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John Le Mesurier (1912–1983)


The son of a solicitor, British character actor John Le Mesurier attended public school in Dorset, England, before embarking on a career in law. However, acting was his true calling, and at age 20, with his parents' approval, he began his acting career by studying drama at the Fay Compton School of Acting, where one of his classmates was Alec ... See full bio »

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 1984 Facelift
Bruce (voice)
 1984 The Passionate Pilgrim (Short)
Narrator
 1983 A Married Man (TV Series)
Eustace Lough
- Episode #1.4 (1983) ... Eustace Lough
- Episode #1.3 (1983) ... Eustace Lough
- Episode #1.1 (1983) ... Eustace Lough
 1982 Hi-de-Hi! (TV Series)
Hugo Buxton
- Carnival Time (1982) ... Hugo Buxton
 1982 Dead Ernest (TV Series)
Head of Plagues
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Head of Plagues
 1981 Brideshead Revisited (TV Mini-Series)
Father Mowbray
- Julia (1981) ... Father Mowbray
 1981 Late Flowering Love (Short)
Col. Hunter Dunn (segment "A Subaltern's Love-Song")
 1980 Worzel Gummidge (TV Series)
Baines
- Very Good, Worzel (1980) ... Baines
 1980 ...And the Band Played On
Council Chairman
 1980 The Dick Emery Show (TV Series)
- Episode #18.1 (1980)
 1979 An Honourable Retirement (TV Movie)
Edward Brown
 1979 Ripping Yarns (TV Series)
Colonel Runciman
- Roger of the Raj (1979) ... Colonel Runciman
 1979 Unidentified Flying Oddball
Sir Gawain (as John le Mesurier)
 1978 What's Up Nurse!
Dr. Ogden
 1978 Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse
Sir Archibald MacGregor
 1978 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Ossian Flint
- Flint (1978) ... Ossian Flint
 1971-1977 The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series)
Sgt. Arthur Wilson / Captain Bligh's Crewman
- Episode #5.2 (1971) ... Captain Bligh's Crewman
 1977 A Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Marley's Ghost
 1977 Jabberwocky
The Chamberlain
 1975 Bod (TV Series)
Narrator (voice)
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
Schmidt
- The Root of All Evil (1975) ... Schmidt
 1975 Centre Play (TV Series)
Uncle Edward
- The Flight Fund (1975) ... Uncle Edward
 1975 Village Hall (TV Series)
Harold Garfield
- Pie in the Sky (1975) ... Harold Garfield
 1975 Three for All
Mr. Gibbons
 1974 Barry McKenzie Holds His Own
Robert Crowther
 1974 Brief Encounter (TV Movie)
Stephen
 1974 Late Night Drama (TV Series)
Geoffrey
- Silver Wedding (1974) ... Geoffrey
 1974 Confessions of a Window Cleaner
Inspector Radlett
 1973 Crown Court (TV Series)
Reginald Standish
- Murder Most Foul (1973) ... Reginald Standish
 1973 Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Sidney Goldsmith
- Death of an Old-Fashioned Girl (1973) ... Sidney Goldsmith
 1973 Black and Blue (TV Series)
Sir Henry
- Rust (1973) ... Sir Henry
 1973 Rust (TV Movie)
 1973 Thriller (TV Series)
Stubbs
- File It Under Fear (1973) ... Stubbs
 1973 Between the Wars (TV Series)
 1963-1973 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Luke Elms / Mr. Prentice / Lucifer / ...
- Marry the Girls (1973) ... Luke Elms
- Haven of Rest (1970) ... Mr. Prentice
- To Lucifer: A Son (1967) ... Lucifer
 1961-1972 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Freddie / Harry / Mr. Elvin
- Anywhere But England, Old Boy (1972) ... Freddie
- Long Past Glory (1963) ... Harry
- A Tune on the Old Tax Fiddle (1961) ... Mr. Elvin
 1972 Sykes (TV Series)
Lord Hetherington
- Uncle (1972) ... Lord Hetherington
 1972 The Alf Garnett Saga
