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November 15, 1983, Ramsgate, United Kingdom

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John Le Mesurier (, born John Elton Le Mesurier Halliley; 5 April 1912 – 15 November 1983) was an English actor. He is perhaps best remembered for his comedic role as Sergeant Arthur Wilson in the BBC television situation comedy Dad's Army (1968–77). A self-confessed "jobbing actor", Le Mesurier appeared in more than 120 films across a range of genres, normally in smaller supporting parts.


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Le Mesurier became interested in the stage as a young adult and enrolled at the Fay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art in 1933. From there he took a position in repertory theatre and made his stage debut in September 1934 at the Palladium Theatre in Edinburgh in the J. B. Priestley play Dangerous Corner. He later accepted an offer to work with Alec Guinness in a John Gielgud production of Hamlet. He first appeared on television in 1938 as Seigneur de Miolans in the BBC broadcast of The Marvellous History of St Bernard. During the Second World War Le Mesurier was posted to British India, as a captain with the Royal Tank Regiment. He returned to acting and made his film debut in 1948, starring in the second feature comedy short Death in the Hand, opposite Esme Percy and Ernest Jay. He undertook a number of roles on television in 1951 including Educating Archie alongside Tony Hancock.

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Le Mesurier had a prolific film career, appearing mostly in comedies, usually in roles portraying figures of authority such as army officers, policemen and judges. As well as Hancock's Half Hour, Le Mesurier appeared in Hancock's two principal films, The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man. In 1971 Le Mesurier received his only award: a British Academy of Film and Television Arts "Best Television Actor" award for his lead performance in Dennis Potter's television play Traitor; it was one of the few lead roles he played during the course of his career.

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He took a relaxed approach to acting and felt that his parts were those of "a decent chap all at sea in a chaotic world not of his own making". Le Mesurier was married three times, most notably to the actress Hattie Jacques. A heavy drinker of alcohol for most of his life, Le Mesurier died in 1983, aged 71, from a stomach haemorrhage, brought about as a complication of cirrhosis of the liver. After his death, critics reflected that, for an actor who normally took minor roles, the viewing public were "enormously fond of him".

Early life

Le Mesurier was born John Elton Le Mesurier Halliley, in Bedford on 5 April 1912. His parents were Charles Elton Halliley, a solicitor, and Amy Michelle (née Le Mesurier), whose family were from Alderney in the Channel Islands; both families were affluent, with histories of government service or work in the legal profession. While John was an infant the family settled in Bury St Edmunds, in West Suffolk. He was sent to school, first to Grenham House in Kent, and later to Sherborne School in Dorset where one of his fellow-pupils was Alan Turing. Le Mesurier disliked both schools intensely, citing insensitive teaching methods and an inability to accept individualism. He later wrote: "I resented Sherborne for its closed mind, its collective capacity for rejecting anything that did not conform to the image of manhood as portrayed in the ripping yarns of a scouting manual".

From an early age Le Mesurier had been interested in acting and performing; as a child he had frequently been taken to the West End of London to watch Ralph Lynn and Tom Walls perform in the popular series of farces at the Aldwych Theatre. These experiences fuelled an early desire to make a career on the stage. After leaving school he was initially persuaded to follow his father's line of work, as an articled clerk at Greene & Greene, a firm of solicitors in Bury St Edmunds; in his spare time he took part in local amateur dramatics. In 1933 he decided to leave the legal profession, and in September of that year enrolled at the Fay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art; a fellow-student was Alec Guinness, with whom he became close friends. In July 1934, the studio staged their annual public revue in which both Le Mesurier and Guinness took part; among the judges for the event were John Gielgud, Leslie Henson, Alfred Hitchcock and Ivor Novello. Le Mesurier received a Certificate of Fellowship, while Guinness won the Fay Compton prize. After the revue, rather than remain at the studio for further tuition Le Mesurier took an opportunity to join the Edinburgh-based Millicent Ward Repertory Players at a salary of £3.10s (£3.50) a week.


The Millicent Ward repertory company typically staged evening performances of three-act plays; the works changed each week, and rehearsals were held during the daytime for the following week's production. Under his birth name John Halliley, Le Mesurier made his stage debut in September 1934 at the Palladium Theatre, Edinburgh in the J. B. Priestley play Dangerous Corner, along with three other newcomers to the company. The reviewer for The Scotsman thought that Le Mesurier was well cast in the role. Appearances in While Parents Sleep and Cavalcade were followed by a break, as problems arose with the lease of the theatre. Le Mesurier then accepted an offer to appear with Alec Guinness in a John Gielgud production of Hamlet, which began in Streatham in the spring of 1935 and later toured the English provinces. Le Mesurier understudied Anthony Quayle's role of Guildenstern, and otherwise appeared in the play as an extra.

In July 1935, Le Mesurier was hired by the Oldham repertory company, based at the Coliseum Theatre; his first appearance with them was in a version of the Wilson Collison play, Up in Mabel's Room; he was sacked after one week for missing a performance after oversleeping. In September 1935, he moved to the Sheffield Repertory Theatre to appear in Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, and also played Malvolio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Le Mesurier later commented on the slow progress of his career: "had I known it was going to take so long, I might well have given the whole thing up". In 1937 he joined the Croydon Repertory Theatre, where he appeared in nine productions in 1936 and 1937. During this period Le Mesurier changed his professional name from John Halliley to John Le Mesurier; his biographer Graham McCann observes that "he never bothered, at least in public, to explain the reason for his decision". Le Mesurier used his new name for the first time in the September 1937 production of Love on the Dole.

Le Mesurier first appeared on television in 1938, thus becoming one of the medium's pioneering actors. His initial appearance was in a production of The Marvellous History of St Bernard in which he appeared as Seigneur de Miolans in a play adapted from a 15th-century manuscript by Henri Ghéon. Alongside the television appearance, he continued to appear on stage in Edinburgh and Glasgow with the Howard and Wyndham Players, at least until late 1938 when he returned to London and re-joined Croydon Repertory Theatre. His second spell with the troupe ended a few months later when, from May to October 1939 he appeared in Gas Light, first in London and subsequently on tour. The reviewer in The Manchester Guardian considered that Le Mesurier gave "a faultless performance", and that "the character is not overemphasised. One may praise it best by saying that Mr. Le Mesurier gives one a really uncomfortable feeling in the stomach".

From November to December 1939, Le Mesurier toured Britain in a production of Goodness, How Sad, during which time he met the director's daughter, June Melville, whom he married in April 1940. After spending January and February 1940 in French Without Tears at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool, he returned to London where he was employed by the Brixton Theatre, appearing in a series of productions. In his time in repertory, Le Mesurier took on a variety of roles across a number of genres; his biographer Graham McCann observed that his range included "comedies and tragedies, thrillers and fantasies, tense courtroom dramas and frenzied farces, Shakespeare and Ibsen, Sheridan and Wilde, Molière and Shaw, Congreve and Coward. The range was remarkable".

