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James Beck (I) (1929–1973)


Londoner James Beck took to the Theatre at the end of his National Service, playing roles as diverse as Shylock to Archie Rice in "The Entertainer". His role as Cockney spiv Private Walker in Dad's Army made him a familiar face, if not a familiar name. His life was cut short before a potentially much more interesting career. See full bio »

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Known For

Dad's Army
Dad's Army Pte. Joe Walker
(1968-1973)
Dad's Army
Dad's Army Pte. Walker
(1971)
Flower of Evil
Flower of Evil Policeman
(1961)
Romany Jones
Romany Jones Bert Jones
(1972-1973)

Filmography

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 1968-1973 Dad's Army (TV Series)
Pte. Joe Walker
- The Recruit (1973) ... Pte. Joe Walker (credit only)
- Things That Go Bump in the Night (1973) ... Pte. Joe Walker
- The Honourable Man (1973) ... Pte. Joe Walker
- We Know Our Onions (1973) ... Pte. Joe Walker
- The Royal Train (1973) ... Pte. Joe Walker
 1972-1973 Romany Jones (TV Series)
Bert Jones
- Pack Up Your Troubles (1973) ... Bert Jones
- Not So Sweet Charity (1973) ... Bert Jones
- For Better or Worse (1973) ... Bert Jones
- Just the Job (1973) ... Bert Jones
- The Shower (1973) ... Bert Jones
 1973 Love Thy Neighbour
Cyril
 1968-1972 A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series)
Private Joe Walker - Dad's Army segment / Private Walker - Dad's Army segment / Private Joe Walker
- Episode dated 25 December 1972 (1972) ... Private Walker - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1970 (1970) ... Private Joe Walker - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1969 (1969) ... Private Joe Walker - Dad's Army segment
- Episode dated 25 December 1968 (1968) ... Private Joe Walker
 1972 My Wife Next Door (TV Series)
Mr. Fielding
- Undesirable Residence (1972) ... Mr. Fielding
 1972 Scoop (TV Series)
Corker
- The Scoop (1972) ... Corker
- Stones £20 (1972) ... Corker
- The Complete Traveller (1972) ... Corker
 1963-1972 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Johnny / Policeman / Sydney - Bus Conductor
- Born Every Minute (1972) ... Johnny
- The Bishop Rides Again (1966) ... Policeman
- The Chars (1963) ... Sydney - Bus Conductor
 1972 The Fenn Street Gang (TV Series)
Auctioneer
- Horse of the Year (1972) ... Auctioneer
 1971 A Couple of Beauties (Short)
Sidney
 1971 The Trouble with Lilian (TV Series)
Man
- The Presence (1971) ... Man
 1971 The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series)
Captain Bligh's Crewman
- Episode #5.2 (1971) ... Captain Bligh's Crewman
 1971 The Dick Emery Show (TV Series)
- Episode #10.5 (1971)
 1971 Dad's Army
Pte. Walker
 1970 Carry on Loving
Mr. Roxby (scenes deleted)
 1970 Jackanory (TV Series)
Storyteller
 1965-1970 Mogul (TV Series)
Jack Robbins / Dave Sandy / Alan Boyd
- The Price of a Bride (1970) ... Jack Robbins
- Some Days You Just Can't Win (1967) ... Dave Sandy
- Wild Cat (1965) ... Alan Boyd
 1970 A Family at War (TV Series)
Bob O'Connell
- The War Office Regrets (1970) ... Bob O'Connell
 1970 I Am a Groupie
Brian
 1970 Doctor in the House (TV Series)
Mr. Wale
- What Seems to Be the Trouble? (1970) ... Mr. Wale
 1969 Counterstrike (TV Series)
Gold
- Backlash (1969) ... Gold
 1969 Two in Clover (TV Series)
Dr. Molineux
- Episode #1.7 (1969) ... Dr. Molineux
 1968 Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
James Ryder
- The Blue Carbuncle (1968) ... James Ryder
 1966-1968 Harry Worth (TV Series)
Flight Lieutenant Conner / Smithers
- Private Pimpernel (1968) ... Flight Lieutenant Conner
- It's in the Bag (1966) ... Smithers
 1968 Never a Cross Word (TV Series)
 1968 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Police Sergeant
- There's a Hole in Your Dustbin, Delilah (1968) ... Police Sergeant
 1968 Detective (TV Series)
Bathwick
- The Case of the Late Pig (1968) ... Bathwick
 1968 Star!
Drunken Soldier (uncredited)
 1967-1968 Champion House (TV Series)
Frank Knight
- Go West, Young Man (1968) ... Frank Knight
- Sonata for a Solo Fiddle (1967) ... Frank Knight
 1968 Not in Front of the Children (TV Series)
House Agent
- Home Chat (1968) ... House Agent
 1966-1968 Public Eye (TV Series)
Tom Vowden / Marty Cornwell
- But What Good Will the Truth Do? (1968) ... Tom Vowden
- No, No, Nothing Like That (1966) ... Marty Cornwell
 1968 Hugh and I Spy (TV Series)
- Yellow Peril (1968)
 1967 Softly Softly (TV Series)
Chief Supt. Colson
- Who's Mr. Smith? (1967) ... Chief Supt. Colson