Mr. Frewin
 1972 Au Pair Girls
Mr. Wainwright
 1972 Jason King (TV Series)
Doctor Litz
- If It's Got to Go - It's Got to Go (1972) ... Doctor Litz
 1971 The Goodies (TV Series)
Uncle Tom
- Farm Fresh Food (1971) ... Uncle Tom
 1971 Play for Today (TV Series)
Adrian Harris
- Traitor (1971) ... Adrian Harris
 1971 Doctor at Large (TV Series)
Stanley Moon
- Mr. Moon (1971) ... Stanley Moon
 1971 Misleading Cases (TV Series)
Mr. Mason
- What Is a Snail? (1971) ... Mr. Mason
 1971 Paul Temple (TV Series)
West
- Paper Chase (1971) ... West
 1971 Albert! (TV Series)
Vicar
- Lost Weekend (1971) ... Vicar
 1970 Doctor in Trouble
Purser (as John le Mesurier)
 1970 Shine a Light (TV Series)
Lighthouseman Lionel Parrott
- The Great Relief (1970) ... Lighthouseman Lionel Parrott
 1970 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Henderson
- Suffer Little Children (1970) ... Henderson
 1969 The Coward Revue (TV Movie)
 1969 The Magic Christian
Sir John (uncredited)
 1969 The Undertakers (Short)
 1964-1969 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Judge Grayson / Canon Dunwoodie / Superintendent Melchior
- The Last Train through Harecastle Tunnel (1969) ... Judge Grayson
- Macready's Gala (1966) ... Canon Dunwoodie
- The Bone Yard (1964) ... Superintendent Melchior
 1969 W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series)
Albert Forrester
- The Creative Impulse (1969) ... Albert Forrester
 1969 The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder (TV Series)
Joseph Bracher
- The Investors (1969) ... Joseph Bracher
 1969 Midas Run
Wells
 1969 Two in Clover (TV Series)
Chairman
- Episode #1.2 (1969) ... Chairman
 1968 Salt and Pepper
Col. Woodstock
 1967 Monsieur Lecoq
Owner of French chateau
 1967 The Cuckoo Patrol
Gibbs
 1967 Casino Royale
M's Driver (uncredited)
 1967 Mogul (TV Series)
Kemp
- Some Days You Just Can't Win (1967) ... Kemp
 1967 Mr. Rose (TV Series)
Purser
- The Jolly Swagman (1967) ... Purser
 1967 Mister Ten Per Cent
Jocelyn Macauley
 1966-1967 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Brian Turner / Lame
- An Absolute Treasure (1967) ... Brian Turner
- The Caramel Crisis (1966) ... Lame
 1967 The 25th Hour
Tribunal president
 1967 All Gas and Gaiters (TV Series)
Timothy Post, the television producer
- The Bishop Gets the Sack (1967) ... Timothy Post, the television producer
 1966 Finders Keepers
Mr. X
 1966 Adam Adamant Lives! (TV Series)
Velmer
- The Terribly Happy Embalmers (1966) ... Velmer (as John le Mesurier)
 1966 Eye of the Devil
Dr. Monnet
 1966 The Sandwich Man
Religious Sandwich Man
 1966 The Wrong Box
Doctor Slattery
 1966 Bang! Bang! You're Dead!
George C. Lillywhite
 1966 Frankie Howerd (TV Series)
Jocelyn
- Episode #2.3 (1966) ... Jocelyn
 1964-1966 The Avengers (TV Series)
Benson / Dr. Macombie
- Mandrake (1964) ... Dr. Macombie
 1966 Where the Spies Are
MacGillivray
 1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Dr. Parpalaid
 1965 The Early Bird
Colonel Foster (golf partner)
 1965 The Liquidator
Chekhov
 1965 Riviera Police (TV Series)
Jeremiah Canlon
- That Kind of Girl (1965) ... Jeremiah Canlon
 1965 Masquerade
Sir Robert
 1965 Tea Party (TV Movie)
 1965 Operation Crossbow
British Army Officer (scenes deleted)
 1959-1964 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Octave de Coetquidan / Wensley / Bindloss
- The Bachelors (1964) ... Octave de Coetquidan
- The Enormous Shadow (1959) ... Wensley
- The Education of Mr. Surrage (1959) ... Bindloss
 1964 Thorndyke (TV Series)
Pembury
- A Case of Premeditation (1964) ... Pembury
