(b. Liverpool, 21 Oct. 1926; d. London, 5 Oct. 1984) Actor. Having made a name at the Bristol Old Vic (1959–61), in London as Brennan the Moor in O'Casey's Red Roses for Me (1962), and on Broadway as Fred Midway in David Turner's Semi-Detached (1963), Rossiter went on to display his matchless sense of timing in a series of comic roles, particularly delighting audiences as pretenders: Corvino in Volpone (1967), his hilariously hubristic Arturo Ui (1968), a pseudo-genteel Davies in The Caretaker (1972), and Tartuffe (1976). These talents came together as Truscott in Loot (1984). His ability to project a neurotic ordinariness, coupled with a doomed but boundless ambition, also earned him great acclaim in film and television.
From The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre in Oxford Reference.