Welcome to Michael’s Memorials Page 2
To the Man who was almost Bond he shall be missed.
David Perry Bakersfield,CA USA
Very sad to here of Michaels passing. Like many youngsters at the time, UFO inspired
me to pursue both science fact and science fiction as hobbies which I do to this day.
Our condolences to those close to him that he left behind.
Nick and Bryar Deakin and Family. West Mids. U.K.
Mike, you will be sadly missed, Im proud to have met you in Leicester 2001, you are a
great guy and fantastic in U.F.O. You will never be forgotten.
John, Leicester. UK
My condolences to Mikes family. I will always have fond memories of him as Colonel
Foster in UFO, and later in The Onedin Line. A man of spirit and a class actor. I have
never been able to relax in a sauna since THAT episode and never will.
Lynne Collinson Southsea Hants
Mike and Ed, I was hoping to get to meet you both very soon; you were a massive part
of my early life. Yet sadly we no longer have the opportunity.
Rest peacefully both of you, and thanks for the super memories.
Geoff Saul UK
Dear Michael, dear Ed, you just were signed in the book of the Myth, and for many
people this book will never pass away
Even though I am only 10 years old UFO is one of my favourite ever shows. I was
really looking forward to meeting Michael and Ed at the Thunderbirds Convention and
I will miss not seeing them. Thank you for all the great shows. Michael and Ed - RIP.
It’s a sad day for UFO fans, to lose Mike AND Ed in just the span of a few days. The
Anderson shows have always been my favorites, UFO in particular. They will BOTH be
missed a great deal.
Maybe Mike will FINALLY be able to nab the Bond role in Heaven. :-)
Brinke Guthrie SF CA USA
You will be sadly missed.
shocked, he will live forever in my heart
My prayers go out to the family. The best part of my childhood was watching his work
on TV. I have the dvds now and share them with my family and the work will continue.
Brendan Kearns in Cary, North Carolina
Michael was my first heart throb when I was young. RIP
Mike we will miss you........
IT WAS A GREAT PLEASURE TO MEET MR MICHAEL BILLINGTON AT
MEMORABELIA IN GLASGOW NOV 2004. I had a great conversation with him and a
treasured signed photo. Great memories with U.F.O.
I had now idea, till now that Mike had sadly passed away or was even ill. The reason?
I buried myself 24/7 in pursuing a lifelong ambition earning my own living.. something
I NEVER had the guts to try - till Mike so kindly responded personally to a random...
Dear family. I meet Michael in Pinewood studios in 21 november and invite him to 007
museum in Sweden and Nybro this summer. He was a warm and nice person and i
will allways remember him. My very best to his family.
President 007 Museum Gunnar Schäfer
Rest in peace Michael.
Michael was a big part of my childhood and as I watched him playing Paul Foster in
UFO, I always hoped Id be like him one day. A tough good looking hero who always
saved the day. Thanks for being you...
Every Body that new michael is very sad about what has happen michael is fighting it
and is manerging ok with his wonderful godmother that is now looking after him i hope
it all goes well for him
UFO was part of my growing up process in the 70s. Michaels, Paul Foster, was my
favourite character in the show. Sadly missed. RIP.
Pat Lee. From Bootle.
Very saddened to hear of Michael’s death. I met him last year at the NEC in
Birmingham, and thought he was a warm and terrific guy. His memories live on in his
various performances as an actor. For me in particular his role as Foster in UFO was
John C West Midlands
Sono veramente addolorato per la scomparsa di Michael, Im fan of UFO, i pray for him
Im a big UFO fan and greatly enjoyed Michaels work on that show.
This is a sad time....
I am so saddened and shocked to read here about Michaels passing away. I searched
the internet for details of the Onedin Line actors following todays repeat (21/06/05) on
UK TV Drama. Loved him in UFO as Paul.
Alan Marlow - Northampton UK
I have just read that Michael Billington has died, it is very sad, he was a good actor,
and will be sadly missed by all.
Ann from Ken
One of my childhood heroes, so sad I never met him in person.
