James Hayter

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Age: 107
Birthplace: Lonavala, India

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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.

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Movie Character Year
Fbzrwlrxp12mmwuxkljyfcduno4 The Blue Lagoon Dr Murdock 1949
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Aysnvyxlpqiepkcn1bbibqzigcg The Crimson Pirate Prof. Prudence 1952
58tja2dzppwcjrvk5zdfob9pig6 A Day to Remember Fred Collins 1953
Ln44jeakudpetpy6ouetbedh4hy Abandon Ship 'Cookie' Morrow 1957
Dee1eq2e5hnik9vtegu5qvmwrvj The 39 Steps Mr Memory 1959
Qifkn5quvtnd8lms844y0ngxbfp Song of Norway Butler to Berg 1970
Eenflzlpk4croe8smpx6k1z61i5 The Horror of Frankenstein Bailiff 1970
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