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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 26 April 1927Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, UK
Date of Death 18 December 2008Newport, Isle of Wight, England, UK  (pneumonia)
Birth NameJack Roberton
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Coming from a theatrical family, Jack Douglas' entry into show business was as a producer, however, not as a performer. His father was a theatrical producer, and Jack followed in his footsteps at an early age--he produced his first show at 15. Douglas showed no interest in the performing end of the business until one night when one of his actors took ill and, there being no replacement, Douglas put on the character's costume and did it himself. He enjoyed it so much that he soon gave up producing comedies and began performing in them. It wasn't long before he became one of the more recognizable character actors in British films, especially in the "Carry On" series, where he played a variation on his most famous character, a nervous, terrified and perpetually fidgety little man.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (2)

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Trivia (6)

Enjoyed cooking as a hobby.
Great lover of jazz.
The only star of the "Carry On..." films who, after starting in the series, appeared in every film subsequently. His first "Carry On..." was Carry on Matron (1972) and his last Carry on Emmannuelle (1978). He also appeared in the one-off Carry on Columbus (1992), but often criticized the film when speaking about it in conversation.
His brother Bill Roberton was a theatre director who directed him in the "Carry On London" stage show which ran at London's Victoria Palace from October 1973 to March 1975.
A memorial service was held for him at St. Paul's, Covent Garden (commonly known as the Actors' Church) on 5 June 2009.
Spent his last years in semi-retirement on the Isle of Wight with his partner, the actress Vivien Russell.

Personal Quotes (2)

[in 2003, speaking about Sidney James and his presence in the "Carry On..." films] He was like our Rock of Gibraltar.
[speaking about the "Carry On..." films] The "Carry Ons" never stopped being popular, they were an institution. It was amazing that they came out and people went to see them, because people could take their families and there was no question of any filth whatsoever. They appeal to children and to their grandparents, there was something for everyone.

Salary (6)

Carry on Matron (1972) £25
Carry on Matron (1972) £25 + twelve bottles of champagne
Carry on Dick (1974) £1,800
Carry on Behind (1975) £1,600
Carry on England (1976) £2,000
Carry on Emmannuelle (1978) £2,500

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