In September 1940 Le Mesurier's rented home was hit by a German bomb, destroying all his possessions, including his call-up papers. In the same bombing raid, the theatre in Brixton in which he was working was also hit. A few days later he reported for basic training with the Royal Armoured Corps; in June 1941 he was commissioned into the Royal Tank Regiment. He served in Britain until 1943 when he was posted to British India where he spent the rest of the war. Le Mesurier later claimed that he had had "a comfortable war, with captaincy thrust upon me, before I was demobbed in 1946".


On his return to Britain, Le Mesurier returned to acting, although he initially struggled for work, finding only a few minor roles. In February 1948 he made his film debut in the second feature comedy short Death in the Hand, which starred Esme Percy and Ernest Jay. He followed this with equally small roles in the 1949 film Old Mother Riley's New Venture—although his name was misspelt on the credits as "Le Meseurier"—and the 1950 crime film Dark Interval. During the same period he also frequently appeared on stage in Birmingham.

Le Mesurier undertook a number of roles on television in 1951, including that of Doctor Forrest in The Railway Children, the blackmailer Eduardo Lucas in Sherlock Holmes: The Second Stain, and Joseph in the nativity play A Time to be Born. In the same year Tony Hancock joined Le Mesurier's second wife, Hattie Jacques (the couple had married in 1949 following his divorce from June Melville earlier that year) in the radio series Educating Archie. Le Mesurier and Hancock became friends; they would often go for drinking sessions around Soho, where they ended up in jazz clubs. When Hancock left Educating Archie in 1954 to work on his own radio show, Hancock's Half Hour, he maintained his friendship with Le Mesurier, and Jacques joined the cast for the fourth series of Hancock's show, in 1956.

In 1952, as well as appearing in the films Blind Man's Bluff and Mother Riley Meets the Vampire, Le Mesurier also appeared as the doctor in Angry Dust at the New Torch Theatre, London. Parnell Bradbury, writing in The Times, thought Le Mesurier had played the role extraordinarily well, although Harold Hobson, writing in The Sunday Times, thought that "the trouble with Mr. John Le Mesurier's Dr. Weston is that he approaches the man too snarlingly ... [it is] a notion of genius that would be unacceptable anywhere outside Victorian melodrama". In 1953, he had a role as a bureaucrat in the short film The Pleasure Garden, which won the Prix de Fantasie Poetique at the Cannes Film Festival in 1954. After a long run of small roles in second features, his 1955 portrayal of the registrar in Roy Boulting's comedy Josephine and Men, "jerked him out of the rut", according to Philip Oakes.

Following his appearance in Josephine and Men, John and Roy Boulting cast Le Mesurier as a psychiatrist in their 1956 Second World War film, Private's Progress. The cast featured many leading British actors of the time, including Ian Carmichael and Richard Attenborough. Dilys Powell, reviewing for The Sunday Times, thought that the cast was "embellished" by Le Mesurier's presence, among others. Later in 1956 Le Mesurier again appeared alongside Attenborough, with small roles in Jay Lewis's The Baby and the Battleship and Roy Boulting's Brothers in Law, the latter which also featured Carmichael and Terry-Thomas. He was also active in television, in a variety of roles in episodes of Douglas Fairbanks Presents, a series of short dramas.

Le Mesurier's friendship with Tony Hancock provided a further source of work when Hancock asked him to be one of the regular supporting actors in Hancock's Half Hour, when it moved from radio to television. Le Mesurier subsequently appeared in seven episodes of the show between 1957 and 1960, and then in two episodes of a follow-up series entitled Hancock. In 1958 he appeared in ten films, among them Roy Boulting's comedy Happy Is the Bride, about which Dilys Powell wrote in The Sunday Times: "[M]y vote for the most entertaining contributions ... goes to the two fathers, John Le Mesurier and Cecil Parker". In 1959, the busiest year of his career, Le Mesurier took part in 13 films, including I'm All Right Jack, which was critically and commercially the most successful of Le Mesurier's credited films that year, although he also had an uncredited role as a doctor in Ben-Hur.


Le Mesurier appeared in nine films in 1960, as well as nine television programmes, including episodes of Hancock's Half Hour, Saber of London and Danger Man. His work the following year included a part in Peter Sellers's directorial debut Mr. Topaze, a film which failed both critically and commercially. He provided the voice of Mr. Justice Byrne in a recording of excerpts from the transcript of R v Penguin Books Ltd.—the court case concerning the publication of D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover—which also featured Michael Hordern and Maurice Denham. J.W. Lambert, reviewing for The Sunday Times, wrote that Le Mesurier gave "precisely the air of confident incredulity which the learned gentleman exhibited in court". Later that year he played Hancock's office manager in the first of Tony Hancock's two principal film vehicles, The Rebel.

In 1962 he appeared in Wendy Toye's comedy film We Joined the Navy before teaming up again with Peter Sellers in Only Two Can Play, Sidney Gilliat's film of the novel That Uncertain Feeling by Kingsley Amis; Powell noted with pleasure "the armour of his gravity pierced by polite bewilderment". She compared Le Mesurier with the well-known American straight-face comedian, John McGiver. After appearing in another Sellers film in 1962—Waltz of the Toreadors—Le Mesurier joined him in the 1963 comedy The Wrong Arm of the Law. Powell again reviewed the pair's film, commenting that "I thought I knew by now every shade in the acting of John Le Mesurier (not that I could ever get tired of any of them); but there seems a new shade here". In the same year he appeared in a third Sellers film, The Pink Panther, as a defence lawyer, and in the second Tony Hancock vehicle, The Punch and Judy Man. Le Mesurier played Sandman in the latter film; Powell wrote that the role "allowed a gentler and subtler character than usual". He also appeared in a series of advertisements for Homepride flour in 1964, providing the voice-over for the animated character Fred the Flourgrader; he continued as the voice until 1983.

In a change from his usual comedic roles, Le Mesurier portrayed the Reverend Jonathan Ives in Jacques Tourneur's 1965 science fiction film, City Under the Sea, before returning to comedy in Where the Spies Are, a comedy-adventure film directed by Val Guest, which starred David Niven. In 1966 Le Mesurier also played the role of Colonel Maynard in the ITV sitcom George and the Dragon, with Sid James and Peggy Mount. The programme ran to four series between 1966 and 1968, totalling 26 episodes. He also took a role in four episodes of a Coronation Street spin-off series, Pardon the Expression, in which he starred opposite Arthur Lowe.


In 1968 Le Mesurier was offered a role in a new BBC situation comedy playing an upper-class Sergeant Arthur Wilson in Dad's Army, although he was the second choice after Robert Dorning. Le Mesurier was unsure about taking the part as he was finishing the final series of George and the Dragon and did not want another long-term television role. He was persuaded both by an increase in his fee—to £262 10s (£262.50) per episode—and by the casting of his old friend Clive Dunn as Corporal Jones. Le Mesurier was initially unsure of how to portray his character, and was advised by series writer Jimmy Perry to make the part his own. Le Mesurier decided to base the character on himself, later writing that "I thought, why not just be myself, use an extension of my own personality and behave rather as I had done in the army? So I always left a button or two undone, and had the sleeve of my battle dress slightly turned up. I spoke softly, issued commands as if they were invitations (the sort not likely to be accepted) and generally assumed a benign air of helplessness". Perry later observed that "we wanted Wilson to be the voice of sanity; he has become John".

