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Arthur English

Arthur English as Mr Harman in 'Are You being Served?'
Birth name Arthur English
Born May 9, 1919
Flag of England Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Died April 16, 1995 (aged 75)
Flag of England St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, England
Arthur English as his 'Spiv' character
Arthur English as his 'Spiv' character

Arthur English (May 9, 1919April 16, 1995) was an English comedian from the music hall tradition. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Aldershot is a town in the English county of Hampshire, located on heathland approximately 55 km (35 miles) southwest of London. ... For other uses, see Hampshire (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... St Marys Hospital QEQM building (above) and old section (below). ... For other places with the same name, see Paddington (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... Music Hall is a form of British theatrical entertainment which reached its peak of popularity between 1850 and 1960. ...


English was born in Aldershot, Hampshire. After serving in the army in World War II, reaching the rank of sergeant, English worked as a painter and decorator in his native town. He polished up his comedy routines at this time and eventually appeared at the Windmill Theatre in London and did much other stage work. His radio work began with the BBC series Variety Bandbox, using as always his own Aldershot accent. His usual persona was a stereotypical wartime "spiv", and he became known as "The Prince of the Wide Boys". His usual delivery was to tell a long rambling shaggy dog story at ever-increasing rapidity without losing clarity until, at top speed, he would end with the catch-phrase: "Play the music! Open the cage!" For a time he was resident comedian at the notorious Windmill Theatre. Aldershot is a town in the English county of Hampshire, located on heathland approximately 55 km (35 miles) southwest of London. ... For other uses, see Hampshire (disambiguation). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... For other uses, see Sergeant (disambiguation). ... The Windmill Theatre, later the Windmill Club, was a famous West End theatre in Great Windmill Street, London. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Category: ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Windmill Theatre, later the Windmill Club, was a famous West End theatre in Great Windmill Street, London. ...


He began to appear on British television in mainly comedy roles in the 1970s, and was noticeable because of his manner and striking appearance. He is best remembered for his character of the obnoxious and 'bolshy' maintenance man, Mr. Harman, in Are You Being Served? which he played from 1976 to 1985, including the film version. He played an even more unsympathetic character in In Sickness and in Health, a follow-up series to Till Death Us Do Part from 1985 to 1990. Are You Being Served? was a long-running British sitcom broadcast from 1972 to 1985. ... In Sickness and in Health was a BBC television sitcom sequel to the highly successful Til Death Us Do Part. ... This article is about the BBC TV series. ...


He had more likeable roles in two British children's TV series: The Ghosts of Motley Hall, which ran from 1976-1978 on ITV (produced by Granada Television), and Follyfoot, which ran from 1971-1973, also on ITV (produced by Yorkshire Television). He was in several other films and an obscure series Maths Counts (1982), a British TV schools programme starring Jack Wild as English's grandson. In 1985, he appeared in an episode of the American TV series Magnum, P.I. The Ghosts of Motley Hall was a British childrens television series written by Richard Carpenter, produced and directed by Quentin Lawrence, and shown in 1976 by Granada Television. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the North Yorkshire village see Follifoot Follyfoot was a television series produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV between 1971 and 1973, repeated for a couple of years after that and again in the late 1980s. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Jack Wild (30 September 1952 – 2 March 2006) was an English actor who achieved fame for his roles in both stage and screen productions of the Lionel Bart musical Oliver!. For the latter performance (playing the Artful Dodger), he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the... Magnum, P.I. is an American television show that followed the adventures of Thomas Magnum (played by Tom Selleck), a private investigator living in Hawaii. ...


Following the death of his wife Ivy [who had made his enormous trade-mark kipper tie at the beginning of his career], late in life English married a young dancer, Teresa, that he met during one of his stage shows, and had a child with her - Clare Louise English. The late John Inman and Jack Douglas were the child's godparents. The marriage was later dissolved. Frederick John Inman (28 June 1935 – 8 March 2007) was an English actor who was best known for his role as Mr. ... Jack Douglas is a British actor most famous for his roles in the Carry On films. ...


Arthur English died in 1995 due to complications from emphysema.


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