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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
1 He made his debut at the Manchester Repertory Theatre in 1945, where he was paid £5 per week for twice-nightly performances.
2 He had a clause in his contract for Dad's Army (1968) saying that he would not be filmed without his trousers on.
3 When 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.
4 He dropped out of high school at the age of 15.
5 In 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.
6 In 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.
7 In 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".
8 In 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.
9 In 1972, he recorded the novelty songs "How I Won The War" and "My Little Girl, My Little Boy".
10 In 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.
11 Two 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.
12 Son of Arthur Lowe ('Big Arthur') (1888-1971) and Mary Annie ('Nan') Lowe (née Ford) (1885-1981).
13 Narrated a public information film reminding motorway drivers that the right hand lane is not a "fast lane" but is for overtaking only.
14 Three 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.
15 There was a memorial service for him at the Church of St Martin-in-the Fields, London on 24 May 1982.
16 He played the same character (Leonard Swindley) in three different series: Coronation Street (1960), Pardon the Expression (1965) and Turn Out the Lights (1967).
17 Suffered a stroke in 1979.
18 He was an active supporter of the British Conservative Party.
19 Was interviewed on BBC TV's lunchtime magazine programme 'Pebble Mill at One' on the day of his death.
20 Son, Stephen Lowe (born in January 1953).
21 Among 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 Jones 1976 Dr. Thwackum
Shades of Greene 1976 TV Series Javitt
The Royal Variety Performance 1975 TV Movie Captain Mainwaring
BBC Play of the Month 1975 TV Series Sir Oliver Surface
Churchill's People 1975 TV Series Epillicus, the Barber
David Copperfield 1974-1975 TV Mini-Series Mr. Micawber
Man About the House 1974 Spiros
Microbes and Men 1974 TV Series Louis Pasteur
Blue Peter 1973-1974 TV Series Capt. George Mainwaring
Mr. Men 1974 TV Series short Narrator
ITV Saturday Night Theatre 1969-1973 TV Series Mason / Mr. Cakebread
No Sex Please: We're British 1973 Mr. Bromley
Armchair 30 1973 TV Series Alfred Potter
O Lucky Man! 1973 Mr. Duff / Charlie Johnson / Dr. Munda
Theatre of Blood 1973 Horace Sprout
Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall 1973 Major Drysdale
The Ruling Class 1972 Daniel Tucker
It's Murder But Is It Art 1972 TV Series Mr. Phineas Drake
The Last of the Baskets 1971-1972 TV Series Redvers Bodkin
Doctor at Large 1971 TV Series Dr. Maxwell
Dad's Army 1971 Capt. Mainwaring
A Hole Lot of Trouble 1971 Short Whitehouse
William Webb Ellis, Are You Mad? 1971 Short
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer 1970 Ferret
She Follows Me About 1970 TV Movie Rev. Stanley Cuffe
Jackanory 1970 TV Series Reader
A Cuckoo in the Nest 1970 TV Movie Major Bone
Rookery Nook 1970 TV Movie Harold Twine
Fragment of Fear 1970 Mr. Nugent
The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens 1970 TV Movie John Dickens
Some Will, Some Won't 1970 Police Sergeant
Spring and Port Wine 1970 Mr. Aspinall
It's Tommy Cooper 1970 TV Series Dr. Jekyll
The Coward Revue 1969 TV Movie Captain George Mainwaring
Plays of Today 1969 TV Series The Headmaster
World in Ferment 1969 TV Series
The Bed Sitting Room 1969 Father
Rogues' Gallery 1969 TV Series Mr. Cakebread
ITV Playhouse 1969 TV Series Eric
It All Goes to Show 1969 Short Councillor Henry Parker
If.... 1968 Mr. Kemp: Staff
The Wednesday Play 1968 TV Series Colonel Harrup
Armchair Theatre 1960-1968 TV Series Mr. Godsall / Det. Sgt. Wimpole / Tailor / ...
Red, White and Zero 1967 The Mayor
The Golden Age 1967 TV Series Sir Robert
The Avengers 1967 TV Series Benstead
Turn Out the Lights 1967 TV Series Leonard Swindley
Pardon the Expression 1965-1966 TV Series Leonard Swindley
You Must Be Joking! 1965 Husband
Coronation Street 1960-1965 TV Series Leonard Swindley
ITV Play of the Week 1958-1964 TV Series Chairman / Mr. Humphries / Dr. Fawcett
ITV Television Playhouse 1958-1963 TV Series Mr Pickwick / Felton / Joseph / ...
