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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 13 October 1901Harrogate, Yorkshire [now North Yorkshire], England, UK
Date of Death 9 August 1977Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK  (heart attack)
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Edward Chapman was born on October 13, 1901 in Harrogate, Yorkshire [now North Yorkshire], England. He was an actor, known for Things to Come (1936), Champion House (1967) and Murder! (1930). He was married to Prudence Nesbitt and Constance Willis Spark. He died on August 9, 1977 in Brighton, East Sussex, England.

Spouse (2)

Prudence Nesbitt (1968 - 1977) (his death)
Constance Willis Spark (1931 - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (5)

Began his stage career in 1924.
Took a break from acting and joined the Royal Air Force during World War Two. He was commissioned as a Pilot Officer and served as the Intelligence Officer for a Spitfire Squadron during 1941 and 1942.
Formerly worked as a bank clerk. Indeed, his perpetually serious, usually bespectacled countenance and often pompous or reproving manner, made for ideal casting as stuffy bank managers, politicians and apoplectic businessmen -- both in straight drama or as comic foil to the likes of Norman Wisdom. Started out on screen after being cast by Alfred Hitchcock in three of his early films, beginning with The Shame of Mary Boyle (1929). Noted for his turn as Major Grigsby in The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936).
Started a petition to force Sir John Gielgud to resign from Equity when the actor was arrested for soliciting in 1953.

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