Nicholas de Jongh, in a tribute written after Le Mesurier's death, suggested that it was in the role of Wilson that Le Mesurier became a star. His interaction with Arthur Lowe's character Captain George Mainwaring was described by The Times as "a memorable part of one of television's most popular shows". Tise Vahimagi, writing for the British Film Institute's Screenonline, agreed, and commented that "it was the hesitant exchanges of one-upmanship between Le Mesurier's Wilson, a figure of delicate gentility, and Arthur Lowe's pompous, middle class platoon leader Captain Mainwaring, that added to its finest moments". Le Mesurier enjoyed making the series, particularly the fortnight the cast would spend in Thetford each year filming the outside scenes. The programme lasted for nine series over nine years, and covered eighty episodes, ending in 1977.

During the filming of the series in 1969, Le Mesurier was flown to Venice over a series of weekends to appear in the film Midas Run, an Alf Kjellin-directed crime film that also starred Richard Crenna, Anne Heywood and Fred Astaire. Le Mesurier became friends with Astaire during the filming and they often dined together in a local cafe while watching horse-racing on television. In 1971 Norman Cohen directed a feature film of Dad's Army; Le Mesurier also appeared as Wilson in a stage adaptation, which toured the UK in 1975–76. Following the success of Dad's Army, Le Mesurier recorded the single "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" with "Hometown" on the reverse side (the latter with Arthur Lowe). This, and an album, Dad's Army, featuring the whole cast, was released on the Warner label in 1975.

In between the annual shooting of Dad's Army, Le Mesurier acted in films, including the role of the prison governor opposite Noël Coward in the 1969 Peter Collinson-directed The Italian Job. The cinema historian Amy Sargeant likened Le Mesurier's role to the "mild demeanour" of his Sergeant Wilson character. In 1970, Le Mesurier appeared in Ralph Thomas's Doctor in Trouble as the purser; he also made an appearance in Vincente Minnelli's On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, a romantic fantasy musical.

In 1971 Le Mesurier played the lead role in Dennis Potter's television play Traitor, in which he portrayed a "boozy British aristocrat who became a spy for the Soviets"; his performance won him a British Academy of Film and Television Arts "Best Television Actor" award. Writing for the British Film Institute, Sergio Angelini considered "Le Mesurier is utterly compelling throughout in an atypical role". Chris Dunkley, writing in The Times, described the performance as "a superbly persuasive portrait, made vividly real by one of the best performances Mr Mesurier [sic] has ever given". The reviewer for The Sunday Times agreed, saying that Le Mesurier, "after a lifetime supporting other actors with the strength of a pit-prop, gets the main part; he looks, sounds and feels exactly right". Reviewing for The Guardian, Nancy Banks-Smith called the role "his Hamlet", and said that it was worth waiting for. Although delighted to have won the award, Le Mesurier commented that the aftermath proved "something of an anticlimax. No exciting offers of work came in".

Le Mesurier made a cameo appearance in Val Guest's 1972 sex comedy Au Pair Girls, and starred alongside Warren Mitchell and Dandy Nichols in Bob Kellett's The Alf Garnett Saga. In 1974 he played a police inspector in a similar Val Guest comedy, Confessions of a Window Cleaner, alongside Robin Askwith and Antony Booth. The following year he also narrated Bod, an animated children's programme from the BBC; there were thirteen episodes in total.


In 1977 Le Mesurier portrayed Jacob Marley in a BBC television adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which starred Michael Hordern as Ebenezer Scrooge; Sergio Angelini, writing for the British Film Institute about Le Mesurier's portrayal, considered that "although never frightening, he does exert a strong sense of melancholy, his every move and inflection seemingly tinged with regret and remorse". In 1979 he portrayed Sir Gawain in Walt Disney's Unidentified Flying Oddball, directed by Russ Mayberry, and co-starring Dennis Dugan, Jim Dale and Kenneth More. The film, an adaptation of Mark Twain's novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, was hailed by Time Out as "an intelligent film with a cohesive plot and an amusing script" and cited it as "one of the better Disney attempts to hop on the sci-fi bandwagon". The reviewers praised the cast, particularly Kenneth More's Arthur and Le Mesurier's Gawain, which they said were "rather touchingly portrayed as friends who have grown old together".

Le Mesurier played The Wise Old Bird in the 1980 BBC Radio 4 series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and appeared on the same station as Bilbo Baggins in the 1981 radio version of The Lord of the Rings. In the spring of 1980 he took the role of David Bliss alongside Constance Cummings—as Judith Bliss—in a production of Noël Coward's 1920s play Hay Fever. Writing for The Observer, Robert Cushman thought that Le Mesurier played the role with "deeply grizzled torpor", while Michael Billington, reviewing for The Guardian, saw him as a "grey, gentle wisp of a man, full of half-completed gestures and seraphic smiles".

He took on the role of Father Mowbray in Granada Television's 1981 adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. He guest-starred in episodes of the British comedy television series The Goodies, and in an early episode of Hi-de-Hi!. His final film appearance was also Peter Sellers's final cinema role, The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, which was completed just months before Sellers's death in July 1980.

In 1982 Le Mesurier reprised the role of Arthur Wilson for It Sticks Out Half a Mile, a radio sequel to Dad's Army, in which Wilson had become bank manager of the Frambourne-on-Sea branch, while Arthur Lowe's character, Captain George Mainwaring, was trying to apply for a loan to renovate the local pier. The death of Lowe in April 1982 meant that only a pilot episode was recorded, and the project was suspended. It was revived in 1982 with Lowe's role replaced by two other Dad's Army cast members: Pike, played by Ian Lavender, and Hodges, played by Bill Pertwee. A pilot and twelve episodes were subsequently recorded, and broadcast in 1984. Le Mesurier also teamed up with another ex-Dad's Army colleague, Clive Dunn, to record a novelty single, "There Ain't Much Change from a Pound These Days"/"After All These Years", which had been written by Le Mesurier's stepson, David Malin. The single was released on KA Records in 1982.

He appeared opposite Anthony Hopkins in a four-part television series, A Married Man, in March 1983, before undertaking the narration on the short film The Passionate Pilgrim, an Eric Morecambe vehicle, which was Morecambe's last film before his death.

Personal life

In 1939, Le Mesurier accepted a role in the Robert Morley play Goodness, How Sad!, directed by June Melville—whose father Frederick owned a number of theatres, including the Lyceum, Prince's and Brixton. Melville and Le Mesurier soon began a romance, and were married in April 1940. Le Mesurier was conscripted into the army in September 1940; after his demobilisation in 1946, he discovered that his wife had become an alcoholic: "She became careless about appointments and haphazard professionally". As a result, the couple separated and were divorced in 1949.