 1964 Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Sparrow
- The Blackmailing of Mr S (1964) ... Mr. Sparrow
 1964 Room at the Bottom (TV Series)
 1964 Agent 8 3/4
Roger Allsop
 1963 The Pink Panther
Defence Barrister (as John LeMesurier)
 1963 The Mouse on the Moon
British Delegate
 1963 The Punch and Judy Man
The Sandman
 1963 Hancock (TV Series)
Ambrose Butterfield
- The Politician (1963) ... Ambrose Butterfield
 1963 In the Cool of the Day
Dr. Arraman
 1963 Mr. Justice Duncannon (TV Series)
Mr. Justice Hoop
- Brief to Counsel (1963) ... Mr. Justice Hoop
 1962 We Joined the Navy
George Dewberry Sr.
 1962 The Main Attraction
Bozo
 1962 Dial RIX (TV Series)
George Frampton
- What a Drag (1962) ... George Frampton
 1962 Jigsaw
Mr. Simpson
 1962 Waltz of the Toreadors
Rev. Grimsley
 1962 Go to Blazes
Fisherman
 1962 Mrs. Gibbons' Boys
Coles
 1962 Village of Daughters
Don Calogere
 1962 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Warden
- Flat Two (1962) ... Warden
 1962 Only Two Can Play
Salter
 1962 Flat Two
Warden
 1962 Hair of the Dog
Sir Mortimer Gallant
 1961 Ghost Squad (TV Series)
Volgu
- Death from a Distance (1961) ... Volgu
 1961 Operation Snafu
Hixon
 1961 Invasion Quartet
Colonel
 1961 Hancock (TV Series)
The Air Marshall
- The Lift (1961) ... The Air Marshall
 1961 Why Bother to Knock
Father
 1961 A Coming-Out Party
Piggott, Escape Officer
 1961 I Like Money
Blackmailer
 1961 Call Me Genius
Office Manager
 1961 Five Golden Hours
Doctor Alfieri
 1961 The Pursuers (TV Series)
Joe Raker
- The Husband (1961) ... Joe Raker
 1960 The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's
Minister of Education
 1960 The Bulldog Breed
Prosecuting counsel
 1960 Danger Man (TV Series)
Alvarado
- An Affair of State (1960) ... Alvarado
 1960 Doctor in Love
Dr. Mincing
 1960 Never Let Go
Pennington
 1957-1960 Hancock's Half Hour (TV Series)
Doctor Callaghan / Ship's Captain / National Trust official / ...
- The Cold (1960) ... Doctor Callaghan
- The Cruise (1959) ... Ship's Captain
- Lord Byron Lived Here (1959) ... National Trust official
- The Servants (1959) ... Colonel Winthrop
 1960 Somerset Maugham Hour (TV Series)
Colonel Brabazon
- The Facts of Life (1960) ... Colonel Brabazon
 1960 School for Scoundrels
Head Waiter
 1960 Let's Get Married
Dean
 1960 Man from Interpol (TV Series)
Count Salon
- The Odds on Murder (1960) ... Count Salon
 1959 Our Man in Havana
Louis - Waiter (uncredited)
 1959 Follow a Star
Birkett
 1959 A Touch of Larceny
Head of the Admiralty (uncredited)
 1959 Desert Mice
Staff Colonel
 1959 Ben-Hur
Doctor (uncredited)
 1959 The Wreck of the Mary Deare
M.O.A. Lawyer (uncredited)
 1959 Interpol Calling (TV Series)
Monsieur Iamprou
- The Long Weekend (1959) ... Monsieur Iamprou
 1959 I'm All Right Jack
Waters
 1959 Shake Hands with the Devil
British General
 1959 Jack the Ripper
Dr. Tranter
 1959 William Tell (TV Series)
Duke of Burgundy
 1959 Man in a Cocked Hat
Grand Duke Alexis
 1959 Too Many Crooks
Magistrate
 1959 Gala Opening (TV Movie)
 1959 The Lady Is a Square
Fergusson
 1959 Operation Amsterdam
Colonel Janssen
 1959 The Captain's Table
Sir Angus
 1957-1959 The Vise (TV Series)
Sir Robert Quinlan / Professor Franz Tomulkin / Wilson
- Silence for Sale (1959) ... Sir Robert Quinlan
- A Diplomatic Affair (1958) ... Professor Franz Tomulkin
- The Baby-Sitter (1957) ... Wilson
 1958 Target (TV Series)
- Lost Identity (1958)
 1958 Hell, Heaven or Hoboken
Adjutant R.A.P.C.
 1958 Blood of the Vampire
Judge
 1958 Man with a Gun
Harry Drayson
 1958 Blind Spot
Mr. Brent
 1958 Law and Disorder