Dear Michael, rest in peace. I will keep in touch with you every time I will watch an Ufo
Roberto Gorla - Italy
I was deeply saddened to learn of Michael’s passing. His gift as an actor will be greatly
missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Kevin S. Doughty Griffith, Indiana United States of America
Sorry to see him passing he was a good actor, UFO was a part of my formative years
and it seems like this link has gone now. He died much too young, best wishes.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mike at Eclectic 21 con, Leicester, 2001. He was a warm
and thoughtful guy and did so much to make that event a success. From all at E21,
we are deeply saddened at Mikes premature passing.
John Wadsworth-Ladkin and all the crew of Eclectic 21
If only you knew how many people appreciated you, I have felt very Sad over the last
2 Weeks, God Bless you Mike X
Paul Williams, Market Drayton, England.
Now Michael and Edward go together in sky. I never, never can forget beautiful
moment when i see michael in television.....
i pray for this great actor and for Ed Bishop too
I just wanted to pass on my heartfelt condolences to Mike’s family at this very sad time.
I count myself lucky to have spent several enjoyable evenings in the company of
Michael and I will treasure the memory of our many drinks together.
He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know him.
Andrew Mark Sewell
Thanks a lot Mik!
I met Michael just once and by chance in London. He was friendly and completely
charming and I will cherish this memory forever. He leaves a legacy of splendid film
and television performances - notably UFO which I first saw when I was nine.
34 years have...
Rosalyn Connors (Essex, UK)
Another fine actor of an era long gone (UFO) has returned to his maker.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Marco J. Meyer/Switzerland
Michael portrayed one of my earliest TV heroes and am saddened by his death.
Our thoughts go to family and friends
Shadokp (Ken Parker)
A fine actor, a brilliant teacher and a great man. Meeting You was an honour. The
moments we shared will be treasured in our hearts for ever.
Silvia, Gemma and all the students on the Ramsgate drama course
I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to Mr Billington’s family at the tragic
news of his death. He was and will continue to be remembered as a tremendous
acting talent with enormous charisma and presence whose vast contribution to
Very sad to here of Mikes passing as I was a big fan of UFO as a kid and recently saw
him in an episode of the Professionals. Best wishes to his family
Paul Haywood Burton on Trent
I ADMIRE YOU WHEN I WAS A CHILD, THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GREAT
EMOTIONS COL. FOSTER GAVE TO ME. REQUIESCAT IN PACE.
MARCO FROM TORINO ITALY.
I HAVE BEEN A GREAT FAN OF UFO SINCE I WAS A TEENAGER WHAT A GREAT
SERIES, MICHAEL WAS SUPERB IN IT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM FOR
THAT HE WILL BE SADLY MISSED
I loved watching Mike on UFO and he was such a strong actor with an awesome
presence. The adoration and fond memory of the series lives on and so will your spirit -
that was such an integral part of that great series.
Scott Tuffnell Australia
A part of me died today when I found out that Michael and Ed had passed away. I am
so sorry. Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me. Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee
David Whiteman New Zealand
You did a fine job of playing Bond’s enemy in The Spy Who Loved Me. You will always
be remembered in the Bond fan world and in a personal place in my heart.
Rest in Peace!
Brandon R. Brown Fr: Upstate New York
I REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY IM 41 AND JUST RECENTLY BOUGHT ALL
THE DVD VOLUMES OF UFO MIKE WAS I CHILDHOOD HERO OF MINE IT FEELS
LIKE I HAVE LOST A FRIEND ALTHOUGH WE NEVER MET.
MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO MIKE’S FAMILY.
ERI SEMPLICEMENTE UN GRANDE. ESISTERAI SEMPRE NEI MIEI RICORDI PER
TUTTE LE EMOZIONI CHE MI HAI REGALATO DA BAMBINO INTERPRETANDO IL
COL. FOSTER NELLA SERIE U.F.O. RIPOSA IN PACE MICHAEL.
MICHELE 1966 FROM NORTH ITALY
Just a wonderful actor and brought a lot pleasure to many people.
Will be sadly missed but not forgotten.
