has seen the Robin of Sherwood blooper reel can probably imagine that quiet snigger -- the subdued chuckling we hear when Nickolas Grace engages in that bit of verbal sparring with Anthony Valentine during the filming of "The Enchantment".
Of course, along with that laugh was a delightfully dry sense of humour.
I'm sure people who met Robert can tell you that he was a born storyteller. He was more than happy to share funny, self-deprecating anecdotes with fans.
I even saw Robert take on the more active role of comedian at Silver Arrow 2003 when he placed a set of antlers on his head during an autograph session to become "Herne the hat rack" and when he crashed Michael Praed's autograph session to ask for an autograph himself.
I suppose I should begin by writing about how Robert came to be 'rediscovered' by the Robin of Sherwood fans, just in case anyone doesn't know this story.
I'm stretching my memory back a long way here, so some of the precise details may be wrong but the overall story will be correct.
No one in the fandom knew where Robert was or what he was doing for many years - he'd apparently stopped acting and had, for all intents and purposes, vanished.
It wasn't until 1996 that he was found again, doing a small play called, I believe, "Edmund, Son of Gloucester." A fan by the name of Alison recognised him and word spread back to the people who were organising the next convention, which was the first Silver Arrow in 1997.
Letters went back and forth, and Robert said that he would come. I remember that a lot of fans were excited by this because very few of us had met him before. I also remember that there was originally some trepidation from the organisers, and I'll explain why: fandom is full of stories and legends, and it's hard to know which are true and which are not. Robert was coming with a reputation of being, well, difficult. I won't say what the stories were, because there is no need to.
When we got to the convention itself, the organisers had a good relationship with Robert and he was a great guest. He threw himself into everything with gusto and seemed to really enjoy himself.
I have a lot of memories of him: his meeting with the other guests for the first time since the series ended and their delight at seeing him, his surprise at how many fans showed up, the variety of stuff they had for him to sign.
I had an article from TV Times which he signed for me and I got the impression that it really touched him that people had kept such things after so many years.
At one point (maybe it was at a different convention - my memories of them have merged into one wonderful time) he was presented with a pony club annual and I remember his face as being very surprised, happy and, I think, humbled. When he got together with Nick Grace for a panel they almost brought the house down :)
At some point (probably around 1998 or 1999) the BFI in London did a tribute to Richard Carpenter and Robert went down. I think that this was the first time they had seen each other since they worked on the series, and that was nice to witness.
Ultimately Robert did all four Silver Arrow conventions and one in America before his sudden and untimely death. I never really knew him at all as a person, but I got the impression that he'd made peace with himself and that he was content and happy.
Myself and Janet knew Robert reasonably well. We had the pleasure of him during four of the conventions we organised in the 90's and finally the last in 2003. We visited Robert once and met him at his local pub for a drink and chat in Cirencester back in 2002 for a pre-con meeting.
There are private memories we have of him that are personal and we would like to keep private, because they are our own memories with him.
What I can share is that I had a high opinion on him on the whole, he was always tremendously polite, supportive, and interested in what anyone had to say.
When he agreed to come along to our first convention, back in 1997, he was timid, quiet and genuinely touched that people were still interested in him and his career. He's just come back to the UK from the US and was found doing theatre in Gloucestershire.
Our cons really helped him get 'out of his shell' I think.
I remember thinking he looked quite ill when I saw him the first time. Happily, the next few times I met him he was looking much better, and because he knew everyone, was a lot more comfortable.
It'd been some time since he'd seen any of his fellow RoS friends and I know he was really looking forward to meeting Michael, in 2003, and greeted him like an old friend. It took a little time for Michael to recognize Robert after so long, but they greeted each other like long lost friends and were practically inseparable. When Michael was needed to do a magazine interview when he arrived at the hotel, Robert was beside him keeping close watch. He even joked about wanting Michael's autograph!
Robert was an excellent host. He grabbed a chance to host the charity auction with Phil Rose and had a lot of fun with it, fueled by a little bit of alcohol as all the RoS boys were like!
At a previous con of ours, Robert got on very well with Terry Walsh. When he and Nick met again it was like the Sheriff and Gisburne all over again. Lots of smiles, laughs and you could tell that this was doing Robert "good."
As you will be aware, or not, Robert had his problems. He was no saint, but none of us are. Obviously in the end things ended up catching up with him, which is dreadfully unfair.
He was no age. He had things left to achieve I'm sure, but I think the last decade of his life were good to him and I feel proud that our conventions helped in a way to repair some bridges and renew old friendships.
He's up there, I'm sure, with Fury, Terry Walsh, Kip, and John Abineri, laughing, joking and sinking a few beers. This is the memory I'd like to keep of him.
I did meet Robert in 2003 @ Weekend in Sherwood.
I actually went out on that Sat nite at the show with Robert to a little Blues Music Bar in Michigan.
We had a few drinks and laughs. To be honest we became friends over the weekend!!