In June 1947, Le Mesurier went with fellow actor Geoffrey Hibbert to the Players' Theatre in London, where among the performers was Hattie Jacques. Le Mesurier and Jacques began to see each other regularly, although Le Mesurier was still married, albeit estranged from his wife. In 1949, when his divorce came through, Jacques proposed to Le Mesurier, asking him, "Don't you think it's about time we got married?". The couple married in November 1949 and had two sons, Robin and Kim.

Jacques began an affair in 1962 with her driver, John Schofield, who gave her the attention and support that Le Mesurier did not. When Jacques decided to move Schofield into the family home, Le Mesurier moved into a separate room and tried to repair the marriage. He later commented about this period: "I could have walked out, but, whatever my feelings, I loved Hattie and the children and I was certain—I had to be certain—that we could repair the damage". The affair caused a downturn in his health; he collapsed on holiday in Tangier in 1963 and was hospitalised in Gibraltar. He returned to London to find the situation between his wife and her lover was unchanged, which caused a relapse.

During the final stages of the breakdown of his marriage, Le Mesurier met Joan Malin at the Establishment club in Soho in 1963. The following year he moved out of his marital house, and that day proposed to Joan, who accepted his offer. Le Mesurier allowed Jacques to bring a divorce suit on grounds of his own infidelity, to ensure that the press blamed him for the break-up, thus avoiding any negative publicity for Jacques. Le Mesurier and Malin married in March 1966. A few months after they were married, Joan began a relationship with Tony Hancock, and left Le Mesurier to move in with the comedian. Hancock was a self-confessed alcoholic by this time, and was verbally and physically abusive to Joan during their relationship. After a year together, with Hancock's violence towards her worsening, Joan attempted suicide; she subsequently realised that she could no longer live with Hancock and returned to her husband. Despite this, Le Mesurier remained friends with Hancock, calling him "a comic of true genius, capable of great warmth and generosity, but a tormented and unhappy man".

Le Mesurier was a heavy drinker, but was never noticeably drunk. In 1977 he collapsed in Australia and flew home, where he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and ordered to stop drinking. Until then he had not considered himself an alcoholic, although he accepted that "it was the cumulative effect over the years that had done the damage". It was a year and a half before he drank alcohol again, when he avoided spirits and drank only beer. Jacques claimed that his calculated vagueness was the result of his dependence on cannabis, although according to Le Mesurier the drug was not to his taste; he smoked it only during his period of abstinence from alcohol. Le Mesurier's favoured pastime was visiting the jazz clubs around Soho, such as The Establishment or Ronnie Scott's, and he observed that "listening to artists like Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson or Alan Clare always made life seem that little bit brighter".

Towards the end of his life Le Mesurier wrote his autobiography, A Jobbing Actor ; the book was published in 1984, after his death. Le Mesurier's health visibly declined from July 1983 when he was hospitalised for a short time after suffering a haemorrhage. When the condition recurred later in the year he was taken to Ramsgate Hospital; after saying to his wife, "It's all been rather lovely", he slipped into a coma and died on 15 November 1983, aged 71. His remains were cremated, and the ashes buried at the Church of St. George the Martyr, Church Hill, Ramsgate. His epitaph reads: "John Le Mesurier. Much loved actor. Resting." His self-penned death notice in The Times of 16 November 1983 stated that he had "conked out" and that he "sadly misses family and friends".

After Le Mesurier's death fellow comedian Eric Sykes commented: "I never heard a bad word said against him. He was one of the great drolls of our time". Le Mesurier's fellow Dad's Army actor Bill Pertwee mourned the loss of his friend, saying, "It's a shattering loss. He was a great professional, very quiet but with a lovely sense of humour". Director Peter Cotes, writing in The Guardian, called him one of Britain's "most accomplished screen character actors", while The Times obituarist observed that he "could lend distinction to the smallest part".

The Guardian reflected on Le Mesurier's popularity, observing that "No wonder so many whose lives were very different from his own came to be so enormously fond of him". A memorial service was held on 16 February 1984 at the "Actors' Church", St Paul's, Covent Garden, at which Bill Pertwee gave the eulogy.

Approach to acting

Le Mesurier took a relaxed approach to acting, saying, "You know the way you get jobbing gardeners? Well, I'm a jobbing actor ... as long as they pay me I couldn't care less if my name is billed above or below the title". Although Le Mesurier played a wide range of parts, he became known as "an indispensable figure in the gallery of second-rank players which were the glory of the British film industry in its more prolific days". He felt his characterisations owed "a lot to my customary expression of bewildered innocence" and tried to stress for many of his roles that his parts were those of "a decent chap all at sea in a chaotic world not of his own making".

Philip French of The Observer considered that when playing a representative of bureaucracy, Le Mesurier "registered something ... complex. A feeling of exasperation, disturbance, anxiety [that] constantly lurked behind that handsome bloodhound face". The impression he gave in these roles became an "inimitable brand of bewildered persistence under fire which Le Mesurier made his own". The Times noted of him that although he was best known for his comedic roles, he, "could be equally effective in straight parts", as evidenced by his BAFTA-award-winning role in Traitor. Director Peter Cotes agreed, adding, "he had depths unrealised through the mechanical pieces in which he generally appeared"; while Philip Oakes considered that, "single-handed, he has made more films watchable, even absorbing, than anyone else around".


Le Mesurier's second and third marriages have been the subject of two BBC Four biographical films, the 2008 Hancock and Joan on Joan Le Mesurier's affair with Tony Hancock—with Le Mesurier played by Alex Jennings—and the 2011 Hattie on Jacques's affair with John Schofield—with Le Mesurier played by Robert Bathurst. In We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story, a 2015 comedy drama about the making of Dad's Army, Le Mesurier was portrayed by Julian Sands.