Sir Humphrey Pomfret
 1958 Another Time, Another Place
Dr. Aldridge
 1958 Gideon of Scotland Yard
Prosecuting Barrister (uncredited)
 1957-1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Kulenaty / Luigi
- The Macropulos Secret (1958) ... Dr. Kulenaty
- Dangerous Cargo (1957) ... Luigi
 1958 Happy Is the Bride
Chaytor
 1957 High Flight
Commandant
 1957 The Gay Cavalier (TV Series)
Sir Richard Willis
- The Sealed Knot (1957) ... Sir Richard Willis
 1957 Dangerous Youth
Commanding Officer
 1957 Paradise Lagoon
Monsieur Floury (uncredited)
 1957 Brothers in Law
Judge Ryman
 1955-1957 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Inspector Burroughs / Dr. Lloyd / Geoffrey Warren / ...
- Bulldog Drummond and 'The Ludlow Affair' (1957) ... Inspector Burroughs
- The Way Home (1956) ... Dr. Lloyd
- Deadline: Vienna (1956) ... Geoffrey Warren
- Flight One-Zero-One (1955) ... Dr. Garside
 1957 Sword of Freedom (TV Series)
Guilio Basti
- Portrait in Emerald Green (1957) ... Guilio Basti
 1956 The Errol Flynn Theatre (TV Series)
Curé
- Mademoiselle Fifi (1956) ... Curé
 1956 Pursuit of the Graf Spee
Rev. George Groves - Padre, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
 1956 Assignment Foreign Legion (TV Series)
Leblond
- The Search (1956) ... Leblond
 1956 The Baby and the Battleship
The Marshal's Aide
 1956 Private's Progress
Psychiatrist
 1955 The Granville Melodramas (TV Series)
Mr. Rencelaw / Sir John / Sir William Ralston
- The Drunkard: Or the Fallen Saved (1955) ... Mr. Rencelaw
- The Unwanted Child: Or the Babe in the Wood (1955) ... Sir William Ralston
 1955 Josephine and Men
Registrar
 1955 A Time to Kill
Phineas Tilliard
 1955 Police Dog
Inspector
 1954 Make Me an Offer
Mr. Toshack (uncredited)
 1954 Happy Holidays (TV Series)
Mr. Mulberry
- Episode #1.6 (1954) ... Mr. Mulberry
- Episode #1.5 (1954) ... Mr. Mulberry
- Episode #1.4 (1954) ... Mr. Mulberry
- Episode #1.3 (1954) ... Mr. Mulberry
- Episode #1.2 (1954) ... Mr. Mulberry
 1954 Immediate Disaster
Man at Desk (uncredited)
 1954 Twist of Fate
Man at Baccarat Table (uncredited)
 1954 Dangerous Cargo
Luigi
 1953 The Pleasure Garden (Short)
Col. Pall K Gargoyle
 1953 Black 13
Inspector
 1953 The Blue Parrot
Henry Carson
 1953 The Drayton Case (Short)
Inspector Henley
 1952 Vampire Over London
Scotland Yard Man (uncredited)
 1952 Blind Man's Bluff
Lefty Jones
 1951 A Time to Be Born (TV Movie)
Joseph
 1951 Sherlock Holmes (TV Mini-Series)
Eduardo Lucas
 1951 Show Me a Spy (TV Series)
Sir Alexander Blythe
- Address Unknown! (1951) ... Sir Alexander Blythe
- Number Unknown! (1951) ... Sir Alexander Blythe
 1950 Dark Interval
Cedric, the butler
 1949 A Matter of Murder
Ginter
 1948 Escape from Broadmoor (Short)
Pendicot
 1948 Death in the Hand (Short)
Jack Mottram
 1947 The Hangman Waits
Newspaper office worker
 1946 Just William (TV Movie)
 1938 Richard of Bordeaux (TV Movie)
Sir John Montague
 1938 The Marvellous History of St. Bernard (TV Movie)
Seigneur de Miolans
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Was the castaway on BBC Radio's "Desert Island Discs" show. His luxury item was a small distillery, his chosen book was Samuel Pepys' diary, and his selected record was J.S. Bach's "Concerto for Two Violins in D minor". See more »

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Alternate Names:

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Height:

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vague and absent-minded, with a cultured voice

Star Sign:

Aries

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