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Norman Bird

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United kingdom actor who appeared in well-known films like the Angry Silence in 1960 and Whistle Straight down the Blowing wind in 1961. He graduated through the Royal Academy of Dramatic Artwork and produced a Western world End debut in the creation The Winter’s Story on the Phoenix Theater in 1951. He was popular as Mr Braithwaite in the children’s humor series Worzel Gummidge which he performed from 1979 until 1981. He was wedded to non-a Blair from 1954 until his loss of life in 2005 plus they had two kids. He made an appearance in the 1960 film The Group of Gentlemen starring Richard Attenborough.

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Date Of Birth October 30, 1920
Died April 22, 2005, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality English
Spouse Nona Blamire
Movies The Lord of the Rings, Whistle Down the Wind, First Men in the Moon, The League of Gentlemen, The Hill, In Search of the Castaways, Victim, The Virgin and the Gypsy, Man in the Moon, The Black Torment, Sky West and Crooked, The Raging Moon, The Secret Partner, Young Winston, Very Important Person, Bitter Harvest, The Bargee, The Punch and Judy Man, Run a Crooked Mile, The Wrong Box, Term of Trial, Night of the Eagle, The Medusa Touch, Hot Enough for June, A Dandy in Aspic, The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer, Maniac, The Cracksman, If You Go Down in the Woods Today, Black Carrion, All at Sea
TV Shows Thomas & Sarah, Miss Jones and Son, Whack-O!, Spywatch, Yanks Go Home
Star Sign Scorpio

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1Bridgnorth, his home from 1992, was well known to him from his wartime days at Stanmore Camp, an RAF training establishment.
2A private man off the screen he enjoyed gardening, walking and the countryside.
3Left school at 16 and spent six months working in an office before studying at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). Whilst at RADA he began lifelong friendships with Richard Attenborough and Bryan Forbes.
4Bryan Forbes directed him in Whistle Down The Wind (1961), The Wrong Box (1966) and The Raging Moon (1970). In the last he played the father of Nanette Newman (Forbes' wife) despite the fact that there was only a fourteen-year age gap between them.
5Demobbed from the Royal Air Force in 1947, he appeared with repertory companies in Henley-on-Thames, Dundee and Northampton.
6In 1950, he joined John Gielgud's company, understudying for Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not For Burning, which toured the United States.
7Made his London stage debut in Peter Brook's production of The Winter's Tale at the Phoenix Theatre in 1951.
8Grew a moustache to qualify for older character parts as it became evident that he was not being considered for those as a leading man.
9A role in Stay Lucky, a comedy series with Dennis Waterman, marked his 200th TV appearance (1990).
10His work was described in Brian McFarlane's Encyclopedia of British Film as "a wonderful gallery of under-achievers".
11Met his wife, Nona Blair, in Rep in Northampton.
12His wife, Nona Blair, was the voice of Joan Burton in 104 episodes of "The Archers", the world's longest running radio soap (29 May 1950 - present).
13Lived in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. He and his wife had moved to the area from Middlesex in 1992 to be closer to their two daughters, Lucy and Catherine, and five grandchildren.
14One of the UK's finest and most prolific character actors, credited with over two hundred television and sixty film roles which began in 1954 with Guy Hamilton's "An Inspector Calls".


