Martin Horsey (1945 - 2016)

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Martin Horsey
1945 - 2016
December 12, 1945
London, Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
October 9, 2016
Ventura, Ventura County, California, United States
Martin Horsey was born on December 12, 1945 in London, England, United Kingdom. He died on October 9, 2016 in Ventura, California, United States at age 70.
Updated: September 14, 2022
Martin Henry Horsey's parents were Henry James (Harry) Horsey (1915 - 1977) and May Footring-Payne (Averne) ()1917 - 1993). He had siblings Graham (1942 - 1978) and Linda May (1948 - 2014). Most sources report Martin's date of death as October 9, 2016. Martin Horsey was an actor, playwright, and producer. Some productions that he was involved in are "Centurion AD: Demons Within" in 2017, "The President's Analyst" in 1967, and "Alias" in 2001. Martin also performed in the London production of "Oliver" (the original musical) in 1961. He was the original Artful Dodger and can be heard on the Decca record of the show. He is featured in the songs "Consider Yourself" and "I'd do Anything". Also in the cast were Ron Moody, Georgia Brown, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Hope Jackman, Danny Sewell, Keith Hamshere, and Barry Humphries, In May of 2002, his own play, L'Chaim (To Life), began its run at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles and went on to be performed in Ventura, CA, twice. Martin was married to Minadora Demyashkin and had 3 children. On his headstone, is inscribed: HORSEY Martin Henry Beloved Husband, Father, Talented Writer and Actor. Dec. 12, 1945 Oct. 9, 2016 See Martin Henry Horsey Gravesite There is also a picture of a typewriter on his headstone, indicating that his most important role may have been as a writer.
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Born in London, England, Martin died in Ventura California. He began his career on the British stage as a child and then moved on to play roles in Hollywood in films and television.


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Martin was a past member and Lay Leader at St. George's Anglican Church in Ventura.


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Patsy Durham commented on Jun 02
Did Martin Horsey ever sing in a band
Kathy Pinna commented on Sep 14
Hi Patsy! What a great question! I looked all over and, although his career began in "Oliver!', there is no record of his having sung in a band. He was the original Artful Dodger in "Oliver!' on the London stage and was on the cast recording of the play. So, as a child, he was known as a good singer and got jobs because of his singing, he didn't make a career of singing. I did find, however, that he was a tenor. It seems that he focused on acting and writing in his later life. Thank you for asking.


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St. Georges Anglican Church of Ventura November 9, 2016 ยท MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MARTIN HORSEY, ACTOR Martin Horsey, British and American Actor's memorial service is scheduled for this Saturday November 12, 2016 at 3 P. M. at St. George's Anglican Church at 6300 Telephone Road in Ventura. Martin Horsey played the "Artful Dodger" in the original cast in London. He performed for Queen Elizabeth II. Later, he immigrated to the USA where he wrote plays such as "Nobody's Perfect", a comedy. In addition he wrote songs about life, love, and family.He acted in movies and on television as well as writing plays. Martin Horsey is survived by his wife and three adult children. More information about Martin Horsey's life can be found on the internet. Martin was a past member and Lay Leader at St. George's Anglican Church in Ventura.

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In 1945, in the year that Martin Horsey was born, on February 19th, US Marines landed on the island of Iwo Jima and the Battle of Iwo Jima began. Lasting 5 weeks, it was some of the bloodiest and fiercest fighting in the Pacific theater during World War II. The occupying Japanese forces were heavily armed and there were 21,000 Japanese soldiers on the island at the beginning of the battle. Only 216 Japanese soldiers were captured afterwards - the rest had been killed in action or committed suicide. 6,800 American soldiers died but the Americans took control of the island.

In 1951, by the time he was just 6 years old, on February 27th, the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution (which limited the number of terms a president may serve to two) was ratified by 36 states, making it a part of the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment was both a reaction to the 4 term Roosevelt presidency and also the recognition of a long-standing tradition in American politics.

In 1964, by the time he was 19 years old, in June, three young civil rights workers - Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner from New York City, and James Chaney from Meridian, Mississippi - were kidnapped and murdered in Mississippi. Working with "Freedom Summer", they were registering African-Americans to vote in the Southern states. Their bodies were found two months later. Although it was discovered that the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Neshoba County Sheriff's Office and the Philadelphia, Mississippi Police Department were involved, only 7 men were convicted and served less than six years.

In 1974, when he was 29 years old, on August 9th, Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States. He had been Vice President for 8 months when he became President due to the resignation of President Nixon.

In 1993, by the time he was 48 years old, on January 20th, William J. Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States. He beat incumbent George H.W. Bush who was seeking his second term. Clinton won 43.01% of the popular vote to Bush's 37.45%. An independent candidate, Ross Perot, won 18.91% - the most votes for an independent candidate since Teddy Roosevelt's run for President in 1912.

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