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- Episode #1.3 (1983) - Eustace Lough
- Episode #1.1 (1983) - Eustace Lough
Hi-de-Hi! (TV Series) as
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- Is There Honey Still for Tea? (1975) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- When You've Got to Go (1975) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Ring Dem Bells (1975) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Turkey Dinner (1974) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Captain's Car (1974) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Godiva Affair (1974) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Gorilla Warfare (1974) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- A Man of Action (1974) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Everybody's Trucking (1974) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Recruit (1973) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Things That Go Bump in the Night (1973) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Honourable Man (1973) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- We Know Our Onions (1973) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Royal Train (1973) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- My British Buddy (1973) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Deadly Attachment (1973) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Time on My Hands (1972) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Round and Round Went the Great Big Wheel (1972) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- A Brush with the Law (1972) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Brain Versus Brawn (1972) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- When Did You Last See Your Money? (1972) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- All Is Safely Gathered In (1972) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The King Was in His Counting House (1972) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- If the Cap Fits-. (1972) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Desperate Drive of Corporal Jones (1972) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Getting the Bird (1972) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- A Soldier's Farewell (1972) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Keep Young and Beautiful (1972) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Asleep in the Deep (1972) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Battle of the Giants! (1971) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Fallen Idol (1970) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Uninvited Guests (1970) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- A. Wilson (Manager)? (1970) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Test (1970) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Mum's Army (1970) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Two and a Half Feathers (1970) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson / Colonel Smythe
- Put That Light Out! (1970) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Absent Friends (1970) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Don't Fence Me In (1970) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Sgt - Save My Boy! (1970) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Boots, Boots, Boots (1970) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Don't Forget the Diver (1970) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Big Parade (1970) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Sons of the Sea (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- No Spring for Frazer (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Man Hunt (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Branded (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Menace from the Deep (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- War Dance (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Day the Balloon Went Up (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Big Guns (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Room at the Bottom (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Something Nasty in the Vault (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Bullet Is Not for Firing (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Lion Has 'Phones (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Battle School (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Under Fire (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- A Stripe for Frazer (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Sgt. Wilson's Little Secret (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Operation Kilt (1969) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Shooting Pains (1968) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Showing Up of Corporal Jones (1968) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Enemy Within the Gates (1968) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Command Decision (1968) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Museum Piece (1968) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Man and the Hour (1968) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers as
Col. Bromley-Pickering
Jabberwocky as
The Chamberlain
Bod (TV Series) as
- Bod and the Cherry Tree (1975) - Narrator (voice)
- Bod's Present (1975) - Narrator (voice)
- Bod and the Grasshopper (1975) - Narrator (voice)
- Bod and the Birds (1975) - Narrator (voice)
- Bod and the Kite (1975) - Narrator (voice)
- Bod and the Cake (1975) - Narrator (voice)
- Bod and the Dog (1975) - Narrator (voice)
- Bod on the Beach (1975) - Narrator (voice)
- Bod and the Apple (1975) - Narrator (voice)
- Bod and Breakfast (1975) - Narrator (voice)
- Bod and the Rain (1975) - Narrator (voice)
- Bod in the Park (1975) - Narrator (voice)
- Bod's Dream (1975) - Narrator (voice)
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother as
Lord Redcliff
Shades of Greene (TV Series) as
- The Root of All Evil (1975) - Schmidt
Centre Play (TV Series) as
Uncle Edward
- The Flight Fund (1975) - Uncle Edward
Three for All as
Mr. Gibbons
Village Hall (TV Series) as
Harold Garfield
- Pie in the Sky (1975) - Harold Garfield
Barry McKenzie Holds His Own as
Robert Crowther
Brief Encounter (TV Movie) as
Late Night Drama (TV Series) as
- Silver Wedding (1974) - Geoffrey
Confessions of a Window Cleaner as
Inspector Radlett
Comedy Playhouse (TV Series) as
Judge / Luke Elms / Mr. Prentice / ...
- Bird Alone (1974) - Judge
- Marry the Girls (1973) - Luke Elms
- Haven of Rest (1970) - Mr. Prentice
- To Lucifer: A Son (1967) - Lucifer
- Memoirs of a Chaise Longue (1965) - (A Creature of Habit)
- Barnaby Spoot and the Exploding Whoopee Cushion (1965) - Mr. Bostock
- A Clerical Error (1963) - Caleb Bullrush
Crown Court (TV Series) as
Reginald Standish
- Murder Most Foul (1973) - Reginald Standish
Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (TV Series) as
Sidney Goldsmith
- Death of an Old-Fashioned Girl (1973) - Sidney Goldsmith
Black and Blue (TV Series) as
Sir Henry
- Rust (1973) - Sir Henry
Rust (TV Movie)
Thriller (TV Series) as
- File It Under Fear (1973) - Stubbs
Between the Wars (TV Series) as
Lord Moping
