Quote: David Bussell @ November 19 2008, 8:45 AM GMT
I just never found that character funny. Probably because he's common.
Bussell you are a snob sometimes. With a silent S.
Quote: Aaron @ November 21 2008, 12:54 AM GMT
He did go to prison I believe, yes. Don't know about the crime though. Also have a suspicion he may have died since.
He did. I looked it up and found this:
"Eric Robertson Cullen (12 July 1965 — 16 August 1996) was a Scottish actor with achondroplasia, a type of dwarfism. He was most famous for his role as Wee Burney in Rab C Nesbitt. He was born to a single mother and was adopted by a family from Hamilton. He was diagnosed with achondroplasia at the age of seven.
Cullen was sexually abused by a violent paedophile ring as a teenager, and since his condition meant that he looked much younger than he was, this abuse continued into his twenties. Once he became a successful actor, his abusers returned to extort money with menaces. As a result he developed severe clinical depression. When he was arrested in 1993 for possession of child pornography the media outcry following his arrest effectively ended his acting career. Although the prosecution accepted that Cullen was storing the material under the duress of his abusers, he was nevertheless sent to prison, although he was released after fifteen days pending his subsequent successful appeal against sentence.
Cullen died in 1996 from complications following surgery to correct a bowel abnormality.