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Jack Warner

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jack Warner OBE (24 October 1895 – 24 May 1981) was an English film and television actor. He was born in London, his real name being Horace John Waters. His sisters Elsie and Doris Waters were well-known comediennes under the names Gert and Daisy. Like them, Jack Warner made his name in music hall and radio, but he became known to cinema audiences as the patriarch in a trio of popular post-World War II family films beginning with Here Come the Huggetts. He also co-starred in the 1955 Hammer film version of The Quatermass Xperiment and as a police superintendent in the 1955 Ealing Studios black comedy The Ladykillers. Warner attended the Coopers' Company's Grammar School for Boys in Mile End, while his sisters both attended the nearby sister school, Coborn School for Girls in Bow. The three children were choristers at St. Leonard's Church, Bromley-by-Bow, and for a time, Warner was the choir's soloist. By the early war years Warner was nationally known and starred in a BBC radio comedy show Garrison Theatre, invariably opening with, "A Monologue Entitled...". It was in 1949 that Warner first played the role for which he would be remembered, PC George Dixon, in the film The Blue Lamp. One observer predicted, "This film will make Jack the most famous policeman in Britain". Although the police constable was shot dead in the film, the character was revived in 1955 for the BBC television series Dixon of Dock Green, which ran until 1976. In later years though, Warner and his long-past-retirement-age character were confined to a less prominent desk sergeant role. The series had a prime-time slot on Saturday evenings, and always opened with Dixon giving a little soliloquy to the camera, beginning with the words, "Good evening, all". According to Warner's autobiography, Jack of All Trades, Elizabeth II once visited the television studio where the series was made and told Warner "that she thought Dixon of Dock Green had become part of the British way of life". He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1965. In 1973, he was made a Freeman of the City of London. Warner commented in his autobiography that the honour "entitles me to a set of 18th century rules for the conduct of life urging me to be sober and temperate". Warner added, "Not too difficult with Dixon to keep an eye on me!" The characterisation by Warner of Dixon was held in such high regard that officers from Paddington Green Police Station bore the coffin at his funeral in 1981. Warner is buried in East London Cemetery. Description above from the Wikipedia article Jack Warner (actor), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Oct 24, 1895 In London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Dummy Talks 1943-10-25
Latest Project:
Movie Jigsaw 1962-08-21
Known For
Poster of The Ladykillers
Poster of Dixon of Dock Green
Poster of Scrooge
Poster of Hue and Cry
Movie Jigsaw Det. Insp. Fred Fellows 1962-08-21
Movie Carve Her Name With Pride Mr. Bushell 1958-02-18
Movie Home and Away George Knowles 1956-09-04
Movie Now and Forever Mr. J. Pritchard 1956-09-10
Series Dixon of Dock Green PC George Dixon 1955-07-09
Movie The Quatermass Xperiment Insp. Lomax 1955-08-26
Movie The Ladykillers The Superintendent 1955-12-08
Movie Bang! You're Dead Bonsell 1954-03-15
Movie Forbidden Cargo Maj. Alec White 1954-05-04
Movie Albert R.N. Capt Maddox 1953-11-23
Movie The Final Test Sam Palmer 1953-04-09
Movie Those People Next Door Sam Twigg 1953-02-01
Movie The Square Ring Danny Felton 1953-07-13
Movie Emergency Call Inspector Lane 1952-05-19
Movie Meet Me Tonight Murdoch 1952-09-09
Movie Talk of a Million Bartley Murnahan 1951-03-12
Movie Valley of the Eagles Inspector Peterson 1951-09-26
Movie Scrooge Jorkins 1951-11-28
Movie The Blue Lamp PC George Dixon 1950-01-19
Movie Train of Events Jim Hardcastle 1949-01-18
Movie Vote for Huggett Joe Huggett 1949-02-01
Movie The Huggetts Abroad Joe Huggett 1949-03-21
Movie Boys in Brown Governor 1949-12-01
Movie Easy Money Philip Stafford 1948-01-20
Movie Against the Wind Max Cronk 1948-02-01
Movie My Brother's Keeper George Martin 1948-08-19
Movie Here Come the Huggetts Joe Huggett 1948-12-02
Movie Hue and Cry Nightingale 1947-02-01
Movie Dear Murderer Inspector Penbury 1947-06-23
Movie Holiday Camp Joe Huggett 1947-08-05
Movie It Always Rains on Sunday Detective Sergeant Fothergill 1947-11-25
Movie The Captive Heart Cpl. Ted Horsfall 1946-04-29
Movie The Dummy Talks Jack 1943-10-25