- Mr Loveday's Little Outing (1973) - Lord Moping
Blue Peter (TV Series) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Episode #16.47 (1973) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series) as
Sergeant Arthur Wilson - Dad's Army segment / Sergeant Wilson - Dad's Army segment / Sergeant Arthur Wilson
- Christmas Night with the Stars 1972 (1972) - Sergeant Wilson - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1970 (1970) - Sergeant Arthur Wilson - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1969 (1969) - Sergeant Arthur Wilson - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1968 (1968) - Sergeant Arthur Wilson
Armchair Theatre (TV Series) as
Freddie / Harry / Mr. Elvin
- Anywhere But England, Old Boy (1972) - Freddie
- Long Past Glory (1963) - Harry
- Tune on the Old Tax Fiddle (1961) - Mr. Elvin
A Class by Himself (TV Series) as
Lord Bleasham / Lord Shepton
- The Bath Chap (1972) - Lord Bleasham
- The Servant Problem (1972) - Lord Bleasham
- Guess Who's Coming to Lunch? (1972) - Lord Bleasham
- Restoration Comedy (1972) - Lord Bleasham
- The Bleasham Memoirs (1972) - Lord Bleasham
- A Rolls Is a Rolls Is a Rolls (1972) - Lord Bleasham
- The Thumb of Barnaby Locke (1971) - Lord Shepton
Sykes (TV Series) as
Lord Hetherington
- Uncle (1972) - Lord Hetherington
The Alf Garnett Saga as
Mr. Ronald Frewin
Au Pair Girls as
Mr. Wainwright
Jason King (TV Series) as
Doctor Litz
- If It's Got to Go - It's Got to Go (1972) - Doctor Litz
The Goodies (TV Series) as
Uncle Tom
- Farm Fresh Food (1971) - Uncle Tom
Play for Today (TV Series) as
Adrian Harris
- Traitor (1971) - Adrian Harris
Doctor at Large (TV Series) as
Stanley Moon
- Mr. Moon (1971) - Stanley Moon
Misleading Cases (TV Series) as
Mr. Mason
- What Is a Snail? (1971) - Mr. Mason
Paul Temple (TV Series) as
- Paper Chase (1971) - West
Dad's Army as
Sgt. Wilson
Dear Mother... ...Love Albert (TV Series) as
- The Lost Weekend (1971) - Vicar
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever as
Doctor in Trouble as
Purser (as John le Mesurier)
Shine a Light (TV Series) as
Lighthouseman Lionel Parrott
- The Great Relief (1970) - Lighthouseman Lionel Parrott
ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series) as
- Suffer Little Children (1970) - Henderson
The Coward Revue (TV Movie) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
The Magic Christian as
Sir John (uncredited)
The Undertakers (Short) as
The Wednesday Play (TV Series) as
Judge Grayson / Canon Dunwoodie / Superintendent Melchior
- The Last Train through Harecastle Tunnel (1969) - Judge Grayson
- Macready's Gala (1966) - Canon Dunwoodie
- The Bone Yard (1966) - Superintendent Melchior
W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series) as
Albert Forrester
- The Creative Impulse (1969) - Albert Forrester
The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder (TV Series) as
Joseph Bracher
- The Investors (1969) - Joseph Bracher
The Italian Job as
Midas Run as
Two in Clover (TV Series) as
- Episode #1.2 (1969) - Chairman
George and the Dragon (TV Series) as
Colonel Maynard
- Love Is a Many Splendoured Thing (1968) - Colonel Maynard
- Floribunda Gabrielle (1968) - Colonel Maynard
- Life Insurance (1968) - Colonel Maynard
- Gabrielle's Birthday (1968) - Colonel Maynard
- The Football Match (1968) - Colonel Maynard
- Backing Britain (1968) - Colonel Maynard
- Big Deal (1968) - Colonel Maynard
- Family Tree (1968) - Colonel Maynard
- The Holiday (1968) - Colonel Maynard
- The TV Set (1968) - Colonel Maynard
- Court Case (1968) - Colonel Maynard
- The Reunion (1968) - Colonel Maynard
- Friendship Bureau (1967) - Colonel Maynard
- Table Manners (1967) - Colonel Maynard
- The Old Flame (1967) - Colonel Maynard
- The Learner Driver (1967) - Colonel Maynard
- The French Lesson (1967) - Colonel Maynard
- Sunday Morning (1967) - Colonel Maynard
- TV Conflict (1967) - Colonel Maynard
- Merry Christmas (1966) - Colonel Maynard
- Royal Letter (1966) - Colonel Maynard
- The Unexpected Sport (1966) - Colonel Maynard
- The Not So Tender Trap (1966) - Colonel Maynard
- George Meets the Dragon (1966) - Colonel Maynard
Harry Worth (TV Series) as
Colonel Fullbright
- Private Pimpernel (1968) - Colonel Fullbright
Salt and Pepper as
Col. Woodstock
The Inn Way Out (Short) as
Pub Bore
The Cuckoo Patrol as
The Further Adventures of Lucky Jim (TV Series)
- Home, James (1967)
Casino Royale as
M's Driver (uncredited)
Mister Ten Per Cent as
Jocelyn Macauley
Mogul (TV Series) as
- Some Days You Just Can't Win (1967) - Kemp
Mr. Rose (TV Series) as
- The Jolly Swagman (1967) - Purser
Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series) as
Brian Turner / Lame
- An Absolute Treasure (1967) - Brian Turner
- The Caramel Crisis (1966) - Lame
The 25th Hour as
Tribunal President
All Gas and Gaiters (TV Series) as
Timothy Post, the television producer
- The Bishop Gets the Sack (1967) - Timothy Post, the television producer
Hugh and I (TV Series)
- Chinese Crackers (1967)
Finders Keepers as
Mr. X
Eye of the Devil as
Dr. Monnet
Adam Adamant Lives! (TV Series) as
- The Terribly Happy Embalmers (1966) - Velmer (as John le Mesurier)
The Sandwich Man as
Religious Sandwich Man
Pardon the Expression (TV Series) as
Sir Charles Dobson
- The Switched-On Scene (1966) - Sir Charles Dobson
- Thunderfinger: Part 2 (1966) - Sir Charles Dobson
- Thunderfinger: Part 1 (1966) - Sir Charles Dobson
- The Take-Over Bid (1966) - Sir Charles Dobson
The Marriage Lines (TV Series) as
Mr. Hopkins
- And Then There Were Five (1966) - Mr. Hopkins
The Wrong Box as
Doctor Slattery
Bang! Bang! You're Dead! as
George C. Lillywhite
Frankie Howerd (TV Series) as
- Episode #2.3 (1966) - Jocelyn
The Avengers (TV Series) as
Benson / Dr. Macombie
- What the Butler Saw (1966) - Benson
- Mandrake (1964) - Dr. Macombie
Theatre 625 (TV Series) as
Dr. Parpalaid
- Doctor Knock (1966) - Dr. Parpalaid
Where the Spies Are as
The Early Bird as
Colonel Foster (golf partner)
The Liquidator as
Riviera Police (TV Series) as
Jeremiah Canlon
- That Kind of Girl (1965) - Jeremiah Canlon
A World of Comedy (TV Mini Series) as
Magistrate / Psychiatrist / Solicitor / ...
- The Enormous Ear (1965) - Magistrate / Psychiatrist / Solicitor / -
- Innocent But Insane (1965) - Magistrate / Psychiatrist / Solicitor / -
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes as
French Painter
City in the Sea as
Rev. Jonathan Ives
Masquerade as
Sir Robert
Operation Crossbow as
British Army Officer (scenes deleted)
Story Parade (TV Series) as
Patrick Seton
- The Bachelors (1965) - Patrick Seton
Tea Party (TV Movie) as
ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) as
Octave de Coetquidan / Wensley / Bindloss
- The Bachelors (1964) - Octave de Coetquidan
- The Brimstone Butterfly (1963)
- The Enormous Shadow (1959) - Wensley
- The Education of Mr. Surrage (1959) - Bindloss
Thorndyke (TV Series) as
- A Case of Premeditation (1964) - Pembury
Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series) as
Mr. Sparrow
- The Blackmailing of Mr S (1964) - Mr. Sparrow
The Moon-Spinners as
Anthony Gamble
Room at the Bottom (TV Series)
- It Came from Outer Hollywood (1964)
Never Put It in Writing as
Agent 8 3/4 as
Roger Allsop
Festival (TV Series) as
Don Bernal de la Encina / de Giray
- The Master of Santiago (1964) - Don Bernal de la Encina
