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Harry H. Corbett (1925–1982)

Harry H Corbett (he added the "H" to avoid being confused with Sooty's friend) was born in Burma in 1925. His father was an officer in the army. His mother died when he was very young and he moved to England as a child and was brought up in Manchester by an aunt. After his war service, he joined a repertory company and during the 1950s appeared in ... See full bio »

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 1982 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
George Balsam
- The Moles (1982) ... George Balsam
 1981 Nice to See You! (TV Movie)
 1980 Comedy Tonight (TV Movie)
 1980 Grundy (TV Series)
- What You Don't See, Ask For (1980) ... Grundy
- For Love or Money (1980) ... Grundy
- Hands Across the Table (1980) ... Grundy
- Saturday Night Fervour (1980) ... Grundy
- We Can't Go on Meeting Like This (1980) ... Grundy
 1980 Silver Dream Racer
 1980 Potter (TV Series)
Harry Tooms
- Episode #2.5 (1980) ... Harry Tooms
- Episode #2.3 (1980) ... Harry Tooms
- Episode #2.2 (1980) ... Harry Tooms
 1979 The Plank (TV Short)
Amorous Van Driver
 1979 Shoestring (TV Series)
- Nine Tenths of the Law (1979) ... Tom
 1979 The Basil Brush Show (TV Series)
 1978 What's Up Superdoc!
 1977 Premiere (TV Mini-Series)
Alan Glut
- A Hymn from Jim (1977) ... Alan Glut
 1977 Jabberwocky
The Squire
 1977 Fiona
 1976 The Chiffy Kids (TV Series)
Hungry Herbert
- Pot Luck (1976) ... Hungry Herbert
 1962-1975 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
The working-class hero / Ernest 'Ern' Conway / Harold Steptoe
- For Richer... For Poorer (1975) ... The working-class hero
- Seven Year Hitch (1966) ... Ernest 'Ern' Conway
- The Offer (1962) ... Harold Steptoe
 1974 It's Not the Size That Counts
Prime Minister
 1973 The Goodies (TV Series)
Minister for Health
- Hospital for Hire (1973) ... Minister for Health
 1969 Galton and Simpson Comedy (TV Series)
Basil Puddyfoot
- Never Talk to Strangers (1969) ... Basil Puddyfoot
 1969 Sophie's Place
Frank Finley
 1968 City '68 (TV Series)
Jigger Barrett
- The System: The House That Jigger Built (1968) ... Jigger Barrett
 1968 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Jake Whittington
- The Fall of Kelvin Walker (1968) ... Jake Whittington
 1957-1968 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Frank Dolan / Harry Fender / Private Mogridge / ...
- A Second Look (1968) ... Frank Dolan
- The Hothouse (1964) ... Harry Fender
- Roll on Blooming Death (1961) ... Private Mogridge
- The Money Makers (1961)
- Thunder on the Snowy (1960) ... Jan Redeck
 1967 Mr. Aitch (TV Series)
Harry Aitch
- We Shall Not Be Moved (1967) ... Harry Aitch
- A Star Is Born (1967) ... Harry Aitch
- And Never the Twain Shall Meet (1967) ... Harry Aitch
- Reunion (1967) ... Harry Aitch
- Through the Eye of a Needle (1967) ... Harry Aitch
 1966 The Sandwich Man
Stage Door Keeper
 1966 Jackanory (TV Series)
- The Wish Horse (1966) ... Storyteller
- The Horses of the Foolish People (1966) ... Storyteller
- Bayard the Charger (1966) ... Storyteller
- Pegasus the Winged Horse (1966) ... Storyteller
 1965 Joey Boy
Joey Boy Thompson
 1964 The Bargee
Hemel Pike
 1963 Ladies Who Do
James Ryder
 1963 What a Crazy World
Sam Hitchens
 1963 Sparrows Can't Sing
 1963 A Boy Ten Feet Tall
 1963 Zero One (TV Series)
Vladimir Petrovsky
- Discord (1963) ... Vladimir Petrovsky
 1962 Some People
Johnnie's Father
 1960-1962 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Jack Burgess / Inspector Bruce
- Time to Remember (1962) ... Jack Burgess
- Marriage of Convenience (1960) ... Inspector Bruce
 1962 A Matter of Conscience (TV Movie)
Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov
 1962 Studio 4 (TV Series)
- A Voice from the Top (1962) ... Landlord
 1961 Deadline Midnight (TV Series)
Harry Briggs
- An Eye for Detail (1961) ... Harry Briggs
 1961 The Unstoppable Man
 1961 Wings of Death (Short)
Superintendant Hammond
 1961 Theatre 70 (TV Series)
Steven Brett
- The Intruder (1961)
- Call for Mr. Ariman (1961) ... Steven Brett
- Chance Witness (1961)
 1960 Police Surgeon (TV Series)
George Drake
- Lag on the Run (1960) ... George Drake
 1957-1960 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Sir Watkyn / Nicodemus / Jason / ...
- A Bushel of Apples (1960) ... Sir Watkyn
- The Genius (1958) ... Nicodemus
- The Angry Village (1957) ... Jason
- The Charter (1957) ... Sir Bascom
 1960 The Big Day
Harry Jackson
 1960 The Shakedown
 1959 Cover Girl Killer
The Man
 1959 Shake Hands with the Devil
Clancy (as Harry Corbett)
 1959 The Torrents of Spring (TV Movie)
 1959 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Charlie Panetti
- The Jukebox (1959) ... Charlie Panetti
 1958 Nowhere to Go
Sullivan (as Harry Corbett)
 1958 Floods of Fear
 1956-1958 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
John Broome / Lickcheese / Cohen / ...
- Mary Broome (1958) ... John Broome
- Mr. Bolfry (1957) ... Cohen
- Hamlet (1956) ... Gravedigger
 1957 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Jules Palotin
- Nekrassov (1957) ... Jules Palotin
 1956 New Ramps for Old (TV Series)
- No Percentage (1956) ... Kegworthy
- Shop, Double Shop (1956) ... Kegworthy
- All Mod Cons (1956) ... Kegworthy
- Strictly Legal (1956) ... Kegworthy
- On Hot Ice (1956) ... Kegworthy
 1955 The Girl (TV Movie)
Tony (as Harry Corbett)
 1954 Passing Stranger (uncredited)
 1952 Never Look Back
Policeman in charge cells (uncredited)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Self (11 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (13 credits)

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In 1956 he released the song "Blow The Man Down" on the Ewan MacColl LP "The Singing Sailor". He released 7 record singles in his career, between 1962 and 1978. He also recorded the solo album "Only Authorised Employees To Break Bottles" in 1974 with The Faraway Folk as his backing group. This led to a series of concerts ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Harry Corbett


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I would take job after job as the mood struck me. I built prefabs, stacked timber, made electric switches. I changed with the weather. When the sun came out I burst out with it. When it got cold I pulled a roof in over me somewhere and eventually I became a partner in a two-man car spraying business. I worked hard at this, because I was the half-boss. There was only me and this other fellow and ... See more »


He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1976 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama. Prime Minister Harold Wilson intended the award to go to him partly because he was a Labour Party supporter but the "H" got missed out of the name and the offer initially went to Sooty and Sweep entertainer Harry Corbett instead. Both were eventually included in... See more »


Often played roles craving social acceptability

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