He sent me an e-mail stating that he had a good time in the states about a month before he passed away.
IM THE OTHER GUY IN THE PICTURE WITH CHAD AND ROBERT.
I REMEMEBER WIS 2003 WELL.
CHAD WAS MY HOTEL ROOM MATE FOR THE CON TO SAVE MONEY.
I REMEMBER US TALKING TO ROBERT AND HOW HE SAID HE WANTED TO GET OUT FOR THE NIGHT.
HE BASICALLY THOUGHT CHAD AND I WERE GOOD BLOKES AND ASKED US TO COME ALONG.
I REMEMBER THE RIDE IN THE TAXI. WE WERE TAKING OUR LIVES IN OUR OWN HANDS.
WE ALL COMMENTED ON HOW THE TAXI GUY DROVE AND THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO CRASH AT ANY TIME.
WE WENT TO A BLUES CLUB IN D TOWN. (DETROIT FOR EVERYONE ELSE ) WE DID HAVE A FEW LAUGHS AND A FEW DRINKS AS CHAD SAID.
ROBERT WAS VERY DOWN TO EARTH. WE WERE FRIENDS BEFORE THE WEEKEND ENDED.
I ALSO REMEMBER SOME COMMENT BEING MADE ABOUT THE WAITRESS LOL.
I REMEMBER HIM TELLING ME IF I CAME TO ENGLAND I HAD A PLACE TO STAY AND WE WOULD GO TO THE PUB. HE GAVE ME HIS EMAIL ADDRESS AND HOME ADDRESS. I SENT HIM A BLUES CD FROM NEW ORLEANS .
IN AN EMAIL HE WROTE TO ME, HE MENTIONED THINGS WERE HETIC AND THAT THE MOVIE HE WAS GOING TO SHOOT WAS COMING UP FAST. HE TOLD ME HE WAS LISTENING TO IT AS HE WROTE AND THAT IT WAS COOL AND THE NEIGHBORS COULD GO TO HELL. THEN HE TOLD ME TO KEEP IT LOW AND SLOW.
I WAS ACTUALLY PLANNING ON GOING TO ENGLAND WHEN I GOT THE NEWS HE HAD PASSED.
THE WORLD HAD LOST A GREAT ACTOR AND I HAD LOST A FRIEND.
ANTHONY VAN PYRE, USA
A few shots from my brief time on set in 1985 shooting Robin of Sherwood 'Herne's Son 1&2' - lovely days.
When I was Lichfield chicken boy.
Robert Addie was a lovely man. I can't say I knew him as I was only 12 when these pictures were taken. But I remember that he was extremely warm and polite and was very good natured about some kid taking pictures of him while all he wanted was a cup of instant coffee.
But what an incredible actor. I always thought it was wonderful that Carpenter wrote two fabulous episodes in series two that were based very much around him - Children of Israel and Lord of the Trees. He really carries those stories and his Gisburne was a unique creation.
Ben Warwick, UK
A big thank you to Carole Elizabeth Ballard from the The Phil Rose - Friar Tuck - Official Fan Club Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PR.FT.OFC/ !!!
A while ago I asked her for a memory from Phil Rose and lucky for us, he was willing to share a little story. :-D
Thank you very much, mr. Rose!!!
In the episode, 'Lord of the trees' Robert Addie playing Guy of Gisburne had to take a small hand axe to make a cut on a tree.
They took time and patience setting up the camera angles and shots. They rehearsed a few times without the axe.
When they were ready they gave Robert the axe and just before the director shouted 'action' he said quite loudly - "Robert whatever you do you must not let the axe break the bark" - Robert said "What?"- the director shouted action and Robert gave this tree such a hard, very noisy whack, that we thought the axe had sunk deep into the bark.
Robert was beside himself, he kept saying - sorry, I hit it too hard, my fault, I should have 'pulled' the swing. Nothing could be further from the truth because when the 'stunt director' Terry checked the tree there was not a mark on it. Relief all round - especially from Robert Addie.
We moved location to another part of the Forrest and thought nothing more about it. Except, about a week later, we were back at the same spot and tree and lo and behold somebody pointed out to all of us that there was indeed a mark on the tree that Robert had hit. This is true - it looked like a large smile. Probably the 'lord of the trees' having a joke or a humorous laugh at people.
Phil Rose, UK
The first time I met Robert Addie was in Omaha, Nebraska.
It was one of the first ROS cons and it was held in Omaha, NE because there were a number of die hard fans there.
The convention was small and intimate--you could really get close to the actors.
Back in the 1980's the only way to show steam on camera was to use cold water or dry ice. In short Addie's teeth were chattering and he had to make it look like he was in a nice hot shower. The experience was rather miserable.
I remember Robert looking a little drawn and sickly. This was no doubt because he loved to drink and stay up all night long. However, I was absolutely thrilled to meet the actor who played my favorite character. Robert Addie will be missed!