- The Lady of the Camellias (1964) - de Giray
The Pink Panther as
Defence Barrister (as John LeMesurier)
In the Cool of the Day as
Dr. Arraman
The Mouse on the Moon as
British Delegate
The Punch and Judy Man as
Charles Ford (Sandman)
The Wrong Arm of the Law as
Assistant Commissioner
Hancock (TV Series) as
Ambrose Butterfield
- The Politician (1963) - Ambrose Butterfield
Mr. Justice Duncannon (TV Series) as
Mr. Justice Hoop
- A Case of Whisky (1963) - Mr. Justice Hoop
- Brief to Counsel (1963) - Mr. Justice Hoop
We Joined the Navy as
Dewberry Sr.
The Main Attraction as
Bozo (as John LeMesurier)
Dial RIX (TV Series) as
George Frampton
- What a Drag (1962) - George Frampton
Jigsaw as
Mr. Simpson
Go to Blazes as
Mrs. Gibbons' Boys as
Waltz of the Toreadors as
Rev. Grimsley
Village of Daughters as
Don Calogere
Flat Two as
The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series) as
- Flat Two (1962) - Warden
Hair of the Dog as
Sir Mortimer Gallant
Only Two Can Play as
The Pursuers (TV Series) as
Joe Raker
- The Husband (1961) - Joe Raker
Ghost Squad (TV Series) as
- Death from a Distance (1961) - Volgu
On the Fiddle as
Invasion Quartet as
Hancock (TV Series) as
The Air Marshall
- The Lift (1961) - The Air Marshall
Why Bother to Knock as
A Coming-Out Party as
Piggott, Escape Officer
I Like Money as
Call Me Genius as
Office Manager
Five Golden Hours as
Dr. Alfieri
The Night We Got the Bird as
Clerk of the Court
The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's as
Minister of Education
The Bulldog Breed as
Prosecuting Counsel
Danger Man (TV Series) as
- An Affair of State (1960) - Alvarado
Doctor in Love as
Dr. Mincing
Dead Lucky as
Inspector Corcoran
Never Let Go as
The Day They Robbed the Bank of England as
Hancock's Half Hour (TV Series) as
Doctor Callaghan / Ship's Captain / National Trust official / ...
- The East Cheam Centenary (1960) - (uncredited)
- The Cold (1960) - Doctor Callaghan
- The Cruise (1959) - Ship's Captain
- Lord Byron Lived Here (1959) - National Trust official
- The Servants (1959) - Colonel Winthrop
- The Horror Serial (1959) - Colonel
- The New Nose (1959) - Dr. Francis Worthington
- The Lawyer: The Crown v James S. (1957) - Lord Chief Justice Williams
Somerset Maugham Hour (TV Series) as
Colonel Brabazon
- The Facts of Life (1960) - Colonel Brabazon
School for Scoundrels as
Head Waiter
Let's Get Married as
Man from Interpol (TV Series) as
Count Salon
- The Odds on Murder (1960) - Count Salon
A Touch of Larceny as
Head of the Admiralty (uncredited)
Desert Mice as
Staff Colonel
The Vise (TV Series) as
Sir Robert Quinlan / Professor Franz Tomulkin / Wilson
- Silence for Sale (1959) - Sir Robert Quinlan
- A Diplomatic Affair (1958) - Professor Franz Tomulkin
- The Baby-Sitter (1957) - Wilson
Our Man in Havana as
Louis - Waiter (uncredited)
Follow a Star as
The Third Man (TV Series) as
Prime Minister
- Harry Lime and the King (1959) - Prime Minister
Ben-Hur as
Doctor (uncredited)
The Wreck of the Mary Deare as
M.O.A. Lawyer (uncredited)
Interpol Calling (TV Series) as
Monsieur Iamprou
- The Long Weekend (1959) - Monsieur Iamprou
I'm All Right Jack as
Shake Hands with the Devil as
British General
Jack the Ripper as
Dr. Tranter
The Hound of the Baskervilles as
William Tell (TV Series) as
Duke of Burgundy
- The Avenger (1959) - Duke of Burgundy
Man in a Cocked Hat as
Grand Duke Alexis
Too Many Crooks as
The Lady Is a Square as
Operation Amsterdam as
Colonel Janssen
The Captain's Table as
Sir Angus
Target (TV Series)
- Lost Identity (1958)
Hell, Heaven or Hoboken as
Adjutant R.A.P.C.
Man with a Gun as
Harry Drayson
Blood of the Vampire as
Blind Spot as
Mr. Brent
Law and Disorder as
Sir Humphrey Pomfret
The Moonraker as
Another Time, Another Place as
Dr. Aldridge
Gideon of Scotland Yard as
Prosecuting Barrister (uncredited)
Sword of Freedom (TV Series) as
Guilio Basti
- Portrait in Emerald Green (1958) - Guilio Basti
ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series) as
Dr. Kulenaty / Luigi
- The Macropulos Secret (1958) - Dr. Kulenaty
- Dangerous Cargo (1957) - Luigi
Happy Is the Bride as
William Chaytor
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk as
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) as
Prosecuting Counsel
- The Trial of Mary LaFarge (1957) - Prosecuting Counsel
High Flight as
The Gay Cavalier (TV Series) as
Sir Richard Willis
- The Sealed Knot (1957) - Sir Richard Willis
Dangerous Youth as
Commanding Officer
Paradise Lagoon as
Monsieur Fleury (uncredited)
The Good Companions as
Monte Mortimer
Brothers in Law as
His Honour Judge Ryman
Rheingold Theatre (TV Series) as
Inspector Burroughs / Dr. Lloyd / Geoffrey Warren / ...
- Bulldog Drummond and 'The Ludlow Affair' (1957) - Inspector Burroughs
- The Way Home (1956) - Dr. Lloyd
- Deadline: Vienna (1956) - Geoffrey Warren
- Flight One-Zero-One (1955) - Dr. Garside
The Errol Flynn Theatre (TV Series) as
- Mademoiselle Fifi (1956) - Curé
Pursuit of the Graf Spee as
Rev. George Groves - Padre, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
Assignment Foreign Legion (TV Series) as
- The Search (1956) - Leblond
The Baby and the Battleship as
The Marshal's Aide
Private's Progress as
The Granville Melodramas (TV Series) as
Mr. Rencelaw / Sir John / Sir William Ralston
- The Drunkard: Or the Fallen Saved (1955) - Mr. Rencelaw
- Clara, the Maid of Durham: Or Home Sweet Home (1955) - Sir John
- The Unwanted Child: Or the Babe in the Wood (1955) - Sir William Ralston
A Time to Kill as
Phineas Tilliard
Josephine and Men as
Twenty Minutes South (TV Movie) as
Arthur Harris
Police Dog as
Inspector (as John Lemesurier)
Make Me an Offer! as
Mr. Toshack (uncredited)
The Unguarded Hour (TV Movie) as
Happy Holidays (TV Series) as
Mr. Mulberry
- Episode #1.6 (1954) - Mr. Mulberry
- Episode #1.5 (1954) - Mr. Mulberry
- Episode #1.4 (1954) - Mr. Mulberry
- Episode #1.3 (1954) - Mr. Mulberry
- Episode #1.2 (1954) - Mr. Mulberry
- Episode #1.1 (1954) - Mr. Mulberry
The Venusian as
Man at Desk (uncredited)
Twist of Fate as
Man at Baccarat Table
Dangerous Cargo as
The Pleasure Garden (Short) as
Col. Pall K Gargoyle
A Time to Be Born (TV Movie) as
An Innkeeper
Black 13 as
The Blue Parrot as
Henry Carson
In Search of Maitland (TV Movie) as
Doctor Martin
The Drayton Case (Short) as
Divisional Superintendent Henley
Vampire Over London as
Scotland Yard Man (uncredited)
Saturday Special (TV Series)
- Episode #1.13 (1952)
- Episode #1.12 (1952)
- Episode #1.11 (1952)
- Episode #1.10 (1952)
The Twelfth Brother (TV Movie) as
Judah (6th July version)
Blind Man's Bluff as
Lefty Jones
A Time to Be Born (TV Movie) as
Never Take No for an Answer
Sherlock Holmes (TV Mini Series) as
Eduardo Lucas
- The Second Stain (1951) - Eduardo Lucas
Show Me a Spy (TV Series) as
Sir Alexander Blythe
- Address Unknown! (1951) - Sir Alexander Blythe
- Number Unknown! (1951) - Sir Alexander Blythe
The Railway Children (TV Series) as
Dr. Forrest / Doctor
- The End of Things (1951) - Dr. Forrest
- The Old Gentleman (1951) - Dr. Forrest
- The Hound in the Red Jersey (1951) - Dr. Forrest
- Saviours of the Train (1951) - Dr. Forrest
- Prisoners and Captives (1951) - Doctor
- An Illness and a Birthday (1951) - Dr. Forrest
Whirligig (TV Series) as
Mr. Lumber's Shop segment
Dark Interval as
Cedric, the butler
A Matter of Murder as
Old Mother Riley's New Venture as
