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Date of Birth 20 July 1918Shaw, near Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK
Date of Death 20 August 2008Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Birth NameEric Groves Longworth

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Eric Longworth was born on July 20, 1918 in Shaw, near Oldham, Lancashire, England as Eric Groves Longworth. He was an actor, known for Foreign Exchange (1970), Perfect Friday (1970) and No Sex Please: We're British (1973). He was married to Dorothy Hirst. He died on August 20, 2008 in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England.

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Dorothy Hirst (November 1939 - 1995) (her death) (5 children)

Trivia (11)

When not acting he was a keen gardener as well as a regular member of the congregation at his local Methodist church.
His most well known role was that of Mr Gordon the town clerk in Dad's Army. At his memorial service the organist incorporated part of the Dad's Army theme tune into his final piece.
After the fire at Guildford he began a period of full-time acting which included 75 television appearances another six in films as well numerous roles with touring theatre companies both at home and abroad.
Longworth was appointed manager of the Oldham Coliseum in 1952 before taking on the same role at the old Guildford Theatre in 1957. By 1963, when the theatre burned down, he had taken part in no fewer than 802 stage productions since he first joined the staff at Oldham. These included roles as actor, assistant stage manager, stage director, producer and theatre manager.
A production of Macbeth at the Oldham Coliseum in 1947 resulted in the accidental stabbing and death of the actor Harold Norman who was playing the title role of Macbeth. His ghost is reputed to haunt the auditorium to this day.
Began his professional stage career in 1946 with the Oldham Coliseum as assistant stage manager with a wage of £3 per week.
Whilst in the army he appeared in amateur productions for the Bombay Light Opera Society and the Bombay Players.
Following the Dunkirk withdrawal he was sent to India and commissioned into the Indian Army where he was responsible for organising railway troop transits. He was demobbed in the spring of 1946 in the rank of Staff Captain. His final duty being the organisation of returning British prisoners-of-war from the docks at Calcutta.
Joined the army at the outbreak of World War Two and was evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk by the Folkestone Lifeboat before being transferred to the Royal Navy destroyer "Icarus" for the voyage home.
He was educated at Rydal School in North Wales.
His father was a salesman at a cotton mill and a director of two others.

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