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Screen Two1996TV SeriesGrandfather
Shadowlands1993Taxi Driver Witness
Kinsey1992TV SeriesRoy
Boon1992TV SeriesBob Wooley
Screen One1992TV SeriesRadley
Second Thoughts1991TV SeriesTed
Stay Lucky1990TV SeriesGeorge
After Henry1990TV Series
Woof!1989TV SeriesMayor
Ever Decreasing Circles1987TV SeriesMan
The Practice1986TV SeriesCyril Fielding
Buddy1986TV SeriesMr. Normington
Lytton's Diary1985-1986TV SeriesCharlie Adams / Charles Adams
High and Dry1985TV SeriesFrank Short
Walking the Planks1985TV MovieFrank Short
One by One1985TV SeriesMarcus Garnet
Up the Elephant and Round the Castle1985TV SeriesMan from British Rail
On Your Way Riley1985TV MovieFrank
This Office Life1984TV MovieSeeds
Fox Mystery Theater1984TV SeriesHenry Bircher
A Voyage Round My Father1984TV MovieHam
The Gaffer1983TV SeriesTown Clerk
The Fourth Arm1983TV SeriesColonel Cole
The Ghost Downstairs1982TV MovieMr. Morris
Break Point1982TV Mini-SeriesMajor Houghton-Jones
Legacy of Murder1982TV SeriesPoliceman
Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years1981TV Mini-SeriesSir Maurice Hanley
Juliet Bravo1981TV SeriesKnowles
Worzel Gummidge1979-1981TV SeriesMr. Braithwaite Mr Braithwaite
If You Go Down in the Woods Today1981Doctor
The Final Conflict1981Dr. Philmore
Yes Minister1981TV SeriesBrian Baker - Trade Union Official
To Serve Them All My Days1980TV Mini-SeriesAlderman Blunt
Hammer House of Horror1980TV SeriesBasil
All Creatures Great and Small1978-1980TV SeriesRob Benson / Farmer Benson
The Jim Davidson Show1980TV Series
Take the High Road1980TV SeriesRoger Primrose
Bernie1978-1980TV Series
The Glums1979TV SeriesOffice manager
Thomas and Sarah1979TV SeriesGilbert
Fawlty Towers1979TV SeriesMr. Arrad
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson1979TV SeriesAnthony Denham
The Lord of the Rings1978Uncle Bilbo Baggins (voice)
Return of the Saint1978TV SeriesMorgan
Life Begins at Forty1978TV SeriesDr. Gardiner
Margie and Me1978TV ShortCheeseman
Do You Remember?1978TV SeriesEddie
The Medusa Touch1978Father
CBS Children's Film Festival1978TV Series
Coronation Street1978TV SeriesJoe Hibbert
Jackanory Playhouse1978TV Series
Graham's Gang1977TV SeriesOld Gentleman
Miss Jones and Son1977TV SeriesDad
Raffles1977TV SeriesSgt. Holly
Seven Faces of Woman1977TV SeriesKen
The Mike Reid Show1977TV Series
Two's Company1977TV SeriesMr. Bunn
Yanks Go Home1976-1977TV SeriesLeonard Chambers
The Basil Brush Show1976TV Series
Angels1976TV SeriesHenry Rudolfs
The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella1976Dress Shop Proprieter
Happy Ever After1976TV SeriesMr. Fletcher
The Chiffy Kids1976TV SeriesFarmer
King Arthur, the Young Warlord1975Ambrose
Rising Damp1975TV SeriesVicar
Public Eye1975TV SeriesArthur Biddle
Crown Court1975TV SeriesGarfield Lawrence
The Dick Emery Show1974TV Series
Marked Personal1974TV SeriesLionel Mottram
Bless This House1974TV SeriesVet
Armchair 301973TV SeriesAgency Man
The Adventures of Black Beauty1973TV SeriesRundle
Up the Workers1973TV SeriesSid Stubbins
Thirty Minutes Worth1973TV Series
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1969-1973TV SeriesStanley Nicholson / Walter / Father
Owen, M.D.1973TV SeriesHarold Reynolds
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes1973TV SeriesInspector Trent
The Fenn Street Gang1973TV SeriesMr. Craven
Comedy Playhouse1970-1973TV SeriesInspector Street / Dad
The Adventurer1973TV SeriesBrooks
My Wife Next Door1972TV SeriesMr. Sweeting
Arthur of the Britons1972TV SeriesAmbrose
Get Charlie Tully1972Warder Burke
Turnbull's Finest Half-Hour1972TV SeriesHarold Hudson
Thirty-Minute Theatre1972TV SeriesArthur Pendlebury
Till Death Us Do Part1972TV SeriesLandlord
Love Thy Neighbour1972TV SeriesMr. Granger
Young Winston1972Party Chairman
His and Hers1972TV SeriesPost office man
The Organization1972TV SeriesKen Grist
Jason King1972TV SeriesDet. Insp. Fields
