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I love it when a plan comes together!

Few people who grew up in the 1980s will forget the catchphrase of Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith, the cigar-chomping leader of the band of renegade Vietnam veterans in the popular TV show, The A-Team.

Hannibal, along with Face, Murdock and most famously, BA Baracus (played by Mr T) enlivened many children’s Saturday nights, whether they were escaping from poorly-secured sheds, engineering vehicles with random bits of garden machinery, or in disguise and shooting at (but never actually hitting) baddies.

The part came to George relatively late in his career, but he had already starred in one of the most enduring movies of all time. He played Paul Varjak, the handsome young writer smitten with Audrey Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly, in, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

George had missed out on an opportunity to play Blake Carrington in TV soap Dynasty; another top-rating show in the 1980s. But the actor, who had trained at Lee Strasberg’s famous New York acting studio, later said his A-Team role was the best he’d ever had.

The five-times married star said he loved the A-Team role because of all the parts-within-parts he got to play, when Hannibal was in disguise. He explained: “I wanted to change from leading man to character actor for years now, but have never been given the chance before."