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James Hayter (1907–1983)

The son of a police superintendent in India, the character actor James Hayter was educated in Scotland, where he was urged into acting by his headmaster. After one year (1924-5) at the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts in London, he performed in repertory theater, eventually appearing in The West End in such plays as "1066 and All That" and "... See full bio »


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Oliver! Mr. Jessop
Trio Albert Foreman - Coach Driver (segment "The Verger")
The Pickwick Papers
The Pickwick Papers Samuel Pickwick
The Crimson Pirate
The Crimson Pirate Prof. Elihu Prudence


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 1982 Masterpiece Mystery (TV Series)
Sir Aaron Armstrong
- Father Brown, Series I: Three Tools of Death (1982) ... Sir Aaron Armstrong
 1978-1980 Under the Same Sun (TV Series)
- The Serpent Prince (1980) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Thunder King (1979) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Ju Ju Tree (1979) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Flying Ship (1979) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Running Stick (1978) ... Narrator (voice)
 1978 The Light Princess (TV Movie)
Owl (voice)
 1974 Father Brown (TV Series)
Sir Aaron Armstrong
- The Three Tools of Death (1974) ... Sir Aaron Armstrong
 1973 Hunter's Walk (TV Series)
- Discretion (1973) ... Davenport
 1972 Burke & Hare
Dr. Selby
 1972 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
- Old Newsome (1972) ... Newsome
 1971 Doctor at Large (TV Series)
Dr. Neilson
- You've Really Landed Me in It This Time (1971) ... Dr. Neilson
 1971 Not Tonight, Darling
Mr. Finlay
 1971 The Blood on Satan's Claw
Squire Middleton
 1971 The Firechasers
Inspector Herman
 1970 Scramble (uncredited)
 1970 The Adventures of Don Quick (TV Series)
- The Higher the Fewer (1970) ... Hendenno
 1970 Song of Norway
Butler to Berg
 1970 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
- Comin' Thro' the Rye (1970) ... Robsart
 1970 For the Love of Ada (TV Series)
Herbert Jackson
- Another Man (1970) ... Herbert Jackson
 1970 Wicked Women (TV Series)
Dr. Macrae
- Florence Maybrick (1970) ... Dr. Macrae
 1970 The Worker (TV Series)
- The Siege of Kidney Street (1970) ... Belltower
 1970 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
 1969 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Doctor Howard
- Rogues Gallery: A Bed Full of Miracles (1969) ... Doctor Howard
 1969 Rogues' Gallery (TV Series)
Dr. Howard
- A Bed-Full of Miracles (1969) ... Dr. Howard
 1968 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
 1967 Cop-Out
Harry Hawkins
 1967 The Avengers (TV Series)
Ticket Collector
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station (1967) ... Ticket Collector
 1967 Blandings Castle (TV Series)
- Pig Hoo-oo-ey! (1967) ... Smithers
 1962-1963 The Dickie Henderson Show (TV Series)
- The Protest (1962)
 1962 Lawrence of Arabia
Arab Sheikh at Council (uncredited)
 1962 Fog for a Killer
Tom Daniels
 1962 Go to Blazes
Pipe Smoker
 1960 Man from Interpol (TV Series)
Henry Roper
- Escape Route (1960) ... Henry Roper
 1956-1959 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Joe Alden / Arthur Tanner / Bert Taylor
- You'll Never See Me Again (1959) ... Joe Alden
- Murder Story (1958) ... Arthur Tanner
- It's an Ill Wind (1956) ... Bert Taylor
 1959 The Boy and the Bridge
Tugboat Skipper
 1959 Fly Away Peter (TV Movie)
Mr. Hapgood
 1955-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Matthew Cayley / Dr. Kirby / George Radfern / ...
- The Exiles #1: The Bird Laughed (1959) ... Matthew Cayley
- Eden End (II) (1958) ... Dr. Kirby
- Laburnum Grove (1957) ... George Radfern
- The Fifty Mark (I) (1955) ... John Meredith
 1959 The Captain's Table
 1958 Hell, Heaven or Hoboken
Sgt. Adams
 1958 Fair Game (TV Series)
Mr. Shaw
- The Carleon Country Club (1958) ... Mr. Shaw
 1958 Sailor of Fortune (TV Series)
- Hearse at High Noon (1958) ... Priest
 1958 My Pal Bob (TV Series)
- Episode #2.5 (1958)
- Episode #2.2 (1958)
 1958 O.S.S. (TV Series)
- Operation Eel (1958) ... Jones
 1957 Mañana...
Silvestre - el Sereno
 1957 El aventurero
 1957 Highland Fling (TV Series)
Augustus Trim
- Going Concern (1957) ... Augustus Trim
- Castle Plot (1957) ... Augustus Trim
- Journey to View (1957) ... Augustus Trim
- Vacant Possession (1957) ... Augustus Trim