This Sporting Life 1963 Charles Slomer
Maigret 1962 TV Series Monsieur Triboulet
BBC Sunday-Night Play 1962 TV Mini-Series Slippy Wokingham
Go to Blazes 1962 Warder
Leading the Blind 1962 TV Movie Fred Oldershaw
Z Cars 1962 TV Series Jakey Ramsden
Three Live Wires 1961 TV Series
No Hiding Place 1960-1961 TV Series Simpson / Raymond Watkins
The Pursuers 1961 TV Series Pearson
Sheep's Clothing 1960 TV Series Mudor
Robert Tavener, Deceased 1960 TV Movie Leonard Gribble
Boyd Q.C. 1960 TV Series Mr. Biron
Follow That Horse! 1960 Auctioneer (uncredited)
The Day They Robbed the Bank of England 1960 Bank Official (uncredited)
The Long Way Home 1960 TV Series Joubert
Inside Story 1960 TV Series Fred
Theatre Night 1959 TV Series Mr. Filby
The Boy and the Bridge 1959 Bridge Mechanic
All Aboard 1959 TV Series Sydney Barker, steward
Glencannon 1959 TV Series Binney
Leave It to Todhunter 1958 TV Series Gunsmith
The Freedom of the Prisoner 1958 TV Movie Second Commissar
Black Tide 1958 Garage Owner
Blind Spot 1958 Garage Mechanic (uncredited)
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 1953-1957 TV Series Albert Davies
A Stranger in Town 1957 Jeweller
Hour of Decision 1957 Caligraphy Expert
Six Red Hairs 1957 TV Short Uncle
The Errol Flynn Theatre 1957 TV Series
Theft Royal 1956 TV Movie Talbot Edwards
High Terrace 1956 uncredited
The Green Man 1956 Radio Salesman
Breakaway 1956 Mitchell
Adventure Theater 1956 TV Series 3rd Drama critic
Who Done It? 1956 Bit Part (uncredited)
The Gordon Honour 1956 TV Series Tim Raffety
Windfall 1955 uncredited
Sauce for the Gander 1955 TV Movie Mr. Bartlett
Murder Anonymous 1955 Short Fingerprint Expert (uncredited)
Passage of Arms 1955 TV Movie Servant
The Prince and the Pauper 1955 TV Series Judge
One Way Out 1955 Sam
The Woman for Joe 1955 George's Agent (uncredited)
The Wise Cat 1955 TV Movie The Fishmonger / The Cup-bearer
Two Grooms for a Bride 1955 Mr. Fogarty
The Vale of Shadows 1955 TV Movie Police clerk
The Children of the New Forest 1955 TV Series Shopkeeper
The Olive Jar 1955 TV Movie Zi' Dima
The Three Musketeers 1954 TV Mini-Series Bonacieux
The Last Appointment 1954 Mr. Barratt
My Uncle Rollo 1954 TV Movie Heppon
The Old Grad 1954 TV Movie Vince Brady
The Mirror and Markheim 1954 Short Arthur Henry
Gilbert Harding Speaking of Murder 1953 3rd Drama critic
An American Gentleman 1953 TV Movie Scots business man
To Live in Peace 1951 TV Movie Friar Silvestro
Cage of Gold 1950 Short Man (uncredited)
The Spider and the Fly 1949 Town Clerk
Poet's Pub 1949 Coach Guide (uncredited)
Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 The Reporter
Stop Press Girl 1949 Archibald (uncredited)
Floodtide 1949 Pianist (uncredited)
Dulcimer Street 1948 Commuter on Train (uncredited)
Wagner 1983 TV Series Meser
A.J. Wentworth, BA 1982 TV Series A.J. Wentworth, B.A. A.J. Wentworth
Britannia Hospital 1982 Guest Patient
Bless Me Father 1978-1981 TV Series Father Charles Clement Duddleswell
Comedy Tonight 1980 TV Movie
Potter 1979-1980 TV Series Redvers Potter
Sweet William 1980 Captain Walton
The Plank 1979 TV Short Smaller Workman
The Lady Vanishes 1979 Charters
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe 1979 TV Movie Mr. Beaver (US version, voice)
Daphne Laureola 1978 TV Movie Gooch
The Morecambe & Wise Show 1977 TV Series Capt. George Mainwaring
Dad's Army 1968-1977 TV Series Capt. George Mainwaring Barry Mainwaring
The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It 1977 Dr. William Watson, M.D.
