James Hayter

James Hayter

  • Born on
    • April 23rd, 1907
  • Died on
    • March 27th, 1983
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.


Acting (22 Credits)

1971The Blood on Satan's Claw as Squire Middleton
1970The Horror of Frankenstein as Bailiff
1968Oliver! as Mr. Jessop
1962Lawrence of Arabia as Sheik in Arab Council (uncredited)
1959The 39 Steps as Mr Memory
1958Gideon of Scotland Yard as Robert Mason
1958Hell, Heaven or Hoboken as Sgt. Adams
1957Seven Days from Now as 'Cookie' Morrow
1955Land of the Pharaohs as Mikka
1954Beau Brummell as Mortimer
1953Four Sided Triangle as Dr. Harvey
1952The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men as Friar Tuck
1952The Crimson Pirate as Prof. Prudence
1950Trio as Albert Foreman (segment "The Verger")
1950Operation Disaster
1950Night and the City as Figler (uncredited)
1949The Blue Lagoon as Dr Murdock
1949Passport to Pimlico as Commissionaire
1948The Fallen Idol as Perry
1948Quartet as Foreman of the Jury
1947The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby as Ned and Charles Cheeryble
1947The October Man as Garage Man

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