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James Hayter

James Hayter (23 April 1907 – 27 March 1983) was a British actor. He was born in Lonavala, India, brought up in Scotland and died in Spain. His best remembered film roles include Friar Tuck in the 1952 film The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men and Samuel Pickwick in The Pickwick Papers of the same year. His rotund appearance and fruity voice made him a natural choice for such roles. A pupil of Dollar Academy, he became a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, his film career began in 1936 in Sensation, but was interrupted by World War II during which he served in the Royal Armoured Corps. His later career included roles in TV series such as The Forsyte Saga (1967), The Onedin Line and Are You Being Served?. His 1946 television series Pinwright's Progress, shown on the BBC, is recognised as the first real example of the half-hour situation comedy format in the history of British television. He was also the original narrator of the UK television advertisements for Mr. Kipling cakes. In fact, these ads led to his departure from Are You Being Served?; the cake company paid him a significant bonus to withdraw from the series, as they felt his reputation lent an air of dignity to their snack advertisements. In the film Oliver!, he played Mr Jessop the book shop owner. He appeared in scenes when Dodger steals a gentleman's wallet outside the book shop and also when Oliver is in court charged with the robbery. Hayter used to have a tree house in his back garden where he would retire of an evening to learn and practise his lines from his current script. Description above from the Wikipedia article James Hayter, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Apr 23, 1907 In Lonavala, India
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Sensation 1936-12-16
Latest Project:
Movie The Light Princess 1978-12-24
Known For
Poster of Are You Being Served?
Poster of The Flaxton Boys
Poster of Oliver!
Poster of The Avengers
Movie The Light Princess Owl (voice) 1978-12-24
Series Father Brown Unknown 1974-09-26
Movie Burke & Hare Dr. Selby 1972-02-03
Series Are You Being Served? 1972-09-08
Movie The Firechasers Inspector Herman 1971-01-01
Movie The Blood on Satan's Claw Squire Middleton 1971-01-28
Movie The Horror of Frankenstein Bailiff 1970-11-08
Movie Song of Norway Butler to Berg 1970-11-04
Series The Flaxton Boys Nathan 1969-09-21
Movie Oliver! Mr. Jessop 1968-09-26
Movie A Challenge for Robin Hood Friar Tuck 1967-07-01
Movie Cop-Out Harry Hawkins 1967-05-23
Movie Out of the Fog Daniels 1962-09-01
Movie Go to Blazes Pipe Smoker 1962-04-18
Movie Lawrence of Arabia Sheik in Arab Council (uncredited) 1962-12-11
Series The Avengers Ticket Collector 1961-01-07
Movie The Captain's Table Earnshaw 1959-01-06
Movie The 39 Steps Mr Memory 1959-03-13
Movie Gideon's Day Mason 1958-03-25
Movie The Big Money Mr Frith 1958-06-09
Movie I Was Monty's Double Sgt. Adams 1958-10-21
Series Fair Game Unknown 1958-07-05
Movie Abandon Ship 'Cookie' Morrow 1957-03-12
Movie Mañana... Silvestre 1957-03-15
Movie The Heart Within Grandfather Willard 1957-07-01
Movie El aventurero Monty 1957-11-01
Movie Keep It Clean Mr. Bouncenboy 1956-05-01
Movie It's a Wonderful World Bert Fielding 1956-08-28
Movie Port Afrique Nino 1956-06-18
Movie Land of the Pharaohs Mikka 1955-07-24
Movie Touch and Go Kimball 1955-10-02
Movie For Better, for Worse The Plumber 1954-06-20
Movie The Awakening The Chief 1954-07-14
Movie Beau Brummell Mortimer 1954-11-16
Movie The Great Game Joe Lawson 1953-01-01
Movie Four Sided Triangle Dr. Harvey 1953-06-15
Movie Will Any Gentleman...? Dr. Smith 1953-08-25
Movie Always a Bride Dutton 1953-08-12
Movie A Day to Remember Fred Collins 1953-11-10
Movie I'm A Stranger Horatio Flowerdew 1952-07-01
Movie The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men Friar Tuck 1952-05-26
Movie The Crimson Pirate Prof. Prudence 1952-08-27
Movie The Pickwick Papers Samuel Pickwick 1952-11-14
Movie Flesh and Blood Sir Douglas Manley 1951-03-06
Movie Calling Bulldog Drummond Bill 1951-07-02
Movie Tom Brown's Schooldays Old Thomas 1951-11-02
Movie Morning Departure 1950-02-21
Movie Your Witness Prouty 1950-03-06
Movie Night and the City Figler (uncredited) 1950-06-15
Movie Trio Albert Foreman (segment "The Verger") 1950-10-10
Movie Waterfront Women Ship's Captain 1950-07-26
Movie The Blue Lagoon Dr Murdock 1949-03-01
Movie Once a Jolly Swagman Pa Fox 1949-02-02
Movie Helter Skelter Inn Landlord 1949-01-07
Movie For Them That Trespass John Craigie 'Jocko' Glenn 1949-04-21
Movie Silent Dust Pringle 1949-02-01
Movie Dear Mr. Prohack Carrell Quire 1949-09-07
Movie The Spider and the Fly Mayor 1949-12-01
Movie All Over the Town Councillor Baines 1949-04-25
Movie Passport to Pimlico Commissionaire 1949-10-26
Movie Don't Ever Leave Me Man with Summons 1949-07-19
Movie A Song for Tomorrow Nicholas Klausmann 1948-06-08
Movie My Brother Jonathan Tom Morse 1948-02-05
Movie Vice Versa Bandmaster 1948-01-01
Movie The Fallen Idol Perry 1948-09-30
Movie No Room at the Inn Councilor Trouncer 1948-11-22
Movie Woman Hater Mr. Burrell 1948-10-13
Movie Quartet Foreman of the Jury 1948-10-26
Movie Bonnie Prince Charlie Kingsburgh 1948-10-25
Movie The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Ned and Charles Cheeryble 1947-03-12
Movie The Mark of Cain Dr. White 1947-03-14
Movie The October Man Garage Man 1947-08-28
Movie Captain Boycott Music Hall Comic (uncredited) 1947-08-26
Movie The Laughing Lady Ostler 1946-10-16
Movie School for Secrets Warrant Officer 1946-12-23
Movie Band Waggon Minor Role 1940-03-23
Movie Sailors Three Hans 1940-12-14
Movie Murder in Soho Nick Green 1939-02-01
Movie Come on George! Barker 1939-12-01
Movie Aren't Men Beasts! Minor Role 1937-01-19
Movie Big Fella Chuck 1937-07-17
Movie Sensation Jock 1936-12-16