JAMES Booth, the actor
famous for playing Private Henry Hook in the film Zulu, has died
Booth, a former British
Army Captain, starred in the 1964 war epic based on the battle
of Rorke's Drift - the movie that also launched the career of
He became well known to
audiences as Henry "Hookie" Hook - a soldier who, despite not
having any ammunition, fought the Zulus off with just his
During the 1879 battle
in South Africa, he also helped rescue eight patients in an Army
hospital from certain death earning himself the Victoria Cross.
Booth was also known
for his role as the cowardly ex-convict Ernie Miles in David
Lynch's surreal Twin Peaks series in the early 1990s.
Booth was born in
Croydon in 1927 and was married with two sons and two daughters.