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Arthur Lowe

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United kingdom actor who especially played out Captain George Mainwaring about the favorite sitcom, Dad’s Military, but was also Coronation Road. He was mixed up in British theater picture in the years before the outbreak of Globe War II. Later on, he increased to on-screen popularity through playing Leonard Swindley within the strike series, Coronation Road. He was a seven-time BAFTA Honor nominee during his thirty-year performing career. He fulfilled his wife, Joan Cooper, in 1945, while these were both carrying out using the Manchester Repertory Theater. He and Cooper wedded in 1948 and got a boy, Stephen, who was simply created in 1953. He made an appearance alongside Vincent Cost in the 1973 horror film, Theater of Blood.

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Full Name Arthur Lowe
Date Of Birth September 22, 1915
Died April 15, 1982, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.63 m
Profession TV Actor
Nationality British
Spouse Joan Cooper
Children Stephen Lowe
Parents Arthur Lowe, Mary Annie Ford
Awards BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominations British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance
Movies O Lucky Man!, The Ruling Class, Theatre of Blood, Dad's Army, The Bed Sitting Room, No Sex Please, We're British, The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer, The White Bus, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Green Man, Britannia Hospital, The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It, Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Fragment of Fear, The Plank, if...., The Lady Vanishes, The Spider and the Fly, Sweet William, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Stranger in Town, Go to Blazes, One Way Out, Reluctant Bride, Breakaway, This Sporting Life, Final Appointment, Follow That Horse!, A Hole Lot of Trouble, The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens, It All Goes to Show, Daphne Laureola
TV Shows Potter, A.J. Wentworth, B.A., Bless Me Father, Laurence Olivier Presents, Dad's Army, The Last of the Baskets, Turn Out the Lights, It's Murder. But Is It Art?, Pardon the Expression
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1He made his debut at the Manchester Repertory Theatre in 1945, where he was paid £5 per week for twice-nightly performances.
2He had a clause in his contract for Dad's Army (1968) saying that he would not be filmed without his trousers on.
3When touring at coastal theatres with his wife, Lowe used his distinctive 1885 former steam yacht Amazon as a floating base. He bought Amazon as a houseboat in 1968 but realised her potential and took her back to sea in 1971; this unique vessel is still operating in the Mediterranean. The ship had a bar with a semicircular notch cut halfway along, to enable both the portly figure of Lowe and his wife to serve behind the bar at the same time, acting as hosts during the parties they threw on board.
4He dropped out of high school at the age of 15.
5In December 2007, plans were unveiled for a statue of Lowe to be erected in Thetford, Norfolk, where the outside scenes for Dad's Army (1968) were filmed. The statue was unveiled on 19 June 2010, by the writers of the series, Jimmy Perry and David Croft. The star has also had two blue plaques unveiled, one at Maida Vale and one at his birthplace in Hayfield, Derbyshire.
6In his final years, Lowe's alcoholism worsened and he was reduced to acting in pantomimes and touring theatre productions. Graham Lord's biography recalls that by 1979, Lowe was suffering from major health problems but continued to drink increasing amounts of alcohol, sometimes passing out on stage or at dinner. He was also a heavy smoker and his weight ballooned. Lowe had long suffered from narcolepsy.
7In an interview for a Dad's Army (1968) retrospective on BBC television in 2010, Clive Dunn, described Lowe sitting at the bar in the evenings when they were filming on location, consuming a drink which Lowe named 'Amazon' after his yacht. Dunn described the drink as comprising "gin and ginger ale, with a single slice of cucumber".
8In 2005, he was one of the first 100 to be honoured with his name set into the pavement in London's 'Avenue of the Stars' in Convent Garden.
9In 1972, he recorded the novelty songs "How I Won The War" and "My Little Girl, My Little Boy".
10In January 1982, Richard Burton had his private aeroplane fly Lowe to film a cameo role in the television series Wagner (1981), his last screen performance.
11Two biographies of him have been published: Arthur Lowe - Dad's Memory by his son Stephen, which was issued in 1997; and Arthur Lowe by Graham Lord in 2002.
