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Norman Lumsden (1906–2001)

Born Norman Thompson in London in 1906. Son of a butler, started his working life as a commercial artist designing book jackets for the publishers Hodder & Stoughton. After surviving emphysema he was advised by his surgeon to take up singing to revive his lungs. Made his first radio broadcast for the BBC in the 1930s, singing negro spirituals and ... See full bio »

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Known For

White Hunter Black Heart
White Hunter Black Heart Butler George
A Handful of Dust
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame King's Attorney
The Cloak
The Cloak Talpa, a stevedore


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 1993 The Detectives (TV Series)
Old Man
- Hostage (1993) ... Old Man
 1990 White Hunter Black Heart
Butler George
 1990 Jeeves and Wooster (TV Series)
Buffers Porter
 1990 One Foot in the Grave (TV Series)
Mr. Parslow
- I'll Retire to Bedlam (1990) ... Mr. Parslow
 1989 Act of Will (TV Mini-Series)
Vicar at Wedding
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Vicar at Wedding
 1989 Agatha Christie's Poirot (TV Series)
- The Third Floor Flat (1989) ... Vicar
 1988 Jade (Short)
 1988 A Handful of Dust
 1987 A Hazard of Hearts (TV Movie)
Old Vulcan's Retainer
 1986 C.A.T.S. Eyes (TV Series)
- One Away (1986) ... George
 1984 Minder (TV Series)
- Senior Citizen Caine (1984) ... Vicar
 1983 Runners
The Train - Ticket Collector
 1982 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Movie)
King's Attorney
 1979 Hazell (TV Series)
Old man singer
- Hazell and Hyde (1979) ... Old man singer
 1978 The Sweeney (TV Series)
Sir Henry
- Hard Men (1978) ... Sir Henry
 1973 Murder Must Advertise (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1973) ... Bracket
 1971 Music on 2 (TV Series)
The Voice of God
 1971 Play for Today (TV Series)
Magistrate, in Magistrates Court
- Edna, the Inebriate Woman (1971) ... Magistrate, in Magistrates Court
 1970 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
- The Rivals (1970) ... Coachman
 1966 Billy Budd (TV Movie)
Second Mate
 1964 The Little Sweep (TV Movie)
 1962 A Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Undertaker's man
 1962 The Little Sweep (TV Mini-Series)
Tom / Black Bob
- Episode #1.2 (1962) ... Tom
- Episode #1.1 (1962) ... Black Bob
 1959 The Cloak (TV Movie)
Talpa, a stevedore
 1957 Blind Raftery (TV Movie)
 1950 For the Children (TV Series)
Black Bob / Tom
- Let's Make an Opera! (1950) ... Black Bob / Tom
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Starred as "J.R. Hartley" in one of the most famous advertising campaigns in British television history (for Yellow Pages). See more »

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Although he was most famous for playing 'Fly Fishing' author J. R. Hartley in the Yellow Pages ads, he didn't actually take up fishing until he was 85.

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