Michael Angelis who narrated the adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine And Friends for more than two decades, has died at age 76. He reportedly passed at home on 30 May, in the company of his wife, Jennifer Khalastchi. He was married to actress Helen Worth from 1991 to 2001 and later married Jennifer Khalastchi.
Angelis narrated 13 series of the popular children’s TV show, Thomas the Tank Engine And Friends in Britain from 1991 to 2012. The program’s name was later shortened to Thomas and Friends. He also narrated two episodes of season six and four episodes of season seven of the American version of the TV show. In addition to the iconic series, Angelis provided narration for Thomas’ feature-length and video game adventures up until Blue Mountain Mystery. He also narrated the spinoff series, Jack and the Sodor Construction Company.
Notable comedies include The Liver Birds (1975-78) and Bleasdale’s No Surrender (1985). He also acted in 1979 heist flick A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, 1991 miniseries GBH and in the 2002 revival of dramedy Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, among his dozens of credits. Angelis also did voice duty on the films Hero of the Rails, Misty Island Rescue and Days of the Diesels.
Angelis was predeceased in 2009 by his older brother, actor Paul Angelis, who died aged 66. Paul was known for voicing Ringo Starr and the Chief Blue Meanie in Yellow Submarine (1968).