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Harry Fowler


Born - 10 December 1926, Lambeth, London, UK
Died - 4 January 2012

Darkly lank-haired, irrepressibly jaunty English Cockney character actor with spade-shaped face, a busy stalwart of the British cinema scene for more than 20 years, especially during its post-war boom, and perfect casting as Sam Weller in The Pickwick Papers (1952). After radio work in the early years of World War II, he made his first film, Salute John Citizen, in 1942, but was quickly pushed into more prominent roles, notably in harness with fellow teenage 'sharpster' George Cole as teenage evacuees in Those Kids from Town (1942). He played further roles in Get Cracking (1943) and Champagne Charlie (1944) before military service, but enjoyed his finest hour as the leader of the street kids in Ealing's groundbreaking 1947 film Hue and Cry. Subsequent roles included those in Landfall (1949), Mr Drake's Duck (1950), High Treason (1951), a semi-lead in I Believe in You (1952), A Day to Remember (1953), Up to His Neck (1954), Town on Trial! (1956), Lucky Jim (1957), I Was Monty's Double (1958), Idle on Parade (1959), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Ladies Who Do (1963), Life at the Top (1965), Doctor in Clover (1966), Start the Revolution without Me (1969), The Prince and the Pauper (1977), George and Mildred (1980), Fanny Hill (1983) and Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1989), his last. He married actress Joan Dowling in 1951, but she tragically committed suicide three years later. His second wife Kay survives him.