John A McCrindle, Aberdeen
30 years ago as a young teenager I saw my first play: Sleuth. I met Michael backstage
afterwards; kind and generous with his time, he made my initiation to theatre incredibly
exciting and special. After I became an actor some years later, in part due to...
fantastic actor loved the part he played as col foster in ufo
michael will be sadly missed, he was a great guest at 6of1 (prisoner) conventions.
I would just like to say how sad and upset I was to hear yesterday of the passing of
Michael Billington. I was not able to meet him at a convention appearance last year
and wanted to tell him what a marvellous job he did on the UFO series. With
Scott Weller-United Kingdom
I have fond memories of UFO from my childhood and sad from learning that both
heroes from the show had passed away. Rest in peace Mike and Ed.
Adrián de la Vega Buenos Aires
Michael, agradezco toda la ilusión y la emoción que nos entregaste en cada una de
tus actuaciones, have a nice life in your new trip..., rest in peace and thanks for all..
Esteban Iturra, Santiago, Chile
A Brilliant action man type hero in UFO. I watched the DVDS many times over.
A fine actor.
Ken Pitcher Dover Kent England UK
Although my first viewing of the UFO series was only a couple of years ago due to
working on a project, it was clear Michael was a great actor, I wish his friends and
family the very best.
Very sorry to hear the news about Michael. Particularly enjoyed his performance as
Daniel Fogerty in the Onedin Line. RIP
So sorry only just heard. Gone BUT never forgotten!
Thanks for all your good work on UFO Mike. I have very fond memories from my
childhood on UFO.
Dave and Naomi Walters Rushden, HHants.
INTERCEPTOR, IMMEDIATE LAUNCH! THANK YOU MIKE, THANK YOU ED FOR
OUR CHILDREN DREAMS - IN OUR THOUGHTS THERE WILL BE COL. FOSTER
AND CMR. STRAKER FOREVER!
MARCO E PAOLA ALESSANDRIA - ITALY
Mike and Ed will be missed by all his fans
Joe Beedell Southend
Grazie per aver contribuito a rendere unica la serie televisiva U.F.O.
i always remember him for the spy who loved me, it’s my favorate roger moore bond,
and the ski scene with him in at the start was amazing, sadly missed...
A great actor, Ill never forget him. A sad loss for all UFO fans.
My condolences to the family
I knew Michael in the 70s when filming UFO and he made me laugh so much, I still
talk about those days and am so sad to hear of his passing. He was a lovely, talented,
warm man and my heart goes out to his family and friends at this sad time.
Fiona Wilson, Watford. Herts.
Very sad to see both Mike and Ed pass away. I watched UFO as a small child and was
fascinated by the series and the actors. You stirred my imagination.
Mike Davies, Northants, UK
I am so very sad to learn of Michael’s death. I was his agent for many years and
without doubt he was my favourite client mainly because of his sense of humour -
I still laugh when I remember some of his witty remarks about people in the
ufo was a classic show that mike and ed made their own , i saw it in my childhood and
still enjoy it to this day, little did we know then that when you played out your parts in
the heavens, you would both return there so close together, rest in peace mike
robert h ,northants , england
I watched the series as a boy and only very recently purchased the DVD collection
here is Los Angeles. I truly loved the show then and still do. I am both shocked and
saddened at the loss of Michael Billington. He will be missed by all of us.
Michael Alquist Loa Angeles, CA
I recently was thinking of re-visiting my childhood memories and borrowed the UFO TV
Series which I watched as a kid, I enjoyed the series 35 years on and instantly
remembered Michael and wanted to know what the stars of the series was doing now,
I was sh...
A childhood hero of mine. I still think Michael’s performances in UFO hold up well to
this day. He will be sadly missed.
I adored UFO as a young boy, and I love the series even more now (I am 40 this year).
My deepest condolences to Michael’s family.
Kenneth Tan - Singapore
Truly sorry to hear this sad news about Michael. Loved him in UFO and The Onedin
Line in particular, but always a joy to watch his performances. He will be sorely missed.
Sue, Oxford, also a Capricorn
I cant believe it , i just met michale in october there , the news was a shocking suprise
it was nice to listen to his stories just before this shocking news
I was greatly saddened in hearing about the loss of Michael. RIP to a great man...