12Son of Arthur Lowe ('Big Arthur') (1888-1971) and Mary Annie ('Nan') Lowe (née Ford) (1885-1981).
13Narrated a public information film reminding motorway drivers that the right hand lane is not a "fast lane" but is for overtaking only.
14Three weeks into the shooting of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), Alec Guinness panicked and decided he couldn't play George Smiley; he suggested Lowe as a replacement.
15There was a memorial service for him at the Church of St Martin-in-the Fields, London on 24 May 1982.
16He played the same character (Leonard Swindley) in three different series: Coronation Street (1960), Pardon the Expression (1965) and Turn Out the Lights (1967).
17Suffered a stroke in 1979.
18He was an active supporter of the British Conservative Party.
19Was interviewed on BBC TV's lunchtime magazine programme 'Pebble Mill at One' on the day of his death.
20Son, Stephen Lowe (born in January 1953).
21Among those originally considered for the role of Captain Mainwaring (Dad's Army (1968)), arguably the most famous was Jon Pertwee.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones1976Dr. Thwackum
Shades of Greene1976TV SeriesJavitt
The Royal Variety Performance1975TV MovieCaptain Mainwaring
BBC Play of the Month1975TV SeriesSir Oliver Surface
Churchill's People1975TV SeriesEpillicus, the Barber
David Copperfield1974-1975TV Mini-SeriesMr. Micawber
Man About the House1974Spiros
Microbes and Men1974TV SeriesLouis Pasteur
Blue Peter1973-1974TV SeriesCapt. George Mainwaring
Mr. Men1974TV Series shortNarrator
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1969-1973TV SeriesMason / Mr. Cakebread
No Sex Please: We're British1973Mr. Bromley
Armchair 301973TV SeriesAlfred Potter
O Lucky Man!1973Mr. Duff / Charlie Johnson / Dr. Munda
Theatre of Blood1973Horace Sprout
Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall1973Major Drysdale
The Ruling Class1972Daniel Tucker
It's Murder But Is It Art1972TV SeriesMr. Phineas Drake
The Last of the Baskets1971-1972TV SeriesRedvers Bodkin
Doctor at Large1971TV SeriesDr. Maxwell
Dad's Army1971Capt. Mainwaring
A Hole Lot of Trouble1971ShortWhitehouse
William Webb Ellis, Are You Mad?1971Short
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer1970Ferret
She Follows Me About1970TV MovieRev. Stanley Cuffe
Jackanory1970TV SeriesReader
A Cuckoo in the Nest1970TV MovieMajor Bone
Rookery Nook1970TV MovieHarold Twine
Fragment of Fear1970Mr. Nugent
The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens1970TV MovieJohn Dickens
Some Will, Some Won't1970Police Sergeant
Spring and Port Wine1970Mr. Aspinall
It's Tommy Cooper1970TV SeriesDr. Jekyll
The Coward Revue1969TV MovieCaptain George Mainwaring
Plays of Today1969TV SeriesThe Headmaster
World in Ferment1969TV Series
The Bed Sitting Room1969Father
Rogues' Gallery1969TV SeriesMr. Cakebread
ITV Playhouse1969TV SeriesEric
It All Goes to Show1969ShortCouncillor Henry Parker
If....1968Mr. Kemp: Staff
The Wednesday Play1968TV SeriesColonel Harrup
Armchair Theatre1960-1968TV SeriesMr. Godsall / Det. Sgt. Wimpole / Tailor / ...
Red, White and Zero1967The Mayor
The Golden Age1967TV SeriesSir Robert
The Avengers1967TV SeriesBenstead
Turn Out the Lights1967TV SeriesLeonard Swindley
Pardon the Expression1965-1966TV SeriesLeonard Swindley
You Must Be Joking!1965Husband
Coronation Street1960-1965TV SeriesLeonard Swindley
ITV Play of the Week1958-1964TV SeriesChairman / Mr. Humphries / Dr. Fawcett
ITV Television Playhouse1958-1963TV SeriesMr Pickwick / Felton / Joseph / ...
