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Colin Dexter (1930–2017)

Colin Dexter was born on September 29, 1930 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England as Norman Colin Dexter. He was a writer and actor, known for Endeavour (2012), Inspector Morse (1987) and Inspector Lewis (2006). He was married to Dorothy Cooper. He died on March 21, 2017 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. See full bio »

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Endeavour Writer


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  Endeavour (TV Series) (characters - 24 episodes, 2012 - 2020) (characters by - 6 episodes, 2019 - 2020)
- Zenana (2020) ... (characters by)
- Raga (2020) ... (characters by)
- Oracle (2020) ... (characters)
- Degüello (2019) ... (characters by)
- Confection (2019) ... (characters by)
 2006-2015 Inspector Lewis (TV Series) (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of - 42 episodes)
- What Lies Tangled: Part 2 (2015) ... (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of)
- What Lies Tangled: Part 1 (2015) ... (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of)
- Magnum Opus: Part 2 (2015) ... (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of)
- Magnum Opus: Part 1 (2015) ... (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of)
- One for Sorrow: Part 2 (2015) ... (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of)
 2000 Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (Video) (characters)
  Inspector Morse (TV Series) (characters - 17 episodes, 1990 - 1993) (novel - 10 episodes, 1987 - 2000) (idea - 3 episodes, 1989) (story - 3 episodes, 1987 - 1989)
- The Remorseful Day (2000) ... (novel)
- The Wench Is Dead (1998) ... (novel)
- Death Is Now My Neighbour (1997) ... (novel)
- The Daughters of Cain (1996) ... (novel)
- The Way Through the Woods (1995) ... (novel)
 2000 The Last Morse: A Documentary (TV Movie documentary) (characters)
 1993 Morse's Oxford (Video documentary short)
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Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Self (20 credits)

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Other Works:

Novel: "The Daughters of Cain", 1994 See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Alan Dexter

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Personal Quote:

A huge part of Morse's attraction was John Thaw. Dear old John. So modest. He told me he couldn't understand his fame, that the only thing he could do better than anyone else was learn his lines. See more »


He became a close friend of Inspector Morse (1987) star John Thaw and admired his performance so much that he stated that while his estate owns the copyright to the Inspector Morse stories, which extends to 70 years after his own death, no other actor will be allowed to play the role on screen. However, Colin Baker was allowed to play the role for a stage production in 2010. See more »

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