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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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Filmography

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 1973 Love Thy Neighbour
Cyril
 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
 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)
- The Presence (1971)
 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 #9.5 (1971)
 1970 Carry on Loving
Mr. Roxby (scenes deleted)
 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
 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
 1967-1968 Champion House (TV Series)
Frank Knight
- Go West, Young Man (1968) ... Frank Knight
- Sonata for a Solo Fiddle (1967) ... Frank Knight
 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
 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 Sword of Honour (TV Series)
Graves
- Officers and Gentlemen (1967) ... Graves
 1967 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Graves
 1966 Blackmail (TV Series)
Eamonn Donovan
- The Tax Man Cometh (1966) ... Eamonn Donovan
 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 #1.1 (1966) ... Various Roles
 1966 Gideon C.I.D. (TV Series)
Inspector Smith
- A Perfect Crime (1966) ... Inspector Smith (uncredited)
 1965 Our Man at St. Mark's (TV Series)
PC. Bailey
- The Yo-Yo Again (1965) ... PC. Bailey
 1965 Hit and Run (TV Series)
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
 1962 Z Cars (TV Series)
Constable
- The Five Whistles (1962) ... Constable
 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 Series)
Policeman
- The One That Got Away (1961) ... Policeman
 1961 Deadline Midnight (TV Series)
Ambulance man
- One Man Went to Fly (1961) ... Ambulance man
 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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5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Pursued a career in the theatre, eventually winning a contract with the York Theatre Company. See more »

Nickname:

Jimmy

Star Sign:

Pisces

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