This Sporting Life1963Charles Slomer
Maigret1962TV SeriesMonsieur Triboulet
BBC Sunday-Night Play1962TV Mini-SeriesSlippy Wokingham
Go to Blazes1962Warder
Leading the Blind1962TV MovieFred Oldershaw
Z Cars1962TV SeriesJakey Ramsden
Three Live Wires1961TV Series
No Hiding Place1960-1961TV SeriesSimpson / Raymond Watkins
The Pursuers1961TV SeriesPearson
Sheep's Clothing1960TV SeriesMudor
Robert Tavener, Deceased1960TV MovieLeonard Gribble
Boyd Q.C.1960TV SeriesMr. Biron
Follow That Horse!1960Auctioneer (uncredited)
The Day They Robbed the Bank of England1960Bank Official (uncredited)
The Long Way Home1960TV SeriesJoubert
Inside Story1960TV SeriesFred
Theatre Night1959TV SeriesMr. Filby
The Boy and the Bridge1959Bridge Mechanic
All Aboard1959TV SeriesSydney Barker, steward
Glencannon1959TV SeriesBinney
Leave It to Todhunter1958TV SeriesGunsmith
The Freedom of the Prisoner1958TV MovieSecond Commissar
Black Tide1958Garage Owner
Blind Spot1958Garage Mechanic (uncredited)
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1953-1957TV SeriesAlbert Davies
A Stranger in Town1957Jeweller
Hour of Decision1957Caligraphy Expert
Six Red Hairs1957TV ShortUncle
The Errol Flynn Theatre1957TV Series
Theft Royal1956TV MovieTalbot Edwards
High Terrace1956uncredited
The Green Man1956Radio Salesman
Breakaway1956Mitchell
Adventure Theater1956TV Series3rd Drama critic
Who Done It?1956Bit Part (uncredited)
The Gordon Honour1956TV SeriesTim Raffety
Windfall1955uncredited
Sauce for the Gander1955TV MovieMr. Bartlett
Murder Anonymous1955ShortFingerprint Expert (uncredited)
Passage of Arms1955TV MovieServant
The Prince and the Pauper1955TV SeriesJudge
One Way Out1955Sam
The Woman for Joe1955George's Agent (uncredited)
The Wise Cat1955TV MovieThe Fishmonger / The Cup-bearer
Two Grooms for a Bride1955Mr. Fogarty
The Vale of Shadows1955TV MoviePolice clerk
The Children of the New Forest1955TV SeriesShopkeeper
The Olive Jar1955TV MovieZi' Dima
The Three Musketeers1954TV Mini-SeriesBonacieux
The Last Appointment1954Mr. Barratt
My Uncle Rollo1954TV MovieHeppon
The Old Grad1954TV MovieVince Brady
The Mirror and Markheim1954ShortArthur Henry
Gilbert Harding Speaking of Murder19533rd Drama critic
An American Gentleman1953TV MovieScots business man
To Live in Peace1951TV MovieFriar Silvestro
Cage of Gold1950Short Man (uncredited)
The Spider and the Fly1949Town Clerk
Poet's Pub1949Coach Guide (uncredited)
Kind Hearts and Coronets1949The Reporter
Stop Press Girl1949Archibald (uncredited)
Floodtide1949Pianist (uncredited)
Dulcimer Street1948Commuter on Train (uncredited)
Wagner1983TV SeriesMeser
A.J. Wentworth, BA1982TV SeriesA.J. Wentworth, B.A. A.J. Wentworth
Britannia Hospital1982Guest Patient
Bless Me Father1978-1981TV SeriesFather Charles Clement Duddleswell
Comedy Tonight1980TV Movie
Potter1979-1980TV SeriesRedvers Potter
Sweet William1980Captain Walton
The Plank1979TV ShortSmaller Workman
The Lady Vanishes1979Charters
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe1979TV MovieMr. Beaver (US version, voice)
Daphne Laureola1978TV MovieGooch
The Morecambe & Wise Show1977TV SeriesCapt. George Mainwaring
Dad's Army1968-1977TV SeriesCapt. George Mainwaring Barry Mainwaring
The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It1977Dr. William Watson, M.D.