Karl (as John Le Meseurier)
Escape from Broadmoor (Short) as
Death in the Hand (Short) as
Jack Mottram
The Hangman Waits as
Newspaper Office Worker (uncredited)
Just William (TV Movie)
They Flew Through Sand (TV Movie) as
R.A.F. press officer
Richard of Bordeaux (TV Movie) as
Sir John Montague
The Marvellous History of St. Bernard (TV Movie) as
Seigneur de Miolans
Nationwide (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 10 October 1975 (1975) - (performer: "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" - uncredited)
Dad's Army (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Absent Friends (1970) - (performer: "A Room with a View " - uncredited)
The Coward Revue (TV Movie) (performer: "Could You Please Oblige Us With A Bren Gun")
Night of One Hundred Stars (TV Movie) as
3-2-1 (TV Series) as
Self - Guest Star / Judge
- Law and Disorder (1979) - Self - Guest Star / Judge
Multi-Coloured Swap Shop (TV Series) as
- Episode #2.2 (1977) - Self
This Is Your Life (TV Series documentary) as
Self / Self - Guest
- Arnold Ridley (1976) - Self
- Clive Dunn (1971) - Self - Guest
- Hattie Jacques (1963) - Self
The Royal Variety Performance (TV Special) as
Sergeant Wilson
Nationwide (TV Series documentary) as
Sgt. Wilson
- Episode dated 10 October 1975 (1975) - Sgt. Wilson
Francis Howerd in Concert (TV Movie) as
A Better Mousetrap (Documentary short) as
Jackanory (TV Series) as
Self - Storyteller
- The Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race: Part 3 - On Your Marks! (1972) - Self - Storyteller
- The Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race: Part 2 - The Mighty Zamboola (1972) - Self - Storyteller
- The Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race: Part 1 - Six Days to Go (1972) - Self - Storyteller
- Arlo the Dandy Lion: Part 2 - Ten Million People (1972) - Self - Storyteller
- Arlo the Dandy Lion: Part 1 - The Red Trunk (1972) - Self - Storyteller
Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O'Connor Show (TV Series) as
- Episode dated 7 July 1971 (1971) - Self
A Royal Television Gala Performance (TV Special) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
Call My Bluff (TV Series) as
- Episode #3.22 (1968) - Self
Sunday Story (TV Series) as
Self - Storyteller
- John Mark: Part 2 - In Joseph's Garden (1964) - Self - Storyteller
- John Mark: Part 1 - In the Olive Garden (1964) - Self - Storyteller
Gala Opening (TV Movie) as
Archive Footage
The Amazing Hattie Jacques: Larger than Life (TV Special) as
The Secret Lives of Dad's Army (TV Special documentary) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson / Self
Greatest Chocolate Adverts of All Time (TV Movie documentary) as
Wispa Advert
Dad's Army: A Stripe for Frazer, Animated (Short) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
Perry and Croft: Made in Britain (TV Series documentary) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- The Wind of Change (2014) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
John Le Mesurier: It's All Been Rather Lovely (TV Movie documentary) as
Self / Various
You Have Been Watching... David Croft (TV Movie documentary) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson (uncredited)
Ted Kotcheff's Gourmet Cinema (Video documentary) as
Dr. Deere (uncredited)
Hattie (TV Movie) as
Self (uncredited)
'Dad's Army' & Beyond: The Frank Williams Story (Documentary) as
Self (uncredited)
Comedy Connections (TV Series documentary) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Dad's Army (2008) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson (uncredited)
- Just Good Friends (2007) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson (uncredited)
- It Ain't Half Hot, Mum (2007) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson (uncredited)
Jonathan Ross Salutes 'Dad's Army' (TV Movie documentary) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson (uncredited)
The Comedy Map of Britain (TV Series documentary) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Episode #2.5 (2008) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson (uncredited)
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases (TV Movie documentary) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson (uncredited)
The Passing Years (Video documentary short) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson (uncredited)
British Film Forever (TV Mini Series documentary) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Bullets, Bombs and Bridges: The Story of the War Film (2007) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson (uncredited)
Hitler: The Comedy Years (TV Movie documentary) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson (uncredited)
The Best of the Royal Variety (TV Series) as
Sergeant Arthur Wilson
- The Comedians (2006) - Sergeant Arthur Wilson
'We Are the Boys...': John Le Mesurier (Video documentary short) as
Room 101 (TV Series) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Episode #10.4 (2005) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson (uncredited)
'We Are the Boys...': James Beck (Video documentary short) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
Barry Humphries Gives Us the Good Oil (Video short) as
Robert Crowther
Heroes of Comedy (TV Series documentary) as
Head Waiter
- Hattie Jacques (2002)
- Tony Hancock (1998)
- Terry-Thomas (1995) - Head Waiter
'Dad's Army': Missing Presumed Wiped (TV Movie documentary) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
The Best of Morecambe & Wise (Video) as
Self (as John Le Mesurier)
The Unforgettable John Le Mesurier (TV Movie documentary) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson / Self / Adrian Harris / ... (uncredited)
You Don't Want to Do That (TV Movie) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
The Unforgettable Arthur Lowe (TV Movie documentary) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson (uncredited)
Don't Panic! The Dad's Army Story (TV Movie documentary) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
The Directors (TV Series documentary) as
The Chamberlain
- The Films of Terry Gilliam (2000) - The Chamberlain (uncredited)
The Unforgettable Hattie Jacques (TV Movie documentary) as
Selection Box (TV Series) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Dad's Army (1997) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson (uncredited)
Omnibus (TV Series documentary) as
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
- Perry & Croft: The Sitcoms (1995) - Sgt. Arthur Wilson
Arena (TV Series documentary) as
- The Peter Sellers Story Part 1: Southsea to Shepperton (1995) - Self
Washes Whiter (TV Series documentary) as
Parker Pens commercial 1979
- The Getaway People (1990) - Parker Pens commercial 1979 (uncredited)
The Rock 'n' Roll Years (TV Series documentary) as
Sergeant Arthur Wilson
- 1968 (1986) - Sergeant Arthur Wilson
The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) as
Anthony Gamble / Sir Gawain
- The Spaceman and King Arthur: Part 2 (1982) - Sir Gawain
- The Spaceman and King Arthur: Part 1 (1982) - Sir Gawain
- The Moon-Spinners: Part 3 (1966) - Anthony Gamble
- The Moon-Spinners: Part 2 (1966) - Anthony Gamble
- The Moon-Spinners: Part 1 (1966) - Anthony Gamble
The 70s Stop Here! (TV Movie documentary)


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