 1961-1967 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Gordon / Tommy Preston / Jim Carter / ...
- The Step-Brother (1967) ... Gordon
- Other People's Lives (1965) ... Tommy Preston
- Facing the Music (1964) ... Jim Carter
- The Switch (1963) ... Don
- Outside the Gates (1962) ... Bert Mason
 1967 City '68 (TV Series)
Dave Cook
- The Shooting War (1967) ... Dave Cook
 1967 Trapped (TV Series)
Deputy
- You're a Brave Man, Jack (1967) ... Deputy
 1967 The Gamblers (TV Series)
Stewart
- When the Chips Are Down (1967) ... Stewart
 1967 The Secret Agent (TV Movie)
The Carter
 1964-1967 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Sergeant Bowdon / Sergeant Bowden / Police Sergeant
- Episode #1.669 (1967) ... Sergeant Bowdon
- Episode #1.668 (1967) ... Sergeant Bowdon
- Episode #1.493 (1965) ... Police Sergeant
- Episode #1.415 (1964) ... Sergeant Bowdon
- Episode #1.409 (1964) ... Sergeant Bowden
 1967 Beggar My Neighbour (TV Series)
Policeman
- Have Car, Won't Travel (1967) ... Policeman
 1967 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Graves
 1966 Blackmail (TV Series)
Eamonn Donovan
- The Tax Man Cometh (1966) ... Eamonn Donovan
 1966 Foreign Affairs (TV Series)
Burke / Waiter
- The Leak (1966) ... Burke
- Can We Have Our Ball Back? (1966) ... Waiter
 1966 Quick Before They Catch Us (TV Series)
Policeman
- Mark of Distinction: Part 1 (1966) ... Policeman
 1966 All Gas and Gaiters (TV Series)
Policeman
- Pilot: The Bishop Rides Again (1966) ... Policeman
 1966 Mild and Bitter (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Episode #1.4 (1966) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.1 (1966) ... Various Roles
 1966 Gideon C.I.D. (TV Series)
Inspector Smith
- A Perfect Crime (1966) ... Inspector Smith (uncredited)
 1964-1965 Here's Harry (TV Series)
- The Worker (1964)
 1965 A World of Comedy (TV Mini-Series)
Chief Laboratory Manager / Voice only - role unknown
- Sanop 409 (1965) ... Chief Laboratory Manager
- The Enormous Ear (1965) ... Voice only - role unknown
 1965 Our Man at St. Mark's (TV Series)
PC. Bailey
- The Yo-Yo Again (1965) ... PC. Bailey
 1965 You and the World (TV Series)
Dad
- Taking a Chance (1965) ... Dad
 1965 Hit and Run (TV Series)
Det. Sgt. Reece
- Trial (1965) ... Det. Sgt. Reece
- Arrest (1965) ... Det. Sgt. Reece
- Enquiry (1965) ... Det. Sgt. Reece
- Accident (1965) ... Det. Sgt. Reece
 1964 Taxi! (TV Series)
Len Gladwin
- It's a Mug's Game (1964) ... Len Gladwin
- Two-Five-Two (1964) ... Len Gladwin
- Will You Marry Face? (1964) ... Len Gladwin
- Sunday Mornings Are for Sleeping (1964) ... Len Gladwin
- It's a Long Way Home (1964) ... Len Gladwin
 1962-1963 Compact (TV Series)
John Hendry / Workman
- Chicken and Champagne (1963) ... John Hendry
- The Winner (1963) ... John Hendry
- Talent Contest (1962) ... John Hendry
- Musical Evening (1962) ... John Hendry
- Stormy Weather (1962) ... John Hendry
 1962 Z Cars (TV Series)
Constable
- The Five Whistles (1962) ... Constable
 1962 Citizen James (TV Series)
 1962 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
Charlie Bell
- Conduct Unbecoming (1962) ... Charlie Bell
 1962 Outbreak of Murder (TV Series)
Det. Sgt. David
- The End of the Hunt (1962) ... Det. Sgt. David
- Thumb-Print (1962) ... Det. Sgt. David
- The White Cockerel-Bird (1962) ... Det. Sgt. David
 1961 Jacks and Knaves (TV Series)
Det. Con. Syd
- It Was Doing Nothing (1961) ... Det. Con. Syd
- The Great Art Robbery (1961) ... Det. Con. Syd
- The Master Mind (1961) ... Det. Con. Syd
 1961 Flower of Evil (TV Mini-Series)
Policeman
- Twelve Hours to Zero (1961) ... Policeman
- Death Warrants for Six (1961) ... Policeman
- The One That Got Away (1961) ... Policeman
 1961 Deadline Midnight (TV Series)
Ambulance man
- One Man Went to Fly (1961) ... Ambulance man
 1961 Court of Mystery (TV Series)
John Wright
- The Case of the Mary Celeste (1961) ... John Wright
 1961 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Policeman
- Episode #1.444 (1961) ... Policeman
 1961 The Fifth Form at St. Dominic's (TV Series)
Roach
- The Truth (1961) ... Roach
- The New Boy (1961) ... Roach
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Played The Sergeant in BBC Radio 2's thriller serial "The Events at Black Tor".

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

After attending art college and doing his national service in the army, Beck took up acting. See more »

Trademark:

Pencil thin moustache See more »

Nickname:

Jimmy

Star Sign:

Pisces

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