Cottage to Let 1977 TV Series Bernard Clayman
Philby, Burgess and Maclean 1977 TV Movie Herbert Morrison
The Galton & Simpson Playhouse 1977 TV Series Henry Duckworth
Bill Brand 1976 TV Mini-Series Watson

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bless Me Father 1979 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Coward Revue 1969 TV Movie performer: "Could You Please Oblige Us With A Bren Gun"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Looks Familiar 1982 TV Series Himself - Panellist
Pebble Mill at One 1982 TV Series Himself
Prismo Club 1978 Documentary short Himself - Commentator
Our Show 1977 TV Series Himself - Guest
Going for a Song 1977 TV Series documentary Himself - On-screen Participant
Nobody Does It Like Marti 1976 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1971-1976 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Guest
Fifty Bighearted Years: The Variety Club of Great Britain's Tribute to Arthur Askey 1974 TV Movie Himself
The Harry Secombe Show 1972 TV Series Himself
The Morecambe & Wise Show 1971 TV Series Himself
Holiday Startime Special 1970 TV Movie Himself
The Golden Shot 1970 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dad's Army: A Stripe for Frazer, Animated 2016 Short Capt. George Mainwaring
We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story 2015 TV Movie Leonard Swindley (uncredited)
Perry and Croft: Made in Britain 2014 TV Series documentary
You Have Been Watching... David Croft 2011 TV Movie documentary Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
The Stars of the Street: 50 Years, 50 Classic Characters 2010 Video Leonard Swindley
The Greatest Christmas Comedy Moments 2008 TV Movie documentary Captain Mainwaring (uncredited)
Comedy Connections 2004-2008 TV Series documentary Capt. George Mainwaring
Jonathan Ross Salutes 'Dad's Army' 2008 TV Movie documentary Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
The Comedy Map of Britain 2008 TV Series documentary Capt. George Mainwaring
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases 2008 TV Movie documentary Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
The Passing Years 2007 Video documentary short Capt. George Mainwaring / Barry Mainwaring (uncredited)
British Film Forever 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Capt. George Mainwaring
The Story of Jackanory 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself - 'Jackanory' Storyteller
Timeshift 2007 TV Series documentary Himself - Storyteller, Jackanory
Hitler: The Comedy Years 2007 TV Movie documentary Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
Coronation Street 2006 Video Game Leonard Swindley (uncredited)
The Best of the Royal Variety 2006 TV Series Captain George Mainwaring
'We Are the Boys...': Arthur Lowe 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Room 101 2005 TV Series Capt. George Mainwaring
Greatest TV Comedy Moments 2005 TV Movie documentary Captain Mainwaring (uncredited)
'We Are the Boys...': James Beck 2005 Video documentary short Capt. George Mainwaring
After They Were Famous 2002 TV Series documentary
Reputations 2002 TV Series documentary Himself Capt. George Mainwaring Leonard Swindley ...
'Dad's Army': Missing Presumed Wiped 2001 TV Special documentary Capt. George Mainwaring
The Best of Morecambe & Wise 2001 Video Himself
The Unforgettable John Le Mesurier 2001 TV Short documentary Capt. George Mainwaring (uncredited)
The Greatest 2001 TV Series documentary Capt. George Mainwaring
The Unforgettable Arthur Lowe 2000 TV Movie documentary Capt. George Mainwaring Leonard Swindley Father Charles Duddleswell ... (uncredited)
Don't Panic! The Dad's Army Story 2000 TV Movie documentary Capt. George Mainwaring
Arthur Lowe: A Life on the Box 1999 TV Movie documentary Capt. George Mainwaring Himself Leonard Swindley ... (uncredited)
Women of Coronation Street 1998 Video Leonard Swindley
Selection Box 1997 TV Series Capt. George Mainwaring
Omnibus 1995 TV Series documentary Capt. George Mainwaring
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1986 TV Series Captain George Mainwaring
To See Such Fun 1977 Documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Supporting Actor O Lucky Man! (1973)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1978 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Light Entertainment Performance Dad's Army (1968)
1975 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor David Copperfield (1974)
1975 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Light Entertainment Performance Dad's Army (1968)
1973 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Light Entertainment Performance Dad's Army (1968)
1971 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Light Entertainment Performance Dad's Army (1968)
1970 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor Dad's Army (1968)


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#Quote
1 An 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.
2 Acting must be scaled down for the screen. A drawing room is a lot smaller than a theatre auditorium.


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