- Desirable Residence (1957) ... Augustus Trim
 1957 The Heart Within
Grandfather Willard
 1956-1957 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Tom the Miller
- The Road in the Air (1957) ... Tom the Miller
- The Haunted Mill (1956) ... Tom the Miller
 1957 The Ship Was Loaded
Member of Parliament (uncredited)
 1957 Abandon Ship
'Cookie' Morrow
 1957 Getting Married (TV Movie)
Alderman Collins
 1956 The Big Money
Mr. Frith
 1956 Local Boy Makes Good (TV Short)
 1956 It's a Wonderful World
Bert Fielding
 1956 Port Afrique
 1956/I Keep It Clean
Mr. Bouncenboy
 1953-1956 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Brannigan / Dr. Symonds / Al Hosmer / ...
- Welcome My Wife (1956) ... Brannigan
- Enchanted Doll (1955) ... Dr. Symonds
- Crime à la Carte (1955) ... Al Hosmer
- The Awakening (1954) ... The Chief
- Rain Forest (1954) ... 'Heavy'
 1955 Touch and Go
 1955 The Vise (TV Series)
 1954 Beau Brummell
 1954 Cocktails in the Kitchen
The Plumber
 1953 The Triangle
Henry Popple (segment "Priceless Pocket")
 1953 A Day to Remember
Fred Collins
 1953 Always a Bride
 1953 Wednesday Theatre (TV Series)
Georges Duporot
- Holiday in Biarritz (1953) ... Georges Duporot
 1953 Four Sided Triangle
Dr. Harvey
 1952 It's an Ill Wind (TV Movie)
Bert Taylor
 1952 The Crimson Pirate
Prof. Elihu Prudence
 1952 I'm a Stranger
Horatio Flowerdew
 1951 Tom Brown's Schooldays
Old Thomas
 1951 Flesh & Blood
Sir Douglas Manley
 1950 Her Panelled Door
Capt. Bradshawe
 1950 Trio
Albert Foreman - Coach Driver (segment "The Verger")
 1950 Waterfront Women
Ship's captain
 1950 Eye Witness
Prouty, Trial Witness
 1950 For the Children (TV Series)
- Toad of Toad Hall (1950) ... Toad
 1949 The Spider and the Fly
 1949 Dear Mr. Prohack
Carrell Quire
 1949 Helter Skelter
Inn landlord (uncredited)
 1949 Don't Ever Leave Me
Man with Summons
 1949 Shooting Star (TV Movie)
Joe Lawson
 1949 The Ghost of Monsieur Tronjolly (TV Movie)
Jean Coupri
 1949 For Them That Trespass
John Craigie 'Jocko' Glenn
 1949 All Over the Town
Councillor Baines
 1949 The Blue Lagoon
Doctor Murdoch
 1949 Silent Dust
 1949 Maniacs on Wheels
Pa Fox
 1948 Bonnie Prince Charlie
 1948 Quartet
Foreman of the Jury (segment "The Alien Corn")
 1948 No Room at the Inn
Councilor Trouncer
 1948 Woman Hater
Mr. Burrell
 1948 The Fallen Idol
 1948 A Song for Tomorrow
Nicholas Klausmann
 1948 My Brother Jonathan
Tom Morse
 1948 Vice Versa
 1947 The Mark of Cain
Dr. White
 1947 The End of the River
 1947 The Ghosts of Berkeley Square
Capt. Dodds (uncredited)
 1947 The October Man
Garage Man
 1947 Captain Boycott
Music Hall Comic (uncredited)
 1946-1947 Pinwright's Progress (TV Series)
Mr. J. Pinwright
- Staggered Holidays (1947) ... Mr. J. Pinwright
- Radio Activity (1947) ... Mr. J. Pinwright
- Gone to Seed (1947) ... Mr. J. Pinwright
- The Gipsy's Warning (1947) ... Mr. J. Pinwright
- Strained Relations (1947) ... Mr. J. Pinwright
 1946 Secret Flight
Warrant Officer
 1946 The Laughing Lady
Ostler, Turk's Head
 1946 Spring Meeting (TV Movie)
 1940 Band Waggon
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1939 Come on George!
 1939 Behind the Schemes (TV Movie)
Lord Fosdyke
 1939 Dance Without Music (TV Movie)
23rd March version only
 1938 The Moon in the Yellow River (TV Movie)
Captain Potts
 1938 Marigold
Peter Cloag
 1938 Red Peppers (TV Movie)
Bert Bentley
 1937 Ad Lib (TV Movie)
 1937 Big Fella
 1937 Now You're Here (TV Short)
 1937 Aren't Men Beasts
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1936 Sensation
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Show Show Self (7 credits)
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(3/37) Stage: Appeared in Furber, Carter and Rogers's revue "And On We Go," at the Streatham Hill Theatre in Streatham Hill, London, England, with Marie Lohr, Charles Heslop, June Knight, Alan Lawrence, David Hutcheson, Cecil Stock and Graham Payn in the cast. Robert Nesbitt was director. Norman Hartnell designed gowns for June... See more »


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He did not return to Are You Being Served? (1972) after his first season on the show, even though he intended to, as he was made a better offer NOT to appear on it. He had been doing the TV voice-overs for Mr. Kipling's Cakes, but the firm did not like him playing Mr. Tebbs, as they thought the character was unpleasant and it would hurt their product's image. When Hayter defied Mr. Kipling's ... See more »

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