Just heard the very, very sad news.. absolutely devastated! UFO.... UNTOUCHABLE!!!
Ian Martin-Shepherd. London, England.
My condolences to Michaels Family, I very much appreciated his work, especially as a
boy watching UFO. Thank You for your work Michael, you will be missed.
Roy Bjellquist, New Jersey, USA
I first saw UFO when I was 7 or 8. I loved it and was thrilled to get the DVD set.
My wife laughs at me cause I’m a little kid again watching the shows. I was sad to
hear of your loss, my condolences to the family.
Rocco, Pa. USA
A talented and underrated British actor,
the world is less without you.
Mark J. Saxton
Have a safe and glorious journey Mike Billington. You have provided us with many
moments we will never forget. Rest in Peace and among the stars.
Fredrick R. Walters
I’ll miss you very much Michael.
You were someone special.
This is terrible news. My sincere condolences to the family of Michael. Coming so soon
after Ed Bishops death it is a double blow to all of us UFO fans who loved their work
and on-screen partnership.
Marcus Eden-Ellis - Bradford
You were my childhood hero and a fantastic actor. I will remember you always and
you will never be gone in my mind.
people say, whats in a name? but i think they might be wrong about this one.
I was deeply saddened to hear of Michaels passing- he was a very fine actor and
having been fortunate to meet him last year, he was a charming and friendly man.
He will be fondly remembered by many. Bless you Michael.
We at BONDLIST echo the sentiments of Michael Billington’s many fans. Mr. Billington
(Sergei in TSWLM) screen tested famously for Bond. He was an always cheerful
gentleman who was eager to work with and meet his fans. I always enjoyed our chats
Matt Sherman, thank you!
I was very sorry to hear of Michael’s death. I always admired Michael’s work on UFO
which I have never forgotten from my childhood. I bought the dvd collection of the
series last year and it brought back many memories of my childhood. I would like
I was very sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. I am a big fan of UFO and feel he made
a great contibution to the sucess of the program. Unfortunetly I have not been able
to see his other work here in the U.S. His characterization of Paul Foster was first...
We have been praying on Michael s grave. It is nice to know such a lovely spot has
been selected for him to rest. May Michael rest in peace. Well pay him a visit
whenever we can.
Silvia, Giuseppina and all the students on the Ramsgate drama course
Ti sono vicino in questo triste momento.
DAGNA ALESSANDRO ITALY
Thank you for being great to your fans. You replied to my messages as if we were
friends. Rest in peace Michael and my respects to your family.
Ciao Michael, continuerň a sognarti come facevo da ragazzo. Sei stato il mio idolo e
non ti dimenticherň MAI!
Davide Amadi (ITALIA - Venezia)
It is with great sadness that I have learned of Micheal Billington’s death. I truly think
the acting world will have one less star to twinkle. His Performance as Daniel Fogarty
will be fondly remembered in The Onedin Line His Death Has left me with gr...
Anna , Montreal Canada
Michael’s came to my attention as an actor through Gerry Anderson’s UFO and
spotted for his small role in TSWLM. I was unaware of his passing until now.
Please accept my condolences to his family & friends.
Steve Hadlow @ 007 Bond Supplement http://www.bondsupp.freeserve.co.uk
Michael Billington was the Bond that never was, being the most tested actor for the
007 role from 1968 to 1982. Although, he appeared as Sergei Barsov in The Spy Who
Loved Me. An accomplished actor of the traditional English type, he will be sadly
Per i tutti momenti belli che mi hai fatto passare da giovane un grande saluto.
Marcello Gilardenghi - Alessandria - ITALY
Rest in Peace Michael, You will live on in our hearts and thank you for all your great
work that is captured forever.
You were my first TV hero. When we played UFO in the playground I always wanted
to be Colonel Foster. RIP Michael.
I was so sad to hear of Michaels passing. As a teenager I had a crush on him in the
series u.f.o. I love the Onedin Line and I am watching re runs of it. In my eyes he will
always be the handsome man I had a crush on. Deepest sympathy to his family
Angie O’Donnell Liverpool
You gave a sense of wonder to a child many years ago.
Goodbye and thank you Michael.
Graham. New Zealand.