Alfie Bass (April 8, 1921 - July 15, 1987) was a diminutive cockney-accented Jewish actor, born in London's Bethnal Green.
Among his most often seen films (by modern audiences), are The Lavender Hill Mob and A Tale Of Two Cities. He continued working until the turn of the 1980s and had roles in the T.V. series Till Death Us Do Part, Minder, and Are You Being Served?. He sometimes emphasised his Jewish background in the accent he used on screen.
He also guest starred in two episodes of the British comedy television The Goodies, in which he appeared as the "Town Planner" in "Camelot", and as the "Giant" in "The Goodies and the Beanstalk".
He starred in The Army Game a British T.V. comedy series of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and then co-starred in its sequel Bootsie and Snudge as a tramp with Bill Fraser and Clive Dunn. Both series were very popular in Britain. He also had success on the stage, in particular with The Bespoke Overcoat which was filmed in 1956. He successfully took over from Topol in the lead role in Fiddler on the Roof on the West End stage.
He also appeared in the 1950's Landmark BBC Radio SF Series Journey Into Space as Lemmy Barnett.
He died of a heart attack in 1987.