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Claude Dampier

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Occupation  Actor, Comedian
Spouse  Lily Carlyle (m. ?–1955)

Role  Film actor
Name  Claude Dampier
Children  Dorothy Dampier

Full Name  Claud Conolly Cowan
Born  1879Clapham, London, England
Died  January 1, 1955, London, United Kingdom
Movies  The Adventures of Algy, Mr Stringfellow Says No
Similar People  Marcel Varnel, Beaumont Smith, Thomas Bentley

Resting place  Golders Green Crematorium

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Claude Dampier (1879-1955) was an English film actor and popular character comedian in the early 20th century.


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He was born in Clapham, South London as Claud Conolly Cowan.

He played largely comic roles, first appearing in music hall acts and then moving to both film and radio comedies. Dampier usually appeared as a dim-witted 'silly ass' type, often billed as 'The Professional Idiot'. He was best remembered for his post-war Jewel and Warriss radio shows, where he adopted the catch-phrase "it's me-ee".

Dampier toured Australia with Edward Branscombe’s Dandies troupes between 1910 and 1917. He revisited the country in 1921, and starred in two Australian films before returning to England.

He married Australian actress Billie Carlyle (c1901-1991), who appeared as a 'straight-woman' in his act. They met whilst acting in the silent film The Adventures of Algy (1925). Carlyle later wrote a book, Claude Dampier, Mrs. Gibson & Me (1978). 'Mrs. Gibson' was Dampier's gimmick (apparently developed accidentally), a fictitious member of the audience with whom he spoke throughout his act.

Dampier is the father of actress Dorothy Dampier.

He died in 1955 in London of pneumonia.

He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium in north London on 4 January 1955. His ashes lie in section 1-L of the Garden of Remembrance.


  • Hullo Marmaduke (1924)
  • The Adventures of Algy (1925)
  • Mr. Stringfellow Says No (1934)
  • Radio Parade of 1935 (1934)
  • So You Won't Talk (1935)
  • The White Lilac (1935)
  • No Monkey Business (1935)
  • Boys Will Be Boys (1935)
  • Such Is Life (1936)
  • All In (1936)
  • Public Nuisance No. 1 (1936)
  • King of the Castle (1936)
  • She Knew What She Wanted (1936)
  • Sing as You Swing (1937)
  • Wanted! (1937)
  • She Shall Have Music (1937)
  • Riding High (1937)
  • Don't Take It to Heart (1944)
  • Let's Have a Murder (1950)
  • Meet Mr. Malcolm (1954)
  • References

    Claude Dampier Wikipedia