Doomwatch1972Brewer
Shirley's World1971TV SeriesInspector Freeman
Suspicion1971TV SeriesHarry Beardsley
Softly Softly: Task Force1971TV SeriesTomkins
Hands of the Ripper1971Police Inspector
Please Sir!1971Reynolds
The Guardians1971TV SeriesHenryson
Father Dear Father1971TV SeriesTrevor Couch
Paul Temple1971TV SeriesProud
Budgie1971TV SeriesInspector Upton
Hadleigh1971TV SeriesKnockholt
Long Ago, Tomorrow1971Dr. Mathews
All at Sea1970Mr. Danvers
Steptoe and Son1970TV SeriesMr. Dryson / Bank Manager
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer1970Alderman Poot
The Mating Machine1970TV SeriesMonty
The Virgin and the Gypsy1970Uncle Fred
Armchair Theatre1964-1970TV SeriesWalter / Charles Lincoln
Department S1970TV SeriesDrayton
My Partner the Ghost1969TV SeriesElliot
Run a Crooked Mile1969TV MovieSergeant Hooper
Dixon of Dock Green1969TV SeriesHarold Milton
W. Somerset Maugham1969TV SeriesArthur Low
Oh! What a Lovely War1969Training Sergeant (uncredited)
The Limbo Line1968John Chivers
The Saint1963-1968TV SeriesMr. Spode / Insp. Mitchell / Weems / ...
A Dandy in Aspic1968Copperfield
Half Hour Story1968TV SeriesHarry
The Very Merry Widow1968TV SeriesMr. Jackson 1 and 2
Harry Worth1967TV SeriesMr. Varley
ITV Play of the Week1959-1967TV SeriesUncle George / Henry Williams / Ronald Bradshaw / ...
Sanctuary1967TV SeriesBob Lord
Z Cars1962-1967TV SeriesPrebble / Frank Burroughs / Lowther / ...
The Baron1967TV SeriesInspector Macauley
End in Tears1966TV Movie
Hugh and I1966TV Series
No Hiding Place1965-1966TV SeriesArthur Johnson / Insp. Cartwright
The Wrong Box1966Clergyman
Mrs Thursday1966TV SeriesAlfred Budge
Theatre 6251966TV SeriesWilliam Oaks
Gypsy Girl1966Mr. Cheeseman - undertaker
The Avengers1965TV SeriesCroft
Blackmail1965TV SeriesHenry Cobb
Here's Harry1965TV Series
It's Not Me: It's Them!1965TV Mini-SeriesMr. Partridge
The Sullavan Brothers1965TV SeriesArthur Green
The Hill1965Commandant
The Bed-Sit Girl1965TV Series
Frankie Howerd1964TV Series
Gideon C.I.D.1964TV SeriesSupt. Fred Lee
The Black Torment1964Harris
Thursday Theatre1964TV SeriesHarry Lancaster
First Men in the Moon1964Stuart
Contest Girl1964Mr. Edward Freeman
Drama 61-671964TV SeriesMr Pile / Father
The Bargee1964Waterways Supervisor
The Protectors1964TV SeriesBarnaby
Agent 8 3/41964Employment Exchange Clerk (uncredited)
Bitter Harvest1963Mr. Pitt
Maupassant1963TV SeriesCacheri
80,000 Suspects1963Harold Davis
The Cracksman1963Policeman
BBC Sunday-Night Play1963TV Mini-SeriesArnold Rasmussen
Maniac1963Salon
August for the People1963TV MovieMr. Bolt
The Punch and Judy Man1963Committee Man
The Mind Benders1963Aubrey
In Search of the Castaways1962Senior Yacht Guard
ITV Television Playhouse1962TV SeriesTom Rogers / 2nd Old man
Term of Trial1962Mr. Taylor
Burn, Witch, Burn1962Doctor
Ghost Squad1961TV SeriesThe Gunsmith
Hamlet1961TV SeriesGravedigger
Cash on Demand1961Arthur Sanderson
Victim1961Harold Doe
Boyd Q.C.1960-1961TV SeriesPolice Sergeant / Mr. West
Whistle Down the Wind1961Eddie
A Coming-Out Party1961Travers, Senior British Officer
The Secret Partner1961Ralph Beldon
Man in the Moon1960Herbert
The League of Gentlemen1960Weaver
The Angry Silence1960Roberts
Emergency-Ward 101959TV SeriesPoliceman
The Eustace Diamonds1959TV SeriesHotel manager
The Diary of Samuel Pepys1958TV Mini-SeriesConstable
The Black Arrow1958TV SeriesLandlord
A Woman of Property1957TV MovieClerk of the court
Kenilworth1957TV SeriesButterworth, Kenilworth Castle usher
Whack-O!1956TV SeriesS.A. Smallpiece
An Inspector Calls1954Foreman Jones-Collins (uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bookmark1992TV SeriesMan on bus
Friday Night, Saturday Morning1979TV SeriesHimself
The Case of the Metal Sheathed Elements1973Documentary shortCommentator / Doctor Watson

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1978TV Series

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