Cottage to Let1977TV SeriesBernard Clayman
Philby, Burgess and Maclean1977TV MovieHerbert Morrison
The Galton & Simpson Playhouse1977TV SeriesHenry Duckworth
Bill Brand1976TV Mini-SeriesWatson

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bless Me Father1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Coward Revue1969TV Movie performer: "Could You Please Oblige Us With A Bren Gun"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Looks Familiar1982TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
Pebble Mill at One1982TV SeriesHimself
Prismo Club1978Documentary shortHimself - Commentator
Our Show1977TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Going for a Song1977TV Series documentaryHimself - On-screen Participant
Nobody Does It Like Marti1976TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1971-1976TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Guest
Fifty Bighearted Years: The Variety Club of Great Britain's Tribute to Arthur Askey1974TV MovieHimself
The Harry Secombe Show1972TV SeriesHimself
The Morecambe & Wise Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Holiday Startime Special1970TV MovieHimself
The Golden Shot1970TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dad's Army: A Stripe for Frazer, Animated2016ShortCapt. George Mainwaring
We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story2015TV MovieLeonard Swindley (uncredited)
Perry and Croft: Made in Britain2014TV Series documentary
You Have Been Watching... David Croft2011TV Movie documentaryCapt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
The Stars of the Street: 50 Years, 50 Classic Characters2010VideoLeonard Swindley
The Greatest Christmas Comedy Moments2008TV Movie documentaryCaptain Mainwaring (uncredited)
Comedy Connections2004-2008TV Series documentaryCapt. George Mainwaring
Jonathan Ross Salutes 'Dad's Army'2008TV Movie documentaryCapt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
The Comedy Map of Britain2008TV Series documentaryCapt. George Mainwaring
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases2008TV Movie documentaryCapt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
The Passing Years2007Video documentary shortCapt. George Mainwaring / Barry Mainwaring (uncredited)
British Film Forever2007TV Mini-Series documentaryCapt. George Mainwaring
The Story of Jackanory2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - 'Jackanory' Storyteller
Timeshift2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Storyteller, Jackanory
Hitler: The Comedy Years2007TV Movie documentaryCapt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
Coronation Street2006Video GameLeonard Swindley (uncredited)
The Best of the Royal Variety2006TV SeriesCaptain George Mainwaring
'We Are the Boys...': Arthur Lowe2006Video documentary shortHimself
Room 1012005TV SeriesCapt. George Mainwaring
Greatest TV Comedy Moments2005TV Movie documentaryCaptain Mainwaring (uncredited)
'We Are the Boys...': James Beck2005Video documentary shortCapt. George Mainwaring
After They Were Famous2002TV Series documentary
Reputations2002TV Series documentaryHimself Capt. George Mainwaring Leonard Swindley ...
'Dad's Army': Missing Presumed Wiped2001TV Special documentaryCapt. George Mainwaring
The Best of Morecambe & Wise2001VideoHimself
The Unforgettable John Le Mesurier2001TV Short documentaryCapt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
The Greatest2001TV Series documentaryCapt. George Mainwaring
The Unforgettable Arthur Lowe2000TV Movie documentaryCapt. George Mainwaring Leonard Swindley Father Charles Duddleswell ... (uncredited)
Don't Panic! The Dad's Army Story2000TV Movie documentaryCapt. George Mainwaring
Arthur Lowe: A Life on the Box1999TV Movie documentaryCapt. George Mainwaring Himself Leonard Swindley ... (uncredited)
Women of Coronation Street1998VideoLeonard Swindley
Selection Box1997TV SeriesCapt. George Mainwaring
Omnibus1995TV Series documentaryCapt. George Mainwaring
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1986TV SeriesCaptain George Mainwaring
To See Such Fun1977DocumentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorO Lucky Man! (1973)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1978BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceDad's Army (1968)
1975BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorDavid Copperfield (1974)
1975BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceDad's Army (1968)
1973BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceDad's Army (1968)
1971BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceDad's Army (1968)
1970BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorDad's Army (1968)


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#Quote
1An actor is an actor is an actor. The less personality an actor has off stage the better. A blank canvas on which to draw the characters he plays.
2Acting must be scaled down for the screen. A drawing room is a lot smaller than a theatre auditorium.


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